Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child initiative has historically been more about promise than fulfillment. But in the $100 XO 3.0 tablet, OLPC may have its first product that's not just practical, capable, or cheap. It's actually… good.
The first thing you need to know about the 8-inch XO 3.0 is this: it's not the paper-thin sci-fi wet dream slate first suggested by OLPC's renders of two years ago. But that's a good thing. That tablet would have been better suited for the Enterprise sick bay than the impoverished international locales the XO 3.0 is destined for.