I'm also in the market for a tablet for school (or maybe a laptop, though i'd like to play around with android). I'm looking for long battery life, and quick startup/sleep. My old laptop only lasts for about 20 minutes without power so I need to get something soon. Probably going to use it to markup slides or maybe handwritten notes (formulas and stuff like that). Also would be used to remote desktop to my windows pc at home for any heavy lifting (compiles). There's wifi everywhere, so don't need or want a data plan with it.
The galaxy tab seems cool, but I don't want to be forced into a data plan. The archos 101 seemed much more reasonable. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.