I was sitting in a meeting today, and I got thinking about my computer. I have 4 right now. The one I had with me was my Acer convertible tablet from PDC. I also have a Dell XPS laptop, a Motion Computing LE1600, and from work I have a pretty standard HP laptop.
I use all of these for different things.
Right now I am using the Acer a lot, just because it is new and I am experimenting with multi-touch.
Mostly I use my XPS for gaming (which I don’t do much anymore) and for programming. It has 4 gb of RAM, so I have enough room to run a VM for development environments.
My favourite is still the LE1600, however. For day-to-day none programming work I love the slate form factor. Many people crap on the tablet because of handwriting recognition. Personally, I have always found handwriting recognition Windows XP to be more than satisfactory. In Windows Vista it is even better, and even better in Windows 7. That said, I really do not do a lot of handwriting recognition. Mostly, I use OneNote to take notes and leave them as handwriting. I also use applications to mark-up Word and PDF documents (in ink).
My LE1600 is 4+ years old now, though, and it is starting to show its age. It only has 1 gb of RAM, and a 60 gb HDD. I could upgrade the HDD, but it does not seem worth it.
I would like to replace my slate, but there is nothing out there in a reasonable price range that really strikes my fancy. It does not seem that the slate tablet has progressed much at all in the last few years – and there does not seem to be much interest in slates in the marketplace.
There is a lot of interest right now in eBook readers, and while I think they are cool, I cannot see carry yet another device for nothing but reading.
So I got thinking today “what would the perfect slate tablet look like for me.”
Here is a list of what I came up with:
- A form factor similar to the Kindle DX (maybe a larger screen, but similar thickness);
- A real back-lit screen – maybe with the ability to turn off back light to conserve power. Without backlight, should look as good as Kindle;
- Ink input – and maybe touch;
- Running a full OS – a light version of Windows or a Linux distribution (I do not want just an eBook reader);
- Software support: Reader for PDF and Office, etc., eMail, Browser, OneNote-like app, Media support;
- No extras: no modem, no optical drive, minimal ports, no video out, no web cam;
- No HDD – maybe an SDD, maybe the OS in ROM or something;
- No keyboard except maybe by USB or Bluetooth;
- Maybe assume that most applications I need will be in Browser (cannot believe I said that lol);
- Price point around $500
So that is my quick and dirty wish list – can anyone add anything more?