Andrew Grumet: "I've never owned a tablet PC but don't see much sense in them. Seems like a step backward for anyone who can type faster than they can scribble."
Um, Andrew, you're totally missing the point. My Tablet PC has a keyboard. Just like your laptop. So I get the best of both worlds. I can use a keyboard when it makes sense to, and I can flip the screen around and use it as a tablet when it makes sense to.
Where does a tablet make sense?
1) In coach class in an airplane. I spent several hours today working today in the plane working in tablet mode. It's far more comfortable.
2) Anyplace you want to compute while standing up. For instance, I don't print out my hotel and airline info anymore. I just flip open my tablet. I don't need a surface to sit it down, either, like you'd need with your laptop. I got stuck in a 30 minute security line today and read a ton of feeds while waiting in line (and had WiFi too).
3) If you need to take notes with a pen. For instance, if you're taking a chemistry class you'll need to take notes on molecular structure. And a whole bunch of equations. These things are very difficult to do with just a keyboard. A Tablet PC is invaluable in these instances. Oh, and for graphic designers, or people who use Wacom tablets, they are really great. For instance, look at Larry's Art Rage pictures. These would be nearly impossible to do if all I had was an IBM ThinkPad's nubby stick mouse.
And we haven't even started to talk about vertical markets like insurance adjusters who need to do their work while walking around a home, or around a car. Laptops just don't work in that kind of situation.
Andrew, have you watched the video demos I put up about the Tablet PC? It shows pretty well how good it is.
Oh, one last thing, for people who type with two fingers and can only get 20 words a minute or less, you might find that using a pen with the new software that's coming out soon (Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, that comes with Windows XP Service Pack 2, by the way) is actually faster. Remember, bloggers are weird. Most of us type far faster than average humans do.
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