Poll: Where Are You Spending Your Tablet Allowance?

Apple’s iPad is being released in just a few weeks. There’s new news on Microsoft Courier. Heavy Tablet PC hitters Lenovo and HP have weighed in with updates to existing Tablet PCs that are top of the line. Hanvon and countless others are readying Tablets.

They all cost money and their are still big unknowns out there. But here at GBM we’ve got Tablet savvy readers, who can dig through the hype and figure out what’s what, save their money and make smart purchases. So, Tablet savvy readers, where are you thinking of spending your Tablet allowance this year? iPad? Saving up for a still-mythical but more enticing by the minute Courier? Lenovo? HP? Fujitsu? Hanvon? Let us know in the poll below.

  

Comments

  1. Joe says

    Where’s the “Wait and see how things pan out” option?

    I’m very intrigued by the Hanvon tablets. The HP 2740p and Lenovo x201t both seem like great options. And the Courier, while it still seems like a bit of a pipe dream at this point in time, could also turn out to be the perfect option.

    Really, about the only one I’m not interested in at this point in time is the iPad.

    But still, with so many options out there, I think I have to sit on the sidelines (happily, between my tc1100 and my Dell XT… okay well, not always quite as happily with the XT) and see how things look by the end of the year.

  2. Chris Hickie says

    I’m hoping to see some new unboxings soon here to help guide me as you have in the past.

  3. ericthebikeman says

    I’m looking at the x201t for this year when my current service contract runs out. The courier demo on Engadget looked hot. I’ll be all over it if it can bring data into Onenote and Exchange so I can have a little mobile date book.

  4. Mike says

    I too chose ‘wait and see’ under other.
    Right now it is lots of hype and bright ideas but very little new actually on store shelves.
    Apple is good at marketing and I suspect the ipad will be huge whether there are better competitors out there or not.
    The MS offering looks very compelling but was disappointed to read about size today. Was hoping for quite a bit larger screens than that.

  5. SAM says

    I’ve been waiting for a 10″ hi-res tablet with an active digitizer. Also, without the HUGE bezels that seem to be on the 10″ models.
    About 6″ x 8″ over all size. Most of the 10″ models seem to be stuck into a 12″ body.

  6. Jeff Jackson says

    SAM hit the nail on the head. HP’s slate with active digitizer and stylus would have me buying it the minute it came out. As it is, I’m just going to do some upgrades on my old Gateway C120-X.

  7. Nameless says

    Microsoft Courier for sure.

    If only because I already just spent my tablet allowance on a good deal for an old Gateway E-295C/C-14*XL. US$550 for a full Tablet PC that included, among other things, a Core 2 Duo T9300 and was barely used? How could I resist?

    But I did have to sell off the old HP TC1100 to afford it, and that would’ve made a great document reader with its wider-viewing-angle screen and better portability. (These 14″ Gateway machines weigh well over six pounds, especially with that 8-cell battery!)

    The Courier, if it ever releases, will largely fill the roles I generally use Tablet PCs for in the first place-taking notes, practicing my sketching skills, and reading e-documents. The size may also make it a practical PDA in a smartphone-dominated market that cares little for that functionality, and it could make a great Web browser as well. Best of all, if I can interface it with a scanner, I may never have to deal with paper ever again!

    Not to say that it’ll entirely replace the Tablet PC, because sometimes I do want a full PC with Wacom pen functionality integrated into the display, and don’t want to lug around a Cintiq for that. However, those times are relatively rare, and I happen to find myself using my Gateway convertible mostly in laptop mode (though the weight and bulk could have something to do with that).

  8. Joe says

    I own a bunch of tablet PCs and was thinking about pre-ordering the i-pad tomorrow, but I think I’m going to wait until the late summer or early fall before I make a tablet purchase. I held out so long for the i-pad and although I thought I was excited for the device, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed with the specs.

    My new “holdout” is Notion Ink’s Adam. I hope it comes to the US and hope that I can bring my own 3G. I really liked apple’s decision not to require a wireless contract. I have to think that requiring 3G on the i-pad would have been a deal breaker for people already paying for a data plan for their smart phone (whatever that smart phone might be).

    I’d be interested to hear from those planning on getting the i-pad if they are getting the 3G version or sticking with the wireless version.

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