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I love reading Robert Scoble and other proponents of Tablet PC’s blogs. This is the first one I have seen about Tablet PC’s sucking . . . Anyone care to retort or address? I love Omar’s blog as well so I respect his opinion. I am curious to the counter-experience of some of the other high profile tablet pc users? I certainly see some of his points. Obviously the things you gain from a Tablet PC didn't offset the cons in the end for him. How about the others? What is so good that it allows you to put up with that long list of crap? I have a feeling a lot of those concerns aren't necessarily brand or model specific but run across all tablet pc’s (to a high degree). Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 7:02 AM | Back to top

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Well, I wouldn't quite consider myself a "high-profile" tablet owner, but I'll reply :)

Whether a tablet is the right machine for you or not depends largely on what you want to do, and the way you work. For me, my tablet is ideal, because I spend a lot of time working on a desktop machine and need a light, small computer that I can use on the road and also alongside it. Hence, my Acer C111 serves me well.

The Tablet features really come into their own because I'm a big note taker - as a journalist, the ability to write on screen in meetings, rather than doing the intrusive typing thing, makes a real difference. The software, too, is a differentiator: as a Franklin Cover devotee, I love using Plan Plus for Windows XP, which is really well pen-enabled. And, with a pen, OneNote goes from being a nice application to a really good one - as does MindManager.

But it really, really, depends on how you work. For some, the regular laptop will be the right choice. For others, a slate is good. And for me, the small format convertable is what I need.
Left by Ian Betteridge on Sep 28, 2005 8:46 AM

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The article you linked sounds more like a rant about the Toshiba tablet in specific rather than a rant on TabletPCs in general. I believe every issue he raises is Toshiba's fault, not necessarily indicative of platform problems.
Left by Chris Slatt on Sep 28, 2005 1:22 PM

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I have the same toshiba tablet Omar was using, and the screen is pretty bad. The anti-glare/protective pastic coating severly reduces the image clarity. Some people don't mind it, but for me it was unacceptable and I removed it.

Even without the couting, the screen doesn't have a wide viewing angle. For a tablet, that is absolutely a deal breaker, as it limits you to landscape orientation.

Omar's not kidding about Toshiba's overuse of additional hardware processes, too. It makes me appreciate my old Dell systems...

Left by ymalaika on Dec 18, 2005 4:53 PM

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So don't get a Toshiba if you don't want to, but don't screw with Tablet PCs as a platform or relegate them to extinction because of one that has problems. Don't discourage people who might actually get use out of one. With all due respect, Omar's a petulant jerk.
Left by Fucker on Apr 29, 2006 10:29 PM

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