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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by Kalessin on Mon 5th Oct 2009 22:08 UTC
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As I understand it, there are plenty of artists who like them because it's easier to use the pen to draw than a mouse. In those kind of circumstances where what you really need is a pen, it makes sense. In pretty much any other situation, I don't think that it does.

Computers are designed with keyboards in mind. Unless applications are specifically designed in a manner that a pen is an advantage, then a computer with a pen is not going to be an advantage. And just because a particular type of interface might seem like it would be cool or useful doesn't mean that it actually would be.

I mean, for instance, take voice controlled computers. They sound cool and all, but for most things it would be a lot faster to type what you want and manipulate your mouse where you need it than it would be to tell the computer what to do unless it has some serious AI behind it and you can tell it something pretty vague and still have it do exactly what you want.

Tablet PCs are useful for specific tasks - like art - but I don't see them being all that useful in general. Personally, I have no interest in them whatsoever.

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