Tablets seem to embody the neutralisation and monetisation of a technology's liberating potential. What is more, after the rise of hacktivist groups such as Anonymous, tablets certainly appear more conducive to placidity and less threatening to the status quo.
I've had a few problems with technology this week. Anybody who saw me shouting - very loudly, in the middle of Earl's Court Exhibition Centre - at a laptop which had committed the heinous crime of being temporarily unable to connect to the internet will know what I mean.
Many of us will be asking for that one, essential piece of tech to help us with our life at university, be it for class of just for fun. These are my three biggest contenders for Santa's money this Christmas.