If you're considering buying a tablet computer, you might want to hold off another three or four weeks.
There's strong evidence that on Feb. 24, Best Buy will begin offering the much-anticipated Motorola Xoom, a 10.1-inch tablet that's the first to run Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system. (The Xoom might be pricey: A reportedly leaked Best Buy flyer prices it at $799, plus the requirement that you buy at least a month's worth of 3G data in order to activate even its Wi-Fi capability.)
And a new iPad (dubbed "iPad2" by bloggers) is almost certainly due by April, the first anniversary of the original iPad's release, although Apple hasn't even made an announcement yet. When the new iPad arrives, it's sure to be an improvement over the iPad you can buy now; a built-in camera is among the new features it's almost certain to have.
No matter how you slice it, within a few weeks, tablet shoppers will find more choices, new features, and maybe even lower prices. All of which means that patience right now is a virtue that could pay off handsomely.