The handwriting-recognition software integrated in Windows XP Tablet PC as well as the pen-based operating system will be selling points for a lot of people. The handwriting recognition is particularly revolutionary. However, prolific writers will tend to prefer the keyboard to the pen, since not even the best handwriting recognition can compete with the speed of typing.For the Tablet PC concept to be successful on a grand scale there will have to be more software applications that support Tablet PC features over the medium term. Vertical markets offer the greatest potential for the Tablet PC and will presumably be the fastest to come up with adapted applications.
However, it's worthwhile for private individuals to wait for some time before switching from a notebook to a Tablet PC, because there several new brands entering the market, and existing tablet PCs may soon become obsolete. But if you're considering buying a new notebook, you should definitely take a closer look at the Tablet PCs.
While the operating systems are usually hardware intensive, the hardware costs are still high and technology is still consolidating. The viewing angle is much too narrow, while the displays themselves are not bright enough for the many different environments in which the Tablet PC is intended to be used.
After years of limited success with tablets from a variety of vendors, in 2010, Apple's iPad has been very successful as it was with the iPhone. As of now, while Apple's iPad leads the market, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows 8 are going to give tough competition in tablet PC market, and bring down the prices substantially while significantly improving the hardware/software capabilities