Ditch the laptop and get a tablet?
Replies: 16 - Last Post: May 1, 2013 1:35 PM Last Post By: innowaybored
Apr 11, 2013 6:44 PM
Ditch the laptop and get a tablet?Ok, so I am planning on spending the next 2 or 3 years on the road with no real fixed homebase, I have been travelling for a bit and I brought my laptop with me. Unfortunately it is a beast and REALLY bulky and heavy to carry around. I am a non-techie so please excuse my ignorance. hahaha
I am thinking about selling it and getting a tablet. But I have a few concerns-
1) Can I plug an external hard drive into a tablet and watch the videos I have on a tablet?
2) Do I need a computer to transfer files/etc to a tablet? - because if I ditch the laptop I won't have one
Any help would be great.
Apr 12, 2013 7:40 AM
Apr 12, 2013 9:10 AM
2Tablets are cool and all ... but I can't imagine using one solely for 2-3 years ...
Consider an 'ultra' book as PhiMeow mentioned ... there are a few options out there.
Personally I use and take both with me travelling ... iPad mini and an Mac Book Air 11" - even combined they are smaller than a lot of laptops out there, and both fit in my camera bag.
Apr 13, 2013 9:46 PM
3On Android tablets you can drag and drop files as on a PC.
from the tablet to USB sticks or hard drives - as long as the hard dive has its own power - or directly to a computer or laptop, in which case the tablet is being used as a 'drive'.
Yes, you can watch the movies, just make sure the harddrive is powered.
Unless you do some serious computer work which requires specialized software a tablet will be fine for your use - internet, blogs, facebook, communication and messages, etc etc.
My laptop is staying home these days as I don't do any serious computer work while on the road. The tablet is much more useful with its long battery life, instant on and more practical to use on the go.
Apr 13, 2013 10:47 PM
Apr 14, 2013 7:48 PM
5Selling your laptop ? . Chances are that you will only get a fraction of what you paid for it , perhaps would be better to keep it as it serves as a backup for all your data. Have you considered the cold turkey option and not using a tablet /computer and just using public computers ? thus avoiding the hassle of carrying something that can be lost or damaged plus the complications of data use charges etc. You may find this to be a liberation.
Apr 14, 2013 9:39 PM
6First you will have to decide which size. 10 or 7 inch screen.
I went for the 7inch as they are so small, a real plus in terms of portability.
But if you watch a lot of movies then the larger screen might be a deciding factor.
Then it is wifi only or with sim card slot. If you will be longer times in certain countries it might be worth getting a local sim with a data package, can be quite cheap depending on country and gives you advantage of internet on the go.
Do you plan to bring a smart phone as well that can let turned into a wifi hotspot? If yes, then wifi only tablet will suffice as you can transfer internet from phone to tablet.
As for brands and models plenty of choice out there. I like the new Nexus series and the Asus ones (wwhich make the Nexus for Google in the first place) as they are a bit cheaper than others.
Samsung costs maybe a bit more but makes some excellent tablets
Whatever it is much nicer sitting in a coffee shop and doing your net stuff while having a latte or in a pub while having a drink or even under a coconut tree at the beach than sitting in some cramped internet cafe with dozens of people shouting in their Skype micro and transfering files via their virus infected computers.
I haven't set a foot in a internet cafe in years and am happy about it.
Apr 14, 2013 10:34 PM
Apr 15, 2013 10:28 PM
8QUOTE - Whatever it is much nicer sitting in a coffee shop and doing your net stuff while having a latte or in a pub while having a drink or even under a coconut tree at the beach than sitting in some cramped internet cafe with dozens of people shouting in their Skype micro and transfering files via their virus infected .
Personally I would prefer to enjoy being on the beach or the pub etc without being on the net , I would rather get that done in libraries or net cafes. Also since more and more people using their own devices internet cafes are not always crowded. You can also get viruses with your own tablet /computer via wi fi.
Its up to the poster , but would say again its better not sell the lap top - maybe lucky to get 50 per cent of price back and with laptops sales and popularity falling it might be alot less than that.
Apr 17, 2013 3:58 AM
9If you want to do any serious work on the road, don't get a tablet - rather get a Netbook. Much cheaper but far more powerful and only a little heavier. I carried my netbook round China in 2012 (see http://www.paulkilfoil.co.za/2012.aspx) and used it all over the place to blog, email, skype home, surf the net, download pictures from my camera, edit photos, etc. But in addition to that, I also did some actual work when it came up, which would have been very, very difficult with a tablet.
I wrote a blog comparing Tablets and Netbooks if you're interested : you can read it at http://www.paulkilfoil.co.za/Blog-20120514.aspx.
Apr 17, 2013 7:00 PM
Apr 17, 2013 8:29 PM
11Why can't you blog on a tablet?
All you need is a browser and there are many browsers for tablets including chrome and Firefox.
I think you should go to a store and check some gadgets out for yourself. How it is to blog from a tablet or netbook.
A shop where you can actually use a tablet, where they have it up and running.
Yes, you don't do professional photo or video editing, web design, software coding, CAD, desktop publishing, etc on a tablet yet - albeit coming soon, the first tablets/slates are out there, full OS and computing power.
But do you need those professional uses during your trip?
If not you can easily do with a tablet, including blogs.
Plus much easier to use on the go as it is on instantly, no need to start up windows which takes way to long on a low cost netbook. You will use a tablet much more often than a netbook.
Apr 19, 2013 1:14 AM
12Tools4Fools makes some good points, and certainly tablets are quicker and easier to use on the go. Blogging should be no problem.
Note that my original reply was based on what I said in my first sentence: If you want to do any serious work on the road, don't get a tablet - rather get a Netbook.
Good luck with decision-making!
Apr 21, 2013 8:41 AM
13Get a notebook, a smaller form of laptop. You can have 500 GB hard disk so room for piles of films, etc and 6 GB RAM so fast and good at multi-tasking. Batteries last 12 hours and weight is about one kilogram. As extra all you need is an external drive for watching DVD's and burning DVD's.
They are very robust for carrying about and a slight knock will not mean a cracked screen where you end up throwing the tablet away and having to buy another one.
A 10 inch screen is great for viewing and reading books. Like any computer, no worry about formats and having to buy books from Amazon, etc when you can download thousands for free.
My notebook has far better wifi than my far bigger laptop.
And they are cheap nowadays, unlike the very breakable tablets.
Apr 21, 2013 3:18 PM
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