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Old January 20th, 2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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Students: if any of you are using a tablet pc for academics and whatnot, which one are you using and what do you like or loathe about it?
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Old January 20th, 2013, 05:30 PM   #2
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Not a student and a tablet user. Horsepower is limited for Excel-like heavy lifting ( if required for program). External keyboard a must for any actual document development.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 05:43 PM   #3
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I have the Microsoft surface with the type cover. It comes with Microsoft office 2013 already installed. I type papers, make power points, excel graphs, everything right off of my tablet.
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I asked my daughter about this awhile ago.

Tablets are for entertainment. Netbooks suck in general, that's how she summed it up. I asked her what she would do if I snagged her laptop from her, she said she would go to the library and use one before she used a tablet or netbook for school purposes.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 05:52 PM   #5
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In 2 different school over the last 5 years, a laptop is the only thing I would recommend. Anybody who had a tablet (which was hardly anybody) was using it for games.
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I currently attend OU and the only thing I have ever used was my laptop (Macbook Pro). Some teachers do not allow tablets for note taking because they're known for being only used for games.
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If I had to have a tablet for some stuff, I would go with this:

http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-12-l221...n&s=dhs&~ck=mn

Smallish screen though.
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I used a 13" MacBook when I was in school and I looked into replacing it with an ipad but didn't end up getting one.

I carried my MacBook everywhere and it was smaller than most of my books, so size was not an issue. In a few years when more textbooks are e versions it may be a good investment, but for now, I'd stick with a 13" size laptop and get a tight fitting neoprene case (I had an incase) and just toss it in your bag.

Plus a laptop is much more useful when you're done with school. I use mine everyday and it pretty much lives on the coffee table. I cannot imagine surfing all night on just an ipad.

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If I had to have a tablet for some stuff, I would go with this:

http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-12-l221...n&s=dhs&~ck=mn

Smallish screen though.
While I haven't used it, I think that would work nicely. You want a real keyboard for pretty much anything other than games and facebook or twitter IMO.
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I have the Microsoft surface with the type cover. It comes with Microsoft office 2013 already installed. I type papers, make power points, excel graphs, everything right off of my tablet.
How is the performance while working on MS Office programs?
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I currently attend OU and the only thing I have ever used was my laptop (Macbook Pro). Some teachers do not allow tablets for note taking because they're known for being only used for games.


I've never heard of, or had a prof. even glance at what a student uses to take notes. The most anyone has ever said at OU in any course I've been in is having a policy on what if anything is allowed during exam time.

And/or, that whatever you use, silence it. that being said all of my courses have been evening sessions.



I used to have a fujitsu slate tablet with a stylus - for professors that had powerpoints and/or topic/lecture notes pre-planned it was a godsend being able to "write" on top of the electronic files. For those that don't, a proper keyboard is a must for those of us that can type 80-90 wpm.
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I used to use my Transformer tablet and the docking keyboard for note taking, but I had already used a netbook for notes when my real laptop fried.

The small keyboards are cumbersome for note taking, and frankly a laptop will always beat it. If they need to do anything MS Office related they only real option you have is something that can either run the full Office Suite, or something compatible. To my knowledge anything running Android does not have a 100% compatible Office Suite yet (I have not looked recently though). I am pretty sure the Microsoft products are, and MS may have made an iPad app by now.
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Between changing majors and taking semesters off for work I have been in college for 6 years. In that time I have brought my MacBook to class maybe 3 times. I prefer taking notes with paper and pen. When I brought my laptop I was always temped to check Craigslist, email, Facebook, gl4x4, etc. I could not see typing papers, making power points, or spreadsheets being ideal on a tablet.
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Between changing majors and taking semesters off for work I have been in college for 6 years. In that time I have brought my MacBook to class maybe 3 times. I prefer taking notes with paper and pen. When I brought my laptop I was always temped to check Craigslist, email, Facebook, gl4x4, etc. I could not see typing papers, making power points, or spreadsheets being ideal on a tablet.
For me it depends on the class - and it's all about discipline and ability (or inability) to multi-task.

I've taken a LOT of classes, including grad courses where the lecture was in a "lab" at OU and found the convenience factor (plus my typing speed) made it a LOT easier to type my notes.

I've also been in classes at South foundation hall where you're squeezed into an elementary school sized desk for 4 hours, with no access to power and found that hand annotating printed powerpoint lectures and white papers to be more convenient.
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I used my netbook. Price was right, three years old now and still very little issues. I'm a big guy so it looked funny typing on a 10" laptop. A bunch of the girls I know called me BMTL because I apparently looked contorted using it. (Not unlike Chris Farley, fat guy little coat)

Screen can be too small at times, and a little underpowered. I only used it for basic searching and typing/excel. Nice for how easy it can be carried around, actually fit in my cargo shorts' side pockets.

In the long run I wish I would have just went with a 13" laptop, and paid a little more. It was a gift though... so nbd.

Beating a dead horse

Tablets are not for note taking. I've only seen one person be able to pull off using it for school without getting side tracked. Never knew anybody that hooked keyboards up to it either.

In summary:
Get a laptop, more universal.
Get a wireless or Bluetooth mouse if you don't like the keypad.
If you plan on slacking/wasting time a lot with it, consider the tablet
I don't have any experience with Windows 8, but have used Linux based on my netbook for quick booting.
Asus. Check that brand out. You won't be disappointed for the quality.
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