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How would you change the Tablet PC?

Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet

We're just gonna let y'all have the floor on this one. What would you do differently with the Tablet PC? Go nuts. Think big. Get down tonight.

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Eric @ Jul 1st 2005 4:44PM

I would make the screen pressure sensitive.. if it's not already. (Like a Wacom Tablet)

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Derek M. @ Jul 1st 2005 4:44PM

Have one that folds into two 30" Apple cinema displays!

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Marcos @ Jul 1st 2005 4:45PM

I would put a 2.2 ghz Intel Centrino M Processor, 1 gb of ram, dvd player / cd writer, max 3 lbs, probably a 12.1" screen, and bring the price down to a max of $1500. Also it needs a battery life of at least 5 hrs, and to play dvds without turning the whole laptop on.

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otaking241 @ Jul 1st 2005 4:46PM

All I really want is a Fujitsu ST5020 with an integrated optical drive. Preferably slot-loading. And an app where I can draw directly onto playing DVD movies. heh...

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Jimmy C @ Jul 1st 2005 4:46PM

I borrow this wish from a coworker of mine, but I'd like to see a lightweight, remote tablet-like monitor/terminal for working/browsing wirelessly at home. The biggest issue I've had with using tablet PCs I've had the chance to work with is the weight -- I'd like to sit in front of the TV and read my favorite blogs without holding up 5 lbs on my lap.

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john @ Jul 1st 2005 4:48PM

OS X

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kevin @ Jul 1st 2005 4:49PM

instant on?

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Tim @ Jul 1st 2005 4:49PM

A trackpad is critical. Lack of it is a dealbreaker for me as far as IBM's new entry. If it wasn't for that I'd but it without hesitation.

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Tuig @ Jul 1st 2005 4:50PM

- Create smaller form factor devices (I had to hack my Sony U50 to run Tablet on it)
- 12" or even 10.4" screens with 1400 x 1050 (you never have enough resolution); widescreen's nice too
- For the convertable units: make the screen fully detachable and use a WiFi standard for rendering the desktop contents on the screen, while the heavy lifting/storage happens at the base station which is in the keyboard part (a bit like the Smart Display units)
- Integrate it with MCE and optimise its interface for tablet control -> in your house it becomes a powerful media consumption unit, wherever you want
- Integrate a theremin-like controller so you can interact with it even if you're not touching. Good for presentations.
- Release Tablet-software to control your home, music collection etcetera (better yet, this already exists: Netremote...). Then make them affordable enough so you can always have a few wandering around the house to control your stuff. Make cheap ones without battery which you can mount in-wall permanently. And make the battery ones resume from suspend within 0.5 seconds.
- Have technology so that even if it in suspend, it sort of permanently shows the last screen (without consuming any power), kind of like the electronic paper prototypes.
- Make it read your brain.

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Rob @ Jul 1st 2005 4:57PM

OSX deffinately. AMD Opteron and dual-link DVI-out. 15 inch wide screen. p.s. IBM needs thier own ideas I saw a Toshiba that did that 2 and a half years ago.

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itsgreen @ Jul 1st 2005 5:01PM

detachable monitor.

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KR @ Jul 1st 2005 5:02PM

Wide screen is no good. I have a tablet pc, so trust me. You use it most of the time lengthwise, like a piece of paper. Wide screen is just like going from regular paper to legal size paper -- not much difference in the user experience. What we really need is more resolution so websites formatted for 4:3 will fit on a screen oriented 3:4. Right now I am always having to scroll horizontally when surfing.

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rotten_fruit_fan @ Jul 1st 2005 5:04PM

- Price. I bought an Averatec for $1,000 and don't really see a reason why IBM, Sony and Toshiba don't have entry level units.

- Use normal stylus and finger, no magnetic pen. the stylus should be stored somewhere within the tablet.

- Detachable keyboard that attaches sturdily for lap use. And can be left attached and folded to carry a slightly bigger and heavier tablet.

- Integrate disc drive. Ibooks show that you can do that and still be slim. Maybe a "notebook enclosure" could work for both keyboard and drive. Like the Antelope only better. Maybe even like the Nyko Ipod movie player.

Basically mix this qualities:
Antelope's optional enclosures and docks.
Vaio U's functionality and on-screen controls.
Ibook's form and disc drive.
Averatec's swivel for the screen.

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william @ Jul 1st 2005 5:06PM

1. "Rugged"ized So it doesn't feel like its going to fall apart and I can put it through security with it falling apart when it goes over the rollers...
2. Detachable monitor (maybe with some useful features like note taking?
3. Reasonable price difference btw regular lpt

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norebonomis @ Jul 1st 2005 5:11PM

haptics.

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norebonomis @ Jul 1st 2005 5:11PM

tactile feedback

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TabletJunkie @ Jul 1st 2005 5:13PM

1. Better support (e.g. fix the TabTip memory leak.)
2. Better marketing (OneNote kills, why doesn't anyone know about it?)
3. User programmable graffiti strokes for starting apps, sending email etc. incorporated into OS (not an add-on like Toshiba M205 uses).
4. Mandatory incorporation of fingerprint reader in all Tablets.

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T. McGee @ Jul 1st 2005 5:15PM

E-ink black and white screen - Although you have to go colorless, it would enable a super high resolution screen, lightweight, and extend battery life beyond my wildest dreams. The screen could even be a 'roll-up' device.

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Digital Dave @ Jul 1st 2005 5:16PM

PDA instant on, make the memory flash memory.

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Brandon Sharitt @ Jul 1st 2005 5:16PM

Smaller, like about a 9" screen. A dedicated tablet, not a laptop that happens to have a touch screen. Not a desktop operating system, but one aimed at tablets, more like a PDA, but reworked for the larger screen.

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