Who owns a tablet/netbook? Is it better than a laptop? Who runsAndroid OS?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by RayLopez99, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. RayLopez99

    RayLopez99 Guest

    I'm interested in comparing a tablet with docking station and solid
    state HDD, say arounnd 50 GB with say 1 GB memory (or maybe 2 GB),
    running Android OS to a $500 laptop of the same price running a
    traditional mechanical HDD, Windows 7, and say a Core 2 duo or i3
    Intel chip with 2 GB or more RAM.

    Which is better?

    My thoughts:

    I did like the lightweight feel of the Asus I saw--it was very sweet,
    and the 7 or 9" screen was not too small.

    I don't think the 50 GB SS HDD it came with was big enough. On my
    $500 laptop with a 500 GB HD I have about 90 GB of data and apps on
    it, and I hardly have everything, far less than my desktop.

    I notice the uP was by I think it was NVidia --!!! --not Intel--I was
    surprised. Not enough horsepower?

    You cannot do Serious Work on the tablet--that is, work done under
    Microsoft Office. But I did notice some open source word processing
    programs and if you take the tablet on the road, you can I guess
    export what you write to RTF or some such format then import into Word
    when back at the office.

    Viruses: who makes an anti-virus for Android OS? Without Googling it
    I'm sure you can find some, but I don't know how robust it would be.
    Windows has a much more mature 'ecosystem' of programs and
    programmers.

    All in all, I was impressed by the light weight of the tablet but feel
    it might be too much of a lightweight in performance.

    RL
     
    RayLopez99, Aug 25, 2011
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    John Doe Guest

    But of course, Ray, it depends on what you need and what you can
    handle. Go with the largest size computer that you can comfortably
    and safely carry.

    Good luck and have fun.
     
    John Doe, Aug 25, 2011
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    Avid Fan Guest

    Why not just use a netbook with Open/Libre office. Learn to touch type.
    It takes two weeks to learn an is a skill for life.
    My Aspire one Netbook $360 with the Intel Atom 1 processor 1G of ram
    160G hdd running Mint 9 Isadora, runs faster than my Windows crippled
    work computer

    You cannot properly touch type on a tablet because they have no guide
    keys. Look at your real keyboard. On the F and the J keys are raised
    nodes so that you can reposition your fingers without looking, You can't
    do that on a tablet.
    Android has a Linux base so is pretty resistant to Malware (As is
    Apple). A Trojan app is always a possibility as it is with Linux or Mac.
    I think tablets are (in general some exceptions) for people too stupid
    or lazy to open their laptops,.
     
    Avid Fan, Aug 25, 2011
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    chrisv Guest

    The trouble with laptops is the "pointer". I've never liked any of
    them. Yeah, I know tht some people have become master of "the stick"
    or whatever...

    Anyways, the touch-screen technology goes some ways to resolve that
    problem. I think a laptop with a real keyboard, and also a modern
    touch-screen-optimized OS, might be best, for me.
     
    chrisv, Aug 25, 2011
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  5. The Dopez99 troll x-posting his drivel yet again.

    <comp.os.linux.advocacy snipped>
     
    William Poaster, Aug 25, 2011
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    Paul Guest

    As long as the processor on the laptop, is more powerful than the one
    in a tablet or netbook, this is no contest. You need a decent processor,
    as no matter what the situation, software gets bloated, and more power
    means more practicality.

    To give an example, I was using my "desktop publishing machine" yesterday.
    It has licensed software installed, software which cannot be moved to new
    hardware. The processor runs at 1.2GHz or so. I needed to do some web
    browsing to pick up example photos of products to buy, and put them in
    a document. You talk about slow... I could go out in the kitchen and
    make a snack, and come back and the web page would be just about finished.

    I don't ever want to be in that situation again, so some gutless tablet
    or netbook is not in my future.

    In addition to selecting the laptop, my other suggestion is not to be
    a "bottom feeder" about it. For example, don't buy a laptop with a
    single core processor. My lower limit would be a processor with dual
    core as a minimum. And on Intel or AMD, about 2GHz is a reasonable
    minimum, to not have regrets later. When compared to a Pentium 4, that
    clock speed is equivalent to P4 at 3GHz.

    Paul
     
    Paul, Aug 25, 2011
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    Avid Fan Guest

    Even the external mouse /trackball? I have not found it a problem but
    imagine how boring the world would be if everybody was the same.

    Touch screen on a laptop is available but pricey. You sound like an
    exception.
    Yes but pricey.
     
    Avid Fan, Aug 25, 2011
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    JeffM Guest

    ....and pretty much any OS/filesystem combination
    which uses strong permissions.
    I have not yet seen a technical solution to "social engineering".
    Best advice:
    1) Only use vendors with an established record.
    (34 failures out of 261,000 apps seems pretty good to me;
    removal of rogue apps within minutes also bodes well.)
    2) Wait one day before purchasing (see "minutes", above).

    A recent column by Jack Wallen:
    http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/android-smartphone-security-primer/3379

    Some choice bits:

    :When people tell me that they’re concerned
    :about the security of Android smartphones,
    :I have to wonder how secure they were on their previous device.

    :avoid anti-virus, since you’ll be a smart Android user
    :and won’t install any and every application you see.
    ....which is obviously why it is the only ecosystem
    to get drive-by infections.

    ....and which is why Windoze developers
    still build apps that require root access.

    The good stuff in Windoze was copied from *n?x.
    You can easily spot the stuff that M$ "innovated"
    (to get around paying royalties); those are the parts that suck.
     
    JeffM, Aug 25, 2011
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    Homer Guest

    Verily I say unto thee that Raytard Dopez spake thusly:
    Piss off Dopez. You couldn't even figure out how to download Ubuntu, so
    how the **** do you propose to "compare laptops"? Go play with some
    crayons, that's more your level.
     
    Homer, Aug 26, 2011
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    Pennywise Guest

    Your a week late.

    HP quit the computer busniess.
    Last weekend the HP tablets dropped to $100 Canadian, with all the other
    stores having a price matching system it was a feast - it didn't matter if you
    needed one or not.

    http://news.slashdot.org/story/11/0...Prices?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter

    Posted in the rare event there's any left, check Best Buy.

    The link where the sale started is a 404 now.
    http://www.futureshop.ca/Errors/404.aspx?path=7b26c0ea80f25deed055f1bfc50d3d88en99
     
    Pennywise, Aug 26, 2011
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  11. And they sold out almost immediately. They weren't available online at
    12:45 Saturday (ie 45 minutes into the new day), it wasn't clear if they'd
    sold out or were just not available online. The next morning, people were
    unable to find them.

    Of course, there were also a lot of classified ads later in the day where
    people were so generously offering them, at a premium (sometimes a
    horrible premium), matched with others placing ads hoping to find one
    cheap.

    Michael
     
    Michael Black, Aug 26, 2011
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    Pennywise Guest

    At first they were available online at the now 404 link
    http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/id/10173116.aspx?skuid=10173116

    The link went from being available online, to you needed to go to a store to
    purchase one or four, the stores all being in Canada.

    Satruday night 5:00p.m. PST was the last I looked at the link and it still
    indicated they were available in store. Whether or not they were is another
    matter.
     
    Pennywise, Aug 26, 2011
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    Pennywise Guest

    At first they were available online at the now 404 link
    http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/id/10173116.aspx?skuid=10173116

    The link went from being available online, to you needed to go to a store to
    purchase one or four, the stores all being in Canada.

    Saturday night 5:00p.m. PST was the last I looked at the link and it still
    indicated they were available in store. Whether or not they were is another
    matter.
     
    Pennywise, Aug 26, 2011
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  14. +1
     
    William Poaster, Aug 26, 2011
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