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    Hey guys,
    I'm heading into sixth form in sept and my birthday is in oct.
    I wanted a laptop but a friend of mine said tablets were better and would soon take over laptops.
    So what should I get?
    What are the benefits and drawbacks to each?
    Thanks
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    Tablets are not yet replacements for laptops.

    at the moment they are little more than toys.
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    Hmmm i guess all i can say is tablets are sexier...lol.


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    iOS and Android tablets still can't rival the functionality of fully fledged laptops, I wouldn't recommend having one as your primary device yet.
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    (Original post by PKMN TRN JAM)
    Hey guys,
    I'm heading into sixth form in sept and my birthday is in oct.
    I wanted a laptop but a friend of mine said tablets were better and would soon take over laptops.
    So what should I get?
    What are the benefits and drawbacks to each?
    Thanks
    Don't take advice from your friend :facepalm:

    In terms of power, spec laptops>tablet, not to mention far better value for price.
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    IMHO, for everything, a laptop is better, especially if it has reasonably high specs and a dedicated graphics card. You'll want to maim puppies after typing on a tablet for any prolonged period of time or after doing anything productivity-related on it. The video and entertainment options are served equally well if not better on a laptop since there are a wider range of file formats available and there will be far more HDD space. The only thing that you might want a tablet for are the app stores, but even there laptops have thousands or more of their own applications for free. If you like gaming, then light PC gaming ranges everything from flash games which are essentially the same as app store games to hardcore strategy titles and RPGs - options only widened if you get a laptop with dedicated graphics.

    Tablets are nice gadgets but laptops are eminently more practical.
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    Tablets are more for content users and casual experience, while computers are for content creators, they are better for practical usage. If I were you, I'll choose laptop.
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    Depends on your use, for making notes and things a tablet is much easier and more functional.
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    Laptop for sure!

    Some people in my 6th form got ipads and they're a bit pointless at that level because you can't type notes fast enough in class, and there are always problems opening particular files and things. when you're trying to do an assignment it's just not good enough. and then when you try to send the files to your teacher it sometimes doesn't open on their computer - nightmare.

    if you want something small and light, then get a notebook because they're much better value for money than a tablet. also think about if you're going to uni - you might not want to carry around a big laptop as they're quite heavy; a notebook might be good. if you really want the tablet experience, you can get touchscreen laptops!!
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    (Original post by PKMN TRN JAM)
    Hey guys,
    I'm heading into sixth form in sept and my birthday is in oct.
    I wanted a laptop but a friend of mine said tablets were better and would soon take over laptops.
    So what should I get?
    What are the benefits and drawbacks to each?
    Thanks
    you could get a laptop/tablet with an atachible keyboard
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    I have both.

    Before I got a tablet, I thought they were pointless toys. But I bought a Motorola Xoom for £200 and added the bluetooth keyboard and mouse for £25.

    It's as useful as a netbook (I used to own one but sorta stepped on it...) and ideal for writing and note-taking. I'm a journalist and travel a lot, often on a motorbike or a plane, so having a tiny, lightweight computer (which it is, even with the keyboard) which is still functional, has a great battery life and packs plenty of punch for entertainment in hotels etc, is a lifesaver.

    That said, as soon as I'm home I dig out my big laptop or go on my desktop.

    If it's your only or main device, you need a full laptop. Although when Microsoft release their Surface tablet with Windows 8, that may change...
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    (Original post by userofTSR)
    you could get a laptop/tablet with an atachible keyboard
    That doesn't address the key issue tablets have though, a lack of functionality compared to a proper computer OS.
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    (Original post by Gofre)
    That doesn't address the key issue tablets have though, a lack of functionality compared to a proper computer OS.
    cool, i dont realy know that much about these things just that one of my friends was raving about hers
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    (Original post by PKMN TRN JAM)
    Hey guys,
    I'm heading into sixth form in sept and my birthday is in oct.
    I wanted a laptop but a friend of mine said tablets were better and would soon take over laptops.
    So what should I get?
    What are the benefits and drawbacks to each?
    Thanks
    Just leave out all other thoughts for the moment and think about one single thing:

    Imagine typing long e-mails, essays or whatever on a tablet.
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    What do you want it for is surely one of the first questions you should ask?
    If you were doing lots of writing, e-mails, English course, fully fledged games or whatever then a Laptop
    But if you want it for amusement, size and quick internet browsing then a tablet would be better
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    if it would be a secondary device maybe a tablet but if its to be your main "computer" a laptop no question
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    Okay thanks a bunch guys, any specific brands of laptop , preferably stocked by tesco so my mum gets her clubcard points

    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my GT-S5830i
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