Chris Moran wrote:
> The "slate" is a nice toy for people with lots of money to throw around,
> the "convertable" is something a user can really get a lot out of. Why has
> UVM seemingly adopted the "slate" standard? (I believe that's what's
> offered at the Depot)
Hey Chris - don't dis my baby!
Actually, I wondered how life without a keyboard would be. It turns out
to be not such a dilemma. Usually the times I need the keyboard are the
times when I am either at my office and have the tablet docked, or when
I am working at home and use the portable stand. The first few times I
brought the keyboard along with me to meetings and such I found it just
got in the way. Now I don't bother and prefer using the pen. Oddly
enough, I even use the pen when I have the thing docked and am using the
keyboard. It makes a better mouse for me than the more traditional mouse
and since I have never been a touch typist I usually just type and hold
the pen at the same time. Weird but it works for me. (The funniest thing
is when I have the pen in hand and try to use it as a mouse on my
PowerBook--"c'mon, I'm tapping the screen, what's going on...oh...duh")
Screen size on the slate was a big factor for me. Given my eyesight
anything smaller would simply be unworkable. The only 12 inch
convertible I know of is a Toshiba Portege which weighs quite a bit
more. Why lug around a keyboard if you don't need it?
As for the Depot's decision, I don't know for certain but I'm sure some
of the factors were the Dell connection (i.e. the Depot needs to sell
things it can support in house and there are some companies that won't
do that sort of deal), the screen size/weight (larger screen, lightest
for its screen size, tablet), and other spec rankings. Andy would be the
best person to address this question.
As for the future--I don't know! I could see Ink being built into a
laptop form factor at some point. Actually, given Apple's announcements
yesterday I'm wondering if the iSight camera will be built into some
portable device soon. A tablet with a camera--now there's an idea!
So, the current tablet isn't the be-all and end-all in computing but for
some things it is just right. The price will, I expect, follow the usual
pattern of new tech gadgets.