Thinkpad Tablet: On Closer Review

This is the fourth part of my Thinkpad Tablet PC adventure. Part 1 is here, part 2 is here and part 3 is here.

The good news is that I received a package from Lenovo. The bad news is that is wasn’t my Tablet PC. The worse news is that I have no idea when the PC will ship. Very frustrating.

The package contained only the copy of OneNote that is supposed to come with the PC. Of course since the PC doesn’t have a CD player, it will be a challenge to install it when the PC finally arrives. That’s not a big deal, though. What is a big deal is not knowing what year, much less what week or month the PC will be shipped.

Upon further (and much closer) review of the shipping email from Lenovo (see Part 3), it says that “part of my order” shipped and the part is this lonely copy of OneNote.

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To make matters even more frustrating, the Lenovo order status page helpfully reports that my order is in “Packing” and has been for days. Packing must take a long time since the same chart indicates an estimated shipping date of 11/8/05. I conclude from all of this that none of these dates or status designations mean anything. The PC will show up at some unknown future date. Unless I want to call Lenovo again and try to get someone on the phone with whom I can successfully converse, that’s all the information I can count on.

The verdict: My once great desire for this computer continues to diminish. If I had a shipping date I could count on, that would help- even if it was a month or two away. The uncertainty is highly frustrating. The new Gateway tablet continues to call my name.

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