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Old 11-25-2014, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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....do without it, and how long ago did you dump it?

As someone with a tablet as well as a smartphone, I'm soliciting opinions and tips from those who've done so over the past 5-plus years, since I'm contemplating getting rid of mine even though it's only 4 years old, as well as the fact that I also have a Smart TV, Blu-Ray player and a landline, which I also might get rid of even though I live in Los Angeles, aka earthquake country.

Any tips and tales would be appreciated.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:24 PM
 
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My wife ditched hers for laptop but ditched laptop for a desktop about year ago.Her phone does most of what her laptop did as for her use and its much more portable. But she still wants a desk top at home.No batteries ;cheaper with larger screen for entertainment use .
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Old 11-25-2014, 11:11 PM
 
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I ditched my desktop 4 years ago, puked at the cost of the Macbook Pro but bought it and haven't looked back since...
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:22 AM
 
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Desktop sits in a closet. Laptop sits on a tray next to my chair. Tablet on my end table. Smart phone in my pocket.

A lot of what I do I do on my tablet. When it comes to serious research I'm on the laptop.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Re: Earthquake:
Here's the thing about landlines that I learned during 9/11: during a crisis, they don't work either because the lines are jammed...
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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Mandatory desktop in my house. I like the larger and separate monitor (biggest plus feature for me), and bigger keyboard, so that I can sit right on top of it or lean back in my chair with the keyboard in my lap. Although it takes up space, I like the separate tower that makes access easy to the CD/DVD drive and USB ports. No frustrations ever with battery running low - another great "feature". I also have two external harddrives used for backups.

As well I have two laptops, one with Win 7 and one with XP (to run the programs that won't work with Win 7). I can bounce easily between the desktop and laptops using a flashdrive - so much more convenient than emailing myself with attached files to move between computers. Laptops, though larger than tablets, do give me portability and mobility. It's just frustrating to run for the cord when the battery starts getting low.

I could never stop using these computers and go only with a tablet because I have a number of programs that require a CD. This is just one reason of many.

Going with a tablet only is a decision someone makes based on what kinds of things a person does with computing and not based on some concept that desktops are now dinosaurs. I research and I write and I'd be lost without a big monitor in front of me.
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Old 11-26-2014, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
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We have a desktop and laptop at my house.

My current laptop is only a few months old, but I honestly think it might be my last one. My old one failed after less than 2 years, the motherboard died and it was out of warranty. It would have been almost as expensive to fix as a new one would have cost. My current one has already had a hard drive failure. It was under warranty, though. I've had very bad luck with laptops and good luck with desktops. Our current one has been running for over 2 years trouble free. The one we had before that served us for almost 8 years.

I definitely could not get by with a tablet either. As a college student who has to write multiple page papers, I know a good keyboard when I see one. Most laptop keyboards and many newer desktop keyboards are junk for typing. No CD, USB, or SD port is also a major turn-off for a tablet. Some do have USB and SD ports now, although it's limited as to what you can do with them.
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:19 PM
 
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We have a desktop and laptop at my house.

My current laptop is only a few months old, but I honestly think it might be my last one. My old one failed after less than 2 years, the motherboard died and it was out of warranty. It would have been almost as expensive to fix as a new one would have cost. My current one has already had a hard drive failure. It was under warranty, though. I've had very bad luck with laptops and good luck with desktops. Our current one has been running for over 2 years trouble free. The one we had before that served us for almost 8 years.

I definitely could not get by with a tablet either. As a college student who has to write multiple page papers, I know a good keyboard when I see one. Most laptop keyboards and many newer desktop keyboards are junk for typing. No CD, USB, or SD port is also a major turn-off for a tablet. Some do have USB and SD ports now, although it's limited as to what you can do with them.

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Old 11-26-2014, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Mandatory desktop in my house.
Not ONE thing in your post couldn't be EASILY done with a laptop.
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Old 11-26-2014, 02:04 PM
 
Location: NJ
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If you ever need to print anything that is not something that can be done very easily with a phone or tablet. I also hate touch screen keyboards for anything more than a few words in a text message. Most of those bluetooth keyboards are too compact and hard to type on. I normally use a desktop (23" all-in-one) for most tasks and my phone/tablet only if I need to look up something quickly.
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