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Old Dec 22, 2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Replace a laptop with an iPad

Today I sold my 17" laptop, because it was too old and I used it only as secondary PC to take notes at university, to write documents in a different place than my desktop at home, on vacations to watch movies, browse the web etc..

But sometimes it was very useful, months ago for example I had a problem with my desktop PC (the one that I use most of the time) and initially I considered to use my Galaxy Nexus for about a week just to browse the web, emails, forums, blog a couple of movies/tv shows etc. But after two days the experience was frustrating because of the small screen and the touchscreen, wont to use a 23 inch monitor, a keyboard and the mouse every day. So I switched to the old laptop for the remaining days.

Now I was thinking about an iPad to replace the laptop, 10" are big enough, with the smartcover or something similiar I would have a stable stand when I need to hold it and not just keep it in my hands, for example. I love the touchscreens, I like the virtual keyboards but I also appreciate the possibility to connect a physical keyboard to the iPad to write documents or long comments in formus and blogs.

I've heard about someone that replaced even his desktop PC with an iPad but that can't be my case for the use that I do.
So, do you think that an iPad in this case could replace a laptop or there is a risk to repeat the frustrating experience that I had with the smartphones during another hypotetical period of prolonged use? Of course I will use it more than the previous laptop, apps, games, reading books etc, surf the web on the couch using the iPad instead of the smartphone (even if I actually enjoy that experience in a short time). And, last but not least,to introduce my mom to tecnologies because she finds difficoult to use a laptop or a dektop pc but touschreen and the friendly user interface of iOS will be way easier to understand.

Do you have any experience?

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Old Dec 22, 2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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I'd have a difficult time replacing my notebook/laptop with a tablet device. Both are pretty useful in the long haul, but notebooks provide a good amount of portability + heavy computing ability while tablets eliminate the heavy computing ability entirely.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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As an engineering student, il tell you my take on it.

ive got a desktop and a laptop and an ipad.

The ipad can replace the laptop by overtaking the following functions
web browsing
pdf reading
note taking
light/moderate gaming
email and chatting
reference(calculators converters and other such apps)

what the ipad cannot do
is Programming, MATLAB/MPLAB/LTSPICE/ELECTRIC and simulators for circuits

the ipad cannot completely replace my laptop

i need both or all 3 on occasion. if i have to present a sketch or a rough draft the ipad can do it with a drawing but when the technical simulation rolls around my laptop has to be there. My desktop is for real heavy simulations and calculations if ever.

so no, the ipad cannot replace the laptop depending on your work

if you are a writer or a graphic artist it probably could
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I'd have a difficult time replacing my notebook/laptop with a tablet device. Both are pretty useful in the long haul, but notebooks provide a good amount of portability + heavy computing ability while tablets eliminate the heavy computing ability entirely.
I've found that tablets are more consumption devices than creative devices. They're great for watching tv shows, reading, browsing the web and playing casual games... But for real work you really do need a real computer.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 06:47 PM   #5
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There are SO many threads on this. I'm too tired to even type a response.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 07:06 PM   #6
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In fact, I used my laptop for note taking, occasionally web browsing, old games, watching videos etc. I leave the "hard work" for the desktop pc, so I guess that I will not miss the laptop with an high-end tablet that I could use even for more activities like books/magazines reading and others.

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There are SO many threads on this. I'm too tired to even type a response.
At the end you did, even if it's a useless one, you're not so tired, after all.
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There are SO many threads on this. I'm too tired to even type a response.
But not too tired to type that?
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 09:04 AM   #8
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Like you, I found my iPhone convenient and often used it over my laptop even when just sitting at home. However, the screen is too small for constant use. Websites without a custom mobile version require constant zooming, and trying to tap small buttons is frustrating.

I have suspected for a while that I could replace my laptop with an iPad. I finally decided to give it a try about a week ago. I am happy that I did, because it is working fantastically.

I do have a Mac mini, which is connected to my TV and used for my home theatre. I migrated my MacBook user folder to it and plan to sell my MacBook. The Mac mini performs the PC-only functions, such as BitTorrent, usenet downloading, and importing my music CDs and photos from my digital camera. Otherwise, I strictly use my new iPad. Between the native apps, Pages, and Numbers, I can do everything I used to on my MacBook.
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I sold my MacBook Pro because my iPad is more than capable of handling all of MY personal computer needs when on the go. Paired with my iMac and iPhone, it's a lovely family.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 10:37 AM   #10
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If price wasn't an issue is opt for a MBA over my ipad miss my ol MacBook
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