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Author: xtn Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 885554  
Subject: Re: Get your mini iPad on Date: 11/1/2012 4:16 PM
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I'd be looking at it as a replacement for an elderly iBook, for travel, photo backup storage... Shared with DW, but to get GPS the cellular able one is needed... A lot simpler travel companion than a laptop...


I've tried a pretty good convertible laptop, and found I just don't use it much (for traveling). I found it most useful for using MS OneNote while in meetings. I've tried a couple different tablets and found the same thing. And while the portability was better, they lacked OneNote. The only real use I found for the tablets was off-site presentations. Won't actually do anything my phone won't do, but to present to a small group of people the bigger tablet form is better. And for the rare occasion that use scenario pops up, it just isn't worth carrying around all the time. Until the technology comes far enough along that I can easily do all my 3D CAD work on the go, I'm going to stick to a real workstation at my desk and my phone for everything away from my desk. Heck, on my phone I can even pull up my desktop screen and work remotely that way. It's horribly unsatisfactory in practice, but at least I can look at a CAD model or send drawings to the printer or whatever, as long as I've got any half decent 3G signal wherever I am.

Maybe MS Surface... not the one that just came out with Win8RT, but the one that's supposed to come out with Win8Pro... will change my habits. Could run OneNote and at least viewers and mark-up/review programs for CAD models. That might be just enough to get my interest back up. Depends how good its guts are. If they're typically "tablety" I guess I'll just have to keep waiting. Wonder how many years until they can duplicate my workstation functionality in a sleek tablet form.

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