by MouseTheLuckyDog - 4/13/12 8:45 AM
Hello. In about three-six months I plan on getting a tablet. I will be using the time in between to ask about features and qualities of various tablets to get a better idea of what I can get that does what I want. Needless to say many of these will be things that I perceive, correctly or incorrectly as shortcomings of iPads.
Right now I want to get the ball rolling, but I do not have a lot of time right now to describe all my needs. So I will get into the most important feature for a tablet.
To me any tablet that I cannot write on is worse then useless. Now I'm old and crotchety and don't like writing with a crayon, and I only use chalk on something at lesat 2 feet by 4 feet and usually much bigger.
That generally rules out capacitive screens with $10 styli
. Even if the stylus can be made small enough, I'm told the response is not so great.
I tried looking for tablets with resistive screens, but it seems that so few people want them that no one makes them. Besides I hear that resistive screens wear out noticibly quicker then capacitive screens.
That seems to leave two technologies I've seen on desktops. The first is the "Duo" pen .(http://www.converttotouch.com/ in case you don't know what I'm talking about ) I don't know what is available except that these pens are only available for desktop/laptop OSs.
The final technology, is a digitizer. This seems like a natural fit ( plus pressure sensitivity ), but I only see it on "Windows" tablets which generally cost more then $1000.
In some sense it makes sense. If it only is available on Windows then you pay the Microsoft tax, on top of which you will need high end hardware, and an Intel processor. Plus the pens are Wacom so you pay more for it then say Genius or VisTablet. I suspect that you could see something much cheaper if these arrive opn low end tablets, but I haven't heard anything.
Anyway is there something wrong with my understanding?