Can a tablet replace a laptop?
0. phoneArena 30 Apr 2012, 05:07 posted on
Since the (re)appearance of tablets on the mobile computing scene, a question has constantly bugged users - can a tablet actually prove to be a worthy replacement for a laptop? Well, it's PhoneArena Knows Best time again, folks, and this time a user who's facing such problem needs our help...
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14. Dr_fajardo (Posts: 32; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)
i think with a good os can. something like windows 8 inside it
46. jroc74 (Posts: 6014; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
A tablet with a laptop dock? Maybe....
But I think for real work you would use a laptop. Can have cd/dvd drive, can connect a mouse, have alot more on board harddrive spac, etc..
Even for gaming....so many 'gamers' use keyboards. Can connect a wired controller too...
For the laptop dock....all thats needed is some software like Webtop that Motorola is doing with its Android phones....or a full desktop OS that can load and run like Webtop.
48. rockhunther0 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)
Asus tf300 can actually do all that stuff you just mentioned, maybe the Dvd is not inside, but you can plug an external Dvd drive, mouse and even logitech tegra 3 compatible game pad and bluetooth keyboards and/or mouse, you can plug hard disk drives up to 64 TERA Bytes and if it's still do not convince you there's windows 8 coming optimized for touch screens that is a full OS
2. Birds (Posts: 1161; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I agree, but I think the original Transformer should be priced at 299$.
3. Fayeznoor (Posts: 71; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)
for him, yes tablet can be a good decision. but after sometime he will realize the use of laptop is more wide than tablet.
i have many friends who own a tablet but still i find them using laptop. they will hardly use tablet. i ask them why did they get tablet if they still use laptop for everything.
the only good use of tablet i see is book reading and casual gaming. other than this every tablet owner use laptop as daily driver.
8. tigermcm (Posts: 855; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
I have a laptop and a desktop when WP8 comes out i'll get a tab but only for light gaming, media, reading. my desktop does the heavy stuff and storage and the laptop is portability.
4. stmcgill (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
From the requirements you have, I can't help but feel that a decent netbook would suffice. Some offer huge battery performance, decent keyboards and enough processing power to do what you need. Obviously, if screen size and keyboard size are important this may sway you away, but for everything else, inclduing the price, a netbook could be ideal.
10. tigermcm (Posts: 855; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
im not really a tech person but now with tablets and docks I dont understand the market for netbooks
5. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
lol cannot replace laptop.. maybe in future yes.. but as of now no OS provides the functionality of Windows 7 and all tablets are under powered compared to a laptop running i5 CPU with 1 GB dedicated graphics and 4GB RAM :)
31. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
You know, Samsung makes a Windows 7 tablet with an i5 and 4gb of RAM it is called the Series 7 if I'm not mistaken...
35. Exofuji (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)
Samsung Series 7(http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/en_US/pd/productID.241554200?WT.mc_id=mercent&mr:trackingCode=3AA719B2-EC65-E111-B2BE-001B21A69EB0&mr:referralID=NA&origin=pla&mr:adType=pla):
i5 and 4GB of ram?!?
45. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
42. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
I had an Acer Windows 7 tablet it was some iconia W500 but its touch screen was defective, it used to record false touch response like if i touch start button the cursor used to jump somewhere else so replaced it with another W500 and its touch screen was also defective, so finally went and bought Motorola Xoom.. Its not that i don't like Android.. Its great but still It cant give functionality of Windows 7 Professional I really hope windows 8 solves that though i am not a Metro UI fan!!
About Samsung i didnt know back then :P I think it was not in market!!
Still want to see how final version of windows on ARM will be like
6. cGmC11 (Posts: 142; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)
I say yes...is ridiculous press a physical keyboard, and thanks Apple for change the norm in touchscreen tech from the 1gen iPhone!
7. tariqinifinityblade (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
well that depends on what you will use it for if you do designing or play heavy graphics games like skyrim or mass effect 3 then laptop is the best choice for you however if you like casual gaming and basic business features like microsoft word or pdf readers and editors tablet is a nice choice but still laptops are more reliable overall.
9. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)
A convertible / netvertible would be a sound compromise.
11. wendygarett (unregistered)
if it is a windows tablets, yes it will.
iPad? Not a chance...
12. 7keypad (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Aug 2009)
"Laptop without Keypad" can compete with Touch-Tablets :
In this osk , K77 or G7 keypad can be used while travelling
for editing English Hindi etc
13. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
If for tasks like web browsing, music, videos, apps etc yes. But as far as things like say full photoshop, excel, powerpoint etc no not yet.
15. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
we have touch Photoshop witch seems rather nice, also we have spreadsheets and PowerPoint creator apps like Quick office, they get job done, Unless you are among the 5% people that need to use macro or use 365 different fonts
16. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
yeah and pro works really well and has lots of features, and can edit and create PDFs. i got it on the android market on sale for 5$
21. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Thanks for the info proto, as ive said in earlier articles im still learning in the mobile phone market.
43. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)
While the Photoshop Touch app is nice, if you use more than 5% of the features in the full version of Photoshop, Photoshop Touch just won't do the job. Plus I would much rather use a mouse, cursor and keyboard along with a USB Tablet and Pen. But then again that could be personal preference.
44. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I think A stylus like the Spen would be enough, the idea of a tablet should be moving away from some conventional tools, to be honest compared with the potential a Smart stylus holds a mouse cant even take it to that level. and keyboard is a tool tablets can use too. just look at the asus dock, I could see an artist having better photo editing tools on a slate than on a tablet in a really close future
17. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
As a former tablet-owner and current laptop and netbook holder, the only pros from a tablet is its thinness if you're carrying it around, battery life, and the ease of use from a touchscreen. Other than that, laptop or netbook hands down. No awkwardness from trying to prop it onto something (or using your lap) for typing, weights are similar for the portability-focused netbooks/laptops, and you get a full desktop OS (though many netbooks ship with just Windows7 Starter, which is stripped down, but still more capable than a tablet OS). Plus you get a keyboard and can adjust the screen to whatever angle you want. Also don't have to worry about compatibility of peripherals (esp. keyboards) as much, and the computer can truly multitask without fully switching programs to make changes on it.
That being said, Windows8 will minimize the gap between computers and non-computer-OS tablets by a good amount. My next computer purchase will be a touchscreen-enabled laptop (aka convertible) so I can take full advantage of the touchscreen capabilities and gestures in Windows8, but have the portabilty I want. I'd like a new convertible instead of the existing models though, given the complexities and sensitivity options of Windows8 compared to current touchscreen convertibles
28. jlscott777 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I agree completely, I currently own a desktop, laptop and a android tablet, since I am a printed circuit board designer working from a home office the desktop will never go away. I use my laptop when going to customer sites and as far as the tablet is concerned is primarily used for entertainment such as ebook reading, casual gaming, and news reading. However I think Windows 8 may change all of that, a couple of months ago I ran onto this article which really shows what future capabilities may come about, very interesting.
39. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
yep, i'm thinking transformer type tablet with windows 8
18. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
It will be interesting to see what the industry will end up to be. Personally I think laptops are hard to be replaced by tablets but tablets can take good amount of market share away from laptops in the future. One is more functional and the other is more mobile. Both have their pros and cons. However, they are nice to have at the same time :)