The Fujitsu Siemens Stylistic ST5010D is the latest in tablet PC technology and delivers an excellent level of performance. Much like the Apple iPad, this is sleek and stylish, though not as easy to use at times.
The battery life is better than expected, easily lasting up to and beyond three hours, whereas most laptops last two.
The 12.1" screen isn't the best quailty although it works well and can be viewed in either potrait or landscape using the buttons on the side of the screen.
With added features such a handwriting tool as well as the standard on-screen keyboard, and voice recognition, this tablet isn't all about work.
It comes fully equipped with a speaker and microphone, making voice calls extremely easy and simple. The laptop itself is small, in terms of thickness which makes more portable than a laptop and easier to store.
Overall, this clever, smart laptop with cutting edge technology. A great contender in the current laptop market and a powerful asset when placed in the right hands.
I've had my tablet PC for 6 months now, and so far I'm loving. It's more portable than a laptop and is ideal if you want to take it with you to work, on holiday or just sit in bed and surf the internet.
The biggest question for anyone considering a tablet is what is it like to write on. The answer - pretty darn good! You use a stylus pen to either type words via an onscreen keyboard or you can write in your own handwriting directly into programs such as Microsoft Word. How accurate the software is at accurately representing what words you have typed depends on the state of your handwriting. Personally i stick to using the on screen keyboard as my handwriting is atrocious!
The tablet features some nice touches. Buttons on the side allow you to quickly load up the internet, check your email and rotate the screen. The system comes with voice recognition software, which I have to say is very impressive. You can set it up to open particular programs and folders with voice commands. My experience in the past with voice recognition software is that it can be very hit and miss, particularly if you have a strong accent. But so far I haven't had any problems using it on this tablet.
The tablet comes installed with Windows XP which runs nicely on the 512mb of Ram that's installed. However, consider upgrading to 2Gb of ram and watch this baby fly! You can also upgrade to Windows 7 but be warned that some features will cease to work, such as the buttons on the side of the tablet and the bluetooth feature.
In terms of graphics capability, this is perhaps the tablet's weakest point. For those who are curious, the windows experience index rates the graphics a low 2.1. This means that in no way could this tablet be considered a gaming machine. The chance of it playing any of today's resource hungry games is slim. I've even had problems playing relatively simple games from yesteryear such as broken sword and starship titanic.
Another drawback is the lack of Cd/DVD drive, which makes installing new software and backing up files fairly difficult! You can buy a docking station for the tablet which comes complete with an optical drive but as this is a fairly old machine, such docking stations are hard to find. The best solution is to buy a flash drive to transfer your files from one machine to another.
Battery life for this machine is good, if not spectacular. I can usually get between 3 and 5 hours worth. You can also buy a larger battery that can last up to 9 hours.
In conclusion, this tablet is a nice solution for those wanting even more portability than a laptop can provide or just for those who want something a bit different to impress their friends!