Couldn’t decide if this was GQ or IMHO – apologies in advance.
With all the talk floating around about the maybe-this-year Mac Tablet, I’ve been thinking how much I’d like – any tablet. I don’t like laptops, but I use (and enjoy) PDAs, and have since the original Pilot (wait, earlier! Zaurus!). I’ve used full-sized tablets, and I like 'em. Only problem is the price, which tends to be up there, for laptops. Another thing is, I wouldn’t mind having a small (think “netbook-sized”) tablet; I’m currently using an iPod Touch as my PDA, and its not really big enough for WWW viewing and such…but something between that and a “full” laptop would be perfect.
So my question is, does anything like this exist, and does anyone have any recommendations? I’m quite willing to accept something low-powered (indeed, this would bring down the cost), and operating system truly doesn’t much matter to me (I can use Windows, any Unixey/Linuxey variant, OSX, or even weird custom things if its good). Also, if it comes to it, I’m perfectly capable of assembling computer parts, so I wouldn’t mind something like “check out this case, you can put this motherboard in it and…” situations. Cheap and usable are my main concerns – and a touchscreen of some kind is the key difference here, vs. simply a netbook. Multitouch, pen, or both…its all good.
I’ve done a bit of websearching and haven’t seen much like this, so it may be a have-to-wait situation…but if anyone has any recommendations, I’m all ears.