Sunday, August 01, 2004

TabletPC yet again

CurrentAnalysis, an industry analyst house that I have some respect for have a very nice top line piece on the TabletPC a couple of weeks ago. The key highlights are that a TabletPC is going nowhere without:
- A stronger retail presence
- A keyboard (what they call a convertible: a laptop were the screen swivels round to become a TabletPC)
- Adoption by the likes of Dell, IBM and Apple

They dont make any mention of:
- substitute products like PDAs, smartphones and Anoto pens
- the fact that the complex packaging and screen hinge will keep the product relatively expensive compared to laptops
- the compelling reason why it would get widespread adoption, especially when more and more people can type faster than writing
- why on earth Apple would want to make one?

Using a TabletPC is kind of like living with your family, it seems like a good idea at the time, but proves a lot harder after you have got used to other arrangements.