Being the technophiliac that I am, I've been trying to find a way to 'upgrade' from my venerable pen-and-paper note-taking device to something a bit more modern. You know, like a tablet of some kind.
It has to be light, small, easy to carry, relatively robust (my backpack is not always a safe place for electronics), and be usable for about a week between charges. Doesn't sweem like too much to ask, right?
My first attempt was a Vizio Android tablet with an 8 inch screen. Great for reading Kindle books in bed, and checking email. Watching Hulu, not so hot (slow processor). But the worst thing of all was the on-screen keyboard! No tactile feedback, so lots of typos - and the word prediction software was wrong more than 50% of the time, rendering it useless. Not to mention it had no pen capability and wouldn't run my fave writing software. I sold it on Cragslist within a month.
OK, next up: a Lenovo Tablet PC. It's running Windows 7, so Scrivener runs on it. It has a pen and will handily take hand-written notes. It's a 12 inch display, so even with my aging eyes it's eminently readable. But - the darn thing is unweildy. It has a built-in keyboard that rotates to turn it into a laptop or a tablet, thus making it about 4 times thicker than an Android tablet. Battery life is so-so, I can take it out with me all weekend but it'll die on Monday if I don't charge it up Sunday night. It's also a bit.. delicate.. I carry it in my hands instead of shoving it into my pack, which is painful since I already have my cane using up one arm.
I'm looking at a Galaxy Note now. It has a pen, it's an Android tablet with great bettery life, and while it won't run Scrivener it's easy enugh to dump notes to my Google Drive and bring them into Scrivener from there. But the darn thing is nearly $400, which is a real issue - $400 to replace my $25 dragon spiral-bound hardcover notepad? Just so I can be a techie writer type?
I'm going to check out the Galaxy this weekend, but the price barrier is almost a showstopper. I'm keeping the Lenovo as a backup machine, plus it makes a great Kindle reader AND Hulu streams fine on it (it lives on my bedside table now).
Technology for the sake of technology, is never a good thing.