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iPad vs. Laptop: Can a tablet replace a laptop computer?

Updated on September 5, 2014

Can the iPad actually replace a laptop computer? A tablet-computer comparison.

By Mathieu GasquetUpdate: this lens has been updated following the release of iOS 6 and more user experience.The tablet market has grown exponentially over the past three years thanks to the great success of not only the Apple iPad line but also to Android tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Asus Transformer Pad.While these products are becoming faster and more powerful in terms of both graphic and processor hardware, it is logical to ask ourselves the question: can a tablet replace a computer?If you ask me, the answer is yes, but the degree to which you find it useful greatly depends on the tasks you use your computer for and if you plan to use your tablet for professional purposes.I haven't tried all the tablets out there, so in this article, I'll focus on the tablet I own, the new iPad (otherwise known as the iPad 3), and describe the ways in which it can replace my laptop, the MacBook Pro.Before starting, let's add two words regarding what I do for a living and what tasks I usually perform on a normal computer. I am a filmmaker and a director, but also a photographer. My daily tasks involve: emailing, creating and sending budgets and invoices, writing projects, storyboarding, reading news, editing photographs, video editing, and publishing on Vimeo and YouTube. I also manage two Wordpress websites.Can I do all these things on an iPad? Let's find out!

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1. Managing Files

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One of the differences between the iPad and laptop is the way you can manage files.On a normal computer, you have the explorer or finder window where you put all your files. You can organize them in a folder, place some on the desktop, and transfer others to a USB stick or external hard drives. All your files can be accessed from the same place, regardless of the task you wish to perform or the software you want to open them with.On the iPad, however, a file is only accessible from the app you used to create it or open it in the first place. A simple example: you receive a Microsoft Word document attached to an email. On a computer, you can choose to save this document anywhere on your hard drive. On the iPad, however, you can only choose to open it in an application that supports Word documents. This document will be stored in that app directory, and will be accessible only when you open the same app. However, you can transfer files between two compatible apps just by using the "open in" function that most of them support.There are many file manager apps, but I have found it most useful, after different tests, to choose 4 or 5 apps to store your files rather than have only one app for everything. I use AVplayerHD to store and view my videos, Pages and Numbers to create, edit and store my important work documents, Adobe Reader to store all the PDFs, and so on. If you think of iPad apps not only as apps but also as main folders, organising things becomes more intuitive.

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2. Transferring Files

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On the iPad, you cannot plug in a normal USB stick or external drive, read the contents, download the files onto the iPad or save files from the iPad to the external storage drive. (One can imagine that Apple is probably kicking itself over this small yet significant design flaw as its main rival, Google Android, was wise enough to make USB sticks compatible with its tablets.) The only files you can download onto the iPad are pictures and movies taken with your camera using the Apple Camera Connection Kit.There are some external hard drives and USB sticks conceived especially for the iPad. One of them is the Photofast iFlash Drive which works like a normal USB stick and can connect to the iPad with the iFlash drive app. However, there are still some limitations: you can't transfer files from the iPad to the external drive, and the cost of the USB is very expensive compared to normal storage devices.Remember that if you want to replace your laptop with an iPad, don't try to use it as a laptop but rather, try to understand the logic of iOS. If you make an effort to get used to the many possibilities USB alternatives such as the Cloud and wi-fi sync tools like Dropbox and iCloud have to offer, you'll have a much easier time adjusting to your tablet. After all, the iPad was meant to be used wirelessly.

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3. Internet, Blogs and Websites

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We already know that the iPad is a wonderful tool for surfing the Internet, reading emails and news and so on, but what about maintaining a blog that you want update with new articles and pictures?Until the release of iOS 6 on September 2012, you couldn't upload a picture or a file to a website using a normal web browser as you would on a laptop. This limitation has finally been rectified and you can now upload pictures from your iPad photo library. Furthermore, some third party apps, like iUploader Pro, allow you to upload any kind of file using their own browser. A major upgrade for all the sites and services which don't have a specific app built for iOS, like Squidoo.If you have a website with a supported app or mobile version, updating and adding features is very easy. I, for instance, manage two Wordpress websites. Using the official app and the online dashboard tools, I can do almost anything that I would do on my laptop. There are some apps designed to edit html, css and php code for advanced webmasters and programmers. Plus, if you want to edit website designs or layouts, the Photoshop Touch app can be very useful.Of course, I wouldn't use an iPad to build a website from scratch, mainly because it take more times than on a computer. However, for blog updates and small code or design updates, it works very well.So, can the iPad replace your laptop for website programming and editing? Yes, if you use it to maintain your blog/website. If web design/programming is your main job, it isn't the best tool to work with.

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4. Text, Storyboard and Work Documents

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In my job, I constantly have to fill out budgets and invoices, write down possible video presentations, jot down screenplays, and draw up storyboards to give my client an idea of what the finished video will look like.On my MacBook Pro, I use the Apple iWork suite, so to download Pages and Numbers was the logical solution on my iPad. Plus, using iCloud synchronization, I have my files stored on every device I use. I use Pages as my main text editor because it has so many options for creating a professional document to share with my clients. I use Numbers to fill in budget and invoices. With both of them, I can easily share anything in PDF, Microsoft Office or iWork format. There are also other apps that suit the needs of Microsoft Office aficionados, so all in all, text editing on the iPad is very easy. Some may prefer an additional Bluetooth keyboard, but I personally find the touch keyboard very comfortable.If you use Word, Excel and PowerPoint, you may want to look at some other options rather than iWork for the iPad. This is because documents converted from Numbers or Pages into Microsoft Office will often have an altered layout. Plus, some functions aren't mutually compatible.While I myself am not a big worksheet user, those who depend on complex worksheets may find that the iPad is not up to scratch. Likewise, the Keynote app is fine for small Powerpoint presentations, but if you need to entertain 500 people at a convention, you will want to rely on a laptop with PowerPoint or the Keynote Mac version installed.Finally, a word about screenplay editors. If you use Celtx or Final Draft on your computer, you can find a number of apps that will allow you to read and edit files made by these software programs. I personally use Script Pro which is compatible with both Celtx and Final Draft.So, can the iPad replace your laptop for text, worksheet and presentation documents? Yes for text, yes for worksheets if you're not a professional user, and yes for presentations if they are simple and short. For more advanced features, you will want to rely on a computer.

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5. Storyboarding

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As for storyboarding, I found the same tools on the iPad that I use on my laptop. Since I'm not a great artist, I use Google Sketchup where I can find ready-made characters. I then search for backgrounds and other props that I need using the Google image search engine, edit them with Photoshop, mix these elements together and process the flattened image into ToonPaint, a simple app that gives you a very nice paint/draw effect.On the iPad, I found all the tools I needed very quickly. In the place of Google Sketchup are the even more efficient Storyboard Premium and Storyboard 3D apps. Photoshop Touch and ToonPaint HD are also available. Moreover, the iPad allows me to easily draw something directly onto the screen if I need to using a stylus like the Applydea Maglus. For all these reasons, I would say that the iPad beats the laptop for storyboarding.So, can the iPad replace your laptop for storyboarding? Yes, it is even better! And for those who are talented artists, there are apps for that too!

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6. Video Playing and Editing

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On this point, I'll be blunt: the iPad isn't a good tool for professional video editing. It can be fun for a dad who wants to edit short movies of his newborn baby using iMovie for iPad, but it ends here.As for playing, you can view all kinds of movie formats with the right app. The built in iOS default app, on the other hand, only plays certain types of video files (iPod style).The official YouTube and Vimeo apps are available if you want to upload a video, even though the current version of Vimeo at the time of writing gives an unknown error when you try to upload videos. I hope they will fix this issue soon.Editing aside, from a filmmaking point of view, the iPad can be a very helpful tool. There are many apps that offer a slate function where you can add the metadata of your files and notes. This is very useful for film editors. Other apps will calculate the amount of data you are about to record. Some apps will even control your hdslr.So, can the iPad replace your laptop in video playing and editing? Yes for playing, no for editing, but it can be a very useful tool for your assistant if you are a filmmaker.

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7. Professional Photography

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Is the iPad a useful tool for professional photographers? This is a question many people have asked and many blogs have tried to answer. My response would be yes, but it won't replace your laptop or personal computer as a tool for editing photographs.The are two main reason for this. First, the iPad cannot handle raw files very well, which is the professional's format of choice. The second is the storage limitation: the maximum you'll get on an iPad is 64GB of memory, which isn't enough if you shoot every day. What's more, since saving your pictures on an external drive to gain space isn't an option, professional photographers will prefer a normal laptop.Still, the Apple tablet can be a good device to use between shooting and the final editing process. As explained before, you can transfer your pictures from your camera onto the iPad using the Apple Connection Kit. The transfer is very fast. You can subsequently make a selection, edit it and send it as a preview to a client, for instance. There are many apps that allow you to edit photos, some of which contain very professional tools such as Photoshop Touch or Photogene. If you own an iPad 3, the 2048x1536 retina display will prove helpful. As for sharing, you have endless options: Dropbox, Flickr, FTP, email and more.Finally, the iPad, in contrast to a laptop, is lighter and more portable to bring to a photo shoot.Just a note about raw files: there are a few apps that can read and edit raw files, and save them in jpeg format, but I didn't find them powerful enough. Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom on the laptop are far more efficient. My advice is that you use your iPad to send previews, not your final pictures, and to work with jpgs, not raw files. If you don't like to shoot raw+jpg, most of the apps will extract the jpg hidden inside the raw file or convert the raw into a jpg.So, can an iPad replace a computer in professional photography? Yes, if you use it as a temporary back-up and as a way of sending previews to your clients, but it won't replace a computer for serious photo editing and storage.

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8. Backups, Printing and More - Here are some random tasks I successfully or less successfully perform with my iPad.

  • If you are an iCloud (Apple cloud sync service) user, your iPad automatically performs a back-up when it is turned on and connected to a wireless connection. It will back-up all your data, including app data, so you won't need to worry about losing anything. For important documents and files, it is better to perform a manual backup every now and then to your main computer using a cloud service such as Dropbox or a file manager app - just to be sure!
  • Printing is limited compared to a laptop because you cannot install any drivers or connect your device through a USB. Most apps support Apple AirPrint technology, which allows you to print a document on a wi-fi enabled printer. However, only the latest 2011 printer models support this function. If you own an HP printer, you might be lucky because the brand has released some free apps that will connect to wireless printers that don't support AirPrint. As for scanning, the options are even more limited. You can do it wirelessly but only with some of the newest printers on the market. It will be a few years before the technology becomes commonplace.
  • There are hundreds of accessories available for the iPad - indeed, it is a market on its own. From covers to stylus pens, from speakers to keyboards, the options are endless. However, keep in mind that the iPad has been built to be used in a certain way. If you add on too many accessories, not only won't you have the comfort of a lightweight device, but you will end up with something that looks a lot like a laptop! Personally, I've limited the accessories I own to the Targus Vuscape Case and the Applydea Maglus stylus that magnetically sticks to the iPad.
  • In the App store you will find a variety of apps, both free and shareware. Some paid apps offer a free version so you can see if it suits your needs. Most will cost just a few dollars, while others may cost between $10 and $15. Since there is an abundance of reviews about them, I advise you to check these first before buying. A big plus is that apps often cost 10% of the normal desktop software price, but falling into temptation and buying too many apps can lead to a hefty bill from Apple!
  • In contrast to laptops, the iPad has only one port, the dock, which serves to power your device and connect external devices like your camera. This means that if your battery is almost depleted, you cannot recharge it and download pictures from your camera at the same time. The iPad 3 is also very slow to recharge due to its powerful specs and hardware. One charge during the night can last for an entire day if all you do is browse the Web, but if you plan to upload and edit pictures all day, the battery might reach 0% sooner than you think. Interestingly, the battery life is more or less the same on the iPad and the MacBook Pro, but the laptop has a separate port for charging its battery.
  • The last note is about the "dark side" of the iPad and every iOS device - the jailbreak. The jailbreak is an unofficial version of iOS that will unlock some features that Apple keeps "hidden". One of the most useful is an app called iFiles which allows your iPad to recognise the presence of a normal USB stick through the Apple Connection Kit. However, by installing it, you will lose your Apple guarantee - something I personallly don't want to risk. My advice? Accept your iPad for what it is and stay away from jailbreak!

Useful iPad Accessories - The basic accessories I use in tandem with my iPad 3

elago Stylus [Grip][Black] - [Premium Aluminum ][Ergonomic Grip][Replaceable Extra Tip Included] - for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Mini and iPhone
elago Stylus [Grip][Black] - [Premium Aluminum ][Ergonomic Grip][Replaceable Extra Tip Included] - for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Mini and iPhone

The stylus pen I use is actually an Applydea Maglus stylus, but the elago Stylus Grip does everything my pen does just as well. You can use it to draw pictures for storyboards, jot down quick notes, or select icons in Photoshop as you edit photos.

 
Apple Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard (MC184LL/A) (Retail Packaging)
Apple Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard (MC184LL/A) (Retail Packaging)

The Apple Wireless Keyword is the perfect solution for someone who doesn't like using the touchscreen keyboard or writes blogs, articles and books for a living.

 

Bottom Line: Can an iPad replace a laptop computer?

...and is it worth it?

This is the second question you need to ask yourself. I personally believe that it is worth it if you're ready to accept a few compromises. The iPad can perform almost any task you perform on your laptop, but you can encounter some limitations as we have seen. As things stand, there will be always a reason to turn on your computer for tasks that require more speed, an abundance of space and memory, or a specific kinds of advanced software.Is it worth it, then? Absolutely. It may be a personal answer, but for me, to be able to carry a lighter device which fits all my basic computer-related needs is a big plus. Moreover, it is often faster to open an application due to the nature of the iPad's system. I must say that the touch concept is fascinating and very intuitive once you get used to it. It can be a wonderful tool for displaying your videos and photography portfolios. Plus, if you consider the many additional features for reading books, magazines, comics and surfing the Internet itself, it is definitely a device worth owning. Furthermore, the recent release of the new operative system, iOS 6, adds more features that make the iPad more comfortable in several tasks. Finally, if you are a Mac user and run the last operative system on it, Mountain Lion, the sync with iCloud is really simple, fast and completely automatic. You will have all your documents on all your device with the compatible apps available such as Pages, Numbers and thirdy part software.

Targus Vuscape Case and Stand for iPad 3 and iPad 4th Generation, Black (THZ157US)
Targus Vuscape Case and Stand for iPad 3 and iPad 4th Generation, Black (THZ157US)

The Targus Vuscape is an elegant folio case for your iPad. It protects both the screen and the back of the tablet, has a slot for a pen or a stylus. You can orient it at different angles in landscape view, and the angle for the typing mode is just perfect. The case is made with a nice and robust synthetic leather and it is well assembled.

 
Epson WorkForce 845 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax, iOS/Tablet/Smartphone/AirPrint Compatible (C11CB92201)
Epson WorkForce 845 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax, iOS/Tablet/Smartphone/AirPrint Compatible (C11CB92201)

The Epson WorkForce will print all your documents and photographs directly from your iPad using AirPrint technology.

 

Do you think tablets can replace computers? - Feel free to share your two cents!

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      Soapmarked 4 years ago from TX

      Thanks for such an insightful review. I've been happily using my iPad 2 for some time now, but have been hesitating about the purchase of a word-processing app. Your review has enabled me to decide to not purchase it and instead keep using Notability in conjunction with Dropbox to send myself ideas to type up on my laptop.

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      Heather B 4 years ago

      @Soapmarked: I'm glad that my review has been helpful to you. If the main purpose of a word processor is to take notes, I think that you made the right choice. There are many different apps available that do the job.

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      iwebmastery 4 years ago

      Probably not, but you can still get a lot done on the go with an iPad.

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      Robert Zimmerman 4 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Not completely as there are tasks that each can do better than the other. If you do a lot of typing you would use a laptop. I you are doing more social networking/video chat, a tablet might be better.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      There are some features that will work on both. But not all tolls and features are available on the tablets that come with the PC. The biggest difference is the size. The tablet is easier to travel with but there is no keyboard directly on the device. There is no DVD for playing music/movies or backing up data. It is sort of like comparing Windows to Mac. Decide what you need then make your purchase.

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      darkValkyrie 4 years ago

      Thanks for the nice lens. For normal web surfing, tablet will be enough. For me, laptop suitable for developing apps, video editing etc

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      Hammocksaustralia 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I have been considering the uses I would have for an ipad. Still not totally sold yet, but we'll see.

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      maewlaay lm 4 years ago

      I don't have any tablet now.BTW in some situations such as on vacation ,I think, a better if I have a tablet.. :)

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      cmacleod lm 4 years ago

      I currently use the Nexus 7 (loving it btw) and one of the best rules of thumb that I've come aross as to tablet vs. laptop/computer is "If you create content, then you need a computer, if you consume content then you can get by on a tablet". That's why I also use a laptop (page editing on Squidoo isn't very good on a tablet)

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      bwet 4 years ago

      i think it will even if it still hasn't...onl time will tell

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      Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

      No iPad, no laptop, smartphone is the best.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Not any time soon. I use both and I agree that you have to learn how the iPad is different and use it accordingly. I usually take it when I travel now and leave the computer at home. I learned a lot here - thanks for sharig.

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      No I don't they can replace computers, but I'd love to have both!

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      This is an exceptional page and answered so many questions for me. I have an inexpensive tablet that I use for reading and little things, but have to say that I'd be lost without my laptop. But should we take several steps up to a nicer tablet, I know where to come for advise. Glad to find this on the home page today! *blessed*

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      newage74 4 years ago

      I do own an iPad and a mac book pro, you make some valid points. As on a personal level I use my iPad dot general browsing etc etc but really need my Mbps for things like excel and word, If I ever decided I would go it all with just an iPad I'm sure my productivity would halved

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      allblueskys 4 years ago

      The downfall is the keyboard in comparion

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      webscan 4 years ago

      At this moment I don't think I would go in for a Tab.

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      Adam Turner 4 years ago

      No, I think tablets can't replace computers, because many softwares that I used everyday can't run on tablets.

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      MrMojo01 4 years ago

      Not anytime soon they won't, but I could see it happening someday in the future.

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      stennajohns 4 years ago

      Ipad wil replace Laptops in next five years.People like to use compact things like mobile,ipod,calculator etc.Now they will replace laptop with ipad.

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      Tobint44 LM 4 years ago

      With the advancement of the bluetooth keyboard I could see it happening. I just think storage space is an issue now.

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      AlexanderTurner 4 years ago

      This is the lens I was looking for. I own a MacBook Pro and I'm interested in buying an iPad as a Christmas Gift. Sure, I will keep thinking if it's convenient but this lens really helped. I don't know if an iPad is going to replace my beloved MacBook Pro, but I know for sure that soon it will. For now, I'll wait for that moment and try it to develop my own ideas and preferences. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      octopen 4 years ago

      Oh yes, my tablet is my little baby

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      ernieplotter 4 years ago

      Depends, for some people the laptops are better. For me there is no way I could replace my Vaio with an iPad... yet.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I think they can, for the most part. I'm sure in 5 years they will be able to for most people, if not sooner.

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      BernardSinai LM 4 years ago

      I agree. While the tablet (iPad or Android) cannot fully replace deskstop computers, they are slowly progressing. I believe in the next 5 years tablets will replace most desktops. Check out my lens on tablets https://hubpages.com/technology/things-you-can-do-...

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      EpicTigers 4 years ago

      I love my iPad, but my daughter prefer desktop for some games.

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      Roberto Eldrum 4 years ago

      It seems that laptop is always better for me, personally. Wonderful points, have tweeted for you!

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      fathomblueEG 4 years ago

      Not now they can't but in the not so distance future they will do things we can't imagine. Nice lens.

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      iwrite4cash 4 years ago

      I'm not sure if I would say totally replace, but more or less that a tablet & computer (laptops & notebooks mainly) all sync wonderfully nowadays. Let's also not rule out cell phone potential as my android smartphone can run nicely as my on the go internet source with apps for everything! Thank you for this fantastic masterpiece if a lens, I wish you all my best!

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      jarajelissa 4 years ago

      No, I think tablets can't replace computers..

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      KayeSI 4 years ago

      As you have wisely pointed out throughout this lens, it definitely depends on the user and their needs. For my senior mom, who is the actual owner of our iPad, yes. It's much less intimidating than a computer, which she tried and gave upon a few years ago. For me, no. I'm a touch typist, so at a minimum, I'd need a keyboard, which makes it more complicated. Also, I do a lot of work with photos for my websites, using iPiccy, which won't run on the iPad due to no flash. But it definitely IS very handy and would be a great addition to my tools. It's certainly faster than my Netbook, which is what I currently use when out and about, so it's definitely still on my think about and maybe....wish list. :) Thanks for the good info and tips!

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      Stephen Lewis 4 years ago

      Not for me. I have not heard a word about spreadsheets, and that is the bulk of my time on the computer.

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      ikepius 4 years ago

      I am sticking to my laptop! People often go after things because they are told that they are the new trends, but we learn that newer is not always better. I don't have an ipad but now that I know of all the file saving trouble that goes with it, I probably never will! Thanks for sharing.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I would like a tablet, but I think I would rather stick with my laptop. Great lens. And thank you for clearing up the confussion about both. Great Job!

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      No. It is very useful for many, may I say more passive, activities. For content creation and publication, I'll keep my MacBook Pro, thank you very much. Great lens. Well deserving of front page slot. ;-)

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      treehousebrando1 4 years ago

      I doubt it. Every device has it's place.

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      theXodus 4 years ago

      Maybe for light users, but I have both and I pretty much just use my iPad for travel... or browsing the web in my bed.

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      chas65 4 years ago

      Thanks for so much useful information. I had wondered could I get by for a few days subing a tablet for my laptop.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have an iPad and a MacAir so I can access my file sin both but the iPad alone has its own limitations. Given how light a MacAir is, I should just have purchased this without the iPad. Still, I love having them both. You have given very good info here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      No never, There is no comparison of a tablet and a computer.

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      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Thanks for the review ; at least i can now make an informed decision whether i need one !

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      GabStar 4 years ago

      I think I'll wait til there's an ipad with suri and a squidoo app :-)

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      tammikibler 4 years ago

      I think Windows 8 tablets will address many of the iPad's limitations and allow some professionals to fully replace their computers with tablets.What a great lens! Thank you for this detailed explanation of how you use iPad in your profession.

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      I still like a laptop rather than an iPad for everything because there are some things like activex where to tablet cannot run. Thanks I appreciate you sharing this great lens!

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Well, that settles it. I won't be getting an ipad. Thanks for making the difference in an ipad and laptop so clear.Blessed.

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      Heather Burns 4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I have an android tablet and I like it for traveling but I like my laptop better.

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      beindustrial 4 years ago

      Tablets are nice and good for apps but it cannot replace my laptop. My laptop is more versatile, functional and more sturdy. It is appropriate for long working hours. I love my iPad but I love my laptop the most.

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      AfroMuscle 4 years ago

      I couldn't imagine working from a tablet. Maybe one of those ASUS transformers but even then, I like a large keyboard, a large screen and freedom to install random programs if I need to do something quick. Apps are nearly there but the gap is yet to be bridged.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Tablets are really handy for travel and for use under way.But at home and for work i choose my laptop

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      rahuls66 4 years ago

      No not completely....I think tablets are good for email and browsing when on the move, but at some point of time, you need a bigger device like a laptop/computer.

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      smsr0100451 4 years ago

      In my opinion tablets can not fully replace computers. This is the optional device in travel because of handy and less in weight.

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      McBub-Squidoo 4 years ago

      No, I do not think that a tablet PC can replace a computer. In my opinion, a tablet PC is just for fun, but it is not proper for work. At least, a tablet PC can not replace a computer so far.

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      TeacherSerenia 4 years ago

      I think the two go together. The tabelts and ipads these days currently do not have the Hard drive space that the desktops have and thatbis one major limitation. My husband and I have just recently purchased a new Samsung Tablet and I have no idea where the Files directory is or even how to find it - yet. Until I know that, I can't even save any files. And with no mouse I am not sure that I can save anything. So we will have to do some more investigating. I made a new lens about our Tablet. Its called the Samsung Galaxy Tablet Experience if anyone wants to read it. We have just downloaded Skype for mobiles and now my husband and I can have a chat - like we did last night. I was in the lounge on the desktop, and he was in the bedroom. It was quite funny to watch our son go between the lounge and the bedroom wanting to be part of this experience.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The thing I like about laptops are the big screen and large keyboard for easy fast typing. But things can change as technology improves.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I do believe tablets will one day replace computers. We're not quite there yet. Evolution happens. Great article!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      No - tablets will have to improve considerable before i want one. I like my iphone better. That and a laptop make me very very happy. Great page! Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this problem! It must have taken quite a while to write! Angel Blessings to you-

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      SpenceG 4 years ago

      Yes it can in some instances. But for hardcore typists, we prefer the feel of a keyboard.

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      Heather B 4 years ago

      @TeacherSerenia: Hi Serenia, some of the mouse actions are replaced by fingers actions. For example, instead of "right click + save as...", you can hold your finger down on an image in the web browser and it will give you the option to save it.

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      Heather B 4 years ago

      @Elyn MacInnis: It took some time to write it, but it was fun. Thanks for your comment.

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      Heather B 4 years ago

      @SpenceG: Also because you don't want to be too harsh on your virtual keyboard on your touch screen. I used to be very rough with normal keyboards, so I have to moderate myself when it comes to tablets. But there's always the option to add a normal keyboard (or wireless) to the ipad if you need hardcore typing.

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      Heather B 4 years ago

      @tammikibler: I am very interested in the microsoft surface tablet. I hope to get my hands on one of those when they are released.

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      Heather B 4 years ago

      Thanks to all for sharing your thoughts. I'm glad that this lens has been helpful to many of you.

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      MelissaRodgz 4 years ago

      For basic stuff like email and Internet, I think a tablet is fine. Maybe it is just me, but I have a hard time creating stuff with a tablet.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Microsoft has done it better. The Windows Surface is nothing more or less than a flat laptop. it is not a tablet, but rather a computer by itself in a package about the size of an iPad. The smart cover works similarly to that of the iPad, but has magnets that pull in several different directions so it will never just fall off. oh and it also works as a keyboard. totally wireless. Oh and did i forget to mention that the Surface has a kickstand so you can comfortably use the keyboard just like you would with a laptop. And most importantly, there is nothing that you can run on a standard laptop that could not be run also on the Surface.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      First time I really catch one thing : the big difference for repertory organisation. I noticed that since i started using several different PC at home, office or hotel.. etc.. I tend managing files using applications to find them, and I am fed up with all these USB flash disks and SD cards that I accumulate everywhere... I am going to buy an ipad for photo sharing /editing/ storing after reading your lens : it is the NEXT future!

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