How useful is a tablet computer?
Most of the people I know now have either an iPad or a Playbook or a tablet personal computer of some sort. On my blog, I have reviewed the HP TouchPad (which I own) and I have been given other tablet equipment to review. I have to say, I love tablets. The first question people ask me when they know I have an HP TouchPad is whether I find any use for it. As an academic, the first and foremost use for me is to take notes on the go (albeit slower than normally I would on a laptop) and to read student papers’ and grade them as well as read academic journal articles. Or, as in the example shown below, grade papers while reading Twitter as I go.
A tablet computer, particularly of the size of an iPad or the HP TouchPad is large enough to read without having tired eyes, and small enough that I can carry it on a case and take it everywhere, or even just in my hand (or my jacket). Of course, I have several secure features on it (like a robust encasing!).
My good friend Janni Aragon (also an academic) showcased at the recent WordCamp Victoria 2012 how you can use a tablet (she has an iPad) with a keyboard to live-tweet a conference (she did a marvelous job throughout the conference, but even more so, during my talk on Growing Robust Online Communities with WordPress.
I was really impressed with Janni’s technical savvy and dexterity in maneuvering through the use both of the touch screen of the iPad AND the keyboard. I think this is one of the best uses I have seen for a tablet. I do find my HP TouchPad useful.
On to you, dear readers… do you have a tablet computer and if so, what do you normally use it for?
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