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Take a 'Tablet'

The 'Tablet' PC is the latest installment in an already crowded handheld computer market, but it introduces the notion that users should take seriously: a big screen.

The 'Tablet' PC is the latest installment in an already crowded handheld computer market, but it introduces the notion that users should take seriously: a big screen. For years now, the handheld revolution has been hampered by small screens and dodgy controls. Microsoft has just released a Tablet PC, called the Mira, which is a wireless handheld device with a sizeable screen.

The concept behind the Tablet PC is that you don't necessarily need to carry a handheld in your pocket, why not carry it around as you would a file of papers. It can be used to browse the web on the move, play games and practically perform all types of computing tasks you would expect from a PocketPC, but it carries out these functions on a more comfortable display and on a more 'temporary' basis. Put simply, what this means is that although the Tablet PC includes a hard drive, it's being presented as a 'carrier' of data, programs and generally whatever you are working on or entertaining yourself with at present. This data is transfered from your desktop PC, using Microsoft's Terminal Server software, which manages the exchange of data between a computing device and a central server.

It works well with the Mira. The much more exciting potential of the Mira, and similar Tablet PCs, is still being developed. The idea is for this electronic tablet to become like a 'control center' which can be carried around the house and activates systems within the household when specific icons on screen are tapped. For example, you can use your Tablet PC to activate certain programs on your TV, or schedule recording sessions for your VCR, or even 'command' other futuristic appliances to function, like a remote-controlled washing machine! Assuming we reach that degree of sophistication and diversity in household equipment in a few years, there remains the issue of price.

Tablet PC devices, which will use standard PC processors, are expected to cost close to $2000. That's a bit steep, and with Tablet PCs like the Mira only being adopted by hobbyists and techies, it'll be a while before the rest of us take it seriously. Still, there will be more Tablet PC's in 2002, which will probably mean lower prices. Compaq Computer is planning one by late 2002, while Apple and IBM already have the technical ability; as is obvious from their new 'desktop' PCs which hardly use any desk space at all because so many functions are packed into a unit around the screen; effectively creating Tablet PCs.

IBM's NetVista, in particular, compresses a whole computer into the frame of a flat-panel screen. More importantly, if someone out there can revolutionize the portable battery industry, offering us more than just half a day of battery life, desktop computing would surely be on its way out, and we'd at least be confident enough to buy a Pocket PC, for a start. Maybe later on we'd consider a tablet PC. Until then however, I can wait till I get back to my office or home to write a letter, send an email or play a computer game!



Amman,21January2002
Zeid Nasser
The Star


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