One of the things I like about the tablet is inking (of course, it's one of the main features). I like it because it's often quicker to ink something when the convertable tablet is in slate mode. But there's an additional feature. More than a few times, I've sent email using ink, and gotten back responses that it felt a lot more personal. Interesting, since the stuff I type and the stuff I write still contains the same words (and the same thought process). But ink seems more genuine (if not, in my case, more messy).
I wrote an email a while back to Steven Vore, answering a question I get every now and then (what books are a good place to start to learn about marketing). He wrote in his blog about how personal the inked mail felt. Just today, I scrawled out an email to a co-worker, and she wrote back with a similar email.
I wonder what the psychology behind that response is? Are we programmed to think typewritten text is impersonal? Why doesn't it feel the same?