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GBM InkShow: Thomasin Takes on the Tega v2 Slate

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Well, you asked for it. Now you’ve got it. I know why they call Thomasin my better half. A number of GBM Readers asked to see and hear my wife’s take on the Tega v2 Slate and here it is in all its unvarnished glory. For those who don’t known, when we do one of these InkShows, Thomasin doesn’t know much about the devices ahead of time and usually, as is the case here, is putting her hands on a device for the first time when she sits down in front of the camera.

Although she is a bit confused as to the definition of what a geek is, trust me, she’s no geek in the way we refer to one around here. You’ll have to excuse the couple of bursts of foul language and chalk that up to her being tired after an evening’s performance and her husband making her sit down and check out a new piece of kit on her return home.

Regardless, for those who are looking for a non-geek perspective on the Tega v2, here it is. And as usual here non-geek approach says quite a bit.

All GBM Inkshows are sponsored by MobileDemand.

And here is a link to my review and video of the Tega v2.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

4 Comments

  1. savagemike

    10/19/2010 at 5:28 pm

    Excellent !
    Love to see Thomasin’s take on this stuff.
    Really informative to get an every-man take on the situation.

    Favorite line – “Is this a computer?”

    hahahaha….

    From my perspective I think she is on to something with the form factor and button placement.
    Also – it is pretty clear that Windows is not really that well suited for the tablet world unless they finally come up with some UI changes that makes sense for finger navigation.
    I do not understand why a company with the resources they have is so unable, seemingly, to make this happen.

  2. CLC

    10/19/2010 at 10:58 pm

    Great job, as always, guys! Love Thomasin’s take on things.
    Yes, that power button needed to be a slider or something on the side. Clearly, the aspect ratio of the device is to accommodate wide screen movies, though. Also, she makes a terrific point about a laptop/netbook being more conducive to productivity because the keyboard and stand are built in. That’s one thumbs up for the convertible form factor. However, there are occasions where the slate is a great idea. That’s why the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid was a good idea. Though it has it’s own limitations, it’s a step in the right direction and good for a lot of people.

    Microsoft really does need to free up touch from being dependent on the cursor. I think that’s a lot of her problems with it. Otherwise, touch is so much faster than the pointing stick or a touchpad.

  3. Guest

    10/20/2010 at 3:34 am

    I am always left smiling after (and during) Warner and Thomasin’s ink shows. Thanks again (both of you) for taking the time to cover this view of the device. It’s a shame that widescreen is standard for displays because I feel that sometimes a standard letter size screen (not including bezel) would work in some situations.

  4. Peter Wright

    10/20/2010 at 12:59 pm

    Love the review. You guys need to do more like this. The one thing that stuck out at me here, is that Microsoft really need to step up their side of things. Although Thomasin is not a ‘geek’ (in our sense), the driving goal behind Windows in a touch device and a the device in general should be usability. Apple have that nailed with the iPad and iPhone but Microsoft are *still* struggling to catch up. The Tablet extensions need to be burned and reborn afresh in order to be competitive today.

    It should be a heck of a lot easier for people like Thomasin (who represent the majority of people in the world today) to get stuff done on a tablet.

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