It would seem that. the technology has gotten a lot better. I remember looking at tablets even a year ago and found them to be hard to use for hand writing but this machine is very easy to use. Its an HP TX 1420. 2.3 Gig Processor 3Gig of Ram, 250 Hard Drive. It has a side bar app that lets you use handwriting in any text box in any program. Weighs in under 4 pounds, 12" screen. I also bought a cellular air card for it with EVDO which is almost as fast as broadband So far I am happy with it and happy I waited this long to get one.
I like the tablets but my hand writing is, well, less than acceptable, and I doubt it would recognize anything I wrote!!!
The toughbook ROCKS, I really wanted one, until I priced it out
For what I do, my $399 specials last a few years, I throw them away and get a new one, I can buy a few for the pric of a toughbook!!!