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post #11 of 24
Damn I am starting to regret purchasing a tablet then. I just bought the Galaxy Tab 10.1 but I do have a laptop but I felt it was too heavy to bring to school. I think its about 7 pounds. The Galaxy Tab felt almost perfect but because you guys are saying its a bad idea, I might just end up buying a notebook instead later. I will see how I like it first.
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post #12 of 24
For $250, I would really recommend a netbook.
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post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by lilxskull View Post
Damn I am starting to regret purchasing a tablet then. I just bought the Galaxy Tab 10.1 but I do have a laptop but I felt it was too heavy to bring to school. I think its about 7 pounds. The Galaxy Tab felt almost perfect but because you guys are saying its a bad idea, I might just end up buying a notebook instead later. I will see how I like it first.
If you enjoy using it, why would you stop using it just because other people say it's not useful? I'm sure there are some things where tablets are more useful than laptops. Laptops can do everything a tablet can though.
post #14 of 24
After having my Asus Transformer for a month I can say it does about 98% of what I did on my netbook. I think I could probably type papers on it but having a pc to do so is a bit more comforting.
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post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by cavallino View Post
After having my Asus Transformer for a month I can say it does about 98% of what I did on my netbook. I think I could probably type papers on it but having a pc to do so is a bit more comforting.
I think you could cope with typing on the Transformer, given its keyboard dock and even other software keyboards like Thumb Keyboard.



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post #16 of 24
I love thumbkeyboard. I wish swiftkey had that layout. If you are expecting to replace a netbook, I think most tablets are actually in improvement, in the $400+ range. Especally with a hardware keyboard. It's the OPs $200 range that wouldn't do it.
    
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post #17 of 24
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Though it is true you will need a fancier one for art/design majors and other majors.
Not really imo. I'm halfway through my degree in Graphic Design and I take a 17" Gateway laptop that has a T2080 @ 1.73gHz, 2GB RAM, integrated graphics and a 160GB HDD and it runs Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator with ease. I was blown away at how nicely it runs tbh. Large files do slow it down a bit but the machine is still highly usable. Got a little Wacom Bamboo to carry around with it and it's a brilliant little setup. Of course I still prefer to use my main machine and Intuos4 when I'm at home, but the laptop serves me very well when I'm at school Probably helps a lot that its a custom installation of Windows 7 though. Most laptops I sell with those same specs (i work in retail) are so much slower from the bloatware the manufacturers like to install.
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post #18 of 24
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Not really imo. I'm halfway through my degree in Graphic Design and I take a 17" Gateway laptop that has a T2080 @ 1.73gHz, 2GB RAM, integrated graphics and a 160GB HDD and it runs Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator with ease. I was blown away at how nicely it runs tbh. Large files do slow it down a bit but the machine is still highly usable. Got a little Wacom Bamboo to carry around with it and it's a brilliant little setup. Of course I still prefer to use my main machine and Intuos4 when I'm at home, but the laptop serves me very well when I'm at school Probably helps a lot that its a custom installation of Windows 7 though. Most laptops I sell with those same specs (i work in retail) are so much slower from the bloatware the manufacturers like to install.
Yeah that's a good point. I forget that I didn't have a super powerful laptop when I was in Industrial Design.
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post #19 of 24
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Yeah that's a good point. I forget that I didn't have a super powerful laptop when I was in Industrial Design.
We're so used to our super powerful hardware now that I think we kinda forget how well the low end hardware can still run our applications. I did notice a difference in speed between my laptop and desktop, but truthfully it was nominal for medium sized files. It's only when I'm working with lots of layers and a large resolution file that a quad core and a healthy amount of ram is useful.
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post #20 of 24
I used an iPad for 2 semesters of university. Tablets are good for school for document writing, but not too much more than that. I would definitely suggest getting a full-on laptop rather than a laptop, as it will serve you so much better.

If you really must have a touch screen device for school however, then get a touchscreen laptop. Definitely a laptop for school. Tablets are more designed for leisure, not work (no matter how much Apple would like to say otherwise).

Sorry for being so Apple-centric in my response. It is just that it is the only tablet I owned, I have had experience with it in school, which is what you are asking about.
     
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