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Linda Epstein of Tablet PC2 has published a great review of the Fujitsu Lifebook P1510D and awarded the 8.9” mini-Tablet PC the Editors Choice.  The P1510D is a touchscreen Tablet PC that is a wonderful size for highly mobile individuals who don’t want to compromise on […]

Linda Epstein of Tablet PC2 has published a great review of the Fujitsu Lifebook P1510D and awarded the 8.9” mini-Tablet PC the Editors Choice.  The P1510D is a touchscreen Tablet PC that is a wonderful size for highly mobile individuals who don’t want to compromise on the performance.  I had a chance to talk with Linda earlier this year at CES and she told me then she absolutely loved the P1510D and was hoping to make it her main Tablet PC.  Check out the review to see why she named it “Editors Choice”.  I know I’d love to get my hands on one of these in the worst way. 

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  1. Does anyone know for sure if she was using the 3 or 6 cell battery when she did her testing and found 2h 16min of battery life?

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    Thanks,

    Ross

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  2. Hi James,

    I have really appreciated your website over the last year and this post really have me wondering something. Maybe I’m incorrect, but I believe I have seen you state “I know I’d love to get my hands on one of these….” a many of times?

    Being a techie, I know I have said that myself :-) But now with the UMPC talk and this review I’m really stuck with wanting a TabletKiosk eo and this Fujitsu p1510D. I’m really looking for something bigger than my Sony TH55 but smaller than my my inspirion 700m, but I am worried about getting a “first run” product and I’m DYING for a Tablet of some sort!!! Seems that TabletKiosk makes a nice product and I am more than willing to except that I may buy one and well, “Jones” for a next genration device done the road and may have to drop additional dollars later. Again not that I mind, I’ve done it many times with Palm OS devices. Not looking for you to make a decision for me, but just would like your opionion since you seem to have deep knowledge about portables. Besides this may help others in the same boat. Thanks for any input you can provide and thanks for a great informational website about mobile devices!

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  3. Believe me, when I say I want to get my hands on something, I really do. :) If I was in the market to buy a new Tablet to replace my tc1100 right now- I would get either the Fujitsu P1510D or the Motion LS800. If the finances were right I’d get the Motion and if an issue the Fujitsu. I have played with the Fujitsu a number of times and it is one sweet device. One of them was running Vista with Aero glass at CES. :)

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  4. I should also add that I have never been one to advocate waiting until the next generation of a device is released before purchase. I figure that if a device fits my particular need then the benefits from the use I will get out of it before the next big thing is available outweigh any benefits from the updated device.

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  5. I just ordered a Lifebook P1510, partly because I wanted a much smaller notebook, partly to add tablet functionality to my information management, and partly because I could get it before a UMPC. It’s also somewhat more practical than a UMPC for my partiuclar plans for it. It’s arriving this afternoon, so I haven’t tried it first hand. The P1510 is specified like a UMPC in many respects, but is slightly more advanced and larger, with a longer battery life. It also is priced along the same lines as a UMPC. However, in comparing the TK eo and the P1510: the 1GB of upgrade for the P1510 is much pricier (due to use of microdimm), and the hard drives on the Lifebook are 1.8″ 4200RPM. By contrast, the eo uses more widely available RAM (1GB upgrade is $265 vs. $700) and includes large capacity and fast (7200 RPM) HDs. Some of the applications I’d like to use would perform better with more RAM and a faster HD than a faster processor. So I would actually say that the eo is potentially a better deal than the P1510 based on those factors, balanced against the battery life, the need for a small keyboard, and particularly the VIA 1GHz C7M ULV… which is why I’m so interested in seeing benchmarks for the VIA CPU.

    I’m very interested in optimized applications for touchscreen combined with Tablet OS functionality, which is a feature of both the P1510 and the UMPC. It occurs to me that in the context of using a PC while doing other things, picking up a pen is not always desirable…and I’m pretty sure this won’t change. I’ve seen some specialized car mounts for the LS800, but I’d be afraid to have one in my car, frankly. I’d much rather mount a UMPC or the P1510. The announcement that Wacom is working on a dual mode digitizer/touchscreen is a good look at the future of these things. But for the time being, I look at the UMPC as a meaningful form factor / device standard, because the medium-sized touchscreen places different constraints on software and human interface development. The hardware controls on the UMPC are superior to the P1510′s and are important: not just in controlling the PC, but also because a touchscreen is in itself a terrible user interface device due to lack of tactile feedback (look at the universal remote control market for evidence of this).

    I’ll offer this comparison: the Nintendo DS is designed to be a “disruptive” device. It bundles two screens, one touchscreen, wifi, stereo speakers, microphone, and hardware controls. It is not the fastest portable gaming platform, it doesn’t have the best screen resolution, and it doesn’t use standard forms of memory storage. However, it has great games that are well designed for the hardware (e.g., Elektroplankton). It is also able to introduce PC-style gaming (e.g., Age of Empires DS, multiplayer FPS, etc.) to the handheld because the touchscreen adds PC like functionality. Nintendo is releasing a browser (Opera) for the DS that will undoubtedly be better than the PSP’s browser, because of the touchscreen (and the use of both displays).

    So, in my mind, it’s all going to be about software development with particular attention to user interface optimization and organization. People are always down on Microsoft for not making Tablet OS an enormous overnight success. I feel like MS is doing their part, but you’re not going to be able to excite consumers with better information management. “Look: you can take notes, and you can use a spreadsheet and write on PDF files!” isn’t going to work with the general population, even if it benefits them. Likewise, if you were going to use something like Quicken on a UMPC, they had better change the user interface: an onscreen number pad, etc. The new software additions by MS are a good start: big buttons, sliders, and simple interfaces. Once you can put together a useful package of software, the benefits of the UMPC (versus another notebook or desktop) will become clearer to people.

    I’d like to see software come with multiple skins for different devices and screen resolutions, rather than brand new software. I’d also like to see more flexible software licensing that allows you to have the same application on both a PC and a UMPC. Otherwise, we’ll be looking at a bunch of non-optimized applications and a PDA-style software market where you have to hunt down your apps and buy everything twice.

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  6. I too LOVE that LS800 and seriously thought about it. But then once I started adding all of the options I’d want on it, well, the price really ballooned (Motion and TabletKiosk could OWN the Tablet/UMPC market if they’d work on getting those prices down!!!!).

    If the pricing for the UMPC’s were a tad more reasonable I would just go with one of those. The TabletKiosk eo may still stay in my “consider list”, but the handware companies and Microsoft really should put some thought into the pricing. It seems that there is an vision to pricing mismatch. Yeah, I know I need to wait to see what the Samsung q1 pricing really will be here, but at the $1400 it seems they are shooting for right now, they’re being a tad optimistic. So that one if off the list. MS should take 500 million of of their cash and subsidize the heck out of the Tablet/UMPC market. Now that would be FUN to watch!! I’d love to see the “Tablet/UMPC” haters deal with that :-)

    The 1510D seems like a sweet deal compared to the UMPC’s right now. OH well, I guess well just have to wait and see how it all plays out. I really wish some company (DELL ARE YOU OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!) would jump in a crush the UMPC pricing right away. Hey I can dream can’t I!! I’ll wait and see how the reviews come in for the eo in May and make a decision from there between that, the LS800 and the 1510D. Well, again thanks for your input.

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  7. By the way, this came up today on Engadget.com
    http://www.engadget.com/2006/04/11/fujitsus-loox-p70s-t70s-and-t70s-v-ultra-portable-pcs/

    The P70S looks pretty much like the P1510. I wonder if they switched the RAM type as well as making it somewhat lighter.

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  8. Excellent post!!! I knew the difference in the ram pricing that you stated, but didn’t know the reason, so thanks for that info. Right now I’m trending towards the 1510 because of the chipset and the ability to use the keyboard if needed. Though I use a PalmOS device and am extremely proficient with Grafitti, there has been times where using a keyboard would have been useful and I’m not the type to be hauling a gazillion pieces of equipment with me to get things done. I try to force myself to use a product based on its base functionality, so the 1510D will release me from that self imposed constraint. Like you, I’m looking forward to seeing the benchmarks for the VIA CPU. When JK did his review of the eo, it seemed to be ok speed wise, but I myself need to see how it will perform with MS Office, Outlook, Acrobat, Evernote, Sketchbook and other assorted apps.

    Another point that I like about the 1510D is I believe the screen can be rotated. Very important to me for eBooks and from what I’ve read/seen the eo doesn’t offer that functionality, but I’d fully expect that to change down the road. So for me it seems that my question is being answered in that maybe it will be best for me to get the 1510D or wait for the UMPC to mature a tad. The only sacrifice that I can see for my needs is that the 1510 is a touch bigger than the UMPC and I really want to have the smallest device possible. It’s sometime hard though when desire and practicality start head butting!!! Plus I really wanted to make a choice and not have to worry about having to be in this “Can’t make up my mind mode” again down the road once the UMPC market mature. Guess I need to grow up a tad ;-) and realize I can’t have my cake and eat it to. So I’ll have to risk buying a device and then 6 months to one year later, buy another. Heck I just love to do my bit to help the economy.

    Ah, what the heck, when that time comes, I’ll just give the 1510D to one of my kids.

    Again thanks for the post.

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