1. EyeBeeKay

    @Saiddigge, I remember us having a conversation on this.

    iYou have a lot of cogent points there. for lots of people, total replacement may not be possible just yet.

    But, I feel the determining factor is, what do you use your device for?

    I have a netbook that is mostly used by my children to play ToyBox and other educational games.

    there are long, really long periods when I do not need to touch the netbook. it just gathers dust there!

    this has led me to seriously considering selling the thing off, and getting a tablet for myself and for the kids too.
    I will surely appreciate the better battery life, increased portability, cheaper widescreen browseing (using Opera Mini on a Tablet fans a pretty penny).

    In my specific case, a tablet will do most of the things I currently do, with just once_in_a_blue_moon need for PC.

  2. bily

    nice points you have made, and i believe that is what the windows 8 tablet platform tries to resolve.

    take a look at the advantages of some of the windows 8 convertibles running the intel clover trail processors.

    1. for input, we are talking of convertibles so most have a transformer like tablet/keyboard combo or u can easily dock and use the keyboard that comes with it,a bluethooth keyboard of a full usb keyboard so many options

    2. some of them have a full usb port on the tablet part of the ocnvertible itself like the dell lattitude 10, samsung ativ smartpc. acer has a micro usb port on the tablet but comes with a microusb to full usb adapter and all of them have full usb on the keyboard dock. so connectivity is taken care of

    3. it runs full windows 8 so you can use all legacy software that runs on traditional windows together with the metro apps. these are full windows machines and the new clover trail processors are far better than what we are used to on the netbooks (atom processors)

    4. battery life is epic for a full windows 8 tablet. most review are getting 10 hrs of intensive usage comparable to the ipad which is a great plus for a full windows tablet running on x86 processor architecture.

    5. these convertibles do not need to depend on pcs cos they are pcs!

    my pick is the dell lattitude 10, saving up to buy that. wonder why most people are not looking at going in the direction of the ocnvertibles guess maybe is because they are not yet readily available and most bloggers have kinda rubbished windows 8. i currently use windows 8 on a laptop and i am in love with it.
    i wonder what these bloggers want sef, if its not apple or ios dem go complain...

  3. @EyeBeeKay yes, the conversation inspired this article. Your point is very well valid, though many use their devices for more and more often

    @bily Windows 8 tablets is very good way to bridge these gaps, though I'm not so sure about that battery life part.
    Bloggers bashed Windows 8 as they're also bashing WP8, BlackBerry and co, its a worrisome syndrome, what is new and unfamiliar is prima facie bad

  4. I totally agree with some of the points u raised, it's a lot better typing a document on a laptop than say tablet or mobile phone. the on-screen keyboard covering half of the screen is something I can't live with.

    even some Google websites work on a PC than say a Galaxy Tab. tablets have a long way to go before they can really become a pc's replacement. typing on a hardware pc's keyboardos way easier and faster than an on-screen keyboard.

  5. EyeBeeKay

    the on-screen
    keyboard covering half of
    the screen is something I
    can’t live with.

    Depends on the specific keyboard app being used. Lots can be configured to optimize screen space usage.

    besides, this is a platitude heard so often it is beginning to sound like it has some patina of truth!.

    The touchscreen was invented to solve the problem of weight, and more importantly, to provide us with more useable screen real_estate.

    A touchscreen keyboard disappears when you do not need it, and appears when you do. Neat!

    typing on a
    hardware pc’s keyboard is
    way easier and faster than
    an on-screen keyboard.

    Easier? l I will just let that slide, although that needs further qualification.

    But faster? No sir!

    See http://www.gottabemobile.com/2010/03/23/swype-sets-touchscreen-typing-record-already-set-to-be-beaten/

  6. I have a laptop, a tablet and smartphones. And despite the fact that I can take my phones anywhere, my tablet almost anywhere, my laptop remains my favorite device.

    It will take a long while before any tablet can make me give up my laptop. Not till tablets can pack the 1TB my laptop has, or connect and support an external hard disk (spinning)

  7. obinna

    yes of course tablet cannot take on PC. but it all depends on the users. most pips use their laptops for basic operations like the office and media which tablets offer in a platter of gold. but when things get really serious, the PC has no rival.
    left for me to choose ill go for a tablet while i have . super optimized desktop PC siting with >32" high resolution display monitor waiting back home. and wen i say super optimized, i mean super optimized not all those 1980's junk we see around.

  8. michael99uk

    what i think is that windows 8 has bridge the gap between tablet and pc look at HP envy X2 GOOGLE IT some of them even come with sim.11inch touch screen and detachable screen laptop with intel core http://www8.hp.com/us/en/ad/envy-x2/specs.html check this out


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