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Let Lifehacker know where you stand on Tablet Computing



TabletComputingLifehacker asks the question: Are You Interested in Tablet Computing? With a little more than 6,000 poll responses so far, interest looks high enough. Most are adopting a wait and see approach, but a good 20% are looking forward to joining our ranks. A meager 5% of those polled already have a tablet. If you haven’t already voted, be sure to surf over there and try to get our share bumped up to double digits.

While some will interpret this as a failure by the iPad to generate interest in tablets, it should be noted that about four times as many respondents are solidly interested in getting a tablet than the number who already have a tablet. Overall, there are more interested than disinterested, which is better than we’ve seen in years.



  1. GFL

    02/08/2010 at 6:34 pm

    Still just blows me away; the overall lack of interest of the general public in tablet technology in general(compared to alternative computing form factors). Obviously those of us who have owned Tablet PC’s over the years, and are open to various forms of shapes (forms) and flavors (OS & platforms) of tablets forthcoming in this decade are excited because we see the incredible possibilities that we’ve always believed in.

    If the “tablet” takes off this decade, I almost think we’ll have the iPhone and the Kindle to thank (more A, than B of course). The content distribution system, and the simplicity of UI specifically designed for the user experience (as opposed to the awkward XP interface, and even now W7 that was never designed from the ground up to make sense for maximum pen and/or touch experience and efficiency) is what is ultimately going to shake up the industry, and send many back to the drawing board, and force consumers to keep driving change in what they want from tablet nirvana. I’d love to see Redmond embrace this revolution (maybe we’ll actually see the Courier one day?), instead of everyone bitching about the fact that Apple is leading the charge in expanding this market. I don’t believe they’ll solely own it (can’t wait to se MSFT’s rebuttal after the Slate, and what Google comes out with next year) – but they’ll be a big player, and pioneer in it. Exciting stuff!

  2. Osiris

    02/08/2010 at 7:15 pm

    I think people like the idea of tablets more than they do the actual purchase of them (at least in the past). This year may be different but besides cheaper prices im yet to see anything beyond the courier concept that fundamentally changes tablets and how we can use them particularly in business.

  3. chris hickie

    02/09/2010 at 2:14 am

    Going from typewriter to a desktop pc took most people and companies more than a few years to complete. I suspect the transition from desktop (and even laptop) to tablet will progress in a similar pace.

  4. SAM

    02/09/2010 at 1:00 pm

    I’ve shown my tablet to various people.

    While most of them think it’s cool, the first thing
    they usually ask is “Where’s the keyboard?”

    The artist types seem to understand the tablet more
    than the average PC user

    Plus, most of the software is designed for the keyboard.

  5. Dennnisvjames

    02/10/2010 at 11:08 am

    X61 and Motion tablets. Why not get the most out of the experience? Don’t always need a keyboard. Now if my Pre would take a stylus I’d be sitting pretty.

  6. Leo

    02/18/2010 at 5:27 pm

    I’ve been using a tablet type device since the Newton and have loved it. I am writing this on a MacBook Pro but my everyday carry machine is a TC1100. I still haven’t found a replacement for this very elegant implementation of the tablet PC.

    Why doesn’t someone make a TC1100 type machine with all the modern bells and whistles! I love having this slate with the very sleek snap-on/swivel keyboard.

    Everyone that sees it wants to know all about it. I could actually sell TC1100s today to many of my friends. They all expect to pay $1500 for it and are flabbergasted to hear that it’s not in production and can be had on Ebay for less than $300.

    Very disappointed in the current offerings.

    I was excited about the iPad until it’s release…now I’ve very disappointed in it too. They could have made an awesome machine but just missed the mark. It needs a camera! And a stylus for taking notes! Wow…I would have paid $2000 if it had those two features.

    Anyway…thanks for reading.


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