The problem is that there aren't any tablets out there that are really a complete solution. The dominant device, the Apple iPad, has no way to connect it to the outside world except through a proprietary USB connection and through wireless networking. There's no removable storage, for example, there are no standard USB connections and there's no HDMI port. The Android tablets have similar limitations in that they're missing one or more aspects of being truly useful. Some of them don't have access to the Android market, some don't have video ports, some don't have 3G or WiFi.
This really came to my attention when I started looking for a tablet for my son who had a specific set of requirements. We couldn't meet those requirements, so he decided to stick with his laptop for now, despite the extra weight when he traveled. When I looked for a device to take with me on a flight to Germany a few days ago, I ended up buying an iPad, despite the expense, because I could also use it as a platform for displaying Jeppesen aviation charts and for flight planning. It turns out that nearly all tablet apps for aviation run on the iPad.
But of course, the decision to adopt tablets into your company doesn't hinge on whether I can find the flight planning apps I want. That decision will be based on your specific needs. So rather than running to the store to buy what's cool or what's popular, remember how you performed a needs analysis for deciding which computer to buy.
Make a list of anticipated requirements. Will you need a camera? Do you need to be able to display video on an external screen? Are there apps for your industry that require a specific platform? Do you want easy management and integration? Chances are very good that if you look at the tablets that are available right now, you'd have to compromise on something.
But if you can put off your purchase for a few months, then there'll be a much better chance of finding what you need. The analysts I've talked to expect to see a flood of new tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. Many of the tablets making their debut will show up on store shelves a few months after that. Meanwhile, Apple is widely expected to release a new iPad to compete with all of those tablets. By April or May, the pickings will be pretty good. If you can wait until then to adopt tablets for your company, you probably should.