We use both. I prefer the laptop for typing and also download our digital photos to the harddrive and use Lightroom for cleanup. Just bought an Epson Artisan 730 printer with wireless capability. Epson also has an iprint app on Itune. Now we can print directly from our Ipads, Iphones, as well as the laptop.
Might want to look at the new Microsoft tablet that was just recently announced. States it is a full computer in a tablet, with an attached small keyboard. We have the Samsung 10.1 tablets and love them, and we also have the attached small keyboard, as I don't want fingerprints on my screen. Just a couple of thoughts. Samsung has a Windows type program for Word, Excel, etc., that is free and we have a wireless printer that I can hook my tablet to the laptop and then print directly.
"Large screen with easy typing" are two qualities that don't appear in any tablet that I've seen. That's the main reason I'll never own an Ipad. Of course, with my large hands and big fingers,"easy typing" is only found with full size keyboards.
We have a keyboard/charger combo deal for our iPad so if typing is an issue, this will address it. I would say, both on the road and at home, we now use the iPads for 90% or more of our on line time. the one area where they don't meet our needs I'd document creation and storage. Anyhow, for the email/interweb/texting stuff I would say all you need is a tablet.
We use a BlackBerry PlayBook bridged to BlackBerry Bold and then anywhere we have cell service we have full internet service with email and browser capability. No need for wifi and only pay for one phone and data package.
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Thanks for the rapid responses. Just to clarify, the tablet would never be used for "heavy" computing just an easy way to do emails, internet shopping, checking bank balances, and etc. Reading ebooks would be high on the list.Like I said, large screen and easy typing would be important.Thanks again.
I would NEVER connect to my bank account or enter my CC info for shopping on any free public WI-FI connection!
First of all I think the whole tablet thing is a joke. They are designed for the younger generation to play games on who don't take the time to do the math of what they are paying for.
You can now buy small lightweight laptops for the same price if not cheaper than a tablet that has limited capabilities, so IMHO why bother? Unless you want to pay an even greater price than a laptop for the tablets that have internet connection capabilities and even at that they even have limited capabilities.
I just laugh when I see that they now have keyboards you can attach to the tablets.......geez just buy a laptop for goodness sake.
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I was reluctant to get it...but the word was --- the airline that I work for was about to permit using the iPAD platform for carrying all our required documents including the approach plates. The only "Paper" that I would have to carry would be the Charts, Quick Reference Handbook, and misc. checklists...
I bit...and bought the iPAD. I didn't like the idea because of the fact that it doesn't have a user replaceable battery.
Well...I love the thing! I have an android phone...so I can do android apps on it...and now with the iPAD...I can do APP store apps too.
I have a bluetooth keyboard that I use for certain tasks that require a lot of typing.
I leave my laptop at home now. I'm not likely to have to do any CAD/CAM, spreadsheets, etc...while I'm on the road. For me...it's browsing the web, emails, skype, forums, entertainment (xfinity, netflix), music, photos, and BOOKs...including Most of my flight manuals...but not ALL as promised back in November when I purchased the iPAD.
I think, whatever platform you decide on...your wife will love the tablet format. Battery last longer, it's light weight, easy to navigate (swype), apps run fast, and you don't have to take it out of the bag and place it in a separate bin when going thru airport x-ray. (I know...not much of a benefit to most people...sure make my life simpler)
There are many things an iPad or competitors can't do but surfing and checking email and banking securely, watching movies are not on that list.. Writing a Novel ? Well a Bluetooth full size keyboard kept in a drawer and pulled out can do that. (i have a small stand the iPad rests on ) Quick email? The touch keyboard works great and like anything just requires a little adaptation ..something we humans seem more unwilling to do the older we get.
I have all 4 desktop laptop pad and phone and honestly I never use the windows laptop and mostly use the phone ... But for reading surfing and the like while in bed having my morning coffee or while relaxing in a chair the tablet gets used. I do still use the desktop when at home and in my office but even then I'm using the phone as a second device
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