Why P1620 > LS800

Those of you who have seen my posts on GottaBeMobile and jkOnTheRun know about my agonizing about whether to get a Fujitsu P1620 when I have a perfectly serviceable Motion Computing LS800. Well, I finally decided and ordered the P1620. Why? First, the P1620 simply is superior to the LS800 in some respects:

  1. The LS800’s Pentium M processor is somewhat anemic, especially compared with the P1620’s Core 2 Duo processor.
  2. The LS800’s SD reader doesn’t support SDHC; the P1620’s does. I use SDHC cards to supplement the modest 32 GB of storage of my SSD. (Why I prefer SSDs to traditional hard drives is a subject for another day). With the LS800, I have to use a USB SD card reader to read my SDHC cards. Definitely a PITA. May also decrease the read/write speed (I don’t know).
  3. The LS800 doesn’t have a PC Card or ExpressCard slot; the P1620 does. This is important, especially if I want to use a broadband data card.

Additionally, I’ve been pondering my use of a Tablet PC, so here are some further thoughts:

  • The convenience of being able to use touch rather than having to pull out a stylus to activate applications and files, access menu items, etc. The trade-off is an active digitizer has better inking and the hover capability. For my usage, the convenience outweighs the trade-off. Some day a tablet this size will support capacitive touch and I’ll have the best of both worlds. But I suspect this will be well after this happens with 12" devices.
  • The convenience of a keyboard for typing URLs, etc. The trade-off is the keyboard does add extra weight and thickness. But with the P1620, surprisingly little extra weight and thickness.

I’ll be posting more on the P1620 after I get it. That will be a few weeks, as it has to be assembled in Osaka, Japan and shipped here. So it’s time for the Patience Prayer: "God give me patience. AND I WANT IT RIGHT NOW!!!"

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