If you have a desktop, what is your portable gadget?

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  1. gc15 macrumors regular

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    I built a gaming pc a year ago and used it for my primary computer needs. After my MacBook Pro 2011 died it really made me think do I need a laptop since I don't use it for work and I'm graduating this May, so I don't need a laptop anymore for school.

    So far I have been getting by with just my desktop for serious use and my iPhone for the go and portability around the house. I have been thinking about getting something a little extra for portability with extra battery life, either that be a chrome book, iPad, or a MacBook 12 inch.

    I'm just curious for people who have a desktop as their main device, what do you use for portability, and if you use more than one, which one do you prefer the most.
     
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    Just bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 for $300 (8"model) at Best Buy. That's down from $400 last month.
    2048X1536 AMOLED display, decent battery life, Android Marshmallow. They're coming out with S3 soon.
    With a 128GB SD card it's good for vids, music, books, surfing mail etc. Nice "keyboard". Got the WiFi model, not G3.
    Have a phone for that. Comes with MS Office installed. Lighter than an iPad mini (265 vs 300g), it fits in my hand, and I can use it for long periods without fingers cramping. Nice responsive product, with an upfront file system that makes me like it much more than my wife's iPad.
    This is a good end of product life deal. I hear the S3 will start at $600.
    I've also got a 2012 Nexus, too old, a 2016 nook, good reader, but bad for surfing, A gen 1 iPad for playing music in odd places. My iPods don't get used much for anything but audiobooks anymore.
    After a real Mac Mini failed to materialize last year, I went w m900 Lenovo tiny. Like it a lot, but hardly portable.
    The battery on the Samsung has yet to explode, and I've yet to find any reason to root the thing. Everything I need in a portable seems to "just work" with it. HD's kybds, mice, hubs etc will plug with a $9 USB adaptor cable.
     
  4. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    For normal, everyday stuff, my iPhone does everything I need and it doesn't weigh me down.

    I spent almost a month in Europe last year and only brought my iPad mini with me. I used it to watch some videos (streamed and local), a bit of music, VNC to my home system, some light browsing. I found it perfect for travel.

    Nowadays, I really don't have a need for a laptop when I travel anymore. The iPad has proven to be light, durable, and capable enough for my modest needs. I can probably get by with just an iPhone but the slightly larger screens of the iPads makes watching videos much more comfortable...
     
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  6. arkitect macrumors 603

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    Day to day, out and about, I carry my iPhone SE.

    On holiday/business I carry my iPhone and have my iPad to hand if I should need a larger screen.

    I guess one day when my Mac Pro finally gives up the ghost — or the Apple Display flickers off from its mortal coil — I may go the laptop route.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    iMac is my desktop and the Surface Book is my go to device when I travel
     
  8. MadDane macrumors 6502a

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    I use my iMac when at home. On a day-to-day basis I use my iPhone 6 and for travel or around-the-house use I have a Surface Pro 3 :)
     
  9. ozaz macrumors 65816

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    In addition to my smartphone, I routinely carry around both a convertible laptop (ThinkPad Yoga 260) and an iPad mini. Combined weight of these two devices is only 1.62 kg, which is significantly less than the weight of the laptops I used to carry around only a few years ago.

    I like the ThinkPad for work and the iPad mini for reading and watching stuff whilst commuting.
     
  10. Badrottie Suspended

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    Still have a Windows desktop PC but that is in the self storage because I'm using MBP and I have an iPhone 7 Plus for day to day basis also iPad Pro 12.9 for traveling.
    For you OP, you can always find cheap Android tablet at Amazon. I still have LG G Pad F 8.0 just for fun at home and travel too.
     

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