I think you'd be happy with a Tablet PC. You can input using a pen made for
the specific Tablet PCs, or use speech. You can also input using the
character recognizer which recognizes Pocket PC-type input. One model
(PaceBook) will allow both touch and pen input when released.
The new models will start showing up later this month, so my recommendation
right now is to wait for the Centrino models. They'll give you faster
speeds, better wireless and much-improved battery life.
I've been able to try several different models of the first generation
Tablet PCs and there are good things to say about each of them.
> Thanks for posting Terri.
> Hate to admit it but didn't know that there was a difference between a
> tablet and a notebook until earlier today. I don't watch TV and
> otherwise aven't been keeping up either. A pocket size would be nice in
> tight quarters like a crawl space but I think a dictaphone would
> actually be better there. So a tablet would be just fine if they have a
> stylus or touch screen type input.
> > Hi, John,
> > Is there any reason you don't want to use a Tablet PC? You could pretty
> > much get rid of the middle step of converting from PDA to a laptop since
> > could use the Tablet PC directly.
> > Tablet PCs use a superset of Windows XP Pro, so your questions about
> > are probably better answered in the Palm or Pocket PC groups since the
> > operating system is different that it is with Tablet PCs.
> > A Tablet PC is either a 10.4" or a 12" screen, so it's not exactly a
> > pocket-type device.
> > If you'd like to check out most models in one place, check
> > http://thetabletpc.net for specs on each, plus a comparison chart.
> > --
> > terri
> > > Greetings,
> > > I originally posted this on the pocketPC group but suspect this may be
> > > better forum as a tablet may better suit my needs...
> > > I am trying to decide what platform and software to use for a business
> > > application. I am a real estate inspector and former software
> > > However I have no experience with pocket PCs and PDAs and thus seek
> > > your opinions.
> > > Here is a brief example of how I wish to use a handheld computer. When
> > > inspecting a house there are several categories of items inspected
> > > as plumbing, electrical, A/C, wall, floors, etc. When making manual
> > > notes I put down the category, the room I am looking at, and then a
> > > comment. A vast majority of the comments can be pulled from a canned
> > > list of common phrases. There is a different group of phrases for each
> > > category.A couple example entries might be:
> > > electrical - master bath - No GFCI outlets.
> > > windows- master bedroom - themal pane window hazed, seal apparently
> > > lost.
> > > electrical - hallway - ungrounded outlets.
> > > After I collect all of these notes I sort them into the categories on
> > > the state approved form which I have on a laptop. I would like to load
> > > them into the laptop from a pocket PC and then edit and extend the
> > > comments and add job specific infor such as date and address. I would
> > > also like to add an addendum where comments remain sorted by room. I
> > > have considered using Tcl/Tk as I have quite a bit of experience with
> > > but don't know how well it works on PPCs. Perhaps there is a better
> > > solution.
> > > Hope my example makes sense. Your thoughts and comments would be
> > > appreciated.
> > > Best regards,
> > > John Hite