Keep in mind that tablets are generally modelled on the iPad. iPads are meant to be for "content consumers" not "content providers". In fact Steve Jobs has said "Sylus? Why would anyone want that?". I remember something buried in history most people don't. Steve Jobs said about the original Mac "Hard drive? Why would any one want that?". Death may have saved history from repeating itself.
The thing is you don't really detail how important your uses are. For example is drawing a big desire? When you say note taking are you talking handwriten notes or typed? Do the notes include sketches.
You mention in one reply that pen pressure sensitivity is important. That suggests to me that you are looking for something with a "digitizer/digitizer pen". Similar to graphic tables made by wacom/genius/vistablets etc..
Frankly what I see of your descriptions, almost any tablet that can take an external keyboard ( the other content consomer thing, that stupid screen typewriter-- makes the people at geekhack shudder ) will satisfy most of you requirements -- except for a pen. So that's what I will deal with.
At the moment there are three are three and a half tablets which support "digitzer pens".
* Samsung Slate
* Asus Slate
* Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet.
The half a tablet is the Galaxy Note 10.1 which is supposed to come with a digitizer, but doesn't exist. In fact Galaxy just announced they will delay the release, presumably to beef them up a bit.
The Slates are expensive > $1000-$1500, mainly because they are Windows laptops ( laptop CPU, 4G ram, 128M SSDD, full Windows OS meant for a laptop ) crammed into a talet form factor.
That leaves the Lenovo Tablet. I hear there are quality problems with the tablet, ask for more info in a Lenovo forum. Lenovo (used to be IBM) is new to tablets and may just be ironing out the bugs.
So it looks a little glum, but ...
ICS aka Android 4 is going to come with built in support for digitizers so there will probably be a few pens that eventually come with one. So if you are willing to wait a couple of months the picture maybe brighter.
Which reminds me, you cannot just buy a digitizing pen and expect it to work with your tablet. The tablet has to be designed to be used with one ( just like you need to write on the surface of a graphics tablet for it to work ).
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