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Old Dec 17, 2012, 11:25 AM   #1
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Nexus 10 can replace a laptop?

Hi all.
So, my question is, actually, the title.
Can a tablet like the Nexus 10 replace a laptop?
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 11:29 AM   #2
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Depends. What do you need it to do?
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 11:32 AM   #3
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It can depending on what you are doing. You won't be running actually desktop software though.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 11:34 AM   #4
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Well, web browsing and note taking mostly. I'm an university student, so I'll study on it.
Also watching some movies, I think.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 11:50 AM   #5
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It can replace a laptop as much as an iPad can.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 12:35 PM   #6
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It can replace a laptop as much as an iPad can.
The Nexus 10 is much more capable as a laptop replacement than an iPad ever will be since you have an actual file system. With the iPad you are crippled and must depend on a PC to manipulate files effectively. With a Nexus 10, you would never have to touch a PC. Also, another big advantage of the Nexus 10 is that it supports USB OTG so you can buy a $1.50 USB OTG cable and be able to do things like directly attach USB drives or docks and ALL the Android applications can use it. This is a critical advantage for anybody serious about using it as a laptop replacement. By comparison, the iPad is like a crippled child's toy.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 12:36 PM   #7
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Well, web browsing and note taking mostly. I'm an university student, so I'll study on it.
Also watching some movies, I think.
How do you plan on taking notes? Using a stylus?
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 12:46 PM   #8
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No. A tablet is mostly an entertainment device. If you're planning to do actual work, a real computer with a real OS is leagues superior. Only using a tablet, how are you going to write essays? Do multi-window research? Print? Some webpages (with an integrated map) don't even function well with a touchscreen.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 12:47 PM   #9
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Whenever I think a tablet/phone can replace a laptop...I always realize that nothing beats a physical keyboard. Also, a lot of sites where you have to fill in forms do not play well with tablets or phones even when you trick the browser to "think" you are on a PC
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Well, web browsing and note taking mostly. I'm an university student, so I'll study on it.
Also watching some movies, I think.
It can do that easily enough. Any tablet can do that though. Manipulating files is pretty easy and attaching multiple files to email is possible too. This is the main reason I went with android.
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No. A tablet is mostly an entertainment device. If you're planning to do actual work, a real computer with a real OS is leagues superior. Only using a tablet, how are you going to write essays? Do multi-window research? Print? Some webpages (with an integrated map) don't even function well with a touchscreen.
This. Android devices are effectively just as limited as iOS devices when it comes to getting work done. Outside of Samsung devices, Android doesn't offer multi-window support the same way desktop operating systems do (and Samsung devices only work with core OS apps and Google apps). Doing research and writing assignments would be an absolute nightmare without being able to have at least 2 windows open side-by-side. You also won't have access to the programs your university may require you to run during your degree. For example, I did a few GIS subjects in my time at uni, which required me to run ArcGIS, which in turn meant I needed to have a Windows PC with a decent amount of power.

Laptops are still the way to go for university.
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