3 years ago
I get acquainted with Tablet PC when I bought it way back in 2005, my first Tablet PC was Averatec C3500 it was pathetic, lame and seriously not up to the par, battery life was so-so, Tablet PC with AMD Athlon XP-M 2200+ was really a joke thrown on the face of a Joker.
Anyways, I gave up, and there is one thing I forgot to mention, I was only using Windows Journal, the built-in Notepad like software, it was not that impressive. Never knew about OneNote, and never get motivated to use this Tablet PC ever or any TabletPC whatsoever.
Here comes the “iPhone Typhoon” which changes everything about “Touch-screen” and their usability. So we came to know that fact that if things done little different they do make a big bang in the universe- of Smartphone.
Then I saw this vaporware/prototype on Gizmodo, it is known as “Microsoft Courier”, Bill you really in to this Tablet PC don’t you? So I was saying that, this Courier ignited my interest in to the Tablet PC again, why? Seeing what it can do by using “organic gestures” and “organic input medium”, and achieve something exactly what “TooDoodList” pioneer Nick Cernis is proposing - using Moleskin Notebook & Pencil (the Unlimited amount of Battery in this Notebook is for sure). I was impressed.
This impression of Courier leads me to get a Netbook. Funny, isn’t it? I was thinking that I can read the books in PDF format and do some doodling and sketches and give some feedback to my designer (yes, working on couple of cool pet-projects with some cool people in the evening after my full-time job in the morning).
However when I out of curiosity search the Craigslist and eBay about the availability of the cheap Tablet PC, to my surprise.. I actually hit the jackpot - of productivity. I bought the HP TC1100 and I am impressed mind you it is 2004 technology and it runs on Intel Centrino Processor with 1GB of RAM, and 40 GB of Hard-drive, I know it is not what you want these days. However it does the hell of a job:
- I am now able to read and annotate my PDF files, including my books that I bought in PDF Format.
- OneNote 2007 is the best productivity tool for UX Designer/Interaction Designers alike, that’s what I noticed while using OneNote 2007 for my 40 minute commute from Fremont to San Francisco both ways.
I can use the Balsamiq Studio to sketch what I want to sketch, export the image of my sketches to the OneNote, put more note on it, snip the screen of a inspired website, inserted in to my OneNote, and boom! There I have a feedback ready for my designer and my team, about my new UI idea or any new small improvement on the existing screen/interface.
So now I am really waiting another “Trend-setter” movement from the Apple that may gonna re-kindle that iPod & iPhone like success in the Tablet PC Market. I know Bill, it is your pet-project, but the one who will execute it brilliantly will triumph, I am counting on your Courier however Apple by far prove themselves the trend-setter. Good luck.
Oh by the way I completed complete “Getting Real” by 37Signal with the active Highlighting on the important line on my HP TC1100 Tablet PC, and it is in the form of Slate with the detachable keyboard, very handy when you need the “Netbook” like form-factor, instantly. Also you can visit the Popular Science Magazine and check out the article written in the favor of TabletPC (someone is taking an aim on Kindle by Amazon).