Has size and form factor preference for your TabletPC evolved?

Discussion in 'The Tablet PC Life' started by Mr. Boosh, Jan 27, 2018.

  1. Mr. Boosh

    Mr. Boosh Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    You don't like the option for the full touch keyboard with arrow keys, etc? You can shift and ctrl-shift with that one.

    It still sucks. Didn't Microsoft acquire SwiftKey? The auto-correct on their mobile Android keyboard is absolutely fantastic. I find it crazy that they haven't implemented SwiftKey swipe and auto-correct on Windows.
     
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  2. NeonSun

    NeonSun Pen Pal - Newbie

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    My preference was always the same since my first tablet : smaller, then lighter
     
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  3. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Hey, are you guys having a fun party over here without the crazy man?

    The last 48 hours has been a real epiphany for me:
    1. As @Steve B pointed out, I ALWAYS come back full circle to my same form factor - tablet, detachable keyboard/cover, and Wacom EMR pen
    2. What works and is perfect for others rarely does for you
    3. I have been through more computers - pure laptops, foldables, detachables, tablets with keyboards, tablets without keyboards (well BT) - than anyone else on these threads (to the doubtless chagrin of Best Buy, BHPhoto, Microsoft, Dell, HP, Asus, and who knows countless others)
    4. I've juggled computer with tablet, computer with phone and BT keyboard, tablet only
    And yet I keep coming back home to Seymour's timeless article: The Quest for the "Least Computer" - what is "the Least Computer I've found that I am happy using." I needed one device to rule them all. For me, that is the Galaxy Book 12; working on being a year old design with a lower end i5 from yesteryear; USB-C but no Thunderbolt 3; only 12" screen (3:2 though); only 8gb/256gb (for a guy who thought 16gb/1TB was the STARTING POINT); but you know what -

    It's powering two QHD monitors, external HD, printer, Ethernet, all my Office software, and you can barely tell it is any bigger than an iPad Pro 12. It is a Wacom EMR masterpiece. The screen is far better than my iPad Pro 10.5 It's a lot more spry than the GB12 Small (4gb/128gb) it replaced and it MUST be a keeper because I upgraded it to Windows 10 Pro right out of the box (nixes returns)...

    It's already been suggested "why in the world did he buy the old design GB 12 and not just wait for the (eventual) release of the Acer Switch 7" - because he wanted off the rollercoaster, and he is happy for that.

    PS - EDIT - the retail price, in 1988, of Jim's Toshiba T1000 was $1199 for 512kb (YES kb) ram, a single 3.5" 720k floppy drive, non-backlit screen, 2400 baud modem. Paid $1149 for my new best friend, the Galaxy Book 12 8gb/256gb model.
     
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  4. Mr. Boosh

    Mr. Boosh Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Yea yea, you're just going through the honeymoon phase. Who're you kidding? :p
     
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  5. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Since when has my honeymoon lasted more than 24 hours (no smart comments @Kumabjorn ).
     
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  6. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    Interesting discussion. I think ideally, I would still like an 8" dockable tablet. But, I think that ship has sailed (at least for now). The 10.8" Surface 3 is about as big a portable device as I would like to use out of the office. I don't really want anything heavier, since I spend a lot of time reading and holding the tablet portion (keyboard detached) with one hand. It is when using it in that fashion that I do most of my annotating, typically margin notes and highlighting cases downloaded in PDF. Even a few ounces more in weight can make that task unbearable. That is my main concern with all of the more powerful 12" units such as the Surface Pro. I prefer the Surface style with detachable keyboard over the yoga devices. Nothing under a 3:2 aspect ratio.

    On the other hand, my Surface 3 is clearly obsolete. I have been looking for something more powerful in the same form factor for quite some time. The Samsung GB10 is the prime candidate for the job but the lack of a kickstand and the origami stand has kept me on the sidelines waiting for something better to come along. Next stop ... MWC.
     
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  7. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    @Bronsky - the GB 12 is 4.64 oz heavier than your Surface 3; glorious 12" AMOLED QHD screen; actually thinner, but a little longer and wider - JUST SAYIN'

    No doubt a kickstand > origami folding, but not much room for kickstands in these ultralights these days.

    Still, we all know MWC will bring you a Samsung TAB S-size WoA with S Pen...:vbcool::newpalm::hi:
     
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  8. Kumabjorn

    Kumabjorn ***** is back Senior Member

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    Jeez, you take out all the fun of coming here..., but ok I won't mention Viagra.
     
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  9. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    I knew better than to even forewarn...:vbeek::vbrolleyes::vbwink:
     
  10. Kumabjorn

    Kumabjorn ***** is back Senior Member

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    It is like you subconsciously ask for it.
    But if it bothers you I'll let it slide, I'm not trying to offend anyone. I guess it is more a reaction to Christopher Hitchens.

    Sent from my SC-01F using Tapatalk
     
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