Rhakios wrote:Being an old curmudgeon it might be that whizzy touch interfaces aren't intended for people like me.
Speaking as one old curmudgeon to another, the other day I succumbed to a 7" Android Honeycomb tablet. Really nice to have a touchy-feely UI again after my eyes got too dodgy to read the old Psion Series 5 grey-on-grey any more. A bit of "Whaaat?!!" as things popped up and down while I was getting used to it, but thoroughly usable and way ahead of the reported Windows 8 experience.
I confess to cheating and getting the matching wallet with built-in USB keyboard. Sounds a horrible idea, but it's brilliant. The first usable smaller-than-a-netbook keyboard since the Psion heyday.
The netbook clips in and there's a little stand to prop it up so it sits on the table, transformed into a nifty little mini-netbook. Poke around the UI, type my life story, see the happy curmudgeon play. I genuinely feel that my PDA life has come out of a decade-long coma.
The whole lot gave me change from a hundred and fifty quid - a fraction of what I paid back in the day for the S5.
 Postscript (and I don't mean the printing language).
If you want the same UI but bigger, you can get a 10" tablet and plug in a full-size keyboard.
The move from knob-covered oscilloscopes to touchscreens took a little getting used to. But it happened. If someone ever does a usable touchscreen system for the mainstream desktop, I will be first in the queue.
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