Tablet or laptop?
I'm in the market for a mobile computing device and I'd like to get some suggestions on which direction to go in - laptop or tablet. I will be using this mobile device to 1) watch 1080p movies, 2) store a small collection of my mp3s, 3) a lot of web surfing, and 4) some light productivity work (e.g. excel, word, etc.).
The following are what I'd look for in this device:
1) less than 13" screen-size and easy to carry (should be comfortably held by one hand)
2) bright, crystal clear screen
I feel that tablets, especially the Asus Transformer Infinity, are the way to go, but I am concerned that I will have to spend a lot of money on apps to let me do the things that I'd want to do. For example, on a notebook, I can simply download MPC-HC for movie watching (subtitled enabled), while on the Android, I might have to shell out dough to get an ad-free program that does what I need it to do.
Excel, Word, = laptop for me at least
how bout a convertible? dell xps 12.
Depending on when your need is you could wait till the Surface Pro comes out supporting full version of Windows on it
Surface Pro, or even the current surface, Although I don't think it can play HD video, at least flash based.
You're really unlikely to be able to tell the difference between 720p and 1080p video on a 10" screen unless you're holding it 5 inches from your face.
If you need Word or Excel and practically useful USB, you're limited to Windows RT, Windows 8 or Mac OS.
So basically options meeting your criteria are, in no particular order:
1. Macbook Air
2. Ultrabook (Asus Zenbook Prime is my preference, only Ultrabook with 1080p screen)
3. Windows RT tablet (MS Surface, Asus Vivo Tab RT are the released options so far, handful of others announced)
4. Atom Windows 8 tablet (Asus Vivo Tab, handful of others announced)
5. Non-Atom Windows 8 tablet (Surface Pro and a handful of others announced, will give better performance than #3 or #4, but won't be as good for fan-free thinness and battery life.)
6. Convertible thinger (XPS 12, Ideapad Yoga, Asus Taichi - I'm not really a big fan of any of these, I don't have any hands-on experience, but they all seem pretty gimmicky to me.)
Mars I see no Windows 7 laptop ? I check on Dell website, they still have few with 7 including the XPS 13.
I guess OP can decide if these are priorities for him or not.
Android is nearly useless for productivity in the workplace.
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