I must say, I agree with Molly, Tom, and V.
The mini tablet idea has tried and not done so well in the past...
The OQO: http://www.oqo.com/
Sony U50 U71 U750p: http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/2005/02/guest_review_in.html
The Motion LS800: http://www.motioncomputing.com/products/tablet_pc_ls.asp
And soon to be DualCor CPC (Personally excited about however): http://www.motioncomputing.com/products/tablet_pc_ls.asp
The only thing that could save the origami is if he has some nice specs, AMAZING battery life, and sub $1,000. That would really bring the device home, but other then that it will just be another contender.
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