Pads versus Notebooks

How many of you have truly found iPads and Android Pads to be good replacments for your notebooks? How many were able to do away with notebooks altogether? I tried a pad for a while but I needed the 17" screen and full-sized keyboard of my Dell Studio notebook for my work as a professor and for my hobby tracking and predicting weather for the mid-Atlantic area. But, I find it hard to completely articulate while I couldn't adapt to the 10" tablet with makeshift keyboards. I can say that I need the horsepower of a more powerful processor and I need programs that simply are not yet available for pads. None of my academic software for generating exams, etc. work on pads yet. It seems that if you have a single application such as physicians carrying them into the exam room to note diagnoses and write a script, that seems to work well and the light well and thin profile is a plus. They seem great for textbooks but then they are simply ereaders and I do love and use my Kindle. But those single-app situations still seem to be the exception and not the rule. What is your story? How are you using your pad? I'd like to get enough feedback and stories to write a long form article.

erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted Feb 16, 2012
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I have an iPad, its definitely no replacement for my laptop, but I like to think of it like a complimentary tech gadget. It's true that trying to write an essay or making a ppt for school would be a headache on the "pads" but they are still very useful to take to class to jot down notes or research little things that you wouldn't want to disturb the whole class for. Unlike laptops/netbooks that you have to shut down in order to conserve battery, "pads" have a much better battery life and can opened back from idle for quick use. All-in-all, although there is almost an app for everything you may need to make it feel like a laptop, it simply can't be a substitute for the real thing (atleast in my opinion)
AgentGhost ( mod) posted Feb 16, 2012
I have owned 3 different tablets (iPad 1, Asus Transformer (1st generation), Samsung Tab 7.0 Plus). I definitely agree with you about the power/performance of the tablet is no where close to a laptop. Asus came out with a 2nd generation Transformer Prime which has quad core and upgraded graphics (the 1080p resolution is coming out in a few months). I didn't have a chance to play with it yet but all/most reviews I see online are pretty good. I also like how Asus was able to make a keyboard dock for their transformer line which in my opinion is an awesome idea. I had the dock for my first transformer and I like it how I could use it like a netbook (typing and mouse made works just like a netbook) and take off the dock and covert it to a tablet.

Give it a year or two. We'll eventually see a tablet that is faster than an average laptop that is capable of word processing, software, etc.
TOTOOO (rep: 45.5k) posted Feb 16, 2012