New Input at The Student Tablet PC
I've only had a tablet pc (more specifically, a convertible and not a slate) since last summer, and while I think this technology is really going to become mainstream, I confess I have not taken much advantage of the tablet aspect of my machine yet. (Nathan won me over to the thing by showing me his when my last laptop was in its death throes.)
The true student tablet pc junkie carries almost no books or notebooks to class, but scans or buys electronic copies of textbooks, writes notes and diagrams using digital ink, and does a plethora of other things some of which are possible but less convenient on a regular computer, or which require that the class be set up for everyone to interact via computer (whiteboards, the Blackboard system, etc.). Indeed, I can see how it would have been nice to have written all my class notes on the tablet, where I could either keep them in handwriting or have them convert to typed text, and have my little sketches of the slides augmented by digital images of the art. This would have made studying for those MA exams (where I used to have to learn around 300 works for each class) easier. We could have made digital flashcards for group study rather than sketching the paintings and borrowing loads of very heavy books.
Currently, I mainly use the tablet aspect for reading PDF dissertations in portrait mode, which is a pretty low-level use. I also like to be able to take the tablet into the library stacks showing the list of titles to look for, but as there aren't open stacks here, I don't do that in Prague.
In the future, however, I expect I'll be using more aspects of the tablet, so I want to be well informed.