Tablets Best/most promising full-size tablet

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by skaertus, Nov 10, 2013.

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Which is the best/most promising tablet?

  1. iPad

    92 vote(s)
    65.7%
  2. Android tablets

    10 vote(s)
    7.1%
  3. Windows RT

    5 vote(s)
    3.6%
  4. Full Windows tablets

    29 vote(s)
    20.7%
  5. None, buy a real laptop

    4 vote(s)
    2.9%
  1. skaertus macrumors 68030

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    Which is the best full-sized tablet current available, and the most promising, in your opinion? Which one do you think will lead the way from now on and is the most likely to become the most desirable in the near future?

    • iPad, as the iPad Air is a very thin and light tablet with good battery life and premium materials, and it still runs iOS, which has several apps specifically designed for it

    • Android tablets, they are affordable, offer a better cost/benefit, run an open source operating system and there is freedom of choice among the models

    • Windows RT tablets, as they are affordable, thin, light, have good battery and still comes with Microsoft Office

    • Full Windows tablets, as they offer the full Windows experience, which is unmatched by tablets, and can be as powerful as a laptop (using Haswell) or thin and light, affordable and with good battery (using Bay Trail)
     
  2. herdnerfer macrumors 6502

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    Seems like a dumb question to ask in an iPad forum...
     
  3. zhenya macrumors 603

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    They all have a pretty good outlook, especially as software that is currently not available or very good on tablets continues to improve.
     
  4. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Several? As in 475,000? LOL! This has got to be the understatement of the year! :D
     
  5. nStyle macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure if OP has lived under a rock for the past 3 years...this shouldn't be a question.
     
  6. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Dunno about most promising but I can tell you the least - Windows RT. That thing was dead on arrival and the Surface 2 isn't any better. Microsoft's better off focusing on x86.
     
  7. skaertus thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Why?
     
  8. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Really? Because the Surface Pro 2 runs circles around the iPad in terms of functionality.
     
  9. chabig macrumors 68040

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    You came to an iPad forum to ask what the best tablet is and are surprised by the response?

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    ...and a MacBook Pro runs circles around the Surface Pro.
     
  10. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

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    It depends. If you want to be productive, I think a full windows tablet is best. For media consumption and apps, I think the iPad is best. For emulators and customization ****, android is best.
     
  11. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    I wonder what will be the most popular? :eek:
     
  12. chabig macrumors 68040

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    I'd be more "productive" on a Mac than on a Windows tablet. I also think it's a mistake by Microsoft to advertise how much work you can do with surface. I don't think people purchased 170 million iPads because they were looking for a way to get more work done.
     
  13. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Really? You want to compare a laptop to a tablet? Or are you just hung up on Windows vs. iOS vs. OS X?

    I think the original topic of THIS thread is full size tablets. Try to stay on point. If you want to start a Windows vs. OS X debate, start it another thread in another forum.

    The Surface Pro 2 is a full blown Windows laptop in tablet form. As such, it has a lot more functionality than an iPad, from the ability to connect to devices (you know, like USB and such) to running any Windows software giving you full access to the file system and behaving like a full blown computer vs. a tablet.

    I opted to get an MBA and run Parallels on it, but I am not BLIND and I can see how the Surface Pro 2 is more functional TABLET than an iPad. Its comparing apples and oranges.
     
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  15. skaertus thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I'm not actually surprised by the response. But it's interesting to see that, while 70% of the respondents (so far) think the iPad is the best choice, all the other 30% think it's full Windows tablets. For an Apple-related forum, the percentage of people who chose a Windows tablet is high.


    Does it? Not in terms of functionality, as Surface Pro runs Windows, and is as functional as any Windows laptop. Perhaps the MacBook Pro has more raw power than the Surface Pro, but that doesn't make it more functional, except for graphic intensive apps.
     
  16. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm just talking about tablets, not laptops. Obviously you can be more productive on a laptop.
     
  17. chabig macrumors 68040

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    You started it when you brought up the Surface.

    My point is proven.

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    The MacBook runs Windows too.
     
  18. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Really? So you are saying a Surface Pro 2 is best compared to a MacBook Pro than an iPad?

    Thanks for making MY point!
     
  19. skaertus thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes, but that doesn't make the MacBook Pro run circles around the Surface Pro. Both can still perform pretty the same tasks. I can understand if you say that you prefer the MacBook Pro over the Surface Pro for a thousand reasons, but it doesn't mean it's more functional. The iPad, on the other hand, is much less functional than any Windows laptop or tablet.
     
  20. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a

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    I'd say the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the future. The 2014 is feature rich, but the only problem is that it's extremely laggy. If it can get faster, slimmer and lighter, it's definitely a nice tablet. That being said, I'm waiting for the retina mini.
     
  21. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    This was also my point. I was playing with the Surface Pro 2 at Best Buy, and compared to the iPad Air it seemed bigger, but it was still impressive to think they took a full fledged laptop and turned it into a credible tablet. If I didn't already have a MacBook Air and an iPad, I'd be getting a Surface Pro 2. It can do everything I need (update all my gadgets firmware, run flash, connect to US devices, run Quicken for Windows, run Office for Windows, etc.).

    But the MBA/iPad combo is hard to beat. Sometimes I just want to check email and browse the web lying in bed. iPad is PERFECT. Sometimes I need to get real work done. I need my MBA.

    But since your original question was best/most promising TABLET, then we have to compare the iPad to the Surface Pro 2 to the Nexus 10 etc. And of all those, there is only one TABLET that offers full laptop functionality in a TABLET form. We can argue about OS X and Windows all day long, but that Surface Pro 2 is one sweet looking TABLET that literally runs circles around the iPad in terms of the functionality it provides.

    If I could only own ONE device, it would have to be the Surface Pro 2. I could not do everything I need to do with just an iPad.

    Thankfully I can have more than one device. :D
     
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    But the OP did not define what constitutes "best" in a tablet. If my definition of the best tablet is a device I can curl up with to read books and browse the web in bed, then the iPad wins over the Surface hands down. Yes, the Surface Pro incorporates the functions of both a tablet and laptop -- but the fact that many people prefer to carry an iPad + MacBook rather than just carry a single Surface suggests that the Surface isn't the best tablet, nor is it the best laptop.
     
  24. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    This is true. Portability is one of the key features of a tablet.

    But let's be clear. According to NetMarketShare, Windows has 77% market share vs. 8% iOS and 7% Mac. So despite all this talk of millions of Macs and iPads sold, Windows still rules. By a lot. So a definition of "best" has to take this into account. Sure, for ME, one can be better despite what 77% of the rest of the market is doing. I should know. I chose MBA and iPad. But I made that choice BEFORE the Surface Pro 2 was out.

    If I had to make that choice TODAY, it would be a tough one. Being able to use it in bed to read is very important to me also. But being able to run Quicken for Windows is even more important, again to me. I might choose a Surface Pro 2 and an iPad MiniR. :D Size and weight in the tablet space matters. In those aspects I think the iPad is superior. But functionality wise its no contest. The Surface Pro 2 is a full blown computer in a tablet's skin.

    Which one is "best" will depend on who is asking and what their individual use and needs are. Although, as I said, if I could only have one device, it would certainly be the Surface Pro 2, because I cannot do everything I need to do with just an iPad.
     
  25. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I do agree that I cannot do everything I need with just the iPad. But if I could only have one device, I think my choice will be the 11 inch MacBook Air. It can run both Windows and OS X, and it's okay for reading in bed, though not ideal. I'm not convinced that the Surface Pro 2 is a good enough tablet to make me forego having an excellent laptop. And I know I just can't get any work done unless the equipment is just right. That's my OCD talking, :p
     

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