Laptop , PC or Tablet ? Where will we go next ?

5 09 2012

Personally, I have a laptop, phone and tablet and used to own a desktop PC, until it became pretty antiquated with its 40GB hard drive.

Most people have made the jump from a desktop to a laptop, usually stating their main reason for this as it being easier to move around and more portable etc. This, 9 times out of 10 is absolutely bull. I know that 3 laptops later, my laptop sits at my desk and used to make a rare journey to the kitchen for me to view recipes, since the arrival of my iPad.. old laptop’y stays where is all day long, on my desk plugged into its power supply.

Most people also absolutely obliterate the battery on their machines by constantly keeping them plugged in, this severely screws with your battery, with older machines benefitting more from a complete charge and decharge session as opposed to constant full power and attempted charging the longer you leave it plugged in and the more frequently you do this the more chance you have of your battery holding a pitiful amount of charge (this goes for mobile phones in most cases and tablets too).

Desktop PC’s, a regular in some homes but I’d say a dying breed for most recently, this is why in my opinion, it is the best time to buy one of these beauties. Modern desktop Towers aren’t exactly Towers they are more like bungalows.. Some modern desktop towers are smaller than some early mobile phones! These also pack a serious punch and are usually for more hardcore computer enthusiasts with better performance specs, and usual mobility not being much of a huge concern for somebody who usually gets all their work done in the same place anyway.

Above is an example of a modern tower, in comparison with some older towers the size is massively different. Many modern PC’s also allow you to use your television as an output device meaning that if you are low on space your TV can function as your monitor, and with wireless keyboards and mice its long past the times of having to sit within a specific distance of the tower.

Tablets, now what can we say about Tablets. A new genre if you like has been created, and performs its role extremely well but is it a replacement to any of the above ? As far as im concerned, my tablet bridges the gap between my mobile phone and my laptop. I couldn’t see myself replacing my laptop with a tablet, but it performs a whole other duty to which I dont think you can fully appreciate without having used a tablet for about a month to learn of its uses ! My iPad is used mostly for social networking, internet browsing, emails and games. These are all things that you can do on a laptop but are mostly easier to do on a tablet, and can be done far easier than a laptop as tablets are incredibly more portable than a laptop (especially one that is constantly plugged in)

Laptops are laptops. Most people have a laptop as their main household computer I’d say these days, or most definately the kid of the house has a laptop (god knows what they are doing with it) and they do what they do, and perform it well. Its a screen, keyboard and mouse built into one with all of its components contained, this is why I think they overtook PC’s.. Not the portability factor, but more towards it all being in one contained unit, for one easy transaction and not buying keyboards, mice and monitors separately. In buying a modern laptop, your specs on standard models probably aren’t a kick in the behind away from the specs on a standard PC, but depending on your level of brand loyalty may cost you alot more. Laptops, like PC’s have higher end hardcore models but you would usually find in a battle of the hardcore models, the PC would usually have the lead when it came to specs.

My advice, if you are buying anything is to do your research, and buy based on what you need it for. Its all fair and good saying this PC is the best for hardcore gaming, but if you are somebody who only surfs the web and reads their emails then this is definately not for them. I like to think of myself as a geek but my laptop is no where near what I’d call high spec, the range is almost limitless depending on what you are after. If i was buying again, I’d trade my laptop for a PC and keep my tablet. Tablets perform their own role, as I mentioned earlier, you can’t make a judgement without having the use of one for a week or 2. At first I thought my iPad would sit and be rarely used due a mobile phone and a laptop but it has been more or less stuck to my hand for the past few months, it was something I thought of as an additional extra but now I would find it difficult to live without.

Where do you think tech will go from here ? What else have we left to make !?

What do you use currently ?

Would you buy differently when you came to renewing your tech?

How often do you renew your tech ?

What do you look for most in any of the above ?

Thanks !!





Apple Ipad HD

29 06 2012

The Ipad HD or the Ipad 3 whatever you would rather call it, is Apples most recent offering on the Ipad front. Its available in Wifi Only or Wifi + 3/4G Models with a few memory capacitys, from 16GB to 32GB to 64GB. With a hefty jump inbetween each of these models its imporant to choose wisely if you are going to opt for the Ipad!

The 4G model is available in the UK but with no 4G network to operate on, it will only be a 3G signal it will truly receive. The 3G model is ideal if the Ipad is going to be used on the go when you know you wont be passing through Wifi Hotspots with the Wifi only option being ideal for at home or somewhere you know has Wifi, or a day planned travelling via these Hotspots to stay connected !

Most people saw the Ipad HD as an Ipad 2 with a fancy new HD screen, this is correct to an extent as superficially there isnt much difference between the two.

The Ipad 3 is a bit thicker, a bit heavier and has a faster processor with an improved camera. It also has an enlarged battery increased by 17.5 Watts to give a far longer battery life, accounting for some of the additional weight. On reading the facts the more pocket friendly option is clearly the Ipad 2 with the prices being drastically cut following the new release but the proof is in the pudding with testing, with a side by side comparison of both clearly favouring the Ipad 3 as the undisputed winner with its improved A5 processor making actions seamless and a far better experience overall as well as the crisp clarity of the new HD screen.

Experience wise, the Ipad is on a par of its own. Only now are we starting to see serious competitors for this devices crown in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Nexus 7 Tab, or the Asus Transformer. Its rather large price tag is offputting to most with some of the above options proving a more cost effective route to tablet heaven !








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