Practical uses of Tablet PC

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  1. Agent 9

    Agent 9 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I live in the Chicagoland area, and it was the coldest day so far. It was [I think] -9° F, needless to say my fingers were frozen by the time I got inside my campus; what did I do you ask? turn on my Tm2 and run it hard, of course. It is actually an amazingly useful hand warmer as well as being a Tablet PC.

    I also use the Tm2 (with the lid closed) as a food tray quite often. either at college, or at home.-


    So what have you used your tablet for?
     
  2. Krelian

    Krelian All about the T5010/T900

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    Once or twice my wife has used the nice bright screen of her T5010 as a light box to trace small detail work that she needed to mirror on two sides of an illustration.
     
  3. DRTigerlilly

    DRTigerlilly Tablet Lead Mod (Retired) Super Moderator

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    lol @agent9
     
  4. cgrape2

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    The Display on my Xybernaut T-HB makes a really good flash light.
    Tablets are FUN to use and a challenge to master.
    cgrape2
     
  5. Karimsays

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    I used my 12" tablet with MS streets and trips has a massive GPS device.

    But can't beat a handwarmer though, thats ingenious.
     
  6. darkphantom

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    hrm....besides the obvious, I guess you can say I used as an excuse for playing games in my economics class - I told the professor I was writing notes, (alt-tabbed to one-note) and showed him the stylus.
     
  7. kylera

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    Serious usage: I use it to take notes since I take engineering classes and it's a b****h to type in formulas and symbols.

    At an ESL class I teach part-time, I also connect it to a projector and write stuff since I can't stand chalk.

    Not-so-serious usage: comic reading! It's nice to have a 12-inch-sized comic sometimes in the bus.
     
  8. dceggert

    dceggert Moving 'up' from iPAQ Senior Member

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    I have downloaded pdf versions of books from Google Books and use PDF Annotator to highlight sections in my ongoing research projects. I then use OneNote 2010 to track the notes and references, and I am writing papers and a book in Word 2010.

    I have also used my tablets (the 2730P, LS800, TC1100, and P1620, and I am looking forward to using the the new T580) in my motorhome to:
    - act as a big GPS with Streets&Trips running and a BT GPS receiver
    - play my music collection through the stereo using WMP and the headphone jack as a digital jukebox
    - connected my external DVD drive and played movies on the monitor in the overhead (and the sound through the stereo) while still using the main screen for moving map GPS tracking
    - my wife has taken the device off the dash to update documents via a thumb drive while underway

    The touch features of the T580 should make the jukebox and GPS functions more enjoyable! I am also exploring the possibility of a wireless (possibly BT) camera to act as a rear video camera for backing up and monitoring the 'toad' in the back!
     
  9. Agent 9

    Agent 9 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    haha, I didn't know this thread was active at all (that is good to see). some interesting things you guys are doing with your Tablet PC's


    Since I got my 2730p, I have used the slim dock as a "backing" to put my small workbooks on top of so I can comfortably write on them (either during classes, or at home). It is just excellent like this because it has a "bumped out" side that makes a good handle of sorts, and it is VERY sturdy (only issue is I have large hands, so the docking connector is right where I want to put my fingers; but it is still very usable)

    Man, oh, man is the 2730p with its accessories light years ahead of my Tm2 in terms of usability and versatility ;)
     
  10. WaterCloset

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    I had laryngitis once and used it to communicate to people.
     
  11. purplepeopledesign

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    I was the only one with a portable digital photo frame at a funeral this past weekend. People were impressed.... as if they had never thought of using a laptop in the same way. Of course, slate mode was miles better than passing around an awkward clamshell.

    :)ensen.
     
  12. Heywood

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    I browsed this forum for a while and considered purchasing a pc-tablet after I got a better feel for what it would do. I was just given a Stylistic Fujitsu 5021 so avoided a financial output, and although it's back a generation or two, I like it. It took me three days to configure it to suit me but now have it set up pretty well. Because it came with lots of pheriperals, all I had to do was clean it up and install them. Only two problems. I went online to get a new screen protector and paid a pretty good price for that little piece of plastic that I dislike intensely. It reduces the sharp display, and I threw the thing away and I use the tablet with a mouse and a separate IR keyboard. I now consider the pen something to be used only in desperate situations. (I also have a wacom table connected to my desktop so I'm familiar with using a pen) Now I have a nice display not messed up with a cloudy piece of plastic. Second problem was that I was also given two external cd players. One was a Fujitsu, the other a Targus. I managed to get the driver for the Fujitsu online and installed it ok, but was unable to get a driver for the Targus even from their web site. Since the Targus is also a dvd player, I wanted to install it, but an oem that doesn't make drivers easily available shouldn't be in business.
    I installed Open Office, an up to date genealogy app with an enormous database, and two other database done on a desktop so my wife could have her genealogy in its entirety with her when she goes to places that have source material, because she does real (primary) genealogy research as opposed to pulling questionable stuff from the internet. I think the pc-tablet will serve a real need for us, but only as a portable because I do serious work on the desktops. (It's nice though to be able to have a backup to access scanners, printers and my router, I know that the limitations of an overpriced android tablet would only be a toy for me.)
     
  13. Fordrus

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    I use mine as a punching bag when it doesn't work!

    I mean, uh...

    NEVER!

    However, I do love to use Course Smart to get my textbooks on it- I can even print them (10 pages at a time) to Onenote or PDF for easier markup, note taking, and offline access. I perhaps shouldn't say TOO much about that process. /shifty eyes. :) :) :)

    I have a little stand called a 'book chair' that I use as a stand to get it at a Fordrus appropriate angle. :)
     
  14. drvenom

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    I only use my tablet for note taking. Other than that, my hp 2710p just sits there an looks pretty with its black leather skin.
     
  15. Incitatus

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    To be honest, I have used my 2740p, in slate mode, with the screen up...
    As a serving tray for coffee and tea.

    Hands full, 2 Starbucks beverages and a flat, tablet screen (With screen protector of course)... Only one way to make it across the building in one trip...
    (DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME)
     
  16. sudermatt

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    I almost never use paper now. Everything goes into One Note. I never lose anything. My friends think it's funny when I send them handwritten emails, My Tablet spends 90% of its life in slate mode. I could do with the bulk but not the functionality. I Love My TABLET PC.
     
  17. heatlesssun

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    OneNote really is the killer tablet application, it is one of the greatest apps ever developed IMHO. After a web browser it is the thing I use most and I use it a lot in conjunction with a web browser to store information from the web that I want to reference later. It is a shame that Microsoft hasn't promoted it more, it is one of their most innovative creations ever and almost mine years later there really isn't anything like it by a good bit.
     
  18. gutierrez

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    I have used Fuego as a hand warmer and space heater as well. And having to blow into the fan port from time to time really exercises the lungs.

    More practically, I do digitized embroidery designs. I used to have to sit down with my digitizer pad and futz around looking down and up to make sure what I was tapping out was coming up clean. Now I go outside, sit on the porch, and work on my designs. I also get a lot of work done when stuck waiting places. Being able to draw the designs straight on the application isn't too shabby either. It's like having a little Cintiq.
     
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