My TabletKiosk eo
Last night, John Hill at Allegiance Technology Partners confirmed that the eo I preordered will arrive next week. This is a huge relief. I ordered the device very early, but I was worried that the shortage announced on Monday would interfere.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been keeping a list of thoughts. I have some extra free time right now, so I’ll organize them for you (and me).
- This will be the first Windows XP device I will own that has no bundled keyboard. I’m no stranger to keyboard-less devices, though. None of my phones or PDAs (except my Palm Tungsten C and my RIM 957) had keyboards.
- Does Windows XP for Tablets have a mini on-screen keyboard for the login prompt? I’ll be logging on to the Windows network at the office and hopefully it will be easy to enter my password every morning.
- I may purchase a Happy Hacking Keyboard (USB, 11.6 inches X 4.3 inches X 1.5 inches) with full size keys for $70.
- The ThinkOutside folding bluetooth keyboard also looks like a good match. I used to have a stowaway for my Palm V.
- I have a half-finished chordite chord keyboard from a few years ago. That’s another option.
- The eo has 802.11b and g, and, since it’s a Windows device, it will support WPA. I’ll be able to get on the LAN at home, at work and at Wifi Hotspots (for a fee).
- The eo supports bluetooth, so I’ll be able to tether to my (hideously slow) Cingular phone in a pinch.
- I may get an EVDO phone at some point and use that for an always-available, fast connection.
- The eo does not have a PCMCIA slot, so an EVDO PC card is not an option – only an EVDO-ready phone with bluetooth will work! I hear that Sprint may have a deal I can’t refuse!!
- For RSS feeds, I generally rely on Gregarius. I have a FeedLounge subscription, too, but I haven’t been using that lately.
- Those are both ONLINE-only solutions, though. With the eo, I think I’ll want to use an offline feed reader if I won’t always be connected. I’ll have to give that some thought
- I recently purchased another copy of Moonbase Commander on ebay. I lost the one I bought two years ago. It’s a great turn based strategy game and I’m sure it will run well on the 1ghz / 512MB RAM eo UMPC.
- WinTabber looks like it might be a great way to manage windows. I don’t know if it has a place in the 800×480 eo screen resolution, but I’ll give it a shot.
- All the software I mentioned last month. Including Firefox, ArtRage, OneNote, Graphite, BallDroppings, TEO, TopDesk, Sketchup, etc.
- The Wikipedia download will be handy.
- OrigamiCar, naturally.
- The Firefox extentions I mentioned last month that should make touch-screen interaction more usable!
- I bought MS Streets & Trips 2006 (with a GPS button) yesterday. Driving directions has been a big part of the Origami/UMPC lifestyle concept and I’ll be giving it a try.
- If I do pick up a keyboard for the device, I’ll use it with my trusty Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse .
- I’d like to find a 3 axis gyro motion sensor to plug into my usb port. Motion as an input device is highly underrated.
- A slim mousewheel that plugs into a usb port would be nice, too.
- Screen Protector?
- iGo universal car charger or power inverter?
- Extra eo battery.
Things to Comment on in a Review:
- Can Second Life be played on a slate tablet pc (with no keyboard)? Is the eo fast enough for Second Life?
- 3D and CPU Benchmarks. Battery Life tests (after several discharges/recharges).
- How do tablet users get by without Alt-Tab? AutoHotKey + TopDesk, which work well together will be a great workaround, I think.
- How does ClearType look in 800×480? Does it get automatically turned off in the higher, scaled res modes (I HOPE!!)?