I’m contamplating whether I should buy a Tablet PC. I’m looking at the LE1600 from Motion Computing and at the Tatung TTABB12D. There is about a €1.000 difference between the two of them, which is largely due to the Motion Computing name.
The first time a worked with a Tablet was about two years ago when I started a pilot together with HP at a customer I worked for. Even as the machines were flimsy (10″ displays, bulky, slow, etc), the pilot was a success. The company bought the machines and they are pleased with them. Then all the Microsoft people I regularly work with started working with Tablets. I work with a laptop during meetings but using a Tablet at a meeting seems so much more natural.
The company where I did the pilot has moved on to the second generation Tablet PC’s, Fujitsu Lifebooks in this case. They tried the slate models but were not completely pleased with them, so they went for the convertible model. Most of the drawbacks, size – speed and power, are now gone and you can really choose a Tablet PC as a replacement for a normal PC or Laptop. The only thing is the price! Any way you look at it, it still is a lot of money.