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My Problem with My Tablet is it’s Not a Laptop

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I realize how that sounds, but when your office is a train you need to be adaptable.

I find that about half the time I want to use a tablet due to the smaller form factor. Either I'm in a crowded train and don't have room for a laptop, or I just don't need a keyboard and would rather use the smaller device. Keep in mind I carry a 17" laptop so it takes a bit of space.

The other half of the time, I'm either writing an article or writing code and don't want an on screen keyboard to be slowing me down or causing extra neck strain. When coding, having a 1080p or 1200p monitor makes a big difference. Tablets don't have that type of resolution yet.

I suppose I could use something like a Dell Duo. It's not as slick of a tablet or as powerful as a laptop, but it gives you both worlds (not the best of both worlds). Maybe I need a keyboard\case for my S7S that makes it work like a laptop, so I can use it either way. I imagine that someday my computer will be something cell phone sized or smaller that slides into different cases\docks that make it function as a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. If the core could be standardized you could maybe even carry a Mac and a PC with you.

Certain high performance uses such as graphics and games may not seem to fit this mold, but if your desktop dock contained some upgraded components such as a replaceable video card, you could still play your games on your one system.

I guess if I'm carrying around all these different cases, it's not much different than carrying the extra devices I'm carrying now though. Now that Microsoft and Apple are moving towards having your data in the cloud and synchronizing it across devices I guess you end up with a similar experience. Maybe I'll mod a briefcase to allow me to prop up my tablet and use a keyboard when I want something like a laptop.

 

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