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Old 08-18-2013, 06:29 PM
 
Location: New York City
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If you decide on an iPad, I would wait a few weeks as the new models are being released soon. That way you can get the latest and greatest—or spend less on an older model.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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If you decide on an iPad, I would wait a few weeks as the new models are being released soon. That way you can get the latest and greatest—or spend less on an older model.
Thanks for this!
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:49 PM
 
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Not necessarily. As previously mentioned, I'm now using a tablet for my travel gear and initially started out with an iPad. Being a bit a of gadget freak (and not being thrilled about having a $400 piece of tech get trashed on the road) I picked up a Hisense tab at WalMart for a whopping $149.00 (that has since dropped to $129.00) if for no other reason than, as you point out, a lower price point, and I was curious about how useful that form factor would really be.

Turns out I've seldom picked up the iPad since then other than to keep a charge on it. . I would only add if the OP does choose to go the laptop route the website "The Verge" just posted an article about choosing a laptop that might be worth looking at. They also cover "Chromebooks", something I have virtually no familiarity with but might be of interest.
Good to know!
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:10 PM
 
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Don't get a tablet.
I disagree. A Windows RT/8 tablet is great for writing. Ideally one with a keyboard like the ThinkPad helix or Surface.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:45 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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I disagree. A Windows RT/8 tablet is great
Windows 8 tablet - yes, maybe
Windows RT is a dead end. Microsoft has sold very few and their partners are dropping them.

Windows 8 tablet sales show real life; Windows RT tablets hit rock bottom | Computerworld Blogs

Is there hope for Windows RT? Asus abandons it, and Nvidia blames RT for poor Tegra sales | VentureBeat
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:21 AM
 
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I disagree. A Windows RT/8 tablet is great for writing. Ideally one with a keyboard like the ThinkPad helix or Surface.
There, now you've spent $500 for a $200 laptop.

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Old 08-19-2013, 10:07 AM
 
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RT has not sold well.... But it is great for email and writing. More than an iPad is since it does with a full version of office. Windows 8 tablets are much better for general computer use but also cost more.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:12 PM
 
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RT has not sold well.... But it is great for email and writing. More than an iPad is since it does with a full version of office.
iPad has
Apple - iWork for iOS - Pages - Create beautiful documents with a tap.
Apple - Support - iPad - Mail, Contacts & Calendars

"Office Home & Student 2013 RT has most of the same features as Office Home & Student 2013 on Windows 7 or Windows 8. To learn about the differences go to Office.com/OfficeRT"
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I got my iPad 2 for free, so I can't comment on cost, but I love this thing! Especially for travel. I do presentations with it, load and watch movies on it while traveling, browsing, email, etc... I have no need for a laptop for that.
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:25 PM
 
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iPad has
Apple - iWork for iOS - Pages - Create beautiful documents with a tap.
Apple - Support - iPad - Mail, Contacts & Calendars

"Office Home & Student 2013 RT has most of the same features as Office Home & Student 2013 on Windows 7 or Windows 8. To learn about the differences go to Office.com/OfficeRT"
That's a good point. "The Office 2013 RT version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook applications include the vast majority of Office Home & Student 2013 and Outlook 2013 features available on PCs, and nearly all the features most customers use. " (According to your link)

Having 90% of the features of the full version of Word is better than having the 10% of features that those iPad alternatives above have. Especially for someone who is a writer.
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