The Fujitsu T420 Tablet PC is an excellent machine all around. It looks good, feels good and has a screen that will spoil you for life. With its bi directional hinge and Core™ 2 Duo Processor this Tablet looks to be an excellent choice for students, road warriors and everyone in between.
Slate Tablet PCs aren’t for everyone. Or at least that’s what the market seems to think, which is why the market is overwhelmingly populated with convertible Tablet PCs. But TabletKiosk is a big believer in the slate Tablet PC and the Sahara i440D certainly proves that they know what they are doing. I’ve never been a slate Tablet PC user due to how I work. But getting a chance to spend a couple of weeks with the Sahara i440D has opened my eyes up to the possibility for some point in the future.
The Sahara i440D I evaluated is running Vista Business and has a Dual-Mode screen offering the user the ability to shift between touch and an active digitizer at the touch of a button. Both modes operate as advertised and I have to say that I find TabletKiosk’s method of dual screens preferable to the other Tablet PCs that offer both touch and active digitizers. The i440D is running an Intel Core Duo LV 2500 processor rated at 1.83Mhz, so it isn’t the fastest Tablet PC out there, but I was impressed with its speed and performance. It handled Vista as well as any other Tablet PC I’ve had my hands on. I was also impressed with the size, weight, and construction of the slate. It feels very natural to take notes in either portrait or landscape modes. Note that TabletKiosk’s Sahara slates come in black or white.
I recently visited with my good friend and fellow productivity consultant, Kelly Forrister, at her home in beautiful Ojai California. The purpose of my visit was to show her the Tablet PC system and environment and to give her a tour of my most recent addition to my mobile knowledge worker productivity toolkit, the X61. I've known and worked with Kelly and her husband John at a number of organizations over the past 15 years and we share a common passion for finding cool gear to help us get things done.
Lenovo was kind enough to provide me with the amazing ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC and I have been enjoying using it and demonstrating to folks how Tablets work and how I use the Tablet PC. (Be sure to search my "Tablet PC" archives for other posts about this incredible tablet.) The X61 combines the best of features - a powerful processor, a long battery life, high resolution and highly visible screen, light weight and the fantastic ThinkPad keyboard 7 TrackPoint to create a flexible and powerful computer. Add to this, Microsoft Vista (I know; it's not ideal on the desktop, but it is a much improved Tablet OS) and I have a powerful tool for mobile productivity.
Marc Orchant and James Kendrick are back with show #40, yes, Marc is back for this show! Our hosts have a typically far-ranging discussion that covers diverse topics relating to the Tabletscape. They look analytically at the big news this week of the Acer/ Gateway merger and how this might impact the Tablet PC space. Dell is entering the Tablet market later this year and the impact on the enterprise market is fodder for meaningful discussion. Marc wants to know when we're going to see an application that is fitting of the capabilities of the Tablet PC and laments the fact we haven't seen one yet.
Just when I was getting very jaded about portable computers, along comes Fujitsu Computer Systems (http://store.shopfujitsu.com/fpc) with a notebook/tabletPC running Microsoft Windows Vista that starts at $1,599 and tops out at $2,309.
It's important to note that this computer is also a Tablet PC. Its display swivels and creates one of the lightest tablet computers I've ever come across, with a screen that's large enough to replicate a letter-sized sheet of paper. Given the overall improvements to Microsoft's handwriting-recognition software over the years, using the computer as a tablet is far more appealing than one might think.
The T-2010 functions very well in tablet mode and again, the computer's low weight makes it truly portable. A stylus is included for writing and editing on the "digitizer" display, and it can be tethered to the machine.
Tablet PCs have had a rocky life to date, but leave it to Fujitsu to produce a device that might just breathe new life into the category. Put simply, the LifeBook T2010 is probably the best tablet I've ever seen. It might be the first tablet PC that I'd consider using on a daily basis, especially if my handwriting was better.
The 3.9-pound, 12.1-inch machine features all the latest goodies: 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of RAM, 100GB hard drive, and one of the brightest screens on the market (nearly three times brighter than my current laptop). It bears no resemblance to the grainy, fuzzy tablets of the past, and the swivel is also unique: It can go left or right, giving you more flexibility in using it as a presentation device.
Small in size and rich in features Samsungs Nv11 Digital Camera is the perfect Tablet PC or UMPC Companion
Small in size and rich in features the Samsung NV11 is a 10.1 Mega-pixels, 5x optical zoom, Smart Touch Technology, a 2.7 inch LCD, MPEG-4 video, Face Recognition technology, advanced shake reduction, 20MB internal memory and ISO up to 1600 so it takes good pictures even in low light situations, in a X BY X camera that is available for under $300.00
We’re busy getting ready for the GBM Meetup in Colorado Springs on Saturday, September 8, but Rob Bushway and I found time to do another GBM podcast this week, and of course GBM Podcast #32 contains lots of info about the Meetup. In addition we also talk about the new Fujitsu T2010 Tablet PC that has everyone talking. It will be making its GBM debut at the Meetup, along with more Tablet PCs and UMPCs than you can cut through with a power saw. We also discuss some changes happening at GBM and look forward to Terry Bradley’s new reporting on Mobile Security.
But the heart of this week’s podcast has to do with Tablet PC applications, or the lack thereof in some cases. We talk about InkSeine, and practically beg Microsoft to release this amazing looking Ink Search tool to users. Rob and Warner also pull out their toolboxes and talk about their favorites applications and must haves, but unfortunately the list doesn’t change all that much, and their are too few tools in the box. You can check out Warner’s list of Must Have Tablet PC Apps here, and I’m not sure Rob has ever done a post about what he carries in his toolkit, but if you listen to the show, you'll find out all about it.
Toshiba Singapore Pte Ltd’s Computer Systems Division announces the dynadock USB docking station with video capabilities to provide the luxury and convenience of connecting multiple displays and peripherals simultaneously. Toshiba’s dynadock is compatible with any manufacturer’s notebook computer or Tablet PC featuring Windows XP and is Windows Vista compatible, ensuring consumers will be able to upgrade to the new Windows Vista operating system while taking advantage of all the opportunities offered by Windows XP today.
Available in Mist gray and Black, the dynadock incorporates a sleek upright design that is a space saving alternative when compared to the conventional docking stations and port replicators. A one-cable connection allows the dynadock to connect with any notebook computer featuring a USB 2.0 port, effectively minimizing the amount of time necessary to set up the average workstation.
The Toshiba dynadock offers six USB 2.0 ports, two hot USB 2.0 ports in the front and four standard USB 2.0 ports in the back. The two hot USB 2.0 ports provide an uninterrupted flow of power for charging devices such as cell phones, PDAs and MP3 players simultaneously.
The dynadock is available in two versions—DVI or VGA. The integration of either video port allows the user to connect multiple displays and when combined with an optical-audio port for 7.1 digital sound, it delivers an enhanced multimedia experience. The dynadock also features serial, headphone, microphone and Ethernet ports.
The Toshiba dynadock will provide consumers with the autonomy and flexibility to enjoy an assortment of peripherals through a single connection, and it is perfect solution for empowering users to enhance the overall productivity of their notebook computer.
The nursing service at Essen University Hospital is to begin an ambitious wireless health IT project later in September that will result in it becoming one of the first fully wireless hospitals in Germany.
The wireless system will be introduced to enable nurses and doctors at the hospital to use tablet PCs running electronic nursing documentation software and order communications software at the point of care.
Details of the project were presented by the head of nursing at Essen University Hospital, Christian Dahlmann, at the conference "IT trends 2007" in Essen this week. "We are planning to upgrade our existing health information system Medico, a Siemens product, to a clinical information system which also includes electronic nursing documentation", Dahlmann told E-Health Europe at the conference..
The hardware side includes wireless LAN communication for initially five wards. Nurses access the Medico-module for nursing documentation, 'Nursing Process Management', using tablet PCs. "We will also introduce an electronic medical chart in order to replace paper-based solutions in this area", explained Dahlmann.
The tablet PCs to be used are likely be the Digital Clinical Assistant produced by Fujitsu-Siemens, which has been specifically developed for use in hospital environments. The tablet-style device has a carrier handle, works without standard fan ventilation, cutting contamination risks, and can be easily disinfected.
Essen University Hospital hopes that both nurses and patients will benefit from the fully electronic nursing documentation. Patients could suffer less medication errors because a computer-based physician order entry-system is implemented simultaneously with the new nursing documentation.
During the ward round, physician will use the tablet PC for their medication orders, and the software will instantly check for possible medication errors. The system to be used is RP-doc, a medication software developed at the university of Saarbrücken.
I just uploaded a screencast that shows handwriting recognition being performed by Mac's InkWell technology as well as that provided on Tablet PCs and in Vista. In this video, the demo is all done on an iMac within Firefox. The recognition on the Mac side simply uses InkWell. For the Microsoft side, I used the Silverlight-based SearchTIP I described the other day, which uses server side recognition.
Parrot, Inc. today announced that two of the largest consumer electronics retailers in the world, Circuit City and Best Buy have launched nationwide the company’s hands-free Bluetooth® car kit line. Three Parrot car kit models, the Parrot CK3000 Evolution, Parrot CK3100 LCD and Parrot 3200 LS-COLOR, will be available in more than 600 Circuit City stores and Parrot’s entire car kit line will be available online at www.circuitcity.com.
“Having Circuit City launch the Parrot car kit portfolio nationwide will help consumers more easily find the hands-free Bluetooth car kits they want. And, Parrot will also be the largest line of installed Bluetooth car kits that Circuit City offers,” said Ed Valdez, president and COO of Parrot Inc.
“With an increasing number of states banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, Circuit City will be well-positioned to respond to consumers’ needs to make a smart choice in using hands-free car kits with the wireless convenience of Bluetooth technology,” said Valdez. “Already New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and several cities require hands-free devices in vehicles, and by July 1, 2008, California and Washington will join them. This will create a huge market totaling nearly 80 million consumers and more than 65 million vehicles.”
Parrot also announced that North America’s No. 1 consumer electronics retailer, Best Buy, will carry several models in the company’s hands-free Bluetooth® car kit line, and the retailer has already launched them in a number of its stores nationwide.
Initially, Best Buy will carry Parrot’s highly acclaimed portable Parrot MINIKIT speakerphone in most of its U.S. stores. It will also stock two Parrot car kits that require professional installation – the Parrot CK3000 EVOLUTION and Parrot CK3100 LCD – in about 300 stores. All three products will be immediately available on the retailer’s Web site at www.bestbuy.com.
Other Parrot products, including its wireless stereo speakers, digital photo viewers and wireless conference phone will be featured online at Best Buy’s website.
With the addition of a split-QWERTY keypad, faster boot times, longer battery life and weighing 3.76 pounds Samsung's second generation UMPC sets out to improve the Ultra Mobile PC experience for users.
Paying close attention to the requests and feedback from consumers the new Q1 Ultra includes a significant number of enhancements and improvements including a split-QWERTY keypad, 4.5 hours of battery life, SRS TruSurround 3D, stereo speakers, enhanced LCD brightness, 1024 x 600 resolution, Support for 3.5G HSDPA wireless cellular modem communications, video chat web cam support and a high- resolution recorder/still picture camera video, enhanced biometrics and full Tablet PC capabilities
InPlay's core MPD-9xx system consists of a single-board digitizer and digital writing pen. Variable grid sizes, including 7-inch, 12.1-inch and wide 14.0-inch, make the technology easily implemented in kiosk, POS, UMPC and tablet PC applications. Smaller formats are also available for use in smartphone and PDA products.
New Products Deliver Increased Storage Capacity and Solid State Drive Option, Faster CPU Speeds and Wireless Connectivity, and Reduced Price
SAN FRANCISCO, September 10, 2007 – OQO Inc., creator of the model 02, the world’s smallest PC running Windows Vista® and the first ultra mobile PC (UMPC) with embedded 3G mobile broadband, today announced new model 02 products with high performance features that deliver increased Anytime/Anywhere Productivity™ and extend OQO’s lead in the category. To accelerate consumer and enterprise adoption of the model 02, OQO is aggressively pricing its upgraded UMPCs starting at $1,299.
As everyone knows who reads this page or knows me, I am an avid tablet user. I can't imagine functioning in my business without one as mobility and portability is everything. This video is a short demonstration on how you can use Virtualization to accomplish what you may need to do. Sometimes we have some old software that may have issues with Vista for example and using a virtual Microsoft XP system can be the answer for you. Sometimes you may deal with other companies who run other operating systems and you have the need to connect and interact.
If you are not familiar with Virtualization, it is used all over, by major corporations who use virtual web servers. You may not be aware of the fact that when you access certain active web sites that you are using a virtual machine or virtual server. Virtual machines allow for more than one operating system to run on the same hardware. What this also means is that when you are using a virtual operating system, good hardware is needed. In this example I used the Sahara i440D with Intel Dual Core processors and 2g of ram, and as you can see in the video the tablet handles everything with any hesitation.
Toon Boom Animation announced today the release of Toon Boom Studio 4, the latest version of its all-in-one animation software solution. Incorporating a more user-friendly interface for greater flexibility and ease of operation, the new release includes a number of improved features
Moreover, Toon Boom Studio 4 includes support of Adobe Illustrator layers, the Vectorize Preview window, improved drawing tools, Alpha Onion Skinning and support of Tablet PC OS (for Windows XP and Vista).
Toon Boom Studio 4 is available through September 13, 2007 at the special launch price of $329.99 (Promo code: TBS091307). Studio 4 customers can log into their Members/My Products Page on Toon Boom’s web site and download this latest release immediately. All orders requiring shipping will be processed at the end of September 2007.
Talk about good timing. While Matt and Warner were in town for our GBM planning meetings and Reader Meetup, John Hill from Allegiance Technology Partners, was able to get us a Fujitsu T2010 Tablet PC to do an InkShow with. The T2010 was quite the hit at the GBM Reader Meetup, especially the WXGA bright screen. Warner is beginning the process of shopping for a new tablet pc, so Matt and I pitted the HP 2710p and Fujitsu T2010 against each other to see which one might rise up and maybe become Warner's next Tablet PC.
We hope this head-to-head comparison is helpful for those trying to decide between the two. As we show in this InkShow video review, the decision is not an easy one, as there are plenty of strengths and weaknesses on both sides of the fence.
The Freed-Hardeman University nursing program, the Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Palm Beach Atlantic University Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy have established 1:1 tablet computing initiatives with CDW-G. Promoting an interactive learning environment for students and faculty, the tablet PCs enable students to easily capture and manage information, and develop real-world technology skills to support careers across the spectrum of medicine.
We evaluated a wide range of technology solutions before we decided that tablet PCs would provide our nursing students with the best real-world technology experience," said John Bentley, chief information officer at the Henderson, Tenn., school. The school selected CDW-G to provide Fujitsu T4000 tablet PCs to students and faculty.
A few days ago, HTC's Shift was the UMPC to watch, the Emperor-in-waiting of that elusive form factor, sexy, powerful and petite. One specification announcement later, however, and the admittedly-small part of the Internet that cares about handheld PCs has recoiled in horror: 2 hours of battery life.
ELECTRONIC books have been around for more than 30 years, but the technology to make them widely available on portable, affordable and ubiquitous devices remains elusive.
Twelve years ago, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates predicted that eventually, incremental improvements in computer and screen technology would give us a lightweight, universal e-book, which will approximate today’s paper book. “Inside a case roughly the same size and weight as today’s hardcover or paperback book, you’ll have a display that can show high-resolution text, pictures and video,” Gates wrote in his book The Road Ahead. “You’ll be able to flip pages with your finger or use voice commands to search for the passages you want. Any document on the network will be accessible from such a device.”
This vision, perhaps, is behind Gates’ unflinching enthusiasm for the Tablet PC, notwithstanding the market’s cool reaction to the product so far.
Toshibas latest offering from the R400 series is the R400-S4933
Included with this system is Toshiba's new Wireless UWB Port Replicator, Genuine Windows® Vista® Ultimate, an UltraSlim USB DVD SuperMulti drive (+R double layer) supporting 10 formats, and for extended battery time, a secondary Li-Ion battery!.
At Comdex 2000, Bill Gates demonstrated a prototype of a Tablet PC. Seen as a major evolutionary step in PC functionality and usability, it brought greater simplicity and mobility to the computing experience. In 2006, the next major evolution took place - the introduction of a smaller and lighter Tablet PC or Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC). Today, Tablet PCs are used in construction, law, sales force automation, health care, and government institutions to enable a growing mobile workforce. With the ease and convenience of the Tablet PC, it is no surprise that many laptop users are switching to tablets to capture the benefits of pen-based computing. For those of you who are considering making the switch, you might find some useful tidbits of information below.
Let's start with resources. There are a couple of places to find information on Tablet PCs. Gottabemobile has a plethora of useful information when it comes to Tablets and other mobile devices. Especially cool - the "Ink Shows" - video reviews that cover hardware and software related to Tablet PCs. They also have editorials, podcasts, a user community, and more. Another favorite site is TabletPc2. Here you will find quick access to the hardware manufacturers that provide solutions for the tablet community. There are also useful reviews and tips and tricks.
Next, let's discuss your basic options - slate, convertible, ruggedized, Wacom, or UMPC. To keep things simple - a slate is a tablet without a keyboard, a convertible is a Tablet with a keyboard, ruggedized means the tablet can withstand some pretty harsh conditions (4' drop to concrete, water submersion, etc.), Wacom Tablet is a display/monitor with pen-based input, and the UMPC is a mini tablet (usually 7" screen or less). The option best for you depends on your needs
For those of you who have no need for a keyboard and have grown up with the pencil and pen, the slate is the way to go. Much lighter and thinner, it is the electronic equivalent of the pad and pen. The smaller form factor and light weight also minimizes arm fatigue. Plus, just add a portable keyboard if the need to type arises.
The convertible is a nice option for those accustomed to a laptop and will use a keyboard more often than the stylus. This gives you the flexibility to use the stylus when the need arises, but work predominantly in laptop mode.
At TechEd Australia in the Gold Coast I had the chance to talk tablet on camera for the Virtual TechEd crew. The only catch was I had to bring my own interviewer. No problem Lee Williams was at TechEd with me and stepped up to the plate.
As Tablet PCs grow more and more popular, many universities have opted to use them for certain programs. Tablet PCs have proven to be a strong contender in fields like nursing and engineering. Even many art and design students have taken a liking to the "paper and pen" like feel that a Tablet PC gives. In fact many tablet manufacturers like Lenovo, Fujitsu and HP offer student discounts to help those struggling college students get the newest technology.
CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a subsidiary of CDW Corporation, today announced that the Freed-Hardeman University nursing program, the Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Palm Beach Atlantic University Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy have established 1 on 1 tablet computing initiatives with them. The Tablet PCs will promote an interactive learning environment for students and faculty. The tablets will also enable students to easily capture and manage information and develop real-world technology skills to support careers across the spectrum of medicine.
Freed-Hardeman University’s nursing program selected CDW-G to provide the school with Fujitsu T4000 Tablet PCs for the faculty and students.
The Morehouse School of Medicine, located in Atlanta, understands the increasingly important role technology is playing in higher education and the future of healthcare as well and ultimately selected Fujitsu LifeBook T4215 tablets through CDW-G to enhance their students learning experience.
Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy strives to provide its 300 pharmacy students with the technology, training and support they need to succeed professionally, while enabling a hands-on, interactive learning experience. The school, which is located in West Palm Beach, selected CDW-G to provide its incoming students with HP TC4400 Tablet PCs equipped with DVD drives as well as accessories including custom backpacks and flash drives with the PBAU logo.
Updated VIA Chip Gives Handheld PC More PowerOQO launches a Windows Vista-capable version of its 02 ultra-mobile PC (UMPC), sporting VIA's latest ultra-low-voltage (ULV) 1.6GHz processor chip.
Powerful PCs don't have to be power-hungry, claimed OQO this week as it launched a Windows Vista-capable version of its 02 ultra-mobile PC (UMPC), sporting VIA's latest ultra-low-voltage (ULV) 1.6GHz processor chip.
The pocket-sized device can be used as a tablet PC, or else a backlit keyboard slides out from underneath the 800 by 480 pixel wide-VGA screen. It weighs just under 1lb (450g), measures 142 by 84 by 25mm, and can run for up to three hours on its 4500mAh battery, said OQO.
That's perhaps a tenth of the battery capacity of a conventional laptop, and it suggests that the device consumes on average just a few watts. Some of that can be accounted for by the VIA C7-M ULV processor, which is fully Intel x86-compatible yet has a maximum thermal design power (max TDP) of just 7.5W, and typically runs on far less.
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Coming Tuesday - "The Best Tablet PC" - Updated for 2007
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Coming Tomorrow - "The Best Tablet PC" - Updated for 2007
Other HP-branded models on the list include the dv6600, which has a larger 15.1" screen and low-end CPU options; the dv9600, which bumps the display to 17" and the video card to the 8600M model (as found in newer Apples); and the tx1300 tablet/subnotebook.
If you’ve ever spent some time with a Tablet PC then you’ll find features you’ll like but more often than not, you’ll come away thinking that it’s just a little too heavy and the battery life doesn’t warrant the extra expense over a standard notebook.
Well, Toshiba hasn’t addressed a price issue, as at £1775 (inc. VAT) this is the most expensive tablet we’ve seen in a while but what the company has done is overall the style and power of the machine, turning the R400 into something truly special.
Billed by Toshiba as 'the symbol of sophistication', it's easy to see why. The crisp black and white look is definitely more sophisticated than the average machine and weighing in at 1.8kg, it’s a machine light enough to carry around with a fair degree of ease.
When it comes to usability, we found it well above average. For instance, we managed to get well over five hours from the battery, which is something we’re not accustomed to with a tablet.
The Toshiba Portege R400 has restored our faith in the Tablet PC format.
Sure, you have to pay for the privilege and while it’s not the most corporate of looking machines, it contains enough technology to more than meet the needs of business and pleasure.
Several weeks ago, a huge hail storm made its way through Colorado Springs. My wife was on her way to an appointment when her van got pummeled, only to get hit again after she arrived at the appointment. Meanwhile, my car sustained some pretty rough damage while sitting in a parking lot. It became pretty clear to us that a car is no match for golf ball sized ice combined with gravity.
Several days later, we called our local State Farm agent, and learned that they had set up a "catastrophe tent" to handle the large number of claims being submitted. This past weekend, we made our way to the claims area and were met with two processing agents wielding Fujitsu slate Tablet PCs outfitted with bumpcases. I didn't see much inking going on, but they were busy tapping away on some forms application and going through car diagrams, as they processed our two vehicles. Within no time, they had finished our claim, reviewed their findings with us, cut us some checks, and had us on our way.
It was a good encouragement for me to see Tablet PC technology being used in the field in such an effective way, and to be a personal beneficiary of the technology I write about on a daily basis.
Community Media Workshop, integrated communications coaching for community organizations. Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for Cooler Planet, public art exhibit along the Chicago lakefront that provides simple solutions to climate change. DDK Innovations Inc., extension rod that can be used to install threaded rod fasteners into concrete ceilings and wire electric circuits. De La Salle Institute, Tablet PC Program provides every member of the freshman class with his own tablet PC with pre-loaded software and textbooks.
Several years have past and I have gotten countless emails asking me to update "The Best Tablet PC" so I have done my best to provide you with honest and answers to your questions and provide you with as much incite and information as I can to help you in your quest for "The Best Tablet PC" .......
Warner’s recent GBM Inkshow review of the Sahara Slate PC® i440D did a great job describing the device’s innovative, new dual mode screen and how it can switch between active digitizer and touch screen input. To demonstrate, Warner opened Windows Journal and provided a side-by-side inking comparison. First he wrote “GBM Rocks!!!” with the stylus pen utilizing the active digitizer, then he switched to touch screen mode and did it again using his fingernail.
Watching this demonstration, it struck me that many seasoned Tablet PC reviewers, including Warner, evaluate the i440D’s touch screen capabilities by focusing on note taking, data entry and digital inking. Considering that these reviewers are intimately familiar with the functionality of the Tablet PC platform, this makes perfect sense.
GBM readers, however, may be surprised to learn that the majority of TabletKiosk’s enterprise customers do not employ handwriting recognition on our touch screen devices. Instead, they use our Sahara Slate PCs and eo™ UMPCs primarily to run pure-touch, menu driven applications that do not require any inking capabilities at all. Their highly mobile, highly efficient applications gather information via quick taps on the touch screen in response to “yes and no” questions, survey queries and basic text input on a virtual keyboard.
Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today announced the availability of the palm-sized LifeBook(R) U810 mini convertible notebook. Weighing in at 1.56 pounds with a 5.6-inch LED backlit display, the world's smallest tablet convertible* is ideal for on-the-go work forces who need to run office applications and stay connected while on the road. And for down time, the bright 5.6" LED based screen is ideal for watching a movie, or just listening to your favorite tunes. An integrated camera also makes the LifeBook U810 notebook perfect for video conferencing and digital picture taking.
With the power to run all standard notebook applications, the LifeBook U810 convertible works as a traditional notebook with an ultra-slim QWERTY keyboard, or by swiveling the WSVGA Crystal View illuminated screen, as a handheld Tablet PC with a touch screen for finger or pen input. Back at the office or at home, place the LifeBook U810 notebook into a docking station and attach an external display and keyboard for a true desktop experience.
The LifeBook U810 notebook, which complies with the new Energy Star(R) version 4.0 guidelines, is equipped with the energy-efficient Ultra Low Power Intel(R) A110 processor optimized specifically for highly mobile devices. With a standard four-cell battery, it delivers up to 5.5 hours(1) of computing time, perfect for a cross-country flight. The LifeBook U810 notebook offers a choice of operating systems, including Windows Vista(R) Home Premium, Windows Vista(R) Business or Windows(R) XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.
"The LifeBook U810 convertible has a familiar form factor and all the power of a standard notebook in a 1.5 pound package. It is one of the only products to provide notebook and tablet functionality in this class," said Paul Moore, senior director of mobile product marketing, Fujitsu Computer Systems. "Mobile professionals and consumers who desire the ultimate in mobility shouldn't settle for devices that provide only limited functionality when they can have a fully functioning laptop with the LifeBook U810 convertible notebook
Price and Availability
The LifeBook U810 notebook, priced starting at $999(2) is immediately available through the Fujitsu direct sales force, website, channel partners and select retail outlets(3). Users can choose from a recommended configuration, or they can customize their system using the Fujitsu Configure To Order (CTO) program. See http://www.computers.us.fujitsu.com/store/index.shtml for further information.
In a study published by the Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer, researchers from Thomson Healthcare found that when cancer patients used a handheld computer before office visits to rate and report their pain, fatigue, and depression, doctors were significantly more likely to address these potentially debilitating symptoms and side effects. Thomson Healthcare is part of The Thomson Corporation .
The three-year study, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, evaluated the PACE System(TM) (Patient Assessment, Care and Education), which uses notebook-sized tablet PCs equipped with touch-screen technology and specialized software. When patients arrived for office visits, they used the handheld computers to complete a self-assessment that automatically uploaded to a wireless network and produced a detailed, real-time report on their symptoms for their doctors.
Microsoft, never content with just monopolizing one segment of the market, has decided to dip its big, scary toes into the Slingbox-ish world of anywhere-TV with a new piece of software for its Media Center PCs. Using the newly acquired (but not new) WebGuide component -- created by a gentleman named Doug Berrett -- you can now tune into your Media Center content from any place you have web access. The software actually goes beyond what Slingbox is capable of, giving you full control over your system remotely, allowing you to set record times, change schedules, and generally go buck-wild, even from a mobile phone or WiFi equipped PDA.
Why You Might Want It: Fujitsu claims the LifeBook U810 is the first convertible touch-screen tablet PC in an ultramobile size. When the clamshell-style device is open, its QWERTY keyboard is available. When it's being used as a tablet, a finger or a stylus can be used for input on the 5.6-inch screen. The $999 (starting price) device weighs 1.56 pounds, measures 6.73 by 5.24 by 1.26 inches, and is expected to go on sale in September.
The LifeBook U810's standard four-cell lithium-ion battery promises 5.5 hours of life, according to Fujitsu. The device supports 802.11g wireless networking, has 1GB of memory and a 40GB hard drive, runs standard PC applications, and can be configured with Microsoft Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Home Premium, or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.
The news for those that follow the UMPC platform may signal a bumpy road ahead though.
Intel is squarely marketing its platforms as a Mobile Internet Device, not a UMPC--even
though they toss in UMPC support every now and then. It looks to me like Intel is moving its marketing might away from the UMPC. That's very unfortunate for those that develop and support this platform. Now some could argue that Intel hasn't done all that much to advocate the UMPC anyway. As a software developer, that would be my opinion. Outside of announcing the UMPC before Microsoft and providing some sneak peeks as various reference designs, I'm not sure what else Intel is doing in terms of UMPC evangelism. I've been at Intel events where the people don't even know one lick about UMPCs, other than some group in Intel works on them. Then again, maybe I'm looking in the wrong places.
Anyway, now Intel's marketing effort for the UMPC is making more sense--it's all about the MID. Now in some respects, what's the difference between a MID and a UMPC? Maybe they're a little smaller, but other than that we're talking about very similar devices. In fact, this Moorsetown-enabled MID mockup sure looks a lot like the Haiku device Bill Gates was showing around as the future of the UMPC as well as a little iPhone splashed in.
The key words to keep in mind when thinking of the Gateway M275XL convertible tablet are "think big". While other Windows XP Tablets flirt with subnotebook status, the Gateway comes in at 12.6" x 10.8" x 1.1" and weighs 5.7 pounds. This means it has a roomy 14.1" display that's easy on the eyes and an internal optical drive. It also means this is not a model that you'll carry around in tablet mode for an hour on your arm without struggling with its weight and girth. Thus the M275 is a great tablet for those who want a notebook computer first and tablet features second.
The Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 has been on the market for a little bit now, but this is the first time we have had the opportunity to spend some quality time with it, besides the quick hands-on when it was announced. The T2010 definitely fits in the lightweight, ultra-portable category considering it has no optical drive and runs an Intel ULV processor, which allows for the slim design. I have to say like the other Fujitsu models I have reviewed the 12.1" display is impressive. The screen is amazing, the colors are bright and vivid and the bi-directional hinge is a bonus.
Which one's better between Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 and T2010 and P1610 if the price is the last thing to consider?
The P1610 is the smallest of the lot. It is also the lightest and there is a 3G SIM slot for use with mobile broadband plans. However, it does not have fantastic battery life and it uses a touchscreen instead of an active digitizer. Hence, several features which are present in the T4220 and T2010 (like right-clicking and erasing with the stylus) are not present.
The T2010 is the latest tablet PC from the Japanese maker. If Fujitsu's claims are true, then it has the best battery life of the three, going for up to 11 hours on the extended cell. It also has one of the brightest screens for a tablet PC, shining at 300nits. However, it uses the ULV Core 2 Duo chip which may not be adequate for anything more than productivity tasks, while the optical drive has been sacrificed to make the unit lighter and slimmer.
The T4220 pounds the lot with its full-fledged Core 2 Duo chip and integrated optical drive. This is certainly for those who refuse to skimp on features and performance. However, it is decidedly hefty at almost 2kg, so don't expect to carry it one-handed for long periods.
Exclusively with laptops carrying Vista Business or Ultimate editions
Buyers of laptops with Vista Business or Ultimate editions installed will find they have the option to downgrade to XP as part of a scheme that Microsoft would prefer to be kept quiet.
Even though the company is pushing the Vista operating system hard, it has made an announcement via the Lenovo website, which sheepishly states that: "For a limited time only Lenovo customers that have Windows Vista Business or Ultimate installed on their machines will have the chance to purchase a Windows XP Recovery CD."
Fujitsu, however, has taken disgruntled Vista users a bit too seriously and will be compensating by including a copy of Windows XP in the box with their laptops and tablets.
"That's going to help out small- and medium-size businesses," Fujitsu marketing manager Brandon Farris told CNET News.com.
Hewlett Packard will also begin a program in August for several of its business models. "For business desktops, workstations and select business notebooks and tablet PCs, customers can configure their systems to include the XP Pro restore disc for little or no charge,"
One of the worst things happened this year in the Ultra-Mobile PC World. Intel could not figure out how to market the UMPC platform and shifted terms to Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs).
What went wrong for Microsoft?
1. Microsoft screwed with the UMPC Community. After the Ultra Mobile PC launch, Microsoft competed with most webmasters to build a site about the UMPC. This type of action does not initiate competition but slows progress. Microsoft employees did not understand the difference between supporting a community and buying a community. This continues to this day with an Origami site competing against other UMPC sites. Once more, this lack of support led some select sites to change emphasis or abandon posting altogether.
2. Along this line of thought, potential consumers became confused. Is it Ultra-Mobile PC, Ultra Mobile PC, or Origami? Microsoft created confusion by registering a domain with the name Origami and kept referring to the Origami instead of UMPC. Sure sure. There was an attempt to justify the names by referring to software v. hardware. The attempt was lame.
What went wrong for Intel?
1. Intel wants to sell processors. The original UMPCs were old hardware and Intel wanted to discuss new processors. More important, VIA-based UMPCs hit the market with the most penetration and scared the heck out of Intel.
2. Intel did not focus energies and clarify their position on Ultra Mobile PCs. While many employees were shifted to the category, leaders failed to provide a clear mission. Intel needs to think 5 years, 50 years, and 100 years in advance. The UMPC was almost a backwards thought process for Intel.
3. Intel did not invest in the UMPC phrase. For example, fresh content on the Intel UMPC.com site does not exist, with the same two stories showing since April*. Maybe someone should buy that site and fix it.
Sitting back and considering the events over the past six months, one can easily get all excited over the silly drivel about Intel MIDs and Microsoft UMPCs. Neither company is coherent. There was great hope but like all Microsoft events over the past few years - hope was a four letter word quickly morphed into profanity.
Yet, the Intel MID has momentum. While Microsoft sleeps - Intel pushes forward. This formula is a great mixture for Intel to wash away the UMPC and work with manufacturers to build competitive products to the Apple iPhone.
Fortis Healthcare is pilot-testing the use of tablet PCs. With these, a substitute for paper-based notepads, doctors can key in real-time information, which is stored in a central repository. Nurses can make updates via the tablet PC and doctors alerted through SMS if any complications arise during treatment. The hospital plans to barcode patients. Manish Gupta, Chief Information Officer , said the barcode would ensure that every patient had a unique identity and give access to his entire medical history and treatment.
Small firestorm alert. In the last couple of days CNET and Engadget have blown some air on the embers that have been simmering over Vista issues. And of course in mobile circles those issues smolder pretty close to the surface. It was reported that “Microsoft is quietly allowing PC Makers to offer a downgrade option to buyers that get machines with the new operating system but want to switch to Windows XP.” Actually this isn’t really news at all. If you follow the link to this document, you’ll see that this has been available for Vista Business and Vista Ultimate customers since the beginning. The “quietly” part may be news, (I would like to think it was just because this wasn’t communicated effectively by Microsoft and not just lousy reporting), and how some OEMs are handling this may be news, but there is more to the story beyond flame fanning.
Calendars Focused on January 31, 2008 and Eyes on SP1
Fujitsu has recently started shipping an XP disc with its laptops and Tablet PCs, and other OEMS have created programs to keep customers happy at present. That only makes sense. But the real test will become clearer as we get closer to January 31, 2008. That’s the date by which Microsoft has announced that it will no longer allow OEMs to sell XP based systems. And with reports of Vista SP1 being slowly rolled out in Beta, you can bet that the rush is on to ship that service pack prior to January 31 so that Microsoft can keep to its deadline. There is a lot at stake, certainly.
The City of New York has proclaimed Sept. 26 Guitar Hero Day, in honor of the impending release of the Activision game “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.”
The festivities included Activision executives ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, a city official will read a proclamation, and fans will “storm the streets,” Activision said in a statement. The game will also be featured at the DigitalLife Conference, which will take place Thursday through Saturday at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
Set for release Oct. 28 on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii, as well as Mac and PC platform, “Legends of Rock” will include appearances by such rock luminaries as Slash, Bret Michaels and Tom Morello.
Lenovo Tablet PCs are helping Lifetime Health Medical Group, a primary healthcare provider for more than 100,000 patients in New York State, enhance patient care by providing quick and secure access to medical information and streamlining administrative processes. The medical group is deploying 300 Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet PCs after a rigorous evaluation process of several PC solutions.
Lifetime Health Medical Group selected the ThinkPad X60 Tablet PCs for their reliability, security and excellent wireless functionality. The Tablets offer high-speed mobile broadband1 connectivity and layered hardware- and software-based security tools, so medical staff can easily access the organization’s wireless network while keeping confidential patient information secure. The Lenovo Tablets are also equipped with integrated fingerprint readers, so only authorized staff can retrieve information and use related applications, and passwords are kept protected.
Using the NextGen® electronic medical records system on the ThinkPad X60 Tablets, medical and support staff at Lifetime Health Medical Group can document encounters at the point of care, creating a secure, longitudinal record of a patient’s health information. Providers can quickly order prescriptions electronically right from the exam room.
“The Lenovo Tablet coupled with NextGen solutions has allowed me to significantly decrease the amount of time each day that my staff and I fill out paperwork,” said Douglas Golding, M.D., medical director, Lifetime Health Medical Group. “The simple pen-to-slate functionality allows me to take notes quickly and save them immediately in one location so I can review them later. The Lenovo Tablet’s screen rotation feature also enables me to more effectively engage patients because I can show them helpful visuals, test results and charts on the LCD display.”
The Lenovo Tablets are helping overcome one of the greatest challenges in today’s healthcare industry: improving patient care while lowering administrative costs. Additionally, providers at Lifetime Health Medical Group can achieve a better work/life balance by being able to access information remotely, which allows them to work from home and maintain more flexible hours.
* Phreesia showed a nifty wireless touchscreen for doctors' offices. The PhreesiaPad lets patients fill in and update their own information electronically instead of on the usual clipboard. Doctors then get more legible versions of the patients' complaints, and it's all designed to be privacy and HIPAA compliant. The plan is for the tablet PCs to be free to doctors and paid for with advertising by pharmaceutical companies. No word on what happens when two-year-olds start playing with them. (And oh, they will...)
In this pic, you see it configured for use on a tripod. That's why I have the artist's palette slotted in at the front. Normally when I'm at my desk, I don't slot the palette in. But the keyboard and mouse are standard accompanying dishes.
n recent months, news and reviews of the MobileDemand xTablet T8600 Rugged Tablet PC has been buzzing all over the Internet. Independent reviews by GottaBeMobile.com, RuggedPCReview.com, TheTablePC.net, and TabletPC2.com praise the MobileDemand Tablet PC for its ruggedness (meets MIL-STD 810F) and ability to serve a broad range of industries and applications.
Warner Crocker of GottaBeMobile.com reviewed two versions of the xTablet T8600 Rugged Tablet PC. The first version was the basic rugged tablet pc, while the second version included MobileDemand’s bar-code scanner and magnetic stripe reader. In his thorough Online Video Review he praises the high-capacity battery, carrying accessories, the world’s only built-in numeric keypad and more.
Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, today announced the availability of the USB727 Modem. Developed by Novatel Wireless , a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions, and carrying the distinction of being the world's smallest Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revolution A (Rev. A) modem stick, the USB727 features an integrated microSD(TM) slot, allowing for the seamless storage and transport of up to 4 GB of files, photos or videos. Customers may purchase the USB727 Modem today online at http://www.verizonwireless.com and through Verizon Wireless' business sales channels. USB727 Modem will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores including those in Circuit City on October 5.
The USB727 is designed to work with any computing device equipped with a Type A USB port -- including most desktops, notebooks, and tablet PCs.
OK, not unicorns, but a creature equally as rare: A high-tech gadget you cannot find at Best Buy or Circuit City. Known as a tablet PC, this exotic creature isn't mainstream enough to merit shelf space in the big-box stores, yet Hill is making a tidy living selling it into niche markets.
While the tablet PC market as a whole has been slow to take off, Hill's Allegiance Technology Partners has been blasting upward, from $447,000 in 2004 to $1.9 million last year.
Founded in July 2002 the company hit its stride a year and a half later, when Hill made the strategic move that got all engines firing. He decided to dig deep into his customers' needs.
We are all about being mobile here on GottaBeMobile, and one thing about being mobile is that often there are times when being able to watch some of your favorite shows can't happen. Enter the Slingbox - The Slingbox will allow you to watch your show almost anywhere. With the help of a Tablet PC, UMPC, desktop, regular laptop or phone - and some type of data connection - the Slingplayer on the mobile device will allow you to stream what's on your TV with some great results.
In this InkShow I have the Slingplayer on my Tablet PC (Lenovo x61), UMPC (Asus R2h) and my Treo 750. I take you for a overview on a large 22" widescreen for when you are at home and want to watch your show on your wired network. I also take the Tablet PC connected via my Cingular HSDPA card and show the Slingplayer running on the x61. After the x61, I take the R2H for a spin on a wireless network and from there I view my TV on the Treo 750.
Download the high res InkShow here: Windows Media, 14 minutes, 114mb
The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.