I’ve written about meeting with T Lewis before, I like to do that every time he is in town and this past weekend he and I sat down in the local Starbucks and had a great chat for 2.5 hours. T and I are surprisingly alike in our approach to mobile tech and the things that interest us although we work entirely differently. T was excited because he ordered a Lenovo x61 Tablet PC that should be waiting for him when he got back home. He’s going to love the Lenovo knowing what he likes and I can’t wait to hear how he is liking that baby when he uses it a while. He ordered it with XP instead of Vista because in his artistic endeavors he uses legacy programs that need XP and he can’t live without them. Maybe we can talk him into sharing how a top cartoonist uses a Tablet PC to create his masterpieces.
T also has a Motion LS800 which I didn’t know and he loves the small form factor for the portability it provides, although the relatively low resolution (800×600) can be frustrating at times. It’s a shame that Motion has phased out the LS800, the only sub-12 inch slate available. Fujitsu has a 10-inch slate but I’ve never heard from anyone who’s actually seen or used one. Maybe T should look at that one.
The two of us happily geeked out and were so absorbed in our discussion that the time flew so quickly we were both surprised how long we had been sitting there. T got the chance to play with the HP 2710p, the OQO Model 02, the HTC Advantage and the Nokia N800. I could tell the Advantage surprised him like it does most people with how versatile it is given it’s just a Windows Mobile device. He also liked the OQO because of the active digitizer, although the small screen size would impact heavy OneNote usage. It’s like taking a lot of notes on a bunch of index cards.
It was a great visit and I was very happy to see T again. Hopefully this is something we can repeat with greater frequency although that’s difficult living so far apart. Keep on hedging dude and thanks for the Over the Hedge book! My whole family was in stitches that night sharing the comics. :)