With the upcoming launch of the iPad, a lot of people are talking about slate and convertible Tablet PCs, mostly in a negative light. How many times have you heard that tablets are only used in a few places- like schools, hospitals and a few other small niches?
Tablet PCs aren’t used as widely as they should be, but I think this is due mostly to the fact that very few people have ever actually used one, their limited availability and price premium. In my opinion, journalists and users need a better education on what Tablet PCs are good for.
I’m going to be putting together a resource page here on GottaBeMobile with as many examples of what Tablet PCs are good for, who they’re good for and how they can improve the Windows experience. We’re also trying to capture the size of the “small niches” that tablets are good for.
Tablet PCs are good for College Students. There are approximately 18.4 million of them in the U.S alone (Fast Facts). College students enjoy using tablets with multimedia features, such as the HP Pavilion tm2. Many college students use professional Tablet PCs, such as the ThinkPad x200t and HP 2730p to complete coursework in architecture, engineering, mathematics, design and graphics arts.
I know that might sound simple for experienced inkers, but a lot of people don’t even know that the slate and convertible form-factors exist.
I’d like to make this a group project and get your input on what Tablet PCs are good for. Head over to the GBM Forums for more details on what we’re looking for and share your ideas about what tablets are good for.