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 answers to your questions and to provide you with as much incite and information as I can to help you in your quest for "The Best Tablet PC"
All of the major manafacturers* were given the chance to send a machine for review and consideration for the update to the "Best Tablet PC". In fact that part of the resson it took so long for this feature to be updated. First I was waiting for Vista to launch and Vista machines to be released. Then so many machines come in that it took a while to give them all a fair evaluationa so I could update this with the most current machines available.
*The exception to that is Dell because their Tablet PC has not launched and review units of their were not available. I will come back and update this article after the dell has launched and I have had the opportunity use one.
Choosing a Tablet PC and building an arsenal with the the right accessories is a mater of personal preference and needs. So the answer to the question "What is the best Tablet remains, which ever Tablet suits your needs and your budget best is the best Tablet PC for you.
However, since TabletPc2.com readers new and old continue wanting answers to these questions, I have answered your questions the best I can. Like everyone else I have my favorites, but they may or may not be the right machines for you so I don't like answering question.
Which tablet PC is my favorite? Which do I use most often? Has my Tablet of choice changed since 2003? What accessories can’t I live without? What is my favorite Tablet PC software?
Lenovo X60 Fujitsu t4220 Gateway E-295C HP2710
Question: Can you tell me about the about the Dell Tablet PC ?
At this time, the only thing I can tell you about the Dell is that I am looking forward its release. (I will come back and update my answer to this question after the Dell Tablet PC is released)
Question: How does a product become the TabletPc2 Editors Choice or Favorite?
"WOW" factor alone does not make a product an "Editors Choice" or a TabletPc2 Favorite". It has to function properly and significantly improve the computing experience from the prior Editors Choice Tablet PC. Price point is also a factor in the editors choice Tablet PC.
So on those rare occasions when I find a product that has not only "WOW" factor but it fits a specific need better than anything thing else I have seen or used and I feel its a tablet that will appeal to a wide majority of users Its in the running for Editors Choice.
Question: is my personal favorite Tablet PC always the editors choice Tablet PC?
Good question. The answer is no.
My favorite Tablet PC is the Tablet PC that best suits my personal needs and that I most enjoy using. That machine may or may not necessarily the best Table PC for most people.
Question: Why do I now have an Editors Choice slate and Editors choice Convertible?
The Fujitsu P1510D was the Tablet PC that changed that. I fell in love with the convenience of having a a small machine and it received my first Editors Choice award for a Convertible Tablet PC. With that machine I began to see how having a keyboard attached came in handy, especially when I was doing quick trips and didn't want to carry a separate computer case with me.
Then along came the Lenovo X60 and the Toshiba R400 at that point I became fond of the convertible form factor.
Question: Occasionally I see widespread info about a Tablet PC that is not on TabletPc2.com, why is that?
Most likely that is because I do not post unconfirmed rumors and I refuse to knowingly and intentionally undermine all of the time and effort and expense that an manufacturer has put into a launch announcement, just to draw more readers to TabletPc2.com.
I hold both myself and my site up to the same standards, they are the standards I live by, so It's a mater of personal and professional integrity.
Question: How Many Tablets do I have?
The number of Tablets I have around varies on any given day, but currently I have 8 or 9 Tablets and 3 Umpcs here.
Question: How many Tablets do I actually use.
Since I am fortunate enough to have so many choices, this question is hard to answer. What I use is dependant on which Tablets are here as well as the situation at hand. I tend to use what ever Tablet suits my needs on any given day but I would say that there are 4 or 5 here that I use on a regular basis.
Question: What about the UMPC?
The Samsung Q1 Ultra running XP is and great if you want it for watching movies and listening to music or for checking email when your out and about. The Q1 Ultra with built in Verizon EDVO, will make the Samsung a great choice for those who want to always be connected.
TabletKiosk's eo line of UMPC's is also a excellent choice for those who want a UMPC that allows everyone from the soccer mom to the busy executive to be productive. TabletKiosk's eo Tough tab is built to be tough, lightweight ready for anything.
The UMPC / Ultra Mobile PC form factor is a work in progress. They are nice to have in addition to your main machine for those times when you want something small and light to take with you.
as time goes on and Microsoft finds a way to fine tune vista to run better on the UMPC platform and when the price of wireless service from company's like AT and T, Sprint and Verizon drop to a point where more people can afford the service the UMPC is likely to become a be a hot commodity
Question: Are the rugged Tablet PC's really rugged?
Yes. In fact some even say you can put them in the dishwaher with out doing them in. I wouldnt try washing a Tablet PC in the Dishwasher but If your intrested in a Rugged Tablet PC take a look at the MobileDemand® xTablet® Rugged Tablet PC. The Mobile Demand X tablet is the only Rugged Tablet PC in the world with an integrated numeric keypad.
Question: You seem to change machines a lot, have you ever gotten attached to an particular Tablet PC?
Machines come in and out on a regular basis, so I try not to get overly attached to any of them, but it happens. The TabletKiosk slates, Lenovo X61, Fujitsu T2010 are all machines that I am attached to.
But the Fujitsu P1510 and Toshiba R400 are the two machines that I had the hardest time parting with.
Question: Which Tablet PC has the best outdoor screen?
A picture is worth a thousand words......
The Fujitsu T2010 Tablet PC in bright California Sunshine and in the shade
With the Fujitsu T2010 Tablet PC you don't have to give up indoor quality for outdoor viewability.
Question:What do I think of the Tablets with the 14 inch or larger screens ?
For me they they are to big and to heavy to be mobile. 14- 17 inch screens are Desktop replacement PC's. Which means they are better suited to sitting on a desktop than being mobile. They are not great for those who like to "Grab-n-Go" so they are not practical for what I do.
None the less they may suit your needs just fine. So if you don't mind the size and the weight of them give them due consideration For those who simply can't survive without a large screen and built in optical drives but want the features of a Tablet PC, the option is there.
Question: Should I choose a Windows Vista or Windows XP?
From improved handwriting recognition to pen flicks and everything in between the Window Vista OS includes greatly improved Tablet PC features that are definitely worth having. Just make sure you purchase a machine with at least 2 GB of memory.
Question: How much memory do I really need?
If your using Windows Vista you need a minimum of 2 gigs.
Question: What happened to the HP TC1100 Tablet PC
Much to users disappointment and dismay, HP decided to switch to a convertible form factor. The HP I believe that the HP TC 1100 is the most sought after Tablet on the secondary market.
Question: Have I ever asked HP why they discontinued the TC1100 or told them how much people want it?
Yes to both questions.
I have mentioned this to HP more times than I can count, and I will continue to brining it up to HP as along as readers of TabletPC2.com, blogs and other forums keep asking for it. Just about every Tablet PC MVP I know that has contact with HP gives them this same information. We all tried or best to convincing HP to market the HP TC 1100 to the consumers as well as business.
As for why they discontinued it, the best answer I have gotten is because it was designed, developed and distributed as business machine and it didn't do well in that area.
Had they marketed the TC1100 to the general public I believe we would still have the hybrid Tablet PC as a form factor, but the fact is until recently HP only considered the Tablet PC part of their business division and did not market their Tablets outside that division.
There are no plans that I am aware of to update or bring back the HP TC 1100 - but I promise I will continue to bring it to HP. In the mean time check out the new HP Compact 2710P Tablet PC.
Question: A what software do you install in your own machines?
It varies from machine to machine depending on how I am using it it and how long it's here but in general Diskeeper Pro Premier , Snagit and AVG free are installed on every machine I use. While these may not be Tablet PC specific programs, they are the programs I can not imagine being without.
And you will find an assortment of the following on my machines: Bluebeam PDF review, JumpingMinds software, Acronis True Image Suite, Microsoft Experience Pack for Tablet PC, Trillian, NTI CD&DVD-Maker™ 7 Titanium Suite, , Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 2, Agilix GoBinder , Plan Plus for Windows & Vista, Microsoft Digital Image Suite, Microsoft Office.
My favorite Tablet PC software to demonstrate are Jumping Minds Math Practice and the Ink Crossword
from the Microsoft Experience Pack for Windows Vista.
Question: If I could only have one Tablet PC which one would I choose?
Thankfully, that is not a decision I have to make.
Question: Are you really not going to tell us what your personal favorite Tablet PC is?
Again, the reason I don't like to answer this question because what I like best and what's good for you are not necessarily the same thing.
I will tell you this...
I almost always have a Lenovo X60 or X61 in my bag, the Lenovo is a great all around machine for everyone. Good battery life, wide selection of accessories, durability, reliability and its price point are what make the Lenovo the current Editors choice machine. I'm still a big fan of the Slate Tablet PC so my TabletKisok machine is usually close by as well.
It's no secret that I am a big fan fan of the Toshiba R400, its unique styling and features, Integrated Verizon Wireless EVDO and a fabulous screen make the R400 aa great fit for my personal needs. If There is a R400 here and I am visiting a client where impression is everything or I want to make a statement the R400 is the Tablet Pc that I want to walk in with.
If I am visiting the Hollywood Bowl or a client who needs outdoor viewability I chose the tablet best suited to them. Currently that would be the Fujitsu T2010 - it has the best outdoor screen I have ever seen.
And last but not least, If I had a UMPC with Integrated Verizon EDVO or the Fujitsu P1610 there is no question that it would get plenty of use and be the machine that went with me on quick trips.
Toshiba R400 Fujitsu T2010 Lenovo X61 TabletKiosk i440D
Question: If I could build the perfect Tablet PC what would it be?