I had a new experience as a computer user today. I had to use my laptop to connect to work. I have an HP lappie running Windows 8.1 that has a touch screen. The built in mouse pad is god awful so I keep a USB mouse with me. Unfortunately, the battery died today. I started using the mouse pad but it is practically useless so I started using the touch screen.
It was not an enjoyable experience. I use an iPad all the time and I love love love it, but the same interface on a laptop was just painful. I think it might have been an ergonomic thing. I hold the iPad close to my body, where the laptop had to be held further away, on a desk. Something about having to reach for the screen to tap something made it almost unbearable. Fortunately for me I was able to snag some batteries.
It just makes me wonder. If I were using an Apple laptop with a touch screen, would the form factors have been different somehow? Apple is all about design. I don’t get that vibe off of HP. HP seems to be all about getting cheaper machines onto the street. I just can’t imagine how Apple would have done anything different.
Needless to say, my MacBook Pro comes with me tomorrow instead of the HP.