Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 (TPT2): My Experience Part 2

Well, it’s been a few weeks now since I received my TPT2. And so far…I love it. So much that I barely use my Nexus 7 tablet anymore. I’ll spare everyone the boring unboxing since most people know how to open boxes and remove products from their cushioning and plastic wraps. At least I hope so since at least it doesn’t come in one of those plastic blister packs that require to wear protective equipment to keep from cutting yourself. Anyways, first impressions are that it works a lot better than what a lot of reviews say. The size is awesome and battery life is great. The setup was easy and the one great thing about the new Windows 8 is that once I signed in with my account, it automatically synced settings with my desktop. Some times this sucks, but once I configured what to sync, it just works…unlike other platforms that start with the letter “i” in lower case. There are a lot of aspects to review, let’s start with the Pen since it was one of the biggest selling points for me. Continue reading

Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 (TPT2): My Experience Part 1

So I finally did it…I ordered my new Windows 8 Tablet. No, not’s not a Surface RT nor is it a Surface Pro, but rather a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2. Why? The quick answer is digitizer, size and cost.

For the long answer we need to start at the beginning. It was July 18, 2012 on a typical sunny California day that Microsoft’s Steve Balmer announced a new tablet PC completely designed and built by Microsoft. Ok, so maybe I went too far back. Let’s fast forward a bit.

After seeing the specs for the Surface RT and the Surface Pro I was really torn about one thing, the lack of a digitizer for pen input on the RT. You see, I already have a desktop and laptop to do more serious work, but have been trying to find a slim and portable device where I could take handwritten notes. Some may say, a capacitive stylus does that already and there are a ton of slim tablets using iOS or Android. Well, yes you can use that quarter inch round rubber tip or even a flat plastic disc that pivots on a tiny ball point (yes the Adonit Jot) but the accuracy just isn’t there. I may as well be using my finger! So, for real pen input and handwriting recognition there are two options… Continue reading