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Old 08-09-2016, 06:02 PM
 
Location: SW US
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I need a backup computer with Verizon connectivity for when my desktop or DSL go down.
How do I decide between a laptop and a tablet?
I'm a senior. I don't play games or want to watch movies on what I get.
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Old 08-09-2016, 06:29 PM
 
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What do you need to do on it? I don't think any laptops have cellular radios, so that leaves you with a tablet. You could always get a jet pack (portable hotspot) to connect the laptop to. Generally, you can do more with a laptop.
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Old 08-09-2016, 09:43 PM
 
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https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...om.foxfi&hl=en

I use this on my Galaxy 4 and Verizon wireless to connect my laptop to the Internet when needed. Slow, but usable.
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Old 08-09-2016, 10:28 PM
 
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https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...om.foxfi&hl=en

I use this on my Galaxy 4 and Verizon wireless to connect my laptop to the Internet when needed. Slow, but usable.
Why would you need that at all? Verizon allows tethering on their plans.
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Old 08-10-2016, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Why would you need that at all? Verizon allows tethering on their plans.
Not on all of them.

We still have an ancient Alltel based plan that doesn't allow tethering (but does have truly unlimited data on three of our 4 lines).

I pay for tethering on one line, and use apps like FoxFi on the others when I occasionally need them.
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Old 08-10-2016, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Laptop.... https://www.google.com/chromebook/ For basic everyday use these have a lot going for them. Simplicity, safety, and lower cost.
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Old 08-13-2016, 06:26 AM
 
Location: NNJ
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If all you do is consume web content, I too recommend a chromebook.

I have the Acer Chromebook 13 and it runs on a single charge for the entire day. I think I paid $120 for it on sale. My son uses it for homework assignments as well. When out of the house, I have it tethered to my verizon phone via wifi hotspot.
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Old 08-13-2016, 06:07 PM
 
Location: SW US
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I want something that will serve as a backup when my desktop or DSL go down. There is no Wi-fi available. I would like to be able to handle spreadsheets and word processing if necessary, but mostly it would be for Email and websites, like City-Data. It seems like a laptop would be better than a tablet, except for needing to connect to Verizon. Maybe the MS Surface is an option too, although Consumer Reports seems not to like it much, and it's expensive.
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Old 08-14-2016, 03:04 PM
 
Location: NNJ
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Any chromebook, laptop or tablet can be connected to Verizon via hotspot or via any wifi proxy for the data cellphone service.

Any of the devices should access email assuming they are acessible via browser like outlook/hotmail.

ChromeO/S also has spreedsheets and word processor etc. My wife uses them for her work and they are accessible on our desktop, chromebook and her ipad since they are stored in cloud. My son's school also uses these applications for homework assignments. Create an account and try them out.

Cheap laptops are certainly an option but they will most likely not have a touch screen (like tablets and surface), short battery life, and bulkier. Of course all those limitations are solvable with more $$$.

Tablets tend to have smaller screens and no keyboard. Since I touch type, no keyboard is a no go. Small screens also make productivity work a bit uncomfortable on the eyes. I have the 12 inch Samsung tablet with a bluetooth keyboard case. Works great. But between the tablet and keyboard, the cost is already well into laptop territory.


As for CD-R, any device also can access; my phone, tablet, desktop and laptop. I'm actually typing this response on my chromebook.
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:33 PM
 
Location: SW US
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It's not clear to me what I would need to connect a laptop to Verizon. Is there some kind of modem to do that? I do not have access to wi-fi.
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