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Old 14-11-2013, 02:33
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Due to my problems noted in the "scrolling problems" thread, I was thinking of getting a new laptop. Now I'm thinking tablet instead. Never had one, but since most of what I do with my PC is writing, research, music, videos, bit of graphics and surfing, with maybe SKYPE thrown in, seems like a tablet might be a good alternative.

So, any advice? Is there any advantage in going for the ipad, or should they be avoided? Are you just paying for Apple's name? And if so, what alternatives exist? Can they do most/all things a PC can do (I don't game so not worried about that)? How long typically does the battery last? Is the inbuilt speaker ok and if not can an amp or external speakers be connected? Anything I should look out for?

Advice from anyone with a tablet of any sort would certainly be appreciated.

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PS Is it true that if you reinstall Windows 7 it will format your hard disk, as it appears to be telling me it will ("You will lose all your files and programs....")???
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Old 14-11-2013, 02:47
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Due to my problems noted in the "scrolling problems" thread, I was thinking of getting a new laptop. Now I'm thinking tablet instead. Never had one, but since most of what I do with my PC is writing, research, music, videos, bit of graphics and surfing, with maybe SKYPE thrown in, seems like a tablet might be a good alternative.

So, any advice? Is there any advantage in going for the ipad, or should they be avoided? Are you just paying for Apple's name? And if so, what alternatives exist? Can they do most/all things a PC can do (I don't game so not worried about that)? How long typically does the battery last? Is the inbuilt speaker ok and if not can an amp or external speakers be connected? Anything I should look out for?

BTW, you can reinstall Windows 7 without formatting the drives by choosing the recovery option in the Control Panel... you should back up your files anyway to be on the safe side
Advice from anyone with a tablet of any sort would certainly be appreciated.

Thanks
TH

PS Is it true that if you reinstall Windows 7 it will format your hard disk, as it appears to be telling me it will ("You will lose all your files and programs....")???
Do you do a lot of typing on you PC?

A tablet - at least ones with a touch screen keyboard - are not well suited for writing out anything longer than an email or a paragraph. I certainly wouldn't like to write anything more than that... that's why PC's are still generally used for typeing out large amounts of text.

If you just want to browse the internet/get email/look at youtube etc... then the tablets fine. The intrernal speakers are generally fine but you can connect external speakers if you want. Battery life is generally very good 6-9 hours - far better than most laptops.

Nexus and Apple tablets are generally considered the best
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Old 14-11-2013, 09:28
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I agree with the above comments regarding the immense frustration of trying to type and edit documents on a tablet's touch screen. The small screen is also a very serious drawback. In addition, it might be tricky to convert existing documents to a new format (unless you opt for a Windows tablet).

Provided you understand their restrictions and drawbacks, including amongst other things the same potential problem with document conversion, it might possibly be worth considering Chromebooks as an alternative.

If you want an inexpensive 7" tablet, perhaps as a secondary device, it would be worth looking at the Tesco Hudl. It's got roughly the same spec as the original Nexus 7, for a considerably lower price.
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Old 14-11-2013, 11:49
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OK that's great guys, thank you. A tablet is definitely not for me then: over 90% of what I do is typing so if it was going to make things worse on a tablet than I have now with my PC then it's definitely a no-go.

Perhaps I'll look at a new laptop after all. Problem is I can never get used to those bloody inbuilt trackballs!

Anyway thanks for setting me straight: tablets are definitely out then.

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Old 14-11-2013, 11:56
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OK that's great guys, thank you. A tablet is definitely not for me then: over 90% of what I do is typing so if it was going to make things worse on a tablet than I have now with my PC then it's definitely a no-go.

Perhaps I'll look at a new laptop after all. Problem is I can never get used to those bloody inbuilt trackballs!

Anyway thanks for setting me straight: tablets are definitely out then.

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TH
I have spent all day typing notes on an iPad during meetings, and it's not that bad. You can easily get a Bluetooth keyboard if you need a physical one.
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Old 14-11-2013, 12:30
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As a user of both a tablet (Galaxy Tab 2 10.1) and a laptop (Asus K52 series) I still prefer typing longer texts on the laptop.

The problem the OP mentioned with a laptop's trackball (actually now called a trackpad) can be easily remedied by using a USB mouse and simply turning off the laptop's trackpad. Must admit that's my preference.

All decent tablets are bluetooth capable but the quality of bluetooth keyboards varies enormously. If the OP did go down this route I would suggest actually trying a few in-store first to find one with the right feel for him/her.
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Old 14-11-2013, 12:31
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Problem is I can never get used to those bloody inbuilt trackballs!
Nor me - but provided you have the space then you can use a mouse (USB or Bluetooth) which I find far preferable.
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Old 14-11-2013, 12:39
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OK that's great guys, thank you. A tablet is definitely not for me then: over 90% of what I do is typing so if it was going to make things worse on a tablet than I have now with my PC then it's definitely a no-go.

Perhaps I'll look at a new laptop after all. Problem is I can never get used to those bloody inbuilt trackballs!

Anyway thanks for setting me straight: tablets are definitely out then.

Best
TH
I have a Nexus 7, an ASUS Transformer (with keyboard/dock) and an ASUS Vivobook (Windows 8.1 laptop with touchscreen).

I use the 7" tablet (the Nexus 7) for very casual stuff/gaming.
The Transformer for very easy carting around, using on trains etc. and the full keyboard makes it 'almost' a laptop.

BUT

at home, or for anything more intense the full laptop (ASUS Vivobook) is MUCH more useable. Adding touchscreen into the equation as well means you can still do all the touchy-feely stuff too

They arent expensive either to be honest !
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Old 17-11-2013, 18:14
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I have a Nexus 7, an ASUS Transformer (with keyboard/dock) and an ASUS Vivobook (Windows 8.1 laptop with touchscreen).

I use the 7" tablet (the Nexus 7) for very casual stuff/gaming.
The Transformer for very easy carting around, using on trains etc. and the full keyboard makes it 'almost' a laptop.

BUT

at home, or for anything more intense the full laptop (ASUS Vivobook) is MUCH more useable. Adding touchscreen into the equation as well means you can still do all the touchy-feely stuff too

They arent expensive either to be honest !
Thanks. I'm still undecided, though my current laptop (about five years old now at least admittedly) is awful, and is an ASUS. Takes about half an ice age to boot up and even then is monumentally slow, doesn't keep a charge for more than about 20 mins necessitating it always having to be plugged in (which kind of defeats the purpose) and also gets VERY hot if it's on your lap any length of time.

If I go for another laptop it's going to have to be powerful and with decent space: any recs?
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Old 17-11-2013, 20:34
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A Surface with a Type Cover 2 is probably about as good as the typing experience on a tablet is going to get. If you do lots of long form typing then a laptop with decent keyboard is probably recommended.
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