Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Oct 2009 20:33 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Ah, the tablet computer. For over two decades now have companies tried to get the public to buy the darn things, and yet, despite all the efforts, promises, analysts, and even personal involvement by Bill Gates, they simply never took off. Recently, the tablet has seen renewed attention - but will they succeed now?
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Two weeks ago I was going to buy a netbook with touch screen.

So I was in front of the eeepc T91, 9 inches, horrible keyboard and 16 giga of storage (!) for 449 euros.

And just near a eeepc 1008HA, 10 inches screen, big keyboard, 10 inches screen and 160 gigs of HD for 399.

I went for the 1008HA (Also because I am not aware how much I can use a touchscreen on linux).

Still touch screen on laptop have this 'aurea' of being a bleeding edge technology, while they should be common.

I mean, the T91 has as ONLY selling point the touch screen, for the rest is worse than any netbook around the 300Euros range.
The touch/tablet is not enough. Is a nice addition, I would like to have it sometimes, but is not a major selling point.

Honestly I think that touch screen will come on notebook, but it will be more like bluetooth or a technology that would be nice to have, and that may only slightly influence the process of buying a laptop.

For once I agree with Thom, there is no real usage for a table pc or a big iPhone (or iTablet for what matters).

But marketing is also about finding those kind of benefit, or sometime 'Inventing' them. Or can be about finding the Killer application that will basically blew everything away.

So let's wait and see, can be fun!

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