I am new to the pad and netbook market. My need is something portable that I can take notes in class, fast upload of movies and web browing. Nothing irritates me more though than the lag time when browsing. I was thinking if I get the asus eee pad that might suffice plus it has camera and video to boot. thanks for answering. Sorry, I'm not very technical, but I'm doint research and learning.
From a strictly value standpoint you are probably better off with a netbook or even a laptop depending on which tablet you are looking at. Right now most of the tablets are way overpriced for what they can do, they are essentially crippled netbooks that sell at the price of a decent laptop. Note taking on a tablet will be quite awkward unless you buy a keyboard attachment. Tablets are more content consumption devices rather than machines to do any work on.
If you are looking at a tablet around $300, that's not too bad, though those tablets aren't the greatest performers. If you are considering something more expensive like the iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab, just spend the money on a decent laptop, you'll get a much more capable and versatile machine compared to the tablets.
Your pad or tab won't be running windows so you'll be working with an Android app or Google Docs for taking notes.
The pad/tab's virtual keyboard can take some getting used to, and some people just don't like them for serious work.
If your classes have class handouts in MS Office apps (Powerpoint, etc) that can be a problem for Android devices.