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    Opinions - Tablets predicted to replace notebooks

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    Re: Opinions - Tablets predicted to replace notebooks

    Wasn't the same said about netbooks? If I remember correctly, that didn't happen, so I doubt it will happen in this case either - especially if the pricing is at the level where a notebook would be much more powerful and feature-rich, and therefore a wiser investment to make.
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    Re: Opinions - Tablets predicted to replace notebooks

    No chance. I've got a cheap tablet - its great for browsing and gaming but not much else - You need a keyboard to make it really useful so why not buy a netbook/laptop for similar cash?
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    Re: Opinions - Tablets predicted to replace notebooks

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    No chance. I've got a cheap tablet - its great for browsing and gaming but not much else - You need a keyboard to make it really useful so why not buy a netbook/laptop for similar cash?
    I've got an even cheaper tablet (it came free with my printer) and tbh I've used it as a Kindle more than anything else (although checking the BBC News headlines and the weather comes in at positions 2 and 3). But you're 100% correct on that first bit - a tablet on it's own is a consumption device, add a keyboard and you can finally start creating (and anyone who points out that there's on-screen keyboards deserves a slap). That's why I think the EEE Transformer is the best of bunch available at the moment - not only does it have a keyboard dock, but that dock acts as supplementary battery. Compare with Apple, Samsung, etc who also have keyboards, but they drain battery - because they're usually connected via Bluetooth.

    And here I agree with your last bit - the EEE (+dock) is £429, which is the same price as a Dell Inspiron 15R. And as far as I can see, the only advantages of the EEE combo are: faster boot (arguable?); much lighter weight; much smaller. Conversely the Inspiron is a lot more flexible, bigger screen, more powerful, and has a shedload more storage.

    Getting back to the article, netbooks probably will be killed by tablets, and the low-end notebooks might be killed by effective tablet+keyboard combo's. But I'd suggest that the medium to high end are perfectly safe. That said, I've seen article's suggesting that a quad-core EEE Transformer is due, that could be a game changer, certainly for the folks who don't have huge performance needs.

    Oh, and by the way, I don't work for Asus.
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    Re: Opinions - Tablets predicted to replace notebooks

    Anyone that's read what I've said before will know I'm a huge fan of the concept of the tablet, and that I think they have a potentially huge future. There's some overlap with notebooks, sure, but as far as I'm concerned, they're different devices for largely different purposes. The reasons I'd want a tablet and the reasons I'd want a laptop are different as, largely, are the uses to which they'd be put.

    Given the current state of the technology, a tablet will never replace a laptop for me. A tablet and a netbook might, but a tablet won't. If, in the (Star Trek era) future, tablets have the power for good, strong effective and accurate voice recognition, control and dictation, polished and effective enough to be real-world useful, then maybe a tablet could replace a laptop. Dragon Dictate is pretty good now, given a powerful PC. So who knows?

    But right now, laptops and tablets are like a Ferrari and a people-carrier. Both are great at what they do, and they have similarities and an overlap, but neither is a replacement for the other.

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    Re: Opinions - Tablets predicted to replace notebooks

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    Given the current state of the technology, a tablet will never replace a laptop for me. A tablet and a netbook might, but a tablet won't.
    Indulge my curiosity, but how come a tablet+netbook could be a valid laptop replacement (sorry, but I really don't like the term "notebook")? What I'm not seeing is how adding a netbook (which are usually low powered devices) could make up for whatever deficiencies a tablet has. The only thing I could come up with is that netbooks (generally speaking) come with Windows whereas, apart from the Acer Iconia, you don't get Windows on a tablet.

    In which case, (if it is lack of Windows), would the combination of an Iconia W plus keyboard not be approaching that magic tipping point?

    Based on my use of a low-powered tablet, the addition of a decent keyboard to a good spec one would definitely allow me to ditch the netbook. Although my netbook (running Ubuntu) does allow use as a shared device (because it supports separate user accounts), something that I doubt any tablet could do - which is a shame because it'd be a handy way to "justify" an expensive piece of tech (because it's a "family" device).
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