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Digital Notepads - How Do They Compare to Tablet PCs

Updated on October 3, 2015

Similarities Exist Between Laptop Computers, Tablet PCs and Digital Notepads but Each have Unique Features

Digital Notepads - how do they compare to Tablet PCs?

With the popularity of Laptops, Tablet PCs and even PDA cell phones the Digital Notepad has been lost in the maze. You may not realize that there are many to choose from and that they can prove to be very useful. I can see that a Digital Notepad could work well in several situations and that they fill a niche in the digital market.

You may already use a laptop, a desktop, a tablet PC and a Smartphone. Still, a digital notepad is a tool that deserves attention. A notepad is in a tech nitch without much competition. Can you go online with them? No. Is that really a big deal? No. Most of your other gadgets provide that function and for tasks that require less challenging technology a Digital Notepad fills the bill.

Writing with a pen is still one of our most basic functions. Can you jot down a note faster with a pen than with a keyboard? The cool factor is less - or it may seem. It is very cool to write on a paper tablet with an ink pen and then turn my notes, drawings and doodles into a digital file that can be saved, edited and emailed.

Certain situations call for simple solutions. A digital notepad is used when other tech gadgets just don't fill the bill. They are fairly inexpensive, they are lightweight, and the battery life is great. Not to mention that they look so much like a tablet PC you could impress with less!

Digital Notepads Similar with Different Features

Some of the choices include:

Cyberpad 8.5 x 11 USB Black Digital Notepad Pen Win XP 2K

  • 1.5 pounds
  • 32 MB internal storage for over 150 pages of notes
  • SD Slot
  • Runs on 4 AAA batteries for up to 15 month battery life
  • LED low battery indicator
  • USB
  • Can be used as a Microsoft PowerPoint Blacboard
  • Handwriting to text converter

SolidTek DigiMemo 692 Digital Notepad with Memory

  • 1.24 pounds
  • 35 MB internal storage for 999 pages of notes
  • CF Memory card
  • Runs on 4 AAA batteries for up to 100 hours
  • USB

Genius G-Note 5000

  • Compact size
  • 32 MB internal storage for up to 500 pages of notes
  • Red and Black digital ink pens
  • Right or Left handed
  • Use attached to PC or as stand alone unit
  • Rated for 80 hours of use before recharging

Aiptek My Note Premium Digital Notepad/Tablet

  • 32 MB internal memory for up to 100 pages of notes
  • SD card
  • Stand alone unit
  • Handwriting and Graphics
  • 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Runs on 5 AAA batteries
  • Carry Bag
  • Notes save to Word, Text, BMP, JPEG, PDF, and HTML

Handwritten Notes are made Searchable on your Computer

I have always touted that staying organized on the go is made easier by combining paper with electronics. If you receive a call while on the go it is not always convenient to take notes on your cell phone. Yes, a PDA phone loaded with Windows Mobile lets you write notes manually but not while you are talking. Carrying a paper binder is OK, but in order to keep your notes in digital form you have to scan them. I don't know about you, but I hate those curled corners.

Using ordinary paper placed on the Digital Notepad coupled with a special digital ink pen just write your notes, draw your pictures or doodle as you see fit - page after page (some have a 999 page capacity). Then transfer them as digital files to your computer where you can view, edit, organize and attach them to emails. Some Notepads have internal memory as well as memory card slots for instant recording of your notes.

Note taking never looked so good and I see these Digital Notepads being used by so many people. A few ideas would be students, real estate agents, doctors, lawyers, delivery drivers, writers, artists, sales people, moms and dads and anyone that wants to keep a digital diary.

Other benefits of a Digital Notepad is that they are stand alone light weight units (usually under 1.5 pounds), that they use ordinary AAA batteries that last for up to 100 hours and the prices are much less than a laptop or most PDA cell phones. Some have software available to covert handwritten notes to text without changing the layout of your notes. Depending on the Digital Notepad you choose file formats include text, Jpeg, BMP, PDF and even HTML.

There are some very interesting Digital Notepads on the market and I have to say that the last one I mentioned would be my choice. Being able to save my notes as a text and HTML is a huge advantage.

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      5 years ago

      I guess finding useful, reliable inrofmation on the internet isn't hopeless after all.

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      8 years ago

      seems like these products would be very usefull as well as handy.I assume at least the majority are internet capable

    • IdeaMorphist profile image


      9 years ago from Chicagoland

      Awesome! Very helpful information :)

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      Karen Wilton 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Now that's modern technology at it's finest. Well presented hub too, thanks Debbie.

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      11 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Debbie. This is neat. Very interesting. I want to try this. Great hub! Thumbs up! :)

    • Jason Stanley profile image

      Jason Stanley 

      11 years ago


      Wow! I didn't even know such a thing existed. These are way cool. I can see how it will help me in meetings and taking class notes from online video classes. This was very helpful.


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      Mark Rollins 

      12 years ago

      Got to get me one of these.


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