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All my Mac friends are going to have an heart attack, because I an about to say something even I did not expect myself to say: I like Tablet PC! (Whew… that took some effort!) I just received a Lenovo X41 ThinkPad and have been playing […]

All my Mac friends are going to have an heart attack, because I an about to say something even I did not expect myself to say: I like Tablet PC! (Whew… that took some effort!)

I just received a Lenovo X41 ThinkPad and have been playing around with it for about two days. I started taking notes on X41 instead of my Ruled Notebook. My good old Parker pen is crying because I have been ignoring it for over 48 hours. Thanks to Activewords, Feed Demon and BlogJet, I have been able to do all the familiar tasks with remarkable ease. I have clean handwriting, so Tablet PC actually worked better than expected for me. (Full review coming soon!)

Despite the WindowsXP, I found myself liking the new Tablet PC, and got a sense that a week into using this device, well, one could be addicted. Does anyone else agree that Tablet PC is one of the more innovative efforts of Microsoft. Perhaps, it being Chairman Bill’s pet project helps.

Does that mean I will give up on my Power Book? Not likely.

Or in the words of Charleston Heston, you will have to pry it away from my cold dead hands. But if I did decide to switch to Windows, well X41 will be my pick. I do have to reluctantly admit, I will be less resistant to checking out Windows-only Apps. That it up until the day when Apple introduces its own Tablet. Then all bets are off!

  1. Om! Dude! I love your blog and B2.0 articles but, yo, get ahold of your crazy hyphens (“give-up” ?!) and capitalization (Ruled Notebook; Windows-only Apps) or hire me as official GigaOm editor. ;-)

    I realize this is your personal website, but it’s still widely read… and sometimes I have trouble understanding parts of your posts, have to decode the punctuation or sentence construction.

    Posting this comment out of love because this is one of the few tech blogs I enjoy.

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  2. You think a tablet computer is impressive now? Wait a month or two and your going to see something from apple that will blow your socks off. It’s tablet, but touch-screen, multi-touch points that are instant.

    Check out a demo video of it in action, it will blow you away, (wait for the download, as it’s high demand)

    http://www.filecloud.com/files/file.php?userfileid=110803

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  3. Om Malik Gets Seduced By A Tablet PC

    Another big boy of the blogosphere, Om Malik, has felt the lure of INK. He’s recently been trying out a X41 Thinkpad Tablet PC and likes what he sees. He’s not quite ready to give up his Apple Powerbook for

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  4. Om, we had a similar eureka moment a year ago, and a bunch of us then decided to build an application (a TabletPC/Ink supported) all-in-one digital organizer and planner for students. Tablets are gaining ground, particularly with the student market.
    Check out the integrated ink features of the StudentVision application. Would love to get your thougths.
    http://www.juststudents.com

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  5. I like the slate more than anything else
    http://www.motioncomputing.com/products/

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  6. Joseph, thanks for the “edits” and I am seriously considering getting you on board. I really do need some editing help here. Your point is well taken.

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  7. You picked a great tablet. I use the X41 Tablet PC as well. I’ve been through quite a number of them over the years, and the X41 is my favorite – mainly due to size and extended battery. Plus, it is just a great tablet.

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  8. I think clearly, Tablets are light usage devices. I think it is hard to use these devices if you tend to write a lot, like I do. I think in the end, it is niche product, which can be very profitable. I like it so far.

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  9. Hi Om and welcome to the club :) I am a ‘wanna-be’ Tablet PC user and who’s waffling on when to buy a Tablet after using it for a week. My thoughts on Tablet and running Linux on it are here – http://www.j2eegeek.com/blog/2006/02/05/i-love-the-tablet-pc-and-ubuntu-runs-on-it/.

    Looking forward to your full review.

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  10. You mean when Apple copies MS again and creates a Tablet. After copying Media Center to create Front Row.

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