Tablet PC for Japanese

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

  1. neokeelo

    neokeelo Pen Pal - Newbie

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    This thread is about two topics 1st off I need some good recommendations on which tablet is right for me. Also I need to know about the programs and uses for people studying Japanese (or any language) on a tablet pc platform.

    I am very new to tablet pc's but I am learning about them. I will go to Japan for a year in September and I want to use my new tablet pc for taking notes and practicing and looking up kanji and words.

    What is some good software out there that will best suit me? Also what are some other programs you recommend that are tablet must have programs?

    I'll go ahead and enter my needs for this particular tablet.

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    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget?
    Around $1000 used or new.

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

    3. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    * Large ~ 14"

    4. Which country do you intent to purchase from?
    USA or Japan

    5. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
    Not at the moment.

    6. How many hours battery life do you require?
    at least 3.

    7. What do you intend to use the Tablet for?
    Taking notes in Japanese, Kanji recognition, Kanji practice, web surfing, reading

    8. Do you have an OS preference?
    Vista

    9. What software and tasks do you intend to run?
    Language software, note taking software, Kanji software. book viewers.

    10. Do you intend playing Games. If so please list.
    Panya ( its a free golf game) dx8 I think. 800x600 D3d


    Screen Specifics

    1. Do you prefer standard or widescreen?
    Widescreen

    2. What resolution do you prefer?
    WXGA 1280x800


    3. Do you require an Indoor only or Indoor/Outdoor screen option?
    Indoor 90% of the time.

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

    5. Do you require Wacom or Finepoint Technology?
    Wacom.

    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require?
    80GB (7200rpm !)

    2. Do you require an Optical Drive?
    Yes

    3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)?
    Would be nice.

    Misc
    1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above?
    S-video out, Dvi or VGA out.The ability to send out Dobly Digital\ DTS 5.1 stream to hook up to my home theater. If I can buy a soundblaster audigy card will this work?
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    What do you think would best suit me?
     
  2. poetdante

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    Take it from me. I have been looking for Japanese learning software designed for a tablet for two years. Good language software (or in my opinion any) that is designed for a tablet does not exist. I am also (hopefully) going to Japan for a year in September and I have an R15 which has helped me in all of my studies including Japanese. You'll never find software that helps you look up words (reliably) except from an electronic dictionary. Believe me I've tried so many softwares and freewares that I gave up and use my old dictionary from high school. Also, don't expect to be using your tablet for notes in college all the time. Some profs may not let you, but that's unlikely. Your biggest concern should be that you have no experience with tablet pcs and thus you don't know how it feels to take notes and read of the screen all the time. I got my tablet pc a year before I went to college to see what note taking was like and to work out all the kinks so everything worked smoothly. You may be a little late getting into the "tablet for school" game and I really don't know what tablet to recommend because your requirements were the same as mine. The only 14" tablets I know are gateway but they aren't that good (no offense to any gateway owners here. I just like the wacom tech and certain aspects of gateways prevent me from liking them). Then again, 14" and an optical drive are only both available on a Gateway but you'll sacrifice some weight. My R15 was like that and it weighs a little over 5lb and I hear the gateways weigh around 7lb.
     
  3. neokeelo

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    Yea I have never had a good image of gateway. So right now it is gateway vs Toshiba for the 14" tablet.
     
  4. poetdante

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    Actually toshiba does not make a 14.1" any more. Only 12". But for you a 12" tablet might be ok since you will be traveling (which university are you going to be studying at and which program?). Let's put it this way, if I would be getting a new tablet (I've spent $1600 for my R15 + $400 in upgrades so I won't be getting a new one any time soon) I'd get an IBM Thinkpad x60 or x61 tablet. But you, like me, are out of luck for software that would help you look up words and practice kanji. I will point you to the nearest thing: microsoft.com. Microsoft has various packs of software (free) that allows you to type in Japanese and even ink in Japanese then convert it to text (the kanji are hard if you don't write them in the right stroke order). If you want to get even more specific you can play around with a few options in office so that your typed kanji can show furigana on top. Just search Microsoft.com for "Japanese".

    Oh and by the way get an active digitizer tablet pc. they work better.
     
  5. neokeelo

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    Thanks for the advice. I am going to Saitama University ( near Tokyo ) I am doing the STEPs program for 1 year.
     
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    Cool. Glad I could help. Hey if you come across some good electronic dictionary software (for Windows) send me a message.
     
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    Declan's Japanese Dictionary. It's the best out there so far. I came across it yesterday and it works great.
     
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