Monday, February 1, 2010

Take 2 and Call Me in the Morning

Pardon my disinterest in Apple’s latest creation.

You see, I’ve been using tablets for about five years--since the heyday of the TC1100--so there’s not a lot for me to get excited about, here.

The TC1100 was of course a full-fledge computer, subject to the tribu

lations of the whimsical and vulnerable Windows operating systems. It, too

, did mail, web and eBooks. Yeah, it cost about four times the stripper model price-point of the iPad, but unlike the iPad, I could actually use the TC1100 as a work and school machine.

Oh, but then there’s that stylus. Frankly, I like the stylus. Try discreetly taking notes in a meeting and you’ll immediately embrace the natural feel of a penning device and notepad in your lap. I’ve actually been to meetings in which colleagues have brought laptops—not a pretty sight, folks. Two hands clanking on keys and head buried behind a screen is no way to commune with one’s associates.

Come to think of it, since my brush with the tablet, all my windows boxes since have been of similar lineage. Following the outgrowing of my TC1100 (it never died) I opted for the Electrovaya Scribbler.

A sturdy machine, it further broke down the barrier between me and it with the incorporation of a fingerprint scanner. At the time, this was a big deal, as I could actually authenticate with the device without even having to whip out the stylus from its silo to do so. The Electrovaya excelled in battery life, but

met its untimely demise due to some moisture collecting under its digitizer screen. (Lesson learned: do not leave a tablet in your car over night, folks).

I replaced the Electrovaya with my current tablet, the Fujitsu ST5112.

In fact, I have two. More on that in a later post. Suffice it to say that although I will continue to buy and bask in the glory of Apple iMac desktops, (my current model is the old white plastic 24 inch variety) I can’t see myself sporting an iPad in the work environment in the foreseeable future.

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