1. You may have noticed that TabletPCReview looks a little different. That's because we've moved to a new, streamlined platform, XenForo. Have yourself a look around and engage with your peers. Tips for completing basic tasks are here. Should you encounter any bugs or issues, please post them in this thread, so that we can prioritize and fix them. And feel free to let us know your opinions of the new site.

Electrical engineer looking for Tablet

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by krt1989, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. krt1989

    krt1989 Pen Pal - Newbie

    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    5
    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget?
    None, I can spend what I need for the product that will work best for me.

    2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished?
    Yes

    3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible?
    No preference.

    4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    Probably in the 7" to 10" range.

    5. Which country do you intent to purchase from [where do you live]?
    United States

    6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
    No, own a PC, have a iPhone 4s

    7. How many hours battery life do you require?
    8

    8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc)
    Ideally I want a day planner which I can use in meetings to record conferences, take pictures and notes, open PDF's of job drawings and redline/highlight/note.
    Also basic tablet functionality such as email, reading a paper, and searching the web.

    9. Do you have an OS preference? For example, do you own an iPhone and a Mac, or are you a Windows fan? Do you own an Android device and use Google services frequently?
    I have always used PC's, my iPhone was my first "smart phone" and apple product besides an iPod. I have never used Android. I'm very open to try new things.

    10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc)
    If it can run Autocad yes! I use autocad MEP for work but being able to open PDF files and edit them is really all the functionality I’m looking for in that regard. Basic word and excel editing would be great. Being an engineer, on a field visit, having all of my information at a tap is invaluable.

    11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list.
    Don’t plan on being a huge gamer with it but I’m not gunna lie, playing old handheld and console games from 10 years ago through porting like Android offers is very appealing.

    12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system?
    If it has the capability I would probably use it.

    Screen Specifics

    1. Any preference on screen resolution?
    The bigger the better.

    2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun?
    Sometimes, really not a big deal to me.

    3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom or N-trig?
    No pen required, if I can do simple editing in word and excel, edit PDF’s, and write notes with ease during a meeting, that’s exactly what I’m looking for.
    If that is more easily accomplished with a pen, I’m open to try it.

    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory?
    Expandable memory would be nice but not required. I honestly have no idea how fast 16GB of HD space is typically eaten up. I have no problem upgrading to a 32GB model.

    2. What sort of inputs do you require, if any? Would you like full-sized USB and SD card slots? Are microUSB and microSD ok? Do you require HDMI inputs?
    Nothing is required, just a way for me to load documents I need from my work computer onto the tablet.

    Misc
    1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above?
    Nothing

    2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration?
    I have been looking around and like what I see from the new Galaxy 10 and iPad 4th gen. I’m also interested in the Galaxy 7, Galaxy Note 10 and the Surface RT. Open to others that my suit my needs better.

    Thanks for any and all help!
    Very appreciative!
    -Kyle
  2. Pesho

    Pesho Pen Pal - Newbie

    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    15
    Have you given the MotionComputing F5T a look? Other than that i can also suggest the Fujitsu Lifebook T902 or Lenovo X230T.
  3. Steve B

    Steve B Moderator Moderator

    Messages:
    2,566
    Likes Received:
    116
    Trophy Points:
    81
    There are tons and tons of tablets coming out that will meet your needs, that run Win8. You just need to wait a bit and see how the reviews come in. It's a very new market. Check out the threads for things like the Lenovo Thinkpad 2, the Dell 10, the the Samsung Ativ Pro and Ativ Smart pc's, etc. There's lots coming out.

    Do you want a keyboard, or mostly just a slate?
  4. Pesho

    Pesho Pen Pal - Newbie

    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    15
    If you're planning on getting actual work done i'd suggest skipping the Windows 8 part.
  5. Steve B

    Steve B Moderator Moderator

    Messages:
    2,566
    Likes Received:
    116
    Trophy Points:
    81
    Thanks for the heads up abiut win8- im sure he'll take it into considerstion.

    Do you have any tablets to suggest? The 2 convertibles you proposed seemed way more powerful and heavy than he needed. They are very powerful convertibles though.
  6. krt1989

    krt1989 Pen Pal - Newbie

    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    5
    I've been looking at the nexus 10 and nexus 7, looking for more of a tablet that I can always carry around. The android platform intrigues me.
    Think I'm going to have to go to a store and hold a 7 & 10 inch model to see what size I like more. Not really wanting a slate, just a tablet which can do simple PDF editing and note taking, want it to replace my binder with papers in meetings and at job sites.
    The new windows model is interesting but it seems it will need some time to allow for apps to be developed.
    I like the nexus 10 for the high screen resolution but if I decide to go with a 7", thinking the galaxy 10.1 or galaxy note or nexus 7 still don't know, at this point I need to decide on a size I think.
    Apple still has me thinking because of the amount of apps available for tablets but from what I've read, android is quickly catching up.
    Thanks for the help this far!
  7. krt1989

    krt1989 Pen Pal - Newbie

    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    5
    Is the windows platform a bad way to go? Would love to be able to edit excel and word files and have them seamlessly open on a desktop pc.
  8. Pesho

    Pesho Pen Pal - Newbie

    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    15
    He mentioned AutoCAD so i suggested some heavier/powerful ones, yeah... Besides, he said money is no object ;)

    How about the Asus EP121? That my top favorite choice of slate as it's still a full Windows 7 X86 machine with an Intel i5 CPU in a compact form factor. I'm not a big fan of the ARM platforms because you can't run any Windows apps on them - to hell with Apple's money-sucking ecosystem, there is a plethora of Windows and Linux applications that run on any PC.
  9. Steve B

    Steve B Moderator Moderator

    Messages:
    2,566
    Likes Received:
    116
    Trophy Points:
    81
    Windows is great, and all the suggestions I gave run windows. Clearly some don't like Windows 8 and others do. Hopefully you'll be able to get some advice on Win8 that has some real specifics in it. I have no experience personally.

    If you want to run AutoCad then you'll need an iCore machine- like the upcoming Samsung S7H/Ativ Pro or the up coming Surface Pro or Lenovo Helix. If you want something light and with better battery life, you should check out some of the new Atom powdered slates I suggested- they'll run every thing else you want, but won't be able to handle AutoCad. All the machines Pesho is suggesting will probably run AutoCad but are heavier too. It's a trade off and depends on what you want.

    If you want access to Office and want to create content, my vote is for Windows. If you want to access info, other platforms aren't shabby. If you want a pen and Android, I'd suggest the Note 10.1". Otherwise, I agree that Windows will serve your needs better.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012
  10. krt1989

    krt1989 Pen Pal - Newbie

    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    5
    I don't need something powerful enough to run autocad, I can do that on my desktop. Like I said main uses would be notes, PDF'ed drawings, and voice recordings, want a calendar to keep track of meetings and deadlines.
  11. Steve B

    Steve B Moderator Moderator

    Messages:
    2,566
    Likes Received:
    116
    Trophy Points:
    81
    IMO, check out the new win8 slates/ hybrids if that's what you're looking for. 1.5 lbs or less, 1/2" or less thick, atom processors do you get full windows, and 8-10 hrs battery life. The new Dell 10, Lenovo Thinkpad 2, and Samsung Ativ 500T all fit the bill and take pen input. Do you need a keyboard dock/ clamshell build? If so, the Sh5 is the only one that is a hybrid. The Lenovo has a keyboard but it only offers a fixed angle and doesn't fold shut like a laptop. The Dell, afaik, has no keyboard.

    All offer comparable power and battery life, but with slightly different sizes and ports. The Samsung product probably comes with Samsungs own pen randy programs, I would suppose- like a calendar and note program, etc. I'm not sure though. You should ask in its thread. Of course, you could use OneNote and Outlook for a lot of that as well is suppose.
  12. Hauget

    Hauget Pen Pal - Newbie

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    5
    Hey Kyle. I'm in the same boat as you. I've used Lenovo Thinkpad Windows tablets, Android tablets and the iPad with different styli (or is it styluses?). At one point, I even used/owned a Nokia tablet (the n800). All in all, I've been doing research on writing tablets for years. My experiences have led me to conclude the following:
    1) you can't get any better than a wacom pen with a Windows tablet for GREAT input & software. The limiting factors to Windows tablets are size, price, battery life and tech support
    2) The recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes in close second to Windows tablets for writing
    3) you need great tech support: case in point the Asus Eee Note EA800 and the Samsung Series 7 Slate which DESPITE having amazing hardware have had failure gaining market share due to lack of availability and horrible customer support, respectively
    4) glass/touch devices are just not the best experience for writing (case in point the iPad) with a pen (I own the Maglus pen which has had stellar reviews I might add)
    5) you need great software & input (case in point the Asus EA800 again which lacks a decent two way sync feature for exporting/importing/organizing notes and folders; case in point the BoogieBoard RIP/JOT which has great input but can't F-ING recall/view/organize notes ON THE DEVICE nor erase without clearing the whole freaking screen)

    MY ADVICE: Wait for the Lenovo Thinkpad 2 with Windows 8 Pro. If the reviews suck, try the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 or get a Fujitsu Windows tablet. That's what I'm gonna do.

    PS: The only thing that's keeping me from getting the Note 10.1 is that I dread the day I might have to deal with Samsung customer support, though in all the research I've done almost 90% of people seem happy with it (just read the reviews on Amazon)
  13. Hauget

    Hauget Pen Pal - Newbie

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    5
    PS2: If you don't mind having a keyboard, the Thinkpad X Tablets are GREAT and Lenovo has decent customer support.
  14. Hauget

    Hauget Pen Pal - Newbie

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    5
Similar Threads: Electrical engineer
Forum Title Date
What Tablet PC Should I Buy? Tablet PC for Undergad Electrical Engineering Student Apr 18, 2011
What Tablet PC Should I Buy? Tablet PC for a future engineer Jul 14, 2014
What Tablet PC Should I Buy? Graduate engineering student seeking for a note taking tablet Apr 10, 2014
What Tablet PC Should I Buy? Windows 7 or 8 note taking / computer engineering tablet Mar 4, 2014
What Tablet PC Should I Buy? Swedish Engineering student looking for advice Mar 3, 2014

Share This Page