Re: [NTLK] Safari Pad - Apple's Tablet Computer

From: Tony Kan <>
Date: Tue Apr 21 2009 - 09:43:27 EDT

Some comments below:
  1.. Some educators say that Using a Pen is an archaism, replaced by new
generations who are used to keyboards and thumb boards; and a few even go so far
as arguing that children shouldn't be taught penmanship, print or cursive
handwriting anymore.
  2.. It was pointed out on this list that iPhone OS devices are great for
information consumers and the Apple Newton is more suited to the information
producing user. Onscreen keyboards are OK on an iPhone OS because few people
envisage using it to produce information in bulk. Access to a stylus and/or a
physical keyboard is essential to volume text input.
  3.. I see that there is demand for a stylus on iPhone OS devices too but I
don't know how good it is when you see the size of the nib
  4.. Except for the Newton, finger friendly and pen computing don't appear to
be compatible bed fellows.
  5.. One good thing about note taking in the field with a Newton is that
unnecessary delays can be avoided because it can all be stored as e-ink and
processing into text can wait until afterward. Even on an enlarged tablet sized
iPhone OS device, how hard is it to take part in a meeting discussion while
using the on-screen keyboard?

>I predict to be a coming of the resurgence of pen computing

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