Can I Replace My Laptop With a Tablet?

  1. So I have never had a tablet, but I want one! I am not a very demanding computer user. I need internet, some simple word processing with programs like Word, Excel and similar. I need to be able to write papers and I need to be able to transfer files using a flash drive so USB ports are required.
    I have seen people with the tables that have a keyboard in the case. My question is can I use a tablet for the things I have been using my lap top for? If so any recommendations for a high functioning non-apple tablet?
    Thanks in advance.
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  3. by   coughdrop.2.go
    The only true laptop to tablet replacement would be the Microsoft Surface Pro. iPads and other tablets are based off an app market to do things like word processing and browsing. The Surface Pro actually runs Windows programs on the tablet instead of relying on an app. So that means any program that runs on your laptop will run on the Pro. There's a newer version which is the Pro 2 for about $899. Yes it's pricey but it's a REAL laptop replacement. There's an attachable keyboard (which I heard is an improvement on the original one) that doubles as a cover. Because it still is a tablet you can get 9+ hours of battery life out of it and 512GB of storage. It also has a built in stand which I really like. And also comes pre-installed with Office 2013 plus has a usb port (3.0). The screen is HD 1080p and has a HD video out port for sharing/streaming. Overall if you are a PC person, willing to invest the cash, and prefer the convenience of a full pc in the form of a tablet then grab yourself a Pro! I don't think the Pro2 is released yet, but I expect it around the Holidays.
  4. by   Ted
    With everything being "WiFi" ready and usable, I have to wonder if there might be some APP that can allow "over the network" printing. I'm beginning to use our household "WiFi" setup more and more. Currently, I can communicate with all of my Apple-based computers (there are three of them in our home) and my wife's iPad, mainly using the iTunes program and APP. I can use my wife's iPad to help me with the mix-down process of audio-recording projects. Because of one APP, I can use it as a mixer complete with volume and panning controls. We can control our DirecTV devices using my wife's iPad using another APP.

    Newer printers are network-capable using WiFi. Newer external hard disk drives enclosures are network-capable using WiFi. It would not be a stretch to "communicate" and utilize all of these devices using "just" an iPad. However, I do not know if there exists dependable and functional APPs that make use of WiFi-networked printers and HDD enclosures. If not, there should be.
  5. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from kenderella89
    The only true laptop to tablet replacement would be the Microsoft Surface Pro. iPads and other tablets are based off an app market to do things like word processing and browsing. The Surface Pro actually runs Windows programs on the tablet instead of relying on an app. So that means any program that runs on your laptop will run on the Pro. There's a newer version which is the Pro 2 for about $899. Yes it's pricey but it's a REAL laptop replacement. There's an attachable keyboard (which I heard is an improvement on the original one) that doubles as a cover. Because it still is a tablet you can get 9+ hours of battery life out of it and 512GB of storage. It also has a built in stand which I really like. And also comes pre-installed with Office 2013 plus has a usb port (3.0). The screen is HD 1080p and has a HD video out port for sharing/streaming. Overall if you are a PC person, willing to invest the cash, and prefer the convenience of a full pc in the form of a tablet then grab yourself a Pro! I don't think the Pro2 is released yet, but I expect it around the Holidays.
    *** Thank you for the advice and update!
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    You've gotten advice from the more tech-savvy folks but I had to chime in and say we got tablets for our hospice nurse charting and I hate hate hate them.

    I'd suggest you play around with some in the store before you buy. I don't find them easy to use at all. In fact, I leave mine in the office and see my patients, write down in pen on paper my assessment, go back to the office at the end of the day, use my desktop to access the hospice program and do my charting then.

    (Of course, I'd rather not use computer charting at all so . . . ):***:
  7. by   Ted
    Steph - I miss paper charting. Since our "mother-ship" (which owns two hospitals and a handful of nursing homes) have decided to do near-100% computer-based charting using a network system, computers and programs that are weak and prone to breakdown, life has not been fun in healthcare land. Addition to all of this, some MDs use the system to for their orders, others don't. More frustrating is that we do NOT do 100% computer-based charting. For some things like CIWA scoring, heparin titrating and a couple of other odd-ball things, our "mother-ship" wants us to use paper-based charting. Currently, the system we have is NOT more efficient. Mistakes are being made so I don't think it's any safer than paper. I can't imagine adding something like tablets to the mix which can be problematic themselves. Blech. . .
    Last edit by Ted on Oct 20, '13

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