If you are shopping for a new Tablet PC, the HIMSS conference is a great place to see demos on the exhibit floor. I walked around and played with a variety of Tablet PCs running Windows 7. You will find slate tablet computers made by HP, Dell, Motion, Fujitsu, Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, and other manufacturers.
Mobile devices like the iPad and Android tablets are very popular among physicians. However, they are not able to handle the majority of enterprise level solutions. So, Tablet PCs running Windows will make a comeback in the health care field. Right now, these slate tablets come in two major categories:
1. Slow processor (Intel Atom), long battery life.
2. Fast processor (Intel i5, i7), but shorter battery life.
I personally prefer the smaller tablets because I can pop it right into my pocket. I also hope to see manufacturers release tablets that dock directly into a keyboard. We should be seeing some of those later this year, but I am going to wait for Windows 8 before I purchase anything new.
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