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  1. ggr's Avatar
    I bought my tablet when my main PC's PSU burnt out. Since my desktop is Linux, all I had to do was to move my HDD over to another PC.

    To replace the main PC, I had a choice of either a laptop or a tablet. I already have 3 laptops, so went with Samsung Tab 10.1. Bought it the 2nd day it was released in June.

    I should say, I have used my main computer less since then. There are certain functions that I can do on the tablet and some functions I cannot.

    Tablet comes very close to what a Laptop can do, but there are some pit falls.
    1. I was able to read this forum entry on the tablet browser, but it would be a pain to zoom in and to type in the reply. Browsing websites, which are not mobile friendly is a pain, specially when the website forces font size and minimum page size.
    2. There are no good Upnp players which can stream content from your existing setup. I have a boxee box, pogoplug and run mediatomb on my Linux desktop. There are not many "good" apps to play them. I have to use PlayOn, which runs only on Windows and it seems way better than the other I have used.
    3. Streaming music is not an issue, but streaming movies is a pain. Well I can watch Netflix and YouTube movies, but streaming movies of high resolution from local boxee box or pogoplug is just painful.
    4. No external storage or USB port to download content of camera or attach extra storage.

    Other than these, tablet is awesome. Used it on a road trip, tethered to my phone. Drove for 6.5 hours, used Google Maps all the way. Streamed Google music while on the beach and reading a book. I can carry it around like a book and if I need to show or discuss something with a friend or co-worker, it is easy to pull out the tablet, show them the website or design or something immediately.

    Games! I was never a gaming person, but since I have had the tablet, I play a lot of games on the tablet. I always thought that I would not be wasting money buying Apps, but since I have had the tablet, i have bought a lot of Games and Applications which are very useful.
    08-17-2011 06:58 AM
  2. ziggster's Avatar
    It can only replace your laptop if you do things that the tab is able to do. Internet, music, letters etc fine but any deep, not light, coding, graphic manipulation it will be hard.

    I have a BT keyboard, USB adaptor and wireless mouse, and a stand, when i set this up to write right docs/letters etc it works great.

    I have links setup to access file storage on others machines that i own and are on and i remote into them.

    For the great, screen, battery life and light weight the Tab is a laptop replacement for me just ask yourself what you really do on your laptop first.
    After purchasing all of those accessories and taking into consideration the $ and multiple parts to keep up with, why wouldn't you just use a laptop?
    08-17-2011 08:36 AM
  3. profjoe's Avatar
    I do not know why none of the android-based tablets will allow you to connect to an RGB presentation projector. I would love to ditch my first gen ipad, but this is the main feature holding me back.

    While I agree with most that no tablet will completely replace a laptop, there are some instances where it certainly *could* (like giving an already-prepared presentation) if it had this simple functionality. (Who wants to cart a whole stinking laptop around at a conference just to present a talk that was completed before you even left home?!)

    It is funny that Apple gets pounded for eliminating "legacy" compatibility (I am looking at *you* optical-drive-less mac mini), but the ipad con do RGB and no android tablet can.
    08-17-2011 10:51 AM
  4. sekao8's Avatar
    I could go either way with saying it has replaced a laptop

    I work in excavation (Dirt Construction) I keep every copy of every contract and plan on a remote server, so with my tab I can pull it all up on an instant and use it in the field at the ready and not have to try to predict my day and try to take things from my office. It works great in that sense.

    If I had to compare it to something I would compare it to an art museum everything is there, but don't touch it. If I want to edit something I bring it up on the laptop save it in two places and then view it on the tab at a later date.

    I have had a couple documents get corrupted either in Dropbox or Quickoffice and I have lost my trust in those two applications, but if I save everything as a PDF and just view it, it works spectacularly.

    The only step it needs to surpass my laptop is a certified Microsoft Office App, and as soon as Windows 8 fails I could easily see that happening
    08-17-2011 11:30 AM
  5. wcdove24's Avatar
    Really the only time I use my laptop is to upload music to my Google Account. Being in the military most of my work can't come home due to secret material. My Xoom does all that I can ask it to do.
    08-17-2011 02:49 PM
  6. drethos's Avatar
    I've been using my g-tab over my laptop for a good while now. The only reason i pop onto my lappy 9000 is to download tv shows. I'm tired of the mediocre windows os that microsoft has shoveled down our throats. I go about my day in my house hanging about with my g-tab while my laptop mindlessly downloads. But i have no professional need for either its merely consumer.

    Sent from my GT-P7510 using Tapatalk
    08-17-2011 05:58 PM
  7. scmguru's Avatar
    Im the owner of both a galaxy 10.1 and an ipad.

    I think they are great for data consumption, browsing websites, looking up articles, reading forums, watching movies, etc.

    What they are not all that great at IMHO is data creation (except for pictures maybe)

    Typing is pretty tedious and I'd never consider drafting a letter or building a PowerPoint presentation on a tablet.

    Serious text entry and manipulation is just more effort than its worth.

    Particularly with hc3.1. For the life of me, I can't understand why its nearly impossible to accurately select a line of text or put the cursor where I want it on a URL.

    My froyo smartphone blows hc3.1 away in that aspect.

    I'm still seriously considering just ditching tablets for now and picking up a macbook air or something.

    At this point I use my galaxy tab as a fancy magazine with live feeds.

    Sent from my ADR6400L using Tapatalk
    08-18-2011 07:58 PM
  8. cdf3's Avatar
    I don't use my tablet as much as I used to. Guess the newness has worn off.
    I still like it, but I can get more productivity out of my netbook and laptop.

    Sent from my GT-P7510 using Tapatalk
    08-18-2011 10:05 PM
  9. erwaso's Avatar
    Can you print out documents and web pages through a wireless printer?
    08-19-2011 10:33 AM
  10. millemots's Avatar
    Can you print out documents and web pages through a wireless printer?
    Out of the box, only to supported Samsung WiFi printers. With a 3rd party app (I use PrinterShare, paid version), yes. I WiFi print to an Epson Artisan 810.
    08-19-2011 11:45 AM
  11. RandomNickname's Avatar
    Thread Necromancy!!

    So I've been using my Tab for about a month, and with the addition of a BT Keyboard (ZAGGFolio for the curious), this has become a hell of a productivity machine for a lot of work.

    I've been using it for email, messaging, paper writing (with an office app and google docs), Skyping, etc, and for a great deal of these tasks, it fits the bill. I honestly haven't switched on my laptop since starting this experiment for anything related to normal productivity. It's been useful both in business work and schoolwork as well, and outside of the graphics work I have to do on my desktop (3D Work and all), it is a nice replacement (and a hell of a lot more portable too).

    It won't be a replacement if your laptop is your primary or only computer, but for the type of stuff I'm using it for, I am pleasantly surprised at how viable it is.
    11-07-2011 04:46 PM
  12. anon(549921)'s Avatar
    This is an interesting thread as I have plans to replace all our PC's at work with tablets, not sure how its going to work or if we are definitely going to do it but its in my grand scheme of things. Would definitely prefer to do it on Android tablets but there are some corporate email security issues that need to be addressed by Google before we can do so.
    11-07-2011 05:12 PM
  13. saltychino's Avatar
    The only problem I have is with writing documents. my tab has replaced almost every function except two. One is connecting to large external HDs and the other is writing word and excel documents like a laptop does with all the bells and whistles such as citations and other footnotes.

    Other than those two, I actually prefer my tab over laptop!
    11-07-2011 08:08 PM
  14. TrendyProfessional1's Avatar
    I havent read through this entire thread. Yes lazy...
    But has anyone tried using a bluetooth mouse while
    using the keyboard dock?
    Thanks
    11-08-2011 10:05 AM
  15. Billy95Tech's Avatar
    Time to bring this thread to life again!

    I have 2 Android tablets Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and the Galaxy Tab 2 7(As a back up) and a powerfull 11.6 inch Windows 8 tablet Acer Iconia W700(I5 core).

    I only use my Acer Iconia W700 just to:

    Edit my Youtube videos and upload to Youtube.
    Surfing the web
    Watching videos

    On my Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 i do:

    Light Gaming(Angry Birds, Labyrinth, Racing, Soccer Rally, more)
    Surfing the web
    Watching videos
    Read the news
    Checking emails
    Checking the weather
    Write scripts for my Youtube videos
    Record my Youtubs videos using the rear camera(8MP)

    So what leaves my gaming Windows 8 laptop = i only really use it for hardcore gaming like FIFA sometimes and it is a back up for my file storage.

    It is safe to say my tablets have replaced my laptop for most of the time.
    06-18-2014 02:31 PM
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