Recently, I got an email from my local T-Mobile representative advertising that the HTC Flyer, which… wait for it… you can write on. You can edit documents! You can record audio with notes! You can manage your calendar! You can write. on. the. screen. Oh. my. God.
I’ve been doing all this and more since 2005 on my Lenovo Tablet PC. Forgive me, world, but I’m frustrated with the idea that writing on the screen is something new. I’m frustrated by the idea that we’re actually having to decide between touch, pen, and built-in physical keyboard. I have all 3 in one machine. Will that machine fit in my purse? No, but I like a small purse and I already have a smart phone.
I work in education. I’ve taught with technology for 12 years and started my school’s one-to-one tablet PC initiative in 2005. I got the 55th tablet IBM/Lenovo made. When I selected the Tablet PC for my school, we didn’t lose any functionality. The Tablet PC took the laptop and added the ability to capture electronic ink without a separate graphic device. We didn’t lose anything, but we gained a world of technological capability. With our most recent round of Lenovo Tablet PC’s we gained touch screen capability – a triple threat of the tech world.
The current crop of tablet devices all seem represent some loss. iPad – no integrated pen, and no keyboard, and no easy projection capability. HTC tablet – pen is separate, no built-in keyboard. I don’t like clutter and I like to have all the option to do anything I need to do wherever I am. So, I don’t need a third device with limited capability. Maybe I’m unusual (heck, there’s no maybe about it), but I’m happy with one computer and my smartphone.
To be clear, I’m not hating on the iPad, Samsung Galaxy, HTC Flyer or on people who love them. I’m just saying that I’m not going to drop an all-inclusive technology that I know works for me in favor of something with more limited capacity. I’m intrigued by the idea of a smaller, lighter, G4 device that integrates all of these things and Windows 8.
Folks, it’s not that new. After all, I’ve been able to write on my screen since ’05.