Joanna Stern is usually the first person to get a look at the new netbook devices and writes some fantastic reviews that I personally read before making purchase decisions. She continues this practice with an article that takes a first look at the CTL 2go Tablet (aka Intel Classmate Netvertible). This is a touch screen netbook device that will compete with the upcoming ASUS touch screen netbook device.
The CTL 2go Tablet is a device that flips and swivels to switch between a standard laptop mode and a tablet/slate mode. One of the biggest surprises for me in Joanna's article was the probable price of US$499 to US$549. The device specifications are 8.9 inch display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, 60GB hard drive, and integrated WiFi. The lowest price model will run a version of Linux and Windows XP should add about US$50. XP doesn't have Tablet functionality integrated unless you upgrade to the Windows XP Tablet Edition operating system or install 3rd party applications like RitePen (for handwriting recognition. However, a Tablet PC at about US$500 is fantastic since most Tablet PCs come in at US$1,200 plus.
I am traveling this week with my 10 inch MSI Wind and to be productive I think a 10 inch display is just about perfect. If handwriting for notes and sketches is important to you, then I can see how this upcoming Tablet netbook will appeal to you.