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March 2008


March 3, 2008

Tablet PC: MobileDemand Releases xTablet T8700 Rugged Tablet PCfor Mobile Workforce
PR Web

MobileDemand®, a leading provider of rugged Tablet PCs, today announced full production availability of the xTablet® T8700, the latest installment in their roster of rugged computer solutions built for a variety of vertical markets.Mobile Demand Logo

a The xTablet T8700 is a rugged slate computer that's tough enough to handle a significant amount of abuse. That's important when a device is used on the road and mounted in vehicles a
The xTablet T8700 is the definitive Tablet PC for mobile workforces because it offers the unique combination of the industry’s highest performance, extensive data collection capabilities, and military-rated ruggedness. Also, the device is one of the few in the industry capable of supporting Windows Vista.

Tablet PC videos available on the MobileDemand web-site demonstrate the harsh conditions the xTablet T8700 is able to sustain. In the videos, this rugged computer takes a licking going through a car wash, while mounted on the roof of an SUV. In another video, it takes a beating as it is dropped off a cliff and rock pile, tossed around a construction site, and bowled down a city street.

The xTablet T8700 has already generated positive reviews in leading Tablet PC web-sites and journals.

“The xTablet T8700 is a rugged slate computer that's tough enough to handle a significant amount of abuse. That's important when a device is used on the road and mounted in vehicles,” said Dr. Conrad H. Blickenstorfer, editor in chief, RuggedPCReview.com and Tablet PC Magazine in a rugged computer review posted in January, 2008. “What the xTablet T8700 proves is that you do not have to give up advanced features in order to get the kind of versatility, reliability and ruggedness that lower the total cost of ownership (TOC), and that's what it's all about.”

Rugged Tablet PC’s by MobileDemand


Motion Computing F5 Release and Our First Look Review
Tablet PC Reviews

Motion F5

Motion announced today the release of their newest Tablet PC, the F5. The F5 is similar in design to the C5 tablet. It is durable and targeted toward the vertical market. It weighs in at 3lbs and sports a 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo processor and 40GB hard drive. Although, they offer a 32GB Solid State Drive, which I am sure sky rockets the price. However, the F5 may just be the perfect solution to making your business paperless.

The F5 is obviously aimed toward the vertical market with its military standard specs, but it's still consumer friendly. Companies can adopt this slate tablet for construction sites or warehouse distribution. The barcode scanner is integrated and so is the webcam, perfect for scanning those products on the go or snapping photos on site.

had no problems with lag during boot-up or surfing the Web. The F5 isn't a gaming machine or business tablet, but it is made to run any software your business needs. The battery life is impressive as well. I was easily getting four hours and the battery wasn't even completely charged. That is why it's made for field work and on the go professionals. I will have more benchmarks and battery results in my full review, so check back.


GBM InkShow: Motion Computing F5 Tablet PC Video Review
Gotta Be Mobile

Motion Computing has officially announced their F5 Tablet PC. The F5 is targeted for the field force vertical market. The F5 is a semi-rugged Tablet PC, positioning itself between commercial Tablet PCs like the LE1700 and more rugged Tablet PCs like Mobile Demand's T8700. It improves upon Motion's Clinical Tablet PC, the C5, by including integrated Sprint Broadband WWAN, IP54 rating, 32 GB SSD option, and an optional vehicle dock. It also features a new two-tone color scheme, which is less likely than the C5 to show dirt. It includes other features from the C5 like an integrated 2 megapixel camera, handle, RFID, optional barcode scanner, a 10.4" active digitizer screen, 1024 x 768 resolution, and a 1.2 ghz Core Solo processor. The F5 weighs 3 lbs 9 oz.


Motion Computing®, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, today Motion F5announced the new F5 tablet PC. The F5, a new entrant into the tablet PC market, is a balance between commercial-grade devices and fully-rugged PCs that have costly features only required in a small percentage of field applications.

The F5 addresses issues encountered by mobile workforces across industries like field service, manufacturing, government and construction. Organizations within these industries are seeking to reduce the number of devices technicians carry, improve workflow, reduce data collection errors and ensure users can communicate with host systems and each other, in the field or in an office.

The F5 design enhances productivity with key features that include:

  • Intel® Centrino® processor technology with the Intel® Core Solo
  • IP54 rated and designed to withstand exposure to dust and moisture
  • Field-ready slate design that includes a magnesium frame, View Anywhere® outdoor display, built-in handle and easily cleaned protective covering
  • Shock mounted hard drive and combined accelerometer designed to detect drops and shocks in order to reduce the possibility of data loss
  • Optional SanDisk® 32GB solid state drive (SSD) providing further enhanced durability, reliability, higher performance and power efficiency
  • Fully-integrated technologies to improve workflow and increase productivity: digital camera, RFID and optional barcode scanner
  • Embedded wireless broadband for continuous data access away from the office
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition; Windows Vista® Business

Motion is also announcing a new three year “field-ready” warranty with the F5 that is a leader in the industry in protection for semi-rugged PCs. The new offering covers damage from short drops (approx. 30 inches), and ordinary course exposure to rain and dust.


Motion Computing F5 Tablet is Highly Evolved Speak N' Spell

Motion F5 - Speak N" Spell

The latest semi-rugged tablet to hit the market, Motion Computing's F5, keeps a good idea alive: a built-in handle lets the butterfingeriest extraterrestrials field workers keep hold of their precious electronics

Motion F5 Tablet PC and accessories

The F5's magnesium frame, outdoor friendly display, resistance to dust and moisture and an easy-to-clean surface add to the semi-ruggedness of this Tablet PC. At 3lbs., it houses an HDD or an optional 32GB solid-state drive, a 2-megapixel camera, and, like its bright-red ancestor, a built-in mono speaker. There's no optical disc drive, though, as often is the case with these smaller tablets. It'll be priced from $2700 to $4000, not including the sweet dock, external keyboard or mounting hardware for the dashboard of your intergalactic space saucer emergency vehicle


March 4, 2008

SanDisk 32-Gigabyte Solid State Drive Chosen for New Tablet PC from Motion Computing
Web Services

SanDisk’s SSD 5000 1.8 UATA 32GB Offered as an Option for F5 Tablet PC,
Providing Enhanced Reliability and Durability for Mobile Work Forces

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced that Motion Computing®, a leading manufacturer of tablet personal computers, has selected SanDisk’s 32-gigabyte (GB) 1 solid state drive (SSD) for its new F5 mobile slate tablet PC. As a significant add-on for rugged PC users in industries such as field service, manufacturing, government and construction, SanDisk’s SSD 5000 1.8 UATA 32GB provides F5 users enhanced durability, higher performance and greater power efficiency.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++The announcement was made today at CeBIT, the world’s largest trade fair showcasing digital computing solutions, where SanDisk is exhibiting at Booth D59 in Hall 26 of the Hannover convention center. Visitors to the booth can see the F5 tablet with the embedded SanDisk SSD 5000 in action.

“We have selected SanDisk SSD in our new F5 because we believe it gives our users the most robust and reliable solid state solution available in the market today for mobile Tablet PCs,” said Michael Johnson, executive vice president of engineering at Motion Computing. “SanDisk was among the first to bring this innovative SSD technology to the market and it’s that experience, and the quality of their product, that allow us to offer the durability in the F5 that our customers demand.”


Panasonic's Toughbook CF-U1 UMPC eats Hi-K metal gate for breakfast

Panasonic UMPC

The Toughbook CF-U1 is a "fully ruggedised" UMPC which runs XP or Vista on Intel's Menlow platform. So rugged in fact, that only a case of glass and gravel can withhold it from Intel's new Atom branding. We can't tell you much without an official announcement or any PR types around to drone on (and on) about its Mil-Spec or Ingress ratings


March 5, 2008

Rugged tablet PC has seven-hour battery life

MobileDemand has announced a rugged tablet PC that runs Windows XP and Vista. The xTablet T8700 features a toughened 8.4-inch touchscreen display, a numeric keypad, gigabit Ethernet, wireless networking, and up to seven hours of battery life, according to the company.

The T8700 has a magnesium-alloy case that meets the IP54 standard for dust protection. Also compliant with MIL-STD810F, the device can stand repeated drops to plywood-over-concrete surfaces from a distance of 36 inches, according to the company.

The T8700's 8.4-inch touchscreen display has 800 x 600 resolution. Said to be daylight-readable, it is protected via 3M's Vikuiti optical film. Unlike some tablet PCs, the device also offers a numeric keypad and directional keypad.

The tablet uses Intel's Core Duo ULV U2500 processor, which is clocked at 1.2GHz, and features a 2MB second-level cache. It is combined with 2GB of DDR2 RAM, expandable to 4GB.

Rugged Tablet PC’s by MobileDemand


iPhone spun off from Apple's Tablet computer project - Safari Pad

Did you think that Steve Jobs magically pulled the idea for the iPhone out of thin air and turned it into the cultural icon that it is today? Well, you were wrong. While Jobs did play a role in focusing on certain technologies and incorporating them into what would become the iPhone, the multi-touch Apple-phone started life as a completely different animal.

Apple Touch Tablet

Apple had been working on a Tabletfor about a year before the project was sourced for iPhone tech. The New York Times' John Markoff has found that:

Apple’s multitouch technology began life not as a cellphone, but as a notepad-sized skunkworks project internally dubbed Safari Pad, run by Tim Bucher, then Apple’s head of Macintosh hardware. To his credit, Mr. Jobs seized on the technology and morphed it into the iPhone.

Markhoff asked Steve Jobs about the possibility of a larger iPod Touch tablet - the revived Apple Newton that's been rumored to be in the works. Jobs simply answered, "I can't talk about unannounced products."


March 7, 2008

Users Voice Their Opinions About the HP tx2000
Tablet PC Reviews

The topic of today's "User Opinions" article is the HP tx2000 Tablet PC. The tx2000 has moved its way to the number two spot on our Most Popular Tablet PCs list. The tx2000 has been receiving good reviews since it's release and I must say now that is has an active digitizer, I too give it a thumbs up.

HP TX2000 Tablet PC

The HP tx2000 is a convertible Tablet PC notebook that comes equipped with an AMD Turion 64X 2 processor. The tx2000 has both a touchscreen and Wacom digitizer, which is an upgrade from its predecessor, the tx1000, which only had a passive screen. The tx2000 is still an entertainment tablet great for watching DVDs or listening to music. It features plenty of multi-media buttons, a remote control and Altec Lansing speakers. It's packed full of features and has a great starting price point, so it comes as no surprise how popular it is.


Samsung's UMPC keyboard is growing on us

Samsung has its Q1 Ultra UMPCs on display at CeBIT along with UMPC-specific keyboards. With the extra hardware, it's no longer just a UMPC and it's not a laptop either - it's somewhere in between.

Though we originally thought the keyboard defeated the purpose of such a small device, it does have its uses.

Samsung UMPC keyboard

The tiny keypad available on the left and right of the Q1 Ultra's screen is hideously small. You really do need pin-point fingers to use it. So, if you're preparing to write a lengthy e-mail, it'd be a good time to dig out your UMPC-keyboard.

On the other hand, you could buy an ASUS Eee PC and save yourself a lot of money. But we must admit, the Samsung keyboard does look the part and the carry case that holds the UMPC and keyboard is very smart.

UMPC keyboard


Compact, rugged Tablet PC convertible
Rugged PC Review

In February of 2008, TRS Tactical, located in Melbourne, Florida, announced ARMOR, a line of rugged mobile computers with an emphasis on data protection technology, anywhere connectivity and sunlight readable display options for industrial and government customers. The initial products of the ARMOR line include the C12 notebook convertible shown here and the X10 Tablet.

Before becoming part of DRS, DRS Tactical was WalkAbout and had its origins in rugged tablet computers. The C12 is the company's first notebook or notebook convertible other than the military market that came from the DRS side of the company.

The C12, which weighs just a bit more than five pounds, has a 12.1-inch display with a touch screen and a very strong 600 nit backlight (compared to less than 200 nits for most commercial notebooks) for outdoor readability. Even though the machine runs the Tablet PC Edition of Windows XP, an active digitizer version is not offered at this time.


One Tablet PC classroom model

What type of PC did you use in 1987? Probably an IBM PS/2 compatible PC, which you used at work.

Many of this year's graduating student teachers were born in 1987. These future teachers grew up surrounded by computers. How do you think their experiences will change next year's classrooms?

A simple way may be the acceptance of technology in daily life, versus special training on how to integrate it into their workflow. Another way may be that they'll expect a PC to be used as their main classroom organization tool as well as for rich interaction.

Because Tablet PCs are lightweight mobile PCs (typically 4lbs or less), teachers can easily carry one while lecturing. For example, here's an older photo of Richard Anderson, University of Washington, holding his Tablet PC while he's presenting to his class. He underlines, highlights, adds notes on the fly to emphasize a point, delivering a level of reinforcement that you get when a PC uses Tablet technology.

Now, take this example one step further and add freedom to move away from a podium. Wireless projectors or routers help make this possible. So, if it is a 9th grade class and the teacher is the only one with a Tablet PC, it could at least be passed between teacher and students to solve problems and share with the class.

What is the impact on the teacher? More importantly, what is the impact on the students? Ricky Cox at Murray State look at one Tablet PC classroom models and shares results from early work. Now, that work continues with One-Tablet Instructional Models research.


March 9, 2008

Fill The Cup

The WFP has a dream—to feed 10 million children in Africa by Thanksgiving Day.

Even a small donation will go a long way. Porridge, rice or beans—it takes just 25 cents to fill one of the red cups WFP uses to give hungry kids regular meals. This food will not only feed bodies and minds, it will transform lives. Join Drew Barrymore and help us "Fill the Cup."

“I have seen with my own eyes what a difference a simple cup of nutritious porridge can make in a child’s life,” said Drew Barrymore. “It helps them learn, stay healthy and sets them on track for a bright future. I urge everyone -- everywhere -- to help WFP ‘Fill the Cup’ for hungry children, and make hunger history.”

--Drew Barrymore, WFP Ambassador Against Hunger


March 10, 2008

Tablet PCs: Dell Tablet PC Helps Healthcare Go Mobile
Wireless Workforce Online

Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC

The Dell Latitude XT(TM) brings more than its exclusive sub-four-pound weight and pen and capacitive touch capability to health care professionals. The Dell laptop, one of the thinnest and lightest convertible tablets in the industry, using software from Axolotl, Sencor and e-MDs Healthanywhere, is ushering in a new connected era in health care and life sciences.

"Technology can play a critical role in driving efficiencies and improvements in health care," said James Coffin, Ph.D., vice president and general manager, Dell Health Care and Life Sciences. "The combination of Dell's innovative tablet and the latest software delivers new tools to help enable high-quality care across the health care industry."


Tablet PCs: 'Test Drive' Program Puts Tablet PCs Loaded With iMedica's Patient Relationship Manager Into Physician's Hands
Wireless Workforce

iMedica Corporation, a leading developer of healthcare software solutions for physician practices, announced recently a new program that equips physicians with a tablet PC loaded with iMedica's Patient Relationship Manager (PRM), a single-application Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) solution, for them to test for a week.

iMedica's "Take a Tablet" program allows physicians to bypass the often costly, time-consuming guessing game of evaluating EHR and PM systems. The program is simple - once a physician practice is pre-qualified, an iMedica representative personally delivers a tablet PC and then trains the physician to use the iMedica PRM, which is already installed on the tablet PC. The physician can evaluate iMedica PRM for a week.


Avnet Technology Solutions Signs Motion Computing to Enhance Mobility Solutions
Business Wire

As part of its strategy to enable partners to target high-growth markets with complete Motion F5 Tablet PCbusiness technology solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions today announced a U.S. distribution agreement with Motion Computing, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications. Avnet Technology Solutions, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), expanded its extensive mobile technology portfolio to include Motion Computings innovative products. Motion Computings tablet PCs, mobile clinical assistants and accessories are designed for mobile professionals in industries including government, healthcare, field force automation, logistics and transportation.

Businesses are looking for technology solutions that increase the productivity of on-the-go and field-based professionals, while providing portability, security, power and versatility, said Michael Douglass, vice president, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, Mobility Solutions group. By adding Motion Computing to our line card, Avnets partners can deliver unique mobile solutions for their customers that make desk-free computing possible in a variety of environments.

Motion LE 1700 Tablet PCSince Avnet launched its Mobility Solutions practice in 2006, the company has developed a strong partner community of value-added resellers (VARs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) specializing in creating and delivering solutions addressing the unique demands of mobile professionals. Avnet will integrate Motion Computings line of tablet PCs, mobile clinical assistants and accessories into a variety of mobile business applications.

Under the agreement, Avnet will distribute the following product sets from Motion Computing:

  • LE1700 Tablet PC: A lightweight, durable and ergonomic slate tablet PC combining advanced connectivity features, such as embedded Bluetooth®, and optional wireless broadband technology.
  • The Motion C5: A highly portable slate PC featuring an integrated bar code scanner, RFID reader and digital camera to enhance workflows in healthcare environments.
  • Motion F5 Tablet PC: A semi-rugged, highly portable tablet PC for mobile field teams providing mobile broadband and Bluetooth wireless connectivity and multiple docking station options. It features an integrated bar code scanner, RFID reader and digital camera, which enhance the productivity of mobile field workr

    All Motion tablet PCs feature WiFi connectivity, highly portable designs and the convenience of tablet input.


HP Compaq 2710p tablet PC
Reg Hardware

The latest tablet to come to market, HP’s Compaq 2710p, may change this, offering as it HP 2710 Tablet PCdoes an excellent mix of comfort, style and build quality, along with its digitised screen.

The display measures 12.1in, and has a matte finish that’s great for use on the road. It doesn’t show up reflections or grubby fingerprints easily, yet it still offers sharp and vivid images. There’s a slight haze to it, as with all such panels, but it doesn’t affect colour reproduction.

The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800, which is standard for a laptop of this size. There’s plenty of space to open a couple of windows side by side, and the screen also looks particularly crisp when viewed in portrait orientation. It’s easy to view from angles other than head-on, which is a bonus when doing presentations in tablet mode.


It’s not cheap, but when it comes to usability the Compaq 2710p is first class, with loads of thoughtful touches making it a pleasure to use. The compact display offers a great compromise between colour reproduction and a reflection-free finish, and the extra screen size makes it a lot more practical than UMPC rivals. The keyboard is also excellent.


Technology for Schools of the Future

The School District of Philadelphia broke ground on its "School of the Future" in 2004. Today, students attending use Tablet PCs for course material, notes, and assignments. Classroom equipment is state-of-the-art. There is no doubt that the Philly SOF has influenced school technology plans at a world wide level.

Franklin County Regional School District is a few hours to the west, outside of Pittsburgh, and they're exploring ways to bring advanced technology to their students and teachers. The state of Pennsylvania funded $423,000. What equipment have they selected? 60 interactive whiteboards, projectors and mobile PCs for the teachers, along with peripherals like printers, still cameras, webcams and video cameras. Students will have access to 270 mobile PCs that are distributed through the school on nine carts. Sounds like a great start to a one-to-many classroom.


Ernie The Attorney and the Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile

Ernie the Attorney is blogging about his expereinces with a Tablet PC. He posts five conclusions that will all sound familiar:

(1) a Tablet has a completely different social dynamic than a traditional laptop because people don't perceive it as a computer; unless you stand behind someone using a Tablet you easily assume that they are just writing on a pad of paper; (2) the Tablet is more comfortable to use; but if you type reasonably well you will still prefer to use a keyboard; (3) the Tablet is more natural to use at a lectern or in a conference, as long as principle #2 isn't a factor; (4) even though it's a niche product I would absolutely use a Tablet in certain situations, except for one thing: (5) Tablet PCs run Windows which means they don't wake up quickly, or reliably.


March 11, 2008

Music and a Tablet PC - Stop the Counting
Gotta Be Mobile

Tablet Piano I've been following Hugh Sung's blog for as long as I can remember writing about Tablet PCs. What I love about his stuff are the ways he highlights how practical and useful a Tablet PC for music. Look at his latest article as an example:

If there's one thing about orchestral playing that i absolutely loathe, it's the counting. I've been marveling at the seasoned orchestra players that can sit through 54 measures of rest and come in perfectly and with nary a bead of miscounted sweat! I'm sorry, I run out of fingers after "10", and am too busy with pedals to start counting toes!

My solution? Don't count.

Thanks to my tablet pc, I simply combined my solo part for "Carmina Burana" with the vocal score, allowing me to follow along without the headache of keeping track of long tacets (silent passages in music-speak).


March 12, 2008

The Samsung Q1U Premium- What The UMPC Should Have Been All Along
By danc

When the opportunity came along a few days ago to get an all but, brand-new Samsung Q1U Premium. Samsung’s new offering that has the form factor of the Ultra but a higher powered processor and excellent battery life, well I decided to take the plunge. Worst case scenario I would put it on eBay and sell it at a little bit of a loss. The device came a few hours ago and I’ve been happily setting it up.  I have to say, I’m impressed and I Samsung Q1 ultra think I will be keeping it.

The device runs and runs and runs and runs.    After setting it up, loading a lot of software, and doing some preliminary testing on it  I still have over three hours of battery life left, and that is while it is on high performance.  Based  upon my initial indicators (it came with a fully charged battery thanks to the thoughtful individual who sold it to me) when the battery is set to "normal" it should get between five and a half and six and half hours of run time. You read that right, I said five to six hours of run time.

Finally, it has enough power to actually be usable.  Among the biggest issues I had with many of the early ultra-mobile devices was their lack of power. A device that is frustratingly slow to use is almost as bad as not having a device to use in the first place. Okay, that’s an overstatement, but you get my point. I want something that works and the prior devices fell short of what I want. Not so here. This device has plenty of power. Don’t ask me to run benchmarks because I don’t do that. That doesn’t really mean anything to me. What does matter to me is whether or not the programs I like to use run smoothly. For me the litmus test is whether or not I can run voice recognition software. I enjoy using voice recognition software and use it often.  If a device doesn’t have the power for voice recognition, it is useless. This device not only has the power to run it but it also has dual array mikes that allow me to dictate at an incredibly fast-pace with tremendous accuracy. In fact, it is able to keep up with the pace that I speak and I was born and bred in New Jersey. The accuracy is remarkable. In fact, I wrote this entire entry using it. That is what I’ve always wanted in a truly mobile device.


Motion Computing F5 Tablet PC Review
Tablet PC Reviews

Motion recently released their newest Tablet PC, the F5. The F5 is similar in design to the C5 tablet. It is durable and targeted toward the vertical market. It weighs in at 3lbs and Motion F5 Tablet PCsports a 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo processor and 40GB hard drive. Although, they offer a 32GB Solid State Drive, which I am sure sky rockets the price. However, the F5 may just be the perfect solution for making your business paperless.

Design and Build

The F5 is obviously aimed toward the vertical market with its military standard specs, but it's still consumer friendly. Companies can adopt this slate tablet for construction sites or warehouse distribution. The integrated bar code scanner and webcam are perfect for scanning those products on the go or snapping photos on site.


March 13, 2008

Bill Gates’s Crystal Ball; Tech Sector’s Lumps; Cubans’ PCs
Wall Street Journal

2018 is going to totally awesome, according to Bill Gates. A day after telling Congress it needed to let more foreign tech workers into the country, the Microsoft chairman gave a speech in which he listed breakthroughs he thinks those workers will develop over the next decade. Among Gates’s visions: TV and the Internet will morph, allowing for things like personalized newscasts and telephones with built in video and speech recognition; businesses can look forward to more software delivered over the Internet instead of installed on a PC; three-dimensional computing that makes it easier to collaborate in virtual world, and the old Gates standby, tablet PCs.


Microsoft LucidTouch Tablet PC Is Semi-Transparent
Mobile Magazine

Lucid Touch Tablet PC

As cool asdisplays may be, one of their biggest problems is that your hand (or stylus) will always obscure a portion of the display, making it difficult to be perfectly accurate while still being able to see everything. Microsoft is hard at work developing something that they call LucidTouch technology and what it does is take the touchscreen concept and wraps it around the back.

The display itself becomes semi-transparent, meaning that you can still see all the regular Windows stuff on the screen while being able to manipulate it through multi-touch around the back. You can actually see a silhouette of your hand, but this does not obscure the display the way it would if you were tapping on the front (which also works).

As far as we can tell, the prototype still has "a long way to go", but Microsoft is trudging ahead with this endeavor and we hope that they'll have something usable soon.


HP Pavilion tx2000 Series Entertainment Notebook PC Sets New Twist on Mobility
Hardware Zone

HP today announced HP Pavilion tx2000 Series Entertainment Notebook PC in Asia Pacific. Built on HP's innovation promise, the HP Pavilion tx2000 Series Entertainment Notebook PC is the latest cutting-edge touch screen technology offered on a mobile notebook PC. It gives an excellent touch and pen experience with built-in digitizer and new resistive touch-screen technology on a widescreen high-definition display.   HP TX 2000 Tablet PC

Optimized for both touch and handwriting, the HP Pavilion tx2000 Series Entertainment Notebook PC takes its predecessor, the HP Pavilion tx1000 Series Entertainment Notebook PC, one step further. It enables a natural handwriting experience, similar to writing with an ink pen on paper.

This notebook PC boasts the latest in resistive touchscreen technology and seamless transition between touch and pen-based activity. Just convert the notebook PC to a flat slate ( Tablet PC ) and scribble notes or draw quickly in classrooms or business meetings. For edits, flip the dockable battery-less rechargeable eraser pen over and erase. The HP Pavilion tx2000 Series Entertainment Notebook PC is all about ease of use. With a light touch of the finger on the screen, navigate music, photos, websites, TV


March 14, 2008

Gigabyte M528 jkOnTheRun Edition- coolest UMPC out there
James Kendrick

Gigabyte M528 jkOnTheRun Edition

The Gigabyte M528 is a pretty cool UMPC that has appeared at CeBIT in a great video by Chippy and jkkmobile.  It's a pretty full-featured UMPC that fits in your hand as you can see in the video.  Valto over at PimpMyUMPC thought that the Gigabyte could be better and has created what in my opinion is the best UMPC I've seen yet, of course I'm biased.  Would you pay for this? 


March 17, 2008

MobileDemand named Technology Company of the Year
PR Web

The Technology Association of Iowa last week named MobileDemand®, a Cedar Rapids-based rugged Tablet PC manufacturer, Technology Company of the Year. MobileDemand was recognized for its rapid growth, innovation and leadership in the field.

The recognition is a testament to the position MobileDemand holds in the Rugged Tablet PC market - where advanced technologies and unique feature offerings, combined with aggressive marketing, makes a winning proposition.
The awards presentation was part of the association's annual Prometheus Awards, Iowa's largest and most prestigious awards devoted to promoting and celebrating the innovation and high-tech excellence in Iowa.

Matt Miller, president of MobileDemand, accepted the award on behalf of his team, while demonstrating the Tablet PC's ruggedness by dropping it repeatedly to the stage floor and showing videos of the xTablet® going through car wash, getting dropped down a cliff and "bowled" down a street.

"It was pretty amazing to watch Matt drop the rugged tablet computer on stage without it sustaining any damage," said Leann Jacobson, president of the Technology Association of Iowa. "This was one of the many things that impressed us about MobileDemand. It is truly are an exceptional company that is putting Iowa's technology sector on the map, nationally and internationally."

"We are proud to have received this award from the Technology Association of Iowa," said Miller. "The recognition is a testament to the position MobileDemand holds in the Rugged Tablet PC market - where advanced technologies and unique feature offerings, combined with aggressive marketing, makes a winning proposition."

MobileDemand was founded by Matt Miller, a 15 year veteran of the mobile computing industry. With help from the Cedar Rapids Entrepreneurial Development Center, Miller launched the company with the xTablet T8400, a rugged Tablet PC initially designed to allow food and beverage wholesalers to increase overall efficiency of their sales and delivery operations and improve overall customer satisfaction.

The company has grown ever since, working with customers such as Anheuser-Busch, General Motors and Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts. MobileDemand is also continuing to expand into additional vertical markets, such as manufacturing, hospitality, agriculture, emergency services, field services and retail.

Just Last month, Miller and his team introduced the xTablet T8700, a Tablet PC for mobile workforces that offers the unique combination of the industry's highest performance, extensive data collection capabilities, and military-rated ruggedness. Also, the device is one of the few in the industry capable of supporting Windows Vista.

For more information about Mobile Demand, please visit www.RuggedTabletPC.com


DRS ARMOR C12 Rugged Tablet PC First Look Review
Tablet PC Reviews


Have you ever wanted to surf the Web, check your email, or play solitaire during the middle of a torrential downpour (while outside)? What about wanting a notebook that will never have heat problems from dust build-up inside the exposed heatsinks? Well for those of you wanting a convertible notebook that can stand up to almost anything, look no further than the DRS ARMOR C12 convertible 12" notebook. This thing can take almost anything you throw at it, without hurting it one bit.


March 18, 2008

First Look: Mobile Demand xTablet T8700 Rugged Tablet PC

Mobile Demand xTablet T8700 Rugged Tablet PC

This go anywhere, do anything Tablet PC makes me re think my decision not to have a rugged Tablet pc as part of my everyday Tablet arsenal.     In fact the screen alone makes this Tablet Pc worth owning for anyone who likes or needs to use their computer outside in sun.

Mobile Demand xTablet T8700 Rugged Tablet PC

Rugged Tablet PC’s by MobileDemand


Enhancing Business Mobility with Pen Computing

For years pen-enabled computing devices have enjoyed great success and acceptance in highly vertical industries like delivery services, auditing and POS.

The primary limitations of early pen computing devices, which were the hurdles to early mainstream adoption, were the power limitations of the devices, no stable OS environment for application development, and the lack of a keyboard for traditional input.

Now, with the availability of Windows XP Tablet PC edition and Vista, which are both pen-enabled operating systems, the flexibility afforded by dual function convertible notebooks and a host of third-party applications, pen computing has expanded into areas like healthcare, insurance, education, retail, and sales force automation. What used to be strictly vertical has now caught on as a preferred alternative to standard notebooks. Is now the right time for you to consider pen computing?


We've got a bridal shower here at house today, so in preparation for that I've had little Samsung Q1 Ultra Premiumtime this weekend to play with Samwise, the new Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium. However, I have to say that I'm still very impressed with this device; more than I originally thought I'd be. It was hard to get a feel for performance in the few minutes we played with the device at CES. After using the device for less than 10 hours, I think I can form a first general opinion that might help folks decide if this is the device for them:

"If you're looking for a UMPC form factor with the performance of a solid notebook, this is definitely a contender. If you don't need notebook-like performance 100% of the time, then the A110-powered units should be considered".

Why do I say that? Because the processor in the Q1 Ultra Premium truly is a notebook processor. I mentioned this in a comment prior, but let me explain a little bit because the CPU is the key differentiator between the Q1U and the Q1U Premium.


HTC Shift X9500 Review

Certainly one of the best UMPCs we've seen to date with a large display and usable htc shift UMPCkeyboard. Ultra-mobile computers are highly personal devices, so we can't say the Shift is for you: if you want a near notebook replacement with a display that's easy on the eyes, a relatively good typing experience and wide area networking via cellular then the HTC is a good fit. If you want something that will fit in an oversized pocket rather than a notebook substitute, consider the significantly smaller OQO model 02 or Sony Vaio UX (or the Fujitsu U810 as a compromise between the two). We say that the HTC Shift has the best usability of any UMPC thanks to its very readable display, finger-friendliness and top-notch keyboard. The integrated high speed wide area networking is perfect for those whose travels extend beyond hotspots and home/work networks and there's WiFi for home/work/Starbucks. Bluetooth 2.0 means you can use Bluetooth mice, stereo headsets and more so you need not carry the USB hub with you.


March 20, 2008

Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC Review
Tablet PC Reviews

Dell finally broke into the Tablet PC market with the release of the Latitude XT. There was a lot of hype and speculation around this release and we finally got our hands on a review unit. Now, we have the chance to see what the fuss is all about. The XT has a solid design and runs on a 1.2GHz ULV Core 2 Duo processor. It also has the new N-trig touchscreen technology, which is quite impressive. The pen and capacitive touch technology are both very accurate and responsive.


Hewlett-Packard Pavilion tx2011AU Entertainment Notebook PC
PC World Magazine

The Pavilion tx2011AU Entertainment Notebook PC is from HP's new range of 'creative' notebooks, which have funky patterns printed on their lids. More than a notebook, however, the tx2011AU is also a Tablet PC and it rates well in almost every aspect – it's stylish, very functional and costs less than most equivalent Tablet PCs because it uses an AMD CPU.

Indeed, inside the tx2011AU is an AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core TL-64 2.2GHz CPU, an integrated GeForce Go 6150 graphics adapter, 2GB of DDR2 RAM and a 250GB, 5400rpm hard drive. The benefit of the AMD CPU is mainly its price rather than performance; with a retail price of $2199, the tx2011AU won't blow your budget as much as other Tablet PCs might.


GBM Podcast #47: Talking with Microsoft's Tablet PC Team
Gotta Be Mobile

In this podcast, I spend some time talking with three members of Microsoft's original Tablet PC team: Josh Clow, Jay Pittman, and Patrick Haluptzok. Specificially, we talk about the areas of their expertise: the TIP and handwriting recognition. 

I think you'll enjoy hearing about the beginnings of the TIP and where the original design came from, what happened to Write Anywhere, handwriting recognition and training, and how Josh felt just a couple of weeks ago when Bill Gates gave him some suggested TIP UI improvements.


March 24, 2008

Great Tablet PC Software Demo

Covering everything from Outlook, OneNote, MindManager, ActiveWords, Sticky Notes, and project management, this video does a great job showing the power and flexibility of Tablet PC technology.



UMPCs: Very mobile but not very pretty

Before the Intel Atom processor, there was the A110. This chip spawned the 2007 UMPC (Ultramobile PC) category which in turn spawned some unsightly designs.

A little background first: the Intel A110 and its lower-performance sibling the A100 were launched in 2007 with the intention of jump-starting the UMPC market. But that market stalled. Intel is still promoting the UMPC as a broad, somewhat amorphous category for business, while pushing the Mobile Internet Device, or MID, for fit-in-your-pocket consumer-centric designs and the Netbook for small, inexpensive, Internet-centric notebook form factors (both of which, as I will discuss below, have a better chance of success).


March 25, 2008

GBM InkShow: The New EverNote is a Game Changer
Gotta Be Mobile

I’ve been talking a bit about the new version of EverNote over the last few weeks as I’veEvernote been participating in the private beta. This new version, which comprises a web strategy and works across platforms is a real game changer, at least for me personally. This is the first cloud application that I’ve used, beyond some of Google’s products, that fulfills the real promise of cloud computing by allowing me to capture, store, and access my data across the platforms I use. In addition to the web version, there are versions for Tablet PCs and PCs, Macs, and Mobile devices. I’m using it on the Sprint Mogul, my Lenovo X61 Tablet PC, and my iMac, and I have to tell you it is a joy to use. I know there are other applications that work within the cloud, but none have fulfilled my needs the way that this new version of EverNote does.

EverNote is aiming to be your second brain. A place that you can store all sorts of snippets of data from web clippings to scanned info, to pictures, to voice recordings. Remember, it is still in beta, and all the functionality I’d like to see isn’t there yet. For example, viewing ink in the Mac version isn’t included yet, but at the moment, I’ll accept that. There will be a free version of the new EverNote and also a Premium version. What’s nice, is that you aren’t going to be limited to the number of devices you can use EverNote with.

Here’s just one example of how well this works for me. I’m able to record a voice note on my Sprint Mogul and then upload that to the web. When I get back to my desktop or my Tablet PC, the note is there, either accessed through the web version or the client on my Mac or my Tablet PC when I next open either.

Tablet PC owners have been familiar with EverNote for quite some time and it is an excellent Ink application. I’ve used it in the past but relied on OneNote as my main note taking and data collection tool. While comparisons between the two seem inevitable, the good folks at EverNote are saying that they don't see this as necessarily a competing product.


Latest update of Panasonic's Tablet PC convertible
Rugged PC Review

Overall, the CF-19 is a highly configurable, compact and modern mobile computer that fitsPanasonic's Tablet PC almost anywhere. It weighs very little, yet has a battery powerful enough to last, according to Panasonic, almost eight hours. The Tablet PC convertible design adds flexibility, as do the various wireless options available.

The CF-19's design is that of a standard Tablet PC convertible. It can be used as a notebook, or the screen can be rotated and then folded down flat onto the keyboard, LCD facing up. Panasonic offers both a touchscreen version that runs standard Windows XP and a Tablet PC version with an active Wacom digitizer and the XP Tablet PC Edition. Both have a 10.4-inch transmissive XGA display with low reflection screen coating with a circular polarizer. The Tablet PC version is a bit brighter with a 550 Nit rating compared to the 470 Nit of the touch screen model.


Allegiance Technology - EMR, Voice Recognition and Tablet PC Seminar
Gotta Be Mobile

In the Philly area on April 3rd?  If so - make sure and take the time to visit the Radnor Hotel.  John Hill will be there with his company, Allegiance Technology,  for a demonstration of Electronic Medical Records, Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition and Tablet PCs.

Can't beat it - ANY time to sit and get your hands on a Tablet PC and listen to a good presentation on the benefits is some time well spent!!

Allegiance Technology Sponsors EMR, Voice Recognition and Tablet PC Seminar

Join us on Thursday, April 3rd from 7-8:30pm for a demonstration of Electronic Medical Records, Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition and Tablet PCs. Paul Logan, CRNP will be demonstrating all three of these technologies.


March 26, 2008

Allegiance Technology Announces New Tablets in our Demo (and Rental) Program 

Our tablet PC demo program, started almost four years ago, has shipped tablets to hundreds of customers across the United States.  We are excited to add some new tablet PCs to the lineup.

·         Motion Computing F5 Field Tablet PC

·         Fujitsu P1620 Convertible Tablet PC

·         Fujitsu T4220 Convertible Tablet PC

Also, our Tablet PC Rental program has become very popular so we have expanded the benefits of this program as well.  If you rent a tablet for two or four weeks, you can apply half of the rental amount to the purchase of a tablet PC.



Packed with Features, New Portable Storage Devices Cater to Discriminating
Consumers On-the-go


Automatic backup - The same powerful backup software that we include in our desktop external hard drives is now available in this elegant little portable drive. Save a copy of your photos to an online sharing service, duplicate your e-mail and contacts to your iPod®, and back up all the precious files on your computer to your My Passport. Set it and forget it; every time you plug your My Passport into your computer your data is automatically backed up.

Synchronized and secure - WD Sync™ synchronization and encryption software lets you take your critical data with you. Plug My Passport into any PC, edit files, read e-mail, and view photos. Then sync all of your changes back to your home or office computer. Your data is protected with 128-bit encryption. (Windows only)

Remote access - Connect My Passport to any PC and run MioNet® Key software to remotely access files, music, and photos from any of your computers with MioNet software installed. Free for the life of the drive (Windows only


Charge Decisions? Not Any More With A 4 Port Charger

These could have been around for a while but I am just seeing this little gem today!  I will be buying one of them for sure!4 port usb car charger

I can't tell you how many times I have had to make the decision - charge the cell phone or BT headset or my wife's phone or the Zune or the.... wow - there are a lot of things that have USB charging now.  (For some reason it usually ends up being the wife's phone, but that's beside the point...)

Enter the 4 port USB charger - Good stuff for sure!  No more decisions any more - or at least fewer I guess - and it's only $12 bucks too!

Thanks Matt!


March 27, 2008

The Winner of the TabletPc2.com New Logo Contest

and a TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Tablet PC is.....


HP's Mini-Note Aims For Ultra-Portable Sweet Spot
Wired News

HP Minni Note

With a rumored street date of April 7, the simple, sleek HP follows in the mold of less-radical second-gen ultramobiles, ditching the original "Origami" tablet form factor in favor a standard laptop-like clamshell design. Engadget, hearing the whispers, reports that it'll be cheap, capable and Vista-equipped, with configurations running from $600 and up — all with proper hard drives and at least a Gig of RAM. You'll even be able to ditch Fista in favor of Linux and pay only $550, making this look like a swell alternative to the Asus Eee PC.


Motion Computing Laying Off 15 - 20% of Work Force

Thanks to a tip from a reader, I  learned today that Motion Computing is laying off 15 - 20% of its employees.

I contacted Mike Stinson of Motion Computing to learn more and he shared the following with me in an interview just a couple of hours ago:

  • The reduction in work force is 15 - 20%, comprising of about 40 employees.
  • The cuts are coming from three different areas in the company: 1) Reduction of inside sales to utilizing 100% of channel partners, 2) removal of a duplication of effort between Motion and their manufacturing partners (Compal and Pegatron) , 3) admin and marketing. The biggest cuts are coming from #1 and #2 above.
  • This is the third series of layoffs in the last 12 months, the most recent coming in December. The first layoff, in April of last year, was due to the cancellation of a development project.
  • Motion is still experiencing 30% growth year to year, but were projecting more. They are not hitting previously set milestones which were used to justify personnel hires, so they are having to bring expenses in line with current revenue.


March 28, 2008

Consumer version of Surface could hit by 2011

n targeting casinos, restaurants, and hotels, Microsoft knows it is barely scratching the Surfacesurface of the demand for its tabletop computer.

The company is convinced there is a mass market for an interactive touch-screen computer, but perhaps not in its current $10,000 version. CEO Steve Ballmer told financial analysts last month that Microsoft had a plan to speed up the arrival of a consumer version of the tabletop computer Surface.

Originally, Microsoft had said it could take up to five years for a home version of Surface, but Microsoft is now aiming to have that out in three years' time, according to an interview that Microsoft's Tom Gibbons did with Fortune magazine.


DIGITAL GEAR - Classic camera back in focus

Glacier Computer has introduced a handheld tablet PC that includes a specially designed heater that protects a touchscreen from retaining moisture when you move it from a cold environment to a warm environment. The heater adapts the screen temperature to the surrounding environment, preventing moisture on the screen from condensing.


March 31, 2008

HP Pavilion tx2000 tablet PC (AMD Turion 64 X2 processor 2.0GHz ...
Cnet Asia

The good: Unique design; integrated optical drive; one of the few entertainment-focused tablet PCs; mini remote control included; hybrid digitizer screen.

The bad: No HDMI; heavy and thick; lackluster battery life.

The bottom line: An entertainment tablet PC with a hip design, the HP Pavilion tx2000 is now equipped with a hybrid digitizer screen and low-light VGA Webcam--among other improvements. A pity the battery life is still rather inadequate and there is yet no HDMI port in sight.


The UMPC Evolution: Samsung’s Q1 Ultra
Pocket PC Magazine,

Two years ago a cover story in Smartphone and Pocket PC magazine introduced the Samsung Q1 UltraUMPC, and Samsung’s Q1 was the first to make it to market. At the end of the article, I asked if the new UMPC would replace the Pocket PC, or whether it would even survive as a platform. Samsung’s second generation device shows that the developers have been paying attention to user feedback. The new Q1 has impressive improvements that make it an attractive computing choice. Recently, at the Consumer Electronics Show, I observed several second generation entries and that more manufacturers were coming out with new models. Apparently the UMPC is gaining a significant foothold as a viable platform and computing alternative.

Samsung Q1 Ultra


Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC User Review
Gotta Be Mobile

Steve Seto, a Microsoft Tablet PC MVP and frequent GottaBeMobile.com contributor, has written up a fantastic review of Dell's Latitude XT Tablet PC. There have been several reviews published in the last couple of months, but none with this depth and analysis.

- Steve Seto

Bottom line first: The Latitude XT is a pretty good convertible tablet, with a good blend of features and a couple of outstanding options. It’s also expensive, but some of that expense can be justified by the build quality, which is sturdy, and by those options, namely the DLV screen and the 64 GB SSD (solid state disk). In addition, the N-trig DuoSense pen and touch digitizer works exactly as advertised and with a very pleasant, light touch. Is the XT right for you? Read on and make your own decision…


Microsoft Tablet PC With LucidTouch technology
High Tech Lounge

As cool as touchscreen displays may be, one of their biggest problems is that your hand Lucid Touch Tablet PC (or stylus) will always obscure a portion of the display, making it difficult to be perfectly accurate while still being able to see everything.

Microsoft is hard at work developing something that they call LucidTouch technology and what it does is take the touchscreen concept and wraps it around the back.





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