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Old 08-14-2013, 11:05 PM
 
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I'm going to buy a 10 inch tablet once my latest laptop dies, which is like the 4th or 5th PC I've gone through over the past 9 years. I don't need 99 percent of PC's programs, and Tablets are much less prone to break with them having no moving parts. It will be my one and only "computer", and I just want to know, has anyone here done this, and can this idea work?
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:23 PM
 
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The only non-moving parts in a modern laptop is the fans. I personally believe that the only tablet that can replace an entire computer is a Windows 7/8 tablet.
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:43 AM
 
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What tablets are good at are web browsing, email, games. A tablet can do word processing and spread sheets but the smaller keyboard or lack of keyboard combined with the often smaller screen makes any task that requires moderate to large amounts of typing a bad idea. In addition printing on a tablet while possible isn’t always as simple as possible. Most newer printers can print from a tablet but an older printer might not be able to and my experience of some of the printing apps from both tablets and phones leaves a little to be desired.

If you need a tablet that can replace a laptop, I would go for a windows 8 one as the best in that category otherwise not.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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The only non-moving parts in a modern laptop is the fans. I personally believe that the only tablet that can replace an entire computer is a Windows 7/8 tablet.
I might have agreed with you if the OP hadn't said:

"I don't need 99 percent of PC's programs"

For someone that says that? Android, iPad or Windows tablet will work just fine.

Do you like to tinker and customize? If yes, get an Android.
If not look at the Windows tablets, or the iPads. They are not nearly as customizable (the look and feel is what I am talking about here) but still perfectly capable.

As for printing, there are so many ways to accomplish that nowadays, it's pretty simple. Yes, it helps to have a more modern printer, particularly a Wifi one. I print stuff from my phone ALL the time using an app called: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...e.printershare

Totally painless and perfect results. I can print to my home PC when I am at home and I can print to any printer at my office (job) from anywhere.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Depends on what you are using the tablet for. If you are just checking email and doing very basic tasks, an iPad would be fine. The Surface Pro and other a lot of other Windows 8 devices aren't really tablets. They are PCs with a touchscreen. Anything I can do on my Dell laptop, I can do on my Surface Pro.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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The only non-moving parts in a modern laptop is the fans. I personally believe that the only tablet that can replace an entire computer is a Windows 7/8 tablet.
"The only non-moving parts in a modern laptop is the fans. "

I think I just found your problem...
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:35 AM
 
Location: midwest
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I'm going to buy a 10 inch tablet once my latest laptop dies, which is like the 4th or 5th PC I've gone through over the past 9 years.
That is weird. What kind of crappy laptops are you buying? A serious problem with laptops is getting clogged up with dust and overheating. And cat hair for some people. They need to be opened and cleaned.

I have a 6 year old desktop and a Nexus 7 tablet. What do you intend to backup your tablet to? I have an external USB drive to back up my desktop. I turn it on about once a week. When I get 3 years of use on the drive in the computer I swap the backup into the computer and buy a new backup.

psik
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:55 PM
 
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"The only non-moving parts in a modern laptop is the fans. "

I think I just found your problem...
Lol. Midnight mistake. I meant the fan is the only moving part.
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:00 PM
 
Location: midwest
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Lol. Midnight mistake. I meant the fan is the only moving part.
The Hard drive spins unless it uses an SSD. The keys are all moving parts. They malfunction and break.

psik
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:12 PM
 
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I'm going to buy a 10 inch tablet once my latest laptop dies, which is like the 4th or 5th PC I've gone through over the past 9 years. I don't need 99 percent of PC's programs, and Tablets are much less prone to break with them having no moving parts. It will be my one and only "computer", and I just want to know, has anyone here done this, and can this idea work?

If all you do is surf Facebook at Starbucks, then yes, it's great replacement.

[I notice you have posted 118 times since Dec 08 years so I guess you don't CDF too much either.]
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