help, lots of choice but confusing

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by pibach, Oct 25, 2007.

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  1. marcus134

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    1. What is your budget?
    less than 2000

    2. Do you prefer a Slate, Convertible or Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)?
    slate or convertible

    3. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    Mainstream ~ 12.1" , 1" thick, 3.5 pounds

    4. Which country do you intent to purchase from?
    Canada maybe US

    5. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
    not really

    6. How many hours battery life do you require?
    at least 4, ideal 6 or more
    does the active or scalable battery management really improve things?

    7. What do you intend to use the Tablet for?
    school work, note(pdf) editing, spreadsheet

    8. Do you have an OS preference?
    no

    9. What software and tasks do you intend to run?
    office or open office or some kind of graphical tablet optimized editor

    10. Do you intend playing Games. If so please list.

    diablo 2, civilisation 3 and maybe other medium or low ressource demanding games

    Screen Specifics

    1. Do you prefer standard or widescreen?
    wide

    2. What resolution do you prefer?
    SXGA - 1400x1050
    WXGA - 1280x768

    3. Do you require an Indoor only or Indoor/Outdoor screen option?
    Indoor/Outdoor necessary

    4. Do you require a Passive or Active Digitizer?
    active or hybrid

    5. Do you require Wacom or Finepoint Technology?
    Wacom, I guess...


    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require?
    60gb, I guess that 2 gb of RAM is a necessity with vista

    2. Do you require an Optical Drive?
    could be a slim external one

    3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)?
    could be interesting, but light weight and slim profile before


    Misc
    1. some tablet seems to have enhanced function stylus, like right click or programmable function while others only seems to act as a poiting device, can I have some explanation there?

    2. does the stylus also work in games?

    3. some tablet seems to come with bundled apps that seems to enhance the "tablet experience and usability" while others seems to only come with basic stuff that comes with every laptop, do they worth it? what software could be bought (downloaded) that would do the same thing or better?

    4. I'm looking for something that is light, slim, sturdy, somewhat rugged (water and dust resistance) would be a big plus, for field works once in a while



    I'll buy it during winter, I know things can change a lot since then but, usually, the compagnies are doing their launch and announcement during automn for christmas, so mentionning upcoming models will also interest me.


    PS: english is not my first language, please, don't be harsh on my errors
     
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    6) >does the active or scalable battery management really improve things?

    no, not at all. Get something with no software on it. That save you time uninstalling the bloatware ;-)

    HP 2710p or Fujitsu t2010 will meet your demand and can be recommended according to the experience you find here around.
     
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    thanks for the answer, whats the difference between vista and xp tablet 2005?
     
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    the compaq and the fujitsu seems really nice, does the extra 0.3 (3.6 to 4.0) pounds for the 9 cell battery will make it less comfortable by a lot, for the fujitsu?
     
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    This is a long debate. Here's my short roundup:

    Vista comes with a lot of new functions - none of which give you anything, imho.

    But there is one important exception, the handwriting recognition!

    You won't go back to XP's handwriting. So forget that.

    But you can buy extra software for it which might be finally the best way. For example Evernote's ritePen is very good handwriting software. And then there is StrokeIt (freeware) you can control everything by gestures. So you do not need Vista, and might be better off with XP as it is less resource hungry.

    But as the above machines come Vista preinstalled and are quite capable if 2GB are installed, you will also live comfortably with Vista.

    regarding battery: I would go with the smaller one since 4-5h is decent and good enough for most situations. If you need more, you can buy another one or the extended one later. It takes a while figuring out what you personally will really need. I, for example, find 2 batteries that you can charge externally extremely valuable since this give you a lot of options and freedom.

    Anyway, check out the various reviews on these machines on this site, people report that weight with the extra battery is nicely balanced.

    The protruding battery on my Thinkpad however is unpleasant and makes the thing heavy and unbalances. But you need that to get 4h runtime.
     
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