Is the Tablet PC Really ‘Elusive’?

05tablet_650The New York Times published an article about tablet computers that put Tablet PCs in a pretty bad light. GBM reader Yonatan Greenstein sent us the link to the article to our attention with the following note: “They always manage to have somebody write these articles that has obviously never used a tablet.”

After reading the article I’d venture to guess that Yonatan is right. The article discussing the future of tablet devices is about 1,200 words and here’s the only mention of Windows-powered machines that you can actually buy:

“Then in 2001, at Comdex, the industry trade show, Bill Gates introduced new Windows software for tablets with a bold prediction: within five years, he said, tablets “will be the most popular form of PC sold in America.” It didn’t happen, of course. Tablets running Windows sell only a few hundred thousand units a year, mostly in business fields like health care and financial services.”

Surely there are people finding more uses for Tablet PCs than those in the medical and health field if there are a few hundred thousand Tablet PCs sold per year. There’s no mention of the diversity of Tablet PCs available nor a discussion of how we’re using them. Instead, the authors of the article focus on the Newton and the mythical Apple tablet.

The NY Times didn’t bother to publish any photos of Tablet PCs that are currently available. Instead, it published a photo of a Microsoft researcher with a ‘comprehensive collection’ of tablets that doesn’t include a single current-generation PC. It’s almost like the NY Times went out of its way to ignore the latest PCs. I’m sure that Fujitsu, Lenovo, Dell, HP and others have sent spec sheets, photos and press releases over to the publication’s tech reporters.

What are you doing with your elusive Tablet PC today? I’m using mine to read a poorly researched NY Times article…