« on: April 22, 2006, 09:11:47 PM »
Tonight I had one of those "epiphany" moments with my new laptop. All the seemingly vague justifications for purchasing a tablet gelled together into something tangible. When I bought my IBM/Leveno X41 covertable tablet my expectation was that the tablet functionality would be good for.....
1( Reading - This has mostly panned out. I regulary read long documents in PDF format and find tablet mode the most comfortabble. In this way my tablet feels like an electronic book. It is light enough to make this something other than a idol sentence. This evening I had to read from three different sources and write a essay on a fourth windows journal page. Cutting and pasting from these three different sources was effortless. I saved REAL time doing things this way VS reading paper versions and typing on a "normal" laptop.
2)Taking notes - This has been helpful during meetings at work. I have gotten over the whole "geek factor" thing (ie showing up to a meeting with the tablet instead of a pen and yellow pad of paper). The result has been less clutter around my office. I use this sticky note program to jot quick things down. You can set it to pop up when you boot your computer saving you a few seconds over setting something up in Outlook. I purchased the Onenote program but I still haven't had any time to use it. Most of my note taking takes place in Windows Journal.
3) Navigating - unless I have some serious typing to do, I usually use the computer in tablet mode. I have my own set number of internet pages I visit. I use the pen to navigate as I hold the computer like a book. Pretty comfortable deal on saturday mornings to veg in bed click through LSD, reading emails and such without having to lay ackwardly to do so.
I realize that tablets aren't for everyone and that people has their own definition of what is "must have." Thst said, after spending this past 6 weeks using this computer, I wonder why more of these types of computers are not sold. Every single one of the points discussed above could produce real benefits to the law student.