Originally Posted by melgross
Tablets won't make it until the public can be convinced that this "new" way of using a computer is better for them (if, indeed, it is).
Apple, because of the hype surronding it, may be the only company that can do this.
But, that doesn't mean that they CAN do this, possibly just that no one else can.
It has to be a 'new' way - absolutely 100% agree with this.
Originally Posted by TenoBell
Its difficult for me to see where another Newton would fit in. The PDA market is dying. An SDK for the iPhone and iPod Touch essentially makes them ultramobile PC's.
I can more believe the rumor about the light weight notebook that would make even less reason for a tablet. Apple has been fairly anal about not diluting its product line
If there is a tablet coming, its a huge challenge. If it was going to run OSX with standard OSX apps, then it is simply a laptop without a keyboard... and the first thing people will miss is the keyboard. They'll buy the ultralight notebook instead.
Originally Posted by Ireland
News-flash, the iPhone is the Newton. This tablet will be a Mac we hope.
If the tablet is a Mac, it'll be relatively unpopular for the reason I gave above... having a keyboard will simply make more sense. However, Apple might force applications to comply with a much more limited feature set - FORCE a change in the interaction paradigm... which may make a difference. I'm not sure.
I think Apple is playing in a new place... and the iPhone is the first step. It is OSX but it's not. Who knows where to from here.
Originally Posted by melgross
When this is placed on a table, flat, there is little to no advantage over a keyed device, and it's difficult to see, as it faces the ceiling.<snip>
When holding it and using it, it will still run into the problem of weight on your forearm when writing. If you choose instead to use a screen keyboard, then you must do with one hand. These are both uncomfortable, and clumsy.
I don't see how any "killer app" can get around these terminal (no pun intended) problems, as it is what it is.
More good points. It makes me think that a tablet, more than anything, will have to be incredibly light (and run cool - my MBP is HOT!). (edit: and I am not sure it can be light and cool enough yet... a point you've made in the post above too)
I use a notepad (a real, pen and paper one) in some very specific contexts
1. When I'm working on a referral helpdesk, I am using the computer to look up referrals. So I'll jot quick notes on paper.
2. When doing counselling/NLP, I want to make free form notes. I draw a square and write a concept in it, then link it to other squares. I rewrite it quickly in Pages after the session, but I wouldn't use it with a client since it's not quick enough, and typing breaks rapport.
For #1, having 2 computers would probably solve my needs - though even there I'm not writing an essay, I'm working freeform with multiple possibly unrelated points. Word processors aren't designed for that (though there's probably some good brainstorming apps that would serve my need). Scribbling notes wherever still feels much more natural.
For #2, typing is not feasible (on a keyboard or virtual keyboard). I'll stick with pen and paper, but a CHEAP tablet that converts my freeform into a Pages document would be very interesting. (edit: yes.... now I want light, small, cool, AND cheap)
I can see why it's popular in certain industries. If you need to walk and use a computer, a tablet makes sense (if it's very light, and syncs with your desktop programs somehow). Walking and using a computer was once confined to doctors (and similar)... but there may be new markets emerging with people using computers as they walk about their daily lives. The iPhone certainly meets some of those needs (but maybe recording handwriting is required?)