07-25-2013 07:20 PM
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  1. Rule9's Avatar
    They still don't do everything a full computer can. For a while they were a good mobile solution because laptops were chunky with poor battery life. Thing thing is though, that's changing. By the end of this year there will be tablet sized windows (full, not RT) devices, with detachable keyboards, high power CPU's, and tablet-like battery life.
    07-23-2013 07:05 AM
  2. ahaxton's Avatar
    I don't want it to replace my laptop. I want it to be better at doing things my laptop is a bit too bulky to do, but I want a bigger screen than my HTC One for. Sitting on the couch surfing the internet while watching TV? It is easier with a tablet than with a laptop because I can hold the tablet instead of trying to find a precarious perch for the laptop which is easy for it and comfy for me. In addition, if I'm really into reading something or watching a Youtube video (or watching the Greatest Android Podcast in the world, the Android Central podcast) , it's easier to get up and take it with me to the kitchen instead of either stopping or lugging a laptop with me, again perched precariously on my arm. When I'm laying in bed reading a book on Google Play books or watching a movie after my wife goes to sleep, I want a larger screen than my phone affords, but again without the bulk of trying to figure out a good place for the laptop that is also comfortable for me. I use my laptop for writing and doing finances, but rarely anymore for media consumption. It's all about the right tool for the right job.
    07-23-2013 09:40 AM
  3. SuperXstyle's Avatar
    They still don't do everything a full computer can. For a while they were a good mobile solution because laptops were chunky with poor battery life. Thing thing is though, that's changing. By the end of this year there will be tablet sized windows (full, not RT) devices, with detachable keyboards, high power CPU's, and tablet-like battery life.
    I can't wait...! Transformer Infinity is almost there... same as Microsoft RT, but not quite...
    07-23-2013 02:32 PM
  4. Farish's Avatar
    Hybrid Laptops with detachable interfaces will be the future.

    The argument in question is can a tablet replace a laptop.

    Right now on my Note 8, the only thing I can not do yet is

    Plug into a network that only has ethernet access.
    07-23-2013 08:32 PM
  5. jrsharp70's Avatar
    I haven't used my computer in two months. If I have to type something, I just talk into my tablet.

    But I don't have a desk job, and I don't have to type professional documents, so I can clearly see how a real computer has an advantage for some.

    Posted via Android Central App
    07-23-2013 08:43 PM
  6. Farish's Avatar
    I haven't used my computer in two months. If I have to type something, I just talk into my tablet.

    But I don't have a desk job, and I don't have to type professional documents, so I can clearly see how a real computer has an advantage for some.

    Posted via Android Central App
    I have been using cloudon for a while, they offer a full version of word , powerpoint, and excel in their remote desktop system. Only thing it is missing is printing, but I can email attachments to my hp printer for that.
    07-23-2013 09:40 PM
  7. Farish's Avatar
    The argument in question is can a tablet replace a laptop.
    99.99 percent of my functions yes.
    07-23-2013 10:25 PM
  8. Rule9's Avatar
    The argument in question is can a tablet replace a laptop
    That question is relative to the user. For serious work related functions, no, it's still not even close. You're still far more productive with fully fledged office software and other content creation using a full laptop computer, along with multiple peripheral ports, etc than you can be with a tablet. If you're only use for a laptop is for leisure and media consumption, then tablets are much more portable and just as good for movies, music, web browsing, games etc.

    I've been re-thinking my OP though. I don't really need to own both a laptop and a tablet because the work I'm in doesn't require a mobile computer of any kind and never will. There's no way I'm going to get one of the new haswell powered all-in-ones for even close to the same price I pay for a new gen Nexus 7 or iPad mini or the same size factor (I prefer the 7-8 inch tablets).
    07-24-2013 08:28 AM
  9. NexusGirlX's Avatar
    At the moment, between my iPad and my Nexus 7, they can do 99% of what my computer can do. I think it's a good thing to own both, it's a good thing.
    07-24-2013 09:12 AM
  10. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I use both rather heavily. And at the same time. My PC I need for rooting and flashing ROMs, while my tablet I use for emails, roughly half of my YouTube videos.
    07-24-2013 09:22 AM
  11. lpt2569's Avatar
    Samsung Ativ Q - Windows/Android hybrid - available soon: https://forums.androidcentral.com/e?...token=ZBWvhWvq

    Sony VAIO Duo - Windows hybrid - available now: Amazon.com: Sony VAIO Duo SVD13215PXW 13.3-Inch Convertible Touchscreen Ultrabook (Carbon White): Computers & Accessories

    Asus Transformer Book - Windows hybrid - available now: Amazon.com: ASUS Transformer Book TX300CA-DH71 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Silver Aluminum): Electronics

    Any one of these is both a laptop replacement and functions as a tablet. I'm leaning towards the Samsung, but any of them are better than my almost 5 years old Dell laptop, can do everything my laptop does now, and tons more in a lighter, faster package. And I am willing to bet you see significant price drops on these come holiday shopping season in just a couple or 3 months.
    07-24-2013 09:25 AM
  12. lpt2569's Avatar
    There's no way I'm going to get one of the new haswell powered all-in-ones for even close to the same price I pay for a new gen Nexus 7 or iPad mini or the same size factor (I prefer the 7-8 inch tablets).
    I think you will have more options by the end of this year in that size running full blown Windows. Acer has already released one...Acer | Iconia W3 | W3-810-1416 | Overview
    07-24-2013 09:54 AM
  13. Rule9's Avatar
    That's one of the last-gen Atom chips. The problem with those low powered, low cost hybrids is you can do a lot of things on those but games and intensive multimedia are out of the question, while both can be had on a $250 tablet
    07-24-2013 10:00 AM
  14. lpt2569's Avatar
    That's one of the last-gen Atom chips. The problem with those low powered, low cost hybrids is you can do a lot of things on those but games and intensive multimedia are out of the question, while both can be had on a $250 tablet
    Yep. Just saying, the form factors are changing and there will be a lot of choices soon for these types of products that meet or exceed current laptop specs and productivity, etc.
    07-24-2013 10:17 AM
  15. _X_'s Avatar
    I write software for a living and can't imagine life without a PC. At the same time I've really warmed up to the idea of using a tablet for a good deal of tasks. What I can say is this I don't have to compromise and pick one over the other, I'm perfectly constant using both simple because each one does a set of tasks substantially better than the other.

    I've actually written an app on my note 2 for kicks and while it was very easy to do its still faster on my PC. Vise versa reading and surfing are much better on a tablet.



    Rocking with the Note II
    07-24-2013 10:28 AM
  16. Farish's Avatar
    I write software for a living and can't imagine life without a PC. At the same time I've really warmed up to the idea of using a tablet for a good deal of tasks. What I can say is this I don't have to compromise and pick one over the other, I'm perfectly constant using both simple because each one does a set of tasks substantially better than the other.

    I've actually written an app on my note 2 for kicks and while it was very easy to do its still faster on my PC. Vise versa reading and surfing are much better on a tablet.



    Rocking with the Note II
    I am trying out AIDE for this purpose.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I467 using AC Forums mobile app
    07-24-2013 04:55 PM
  17. troutspinner's Avatar
    I agree, tablets will never be up to par to a pc. They are great for couch surfing, simple emails and such but I can't tell you how many times I've "got up" to go to the computer to do a task I wanted the tablet or iPad to do.

    I tried the Surface Pro, nice device but battery life is lousy so I went to the new Macbook Air with the Haswell. This has been the best solution for me, I can do everything because it's a real computer. It is super light, does not get hot and has a keyboard that does not take up real estate on the screen and the battery life is insanely good.
    07-24-2013 05:05 PM
  18. Ry's Avatar
    For browsing/reading and watching videos (Netflix, YouTube) - I love my Nexus 7. Note: I use my wife's iPad for other apps (Amazon Instant Video, Watch ABC, NBC).

    The only time I'm really on a PC at home is when I need to type out long emails or when I'm editing photos in Lightroom.

    Work though - PC with Windows + Office + Project + Team Foundation Server + SAP. In my line, I need full blown PC/laptop.
    07-24-2013 05:19 PM
  19. Aquila's Avatar
    I don't really view it as a replacement and still have a desktop for certain windows-centric tasks. I really don't like having to think about what OS I am on and with both Apple and Microsoft trying to make their ecosystems exclusionary, while Google is trying to make their services available on every OS, I'm more inclined to adopt as much Google tech as possible and feel relatively comfortable that using their services isn't by default locking me out of anything in the future.
    07-24-2013 05:24 PM
  20. npark2012's Avatar
    Just wanted to throw in my 2 cents here.

    I think tablets are just gap fillers at the most. If you need true mobile on the go kind of device, then a phone is what you need. But since most people have a smartphone nowadays what they need is a productivity device. That's where computers come in. And the world could sure live on with just those. But people get bored with the same thing so they need to bring something NEW in their life of mobility and productivity. That's where a tablet comes in. A tablet brings in something new and exciting. Whether or not we really need one in the first place!

    Based on your original post you gave me the impression that you thought tablets were made to entirely replace computers. If and when the Windows FULL, and not the RT version, comes out what would you call that? A tablet? A computer? At this point in technological age the term tablet and computers are getting fuzzier by the minute. I believe a tablet COULD replace a computer if the software was good enough (in my own opinion). You could use a blue tooth keyboard to type along with a mouse even! But the thing that makes me NOT want to use a tablet for say writing an essay is the software. The app. Compared to what we're used to (Microsoft Word) it looks....amateur (in my opinion). But other than that it seems to be a viable solution to productivity. But that's just me. :3
    07-24-2013 06:08 PM
  21. wrecklass's Avatar
    For me a computer still does many things that I can't do on a tablet.

    Cases in point. For work I have a Macbook Pro (16 gig of RAM, 500 gig SSD). I compile code in both JAVA and C++. I run VMWare Fusion which allows me to run multiple virtual machines with several versions of Windows and Linux operating systems simultaneously to test various network applications.

    I have a Windows 8 desktop (8gb of RAM, 3 Terabytes of SSD and HDD storage, dual 24" monitors). I play numerous video games and stream music and videos to other devices like my iPad.

    I don't think even a hybrid tablet/laptop will give me the ability to do all those things for several years yet.

    Sent from my Nexus 7
    07-25-2013 04:14 AM
  22. Rule9's Avatar
    Well call me a gadget addict but the new Nexus 7 looks just too cool to resist for $270 so I'm pulling a 180 reversal of my stance and getting one. Probably a Chrome cast too
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    07-25-2013 07:31 AM
  23. _X_'s Avatar
    I am trying out AIDE for this purpose.
    That is the same app I used it works great for what I needed. But the best experience but it works. I found I had to install "Hackers keyboard" really made a difference.


    Rocking with the Note II
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    07-25-2013 10:14 AM
  24. Ry's Avatar
    Well call me a gadget addict but the new Nexus 7 looks just too cool to resist for $270 so I'm pulling a 180 reversal of my stance and getting one. Probably a Chrome cast too
    Very tempted to sell my 32GB WiFi first gen Nexus 7 to pick up a 32GB LTE second gen Nexus 7.
    07-25-2013 10:29 AM
  25. Farish's Avatar
    For me a computer still does many things that I can't do on a tablet.

    Cases in point. For work I have a Macbook Pro (16 gig of RAM, 500 gig SSD). I compile code in both JAVA and C++. I run VMWare Fusion which allows me to run multiple virtual machines with several versions of Windows and Linux operating systems simultaneously to test various network applications.

    I have a Windows 8 desktop (8gb of RAM, 3 Terabytes of SSD and HDD storage, dual 24" monitors). I play numerous video games and stream music and videos to other devices like my iPad.

    I don't think even a hybrid tablet/laptop will give me the ability to do all those things for several years yet.

    Sent from my Nexus 7
    I am in a similar scenario. I have an iMac with 32gb of ram etc because I run Windows 2012/Windows 7/Linux for testing purposes(Usually I have two VMs running at any given time). Only option I have with a tablet for that right now is remote desktop. Works decent but there is a little lag.

    I think gaming will get better on mobile as companies like Nvidia make in roads on shrinking and improving gpu power for mobile devices. So I can see down the road a hybrid Windows 8 laptop/tablet do the same thing.

    Well call me a gadget addict but the new Nexus 7 looks just too cool to resist for $270 so I'm pulling a 180 reversal of my stance and getting one. Probably a Chrome cast too
    Went out and bought the Chromecast today, unfortunately it wont be in for 3-4 weeks. I got some great ideas for that device and for the price too hard to pass up.

    Very tempted to sell my 32GB WiFi first gen Nexus 7 to pick up a 32GB LTE second gen Nexus 7.
    I do that with my phones. Sell now while the value is decent. Staples has been selling the Nexus 7 for cheap.

    Or you can do what my buddy does. He has a movable swivel arm in his bathroom wall where he attaches his previous generation tablet to for his reading pleasure or music streaming while taking a shower.
    07-25-2013 12:44 PM
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