Ok, ignoring battery life-time, thickness and weight my remaining biggest concerns are:
1. The X220T(!) outdoor HD IPS seems to be a better choice for me, but this seems not to be a touch screen, correct? Only the X220T(!) matt IPS screen seems to be a touch screen or am I wrong in this?
2. The next X230T will still have a mediocre resolution (1366x768), not 1600 x 900...at least I learned this from the preview...
3. How is the Windows 7 experience with typical touch screen applications like surfing the net, browsing pictures or scrolling through pdf-documents (magazines): Does this run as smooth and flawless than with Android or MacOS? Can I expect tablet like touch screen functionality under Windows 7 with the IPS screen of the X2xxT?
Sorry for so many (maybe a bit naive) questions but the previous answer motivates me to ask more (^-^) and I'm afraid to expect to much from the X2xxT...
Roland in Berlin
In the Order of your Questions-
1. The X220T is offered with 2 Touchscreen options, Both 1366X768, Both IPS, but one is intended for Outdoor use, and lacks Multitouch, while the other is a Regular screen with the addition of MultiTouch. I >think< the outdoor one is covered with Gorilla Glass, and is a high brightness screen, but I am not sure - could someone clarify??
2. I have no Clue. I suspect the resolution will be the same, but don't take my word for it.
3. From my limited time with Touchscreen Windows 7 Devices, I have to say it's a mixed bag. For one, it is nice to have the means to do quick annotations and navigate the OS with the touchscreen, but the interface is still primarily designed for Mouse/Keyboard use. Windows 8 is supposed to be introducing a Layer to be more touchscreen friendly, and from the looks of it, the system is decent. But you're not going to be using Windows 8 anytime soon.
In terms of Usability, Smoothness, fluidity and natural context, iOS and Android (in that order) are top dog. An iPad renders pictures beautifully, and documents are also well done. Web browsing is fine until you get to a site with less than optimal Mobile support, and then it becomes a pain. File management on an iPad is virtually draconian, while Android lets you install a proper file browser, and have simple plug-and-play access to the Flash memory.
I'm practically repeating what I said earlier - both devices will fill their niches wonderfully... but will not be optimal for fulfilling both roles.
let's face it - an iOS or Android tablet isn't that much extra weight in your overhead bag, for the added convenience. If you find yourself in an airport with 20 minutes to kill before boarding begins, it's much more cumbersome to open your tablet computer, reverse the screen, and hold it in one hand while the line moves forward at a snail's pace. Reading the news on a tablet like that or other casual tasks are simply fabulous in situations like these with a iOS/Android Tablet. It is also equally woeful when you get an attachment you need to edit and fire back and your iPad cannot open it. Then there are the memory limitations- 16gb to 64 gb seems to be the breadth of capacity you get with an iPad/Android. I for example, have 80 gb of music in high-resolution formats that an iPad cannot decode natively, and I run a Media Server on my laptop. This would not be possible with a typical tablet.
so yes, I do think you expect too much from the X220T.