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Can a tablet replace a laptop?

0. phoneArena posted on 30 Apr 2012, 05:07

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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posted on 30 Apr 2012, 09:23 1

19. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I own pretty much all Office Suites available for Android, and I can honest say that they are not there yet. I just bought an Archos 9 PC tablet, the cheapest windows 7 tablet I could find, but it is a little underpowered, but it runs Office 2010 well, which is what I wanted it for. Tablet replacing a Laptop? Not for a power user, or if you type things up often. I believe that tablets will more and more be like this PC tablet I got, running desktop OS's and not so much android or ios.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 09:26 1

20. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Not now.you still have wow and legacy apps,right?

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 09:29 1

22. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Windows 8 Intel Tablet
Plus Keyboard Docking
= Perfect Laptop Replacement
Wait for october.:)

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 10:49 1

24. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

for light use and media, tablets are superior to laptops in many respects.. a primary one being battery life. Tablets can last for many hours compared to 2-3 for most laptops. If email, movies, web, some light gaming, and such, a tablet is a great option.
However, you are paying a premium on that tablet. For 600 bux you could also get a pretty decent laptop that can do quite a bit more than a tablet can. So you need to best decide where to put your money... especially since you want a keyboard dock to go with it. You are basically creating a laptop.. but one that can do less than a real laptop.. for the same amount of money.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 11:17

25. sinple (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

i believed that an android tablet is able to replace a laptop.
Reasons to use a laptop: programming, MS powerpoint.
Things that android tablet can do that a laptop can do: pdf, word, excel, basic powerpoint, email, CAD, remote desktop? basic gaming, flash browser.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 11:41 1

26. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

Ahhh I'd venture to say that tablets are definitely not good laptop replacements if yiu jhave to do any word processing, MS Office work, or play actual computer games. Typing on a tablet can be awkward and if you're a student, fully functioning Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are probably necessary. And being able to have multiple windows open on a screen is a huge adavantage for a laptop, at least for me

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 11:52 1

27. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

a keyboard doc can fix the typing problems. On Android you can flip back and forth between windows since it multitasks unlike iOS. They just are not on screen at the same time. Of course there is a mod that is coming to fix that. Word and Exel are not too bad on android.. reading powerpoints are no problem, though i have yet to try to create one on my tablet..
For all that i would definitely prefer a laptop though. Full functionality with no work arounds is a much better option. Just pointing out that it can be pretty easily done on tablet if you know how.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 12:42 1

29. thachlel (Posts: 75; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

It's a joke! Only when when Intel stops making CPUs

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 12:49 2

30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

yeah, i agree with this conclusion. i wouldn't even suggest the Transformer Prime over the Transformer Pad for anyone with real productivity needs because of it's hampered radio strength. i'm going to get a Xyboard 8.2 to carry around and use on Campus because the Laptop i have is a big, heavy beast that's impractical to carry around for my needs out. hell, i even find my sister's Prime to be too unwieldy and not portable enough for me which is why i'm more lured towards the 8.2.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 13:02 2

32. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Yes, the right tablet can - for example an iPAD would be a poor choice to replace the tablet due to lack of memory expansion and closed environment....just to name a couple of reasons why....

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 13:37 1

33. Fluxman (Posts: 51; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

I'm not sure you addressed his file transfer via SD issue. Can the transformer series take external SD cards? I know the Sony tablet can, but I'm not sure about the others.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 16:03 2

41. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

Yes they can. They do sd, flash drives, and even portable hard drives.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 14:07 2

34. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

no, only a windows 8 tablet, but yet windows 8 is also not perfect for replacing a laptop with a tabb, maybe windows 9 will, we shal see ...

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 14:11 2

36. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Maybe when the Windows 8 tablets come out, with a keyboard and up to date processor and graphics. Should be around $400-600

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 14:40 1

37. theruleslawyer (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)

Its pretty clear we are working towards a convergence device. I don't think it will be a tablet form factor, but instead a phone that plugs into a tablet that in turn has an optional keyboard dock with USB ports, etc. We're still several year away from that really being an option, but I forsee the majority of casual users being able to dump a traditional PC within 5 years or so. Right now I don't think tablets are up to being your sole computer. They are still really content consumption devices and you'll run into too many things you simply can't do. That might change with windows 8 or future updates to android.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 15:30 1

38. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)

until windows 8 I don't think I'd ever consider getting a tablet as a replacement. I may consider getting one for games/media consumption when the price point is right (~$200)

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 15:58 1

40. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

If you use Splahtop remote on android play store on a Transformer tab, it really gets close to being jst like a laptop. Its what I do! :-)

posted on 02 May 2012, 04:20

47. andrew1953 (Posts: 176; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)

Look at what Asus is doing with the Padfone . Smartphones with 4-5" screens inside the the Bombay doors of 10" tablets-brilliant. They wont replace laptops-they'll add to their versatility.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 08:53

49. Roop795 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Aug 2014)

I have the samsung note 10.1 2014 table and love it i got it when it for came out back in oct 2013 and now that it has got the kitkat os updat it is so great i also just ogt me a new smartphone too the samsung s5 and with the too i dont use my labtop that has windows 8 on it that mouch i like chrome for broswe but i do use firefox witch you can not get on ipad i do have a bluetooth keyboard i got off of amazon.com witch i am useing right now to type this i also got a microsoft bluetomouse too and i got a bose bluetooh spacker so i think a good high end table ike the note linne can with the right add on be turn into a labtop one last thing i got a bluetooh game pad for playing games so that my to cents

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