Is a Tablet PC a mobile device?

I don’t think a Tablet PC is really considered a mobile device, but I am going to keep the tagline of my blog and also include my impressions of the Fujitsu T4010 here as well. I first plan to use the Tablet with a Bluetooth Smartphone (the E200 or Nokia 7610) for on-the-road access and am looking to get an internal BT radio I can install in the Tablet. Tablets have now been out for a couple years and still are not selling as well as I think they should. I think a lot of this has to do with the same issues surrounding the Pocket PC/Windows Mobile platform and that is advertising.

So many people I talk to just do not understand how powerful these devices really are and if someone really gives the Tablet a chance I would think they would love the freedom to work in this manner. I personally look forward to more handwriting, but it is still too early for me to say I am sold. I also think that Tablets and other mobile devices are not necessarily for everyone and it depends on how you work and live. However, if you have a cellular phone, then I do not see why a person would not like a Windows Mobile Smartphone. My wife finally gave one a chance and now I can’t even borrow it to test out software 🙂

  1. #1 by Anonymous on April 27, 2005 - 15:38

    It’s easier for me to type than to handwrite. Plus the viewing angle isn’t ideal unless you are sitting on a desk.

    I love your blog entries, but I think your tablet will wind up being nothing more than a phase.

  2. #2 by palmsolo on April 28, 2005 - 08:44

    Ha ha ha, you are probably right. I admit it is easier to type, but there are many times when I need to write as an engineer. I do a lot of hand calcs and think the Tablet PC may be a very cool way to keep good long term records of these calcs.

    I also think there is some very cool software out there that helps make handwriting very powerful.

  3. #3 by James Kendrick on April 29, 2005 - 19:40

    Welcome to the light side. I think any device that can be carried around is a mobile device. I think you will really enjoy your new Tablet. Welcome to the Inkernet.

    James Kendrick http://www.jkontherun.com

  4. #4 by sunripen on May 2, 2005 - 06:51

    What a coincidence! I had a post in mind with a reference to jkontherun, and here he is, right before me. Big fan of his–“been using mobile devices since they weighed thirty lbs”. Check out his blog, interesting–I’ve just discovered yours,am engrossed as well.

    What I wanted to suggest is that you check out the Shark method of text input–jk here (james kendrick) has an excellent review of it on his site. Minimum learning curve, extremely fast input. Developed by IBM, and it’s free. Here’s his review, very instructive,too:

    http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/
    2004/11/text_entry_epip.html

    Have heard elsewhere on Tablet PCBuzz.com that MessageEase not so easy to use. And what about ritePen? Sthg I don’t know about? The HW rec engine built into the tablet OS is without peer, from all comments I’ve read. But then have never tried ritePen. Ask someone who knows. Hope this helps.

    Personally, I *LOVE* to handwrite on my tablet, but that’s because I am doing meditative sorts of thinking processes, as a literature major, and handwriting is more organic for me–the neural connections formed in elementary school between hand and brain flow smoothly, while typing interrupts my train of thought. Typing, for me, comes into the second draft, and then more editing by hand. So everyone is different. I only hope that you will be kind in your tablet reviews, and not dismiss them altogether, keeping in mind that lots of us out here are in love with our tablets. For me, it was wish fulfillment, a product I didn’t know existed but wanted for many years. And had to stumble across completely by accident, because they are well hidden from public view. Only sour note is that a steep techno learning curve comes with my dream ‘organic’ machine>

  5. #5 by sunripen on May 2, 2005 - 07:33

    P.S. Just one more comment. Have never heard a single rave about EverNote..sorry. If you like it, please let us know *what* is great about it. OneNote, now that’s another story. Should be bundled in your tablet. People, including MS developers whose blogs I’ve read, organize their *lives* with OneNote, especially when they link it up to Outlook. I can’t tell you if that’s a MS Powertoy or what that does that trick, am too lazy to dig it up right now. That, and their Getting Things Done kit, by David Allen, they swear by it.

    Look at me, telling you how to run your ship when I’m only an armchair admiral! The nerve of some people 😉

  6. #6 by sunripen on May 2, 2005 - 08:43

    LAST comment, promise, I think.
    3Ms Vikuiti screen protectors.
    Latest and greatest thing. Reduce glare and improve clarity. Fujitsu sells them under Accessories for the tablet.

    As an engineer, I think you would enjoy taking a look at the specs behind the technology here at 3Ms website. Choose the ARMR-200 from this page:

    http://cms.3m.com/cms/US/en/2-136/izezrFG/view.jhtml

    This has nothing to do w the ARMR-200, but the frog is so cool:

    http://cms.3m.com/cms/US/en/2-136/cczirFT/view.jhtml

  7. #7 by palmsolo on May 7, 2005 - 06:26

    Great comments! I downloaded Shark and will be trying that out as well as ritePen and MessagEase. I have already gone through the learning curve on MessagEase and use it as my default input method on my Palm and Pocket PC devices so it is an easy transition to the Tablet.

    I am beta testing the latest version of ritePen and when I tried it out with the Electrovaya review unit last year I found it more accurate than the Microsoft handwriting recognition. Also, with ritePen you can truly write anywhere on the screen. I think you may be able to do this with MS now too with the latest OS update.

    I will definitely be using OneNote, but also wanted to give EverNote a chance to see if it has any additional features over OneNote.

    Screen protection is a must and I appreciate the links to one someone has tried before.

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