My colleague and friend Jean Morgan asked me whether I still used a Tablet PC.
I certainly do. I started with the Toshiba M200, which is an excellent machine. However, I broke it. Not that it is fragile; its quite resilient in fact. It’s just that I got impatient one day with the response and just unplugged it to restart. [Note: Never do that to a PC.] When it reloaded, I found I couldn’t load up Office software, which was pretty fundamental in my case.
The main differences for me between the two machines are:
- the Tosh has a much higher screen resolution, great for when you are using an external monitor and the multiple screen mode; whereas
- the IBM is significantly lighter and smaller.
Because of the portability issues in the way I use my Tablet, even when the Tosh comes back from the Tablet hospital, I think I’ll stick with the ThinkPad.
Finally, my pen use has gravitated to just three applications:
- MindManager 6 Pro;
- annotating projected PowerPoints on-the-fly when coaching; and
- OneNote (which looks superb when I finally am able to migrate to Office 2007).