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media, movies,music,web browsing those kinda things and probably some type of document typing later on.

yea if you're just like wathcing movies and music and browsing internet, tablets are awesome. They are much more portable and they are pretty powerful for their size.

Laptops are much more powerful though.

so it's kind of like picking a desktop vs. a pc

portability vs. power
post #12 of 22
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Well I wont be doing any word document for awhile, just might need it in the future. But the only thing is the price of a laptop
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lol then there's ur answer
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Go in between with either a ASUS Slate or MSI winpad(where ever you can even buy those)

lol or get one of those laptops that you can flip the screen around and use it as a tablet.

PRICE?!
The Asus transformer is 399+149 for the keyboard.
A toshiba satellite C655 is $379
Edited by von rottes - 7/27/11 at 10:30am
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I'm going to play devils advocate and say tablet. Your use case sounds similiar to mine. I don't plan on running any serious work apps on a laptop (that's for my desktop). Word, PP, basic excel, etc all work fine on a tablet with a keyboard dock, and pretty much everything else is more enjoyable on a tablet without the dock than a laptop IMHO. Laptop if it's going to be doing heavy work (photoshop, movie editing, CAD, code compiling, etc). Tablet if it's mainly a media, games, basic work device. Besides, the tablet has substantially better battery life.
    
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I'm going to play devils advocate and say tablet. Your use case sounds similiar to mine. I don't plan on running any serious work apps on a laptop (that's for my desktop). Word, PP, basic excel, etc all work fine on a tablet with a keyboard dock, and pretty much everything else is more enjoyable on a tablet without the dock than a laptop IMHO. Laptop if it's going to be doing heavy work (photoshop, movie editing, CAD, code compiling, etc). Tablet if it's mainly a media, games, basic work device. Besides, the tablet has substantially better battery life.

+1

It all depends on ones intention for day to day uses.
I already have a laptop & net-book so my decision was solely based on which tablet and how a tablet could make my work more efficient and more easy. While I personally do intend to use the device for entertainment on down times, the primary reason for myself is to use it as a job aid. Using my laptop/net-book at work proved to be quite a chore. Less battery life and far less mobile in my day to day activities as a car salesman. Gotta be on my feet and on the go and the tool I use must either assist with my job or at the very least, not disrupt the flow of things.

So, after purchasing and trying the Asus Transformer and Acer Iconia A500 at work for a few days....I knew a tablet was the right tool but the decision became quite difficult between the two..........the Iconia A500 won by a full size USB port and more appealing look (despite the damned huge ACER branding on the back) While the Transformer did have a better color display....it honestly isn't that noticable when you don't have two tablets laid side by side.
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post #17 of 22
Keep in mind, a competent tablet with a competent keyboard will probably not be cheap--it'll probably run you at least $500 total.

If you're okay using google doc's (or Polaris Office) for very VERY basic productivity (word-processing), then you could get away with the ASUS transformer with the keyboard doc. But if you're going to be doing any sort of thing beyond very very basic google doc capabilities, you'll be kicking yourself for not getting a laptop.

Regarding the price, a tablet won't be the best bang-for-buck, and you can easily get a windows netbook to serve all of your needs for $400 or under. The 16GB ASUS transformer goes for $400 (with the keyboard/doc running an extra $150), and it's going to be the best option for keyboard/doc and battery life. For $550, you can even buy a very good laptop--well beyond a netbook.

But you will not want to be using the tablet's on screen keyboard for much of anything, beyond simple emailing. You'll want a physical keyboard for that. In which case, you're better off with an actual laptop (or netbook).

Now, I think you can get away with using something like the asus transformer with the keyboard, but you'll definitely immediately miss a lot of the functionality you get with a windows-based laptop/netbook, and you'll notice a lot of things you take for granted.

If this will be your primary mobile computing device, it should be a laptop. Tablets, for the time-being, are primarily media/entertainment devices. They work well for that, but fall short for productivity devices.
    
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i look at it this way i can honestly say as an IT i get all my work done with my tablet no problem i carry that and my external HD, when i need to do something big i just log onto my computer at home from the tablet and get it done thats it but thats just me it works perfect for me.
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i look at it this way i can honestly say as an IT i get all my work done with my tablet no problem i carry that and my external HD, when i need to do something big i just log onto my computer at home from the tablet and get it done thats it but thats just me it works perfect for me.
can you RDP from a tablet?
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can you RDP from a tablet?
Yeah, there are a few options, one of the paid apps that lets you do this is Splashtop. It works pretty well (though I get lots of video lag if I try to watch a streaming movie). But it does "total computer control" quite well, and I've never had problems with it functioning properly (minus said video lag when watching a movie).
    
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