Best desktop replacement tablet?

Posted Jun 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

Hello. I know there are many articles on this on the web, but they are all different. I wanted to get your guys opinions on this. I am thinking of replacing my dieing iMac with an Android Tablet, instead of with another bazillion dollar Mac product. Also I do not like PC Windows anything really.

I already have a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0″, and ICS does a great job at replacing my desktop. There are a few drawbacks though to the tab2 7. The screen in low resolution and a little too small, it needs more ports and the capability to run certain peripherals without a power source.

Basically I wondering what your guys opinions are on what the best Android Tablet for a power user would be. I would be using the tablet to draw, play games, use Photoshop, extract and move files, edit video, and all the typical stuff. I really want a tablet that has a high quality/high resolution screen as I may use photoshop to touch up files for work, and I hate fuzzy, blurry looking screens. I am even willing to consider the ipad if someone can tell me why (right now it seems like a very limited device to me).

  • jaxidian

    Personally, I would NEVER replace my desktop with any available tablet. But that is because I require Windows (that’s my career – it’s what I do, sorry). However, I could possibly see myself replacing my laptop with an available tablet. If it weren’t for the Windows 8 tablets coming out, I would probably have purchased one of the Transformer tablets + dock. I don’t know if I would have gone for the Transformer Prime (I don’t care about GPS) or if I’d be waiting for the Transformer Infinity but that’s what I’d be looking at.

    That said, I’m not considering these because I’m waiting for a Windows 8 tablet (x86, not ARM) – it’ll be a plus to be able to run VMs on my tablet/laptop, which a powerful enough one will be able to do.

    • Hue Three of Five

      Yeah I should really stick with a Mac desktop since I am a Graphic Designer. But I am sick of their outrageous prices plus I have a pretty nice iMac down the street at work. I use to dislike tablets but feel that ICS has made them what I’d hoped they would be. Windows is not my cup of tea anymore. The transformer line does look nice. That’s where I’m leaning towards. They got to start using higher resolution displays in these tablets though.

      • jaxidian

        The Transformer Infinity has a 1080p resolution. I bet that’s the high resolution you’re wanting…

        • Hue Three of Five

          That’s probably the way I will go unless, it is the same or more expensive than a Mac mini…and doesn’t suffer from all the reported issues the prime had. $499 without dock is getting kind of expensive.

  • CJ LaFleur

    If i had to replace my laptop I would use the Asus Transformer Prime. It’s really the clear choice here. it is the most refined and it is specifically built to be a laptop replacement. however I love my Xubuntu laptop too much to give it up. I also need windows for some things but most things can be handled by Xubuntu.

    • Hue Three of Five

      Yeah it’s looking like the transformers are the best ones out there so far. I may see how the infinity turns out.

  • Pratap Shinde

    I found Toshiba Excite AT305 better that Transformer series, moreover it has a full SD card reader and a micro-usb on board.

    • Hue Three of Five

      I did see the Engadget review of that and it does look nice. I may see how the Asus Infinity turns out though because it has a keyboard dock. It looks like it will be expensive after the dock though.

  • Jesse Moreno

    My question to you is: Out of all the things you listed you’ll be doing with the tablet, which of them will be done while you’re portable or “on the go”?

    • Hue Three of Five

      Honestly portability isn’t first priority, but it’s better than a bulky desktop to me. Also Android tablets are about $500 less than most Mac products. If I liked Windows, I would probably just get a Windows laptop. I like my Galaxy tab 2 7.0″ now but I need something with slightly better performance, way better bigger screen and something I can easily connect a hard drive and other peripherals to like a keyboard.

  • Lightning7

    I would advise you to go with the Asus Transformer Prime. I actually won mine with the keyboard dock from Android And Me, and it has become my child. It and I are attached at the hip. The keyboard dock makes it feel more of like an actual laptop. The first few times I used it, it felt “odd,” but you get used to it. If you want to get a little higher resolution, I would say you should wait for the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, or if you want something a little more productive, I’d say go for the Asus Tablet 600 with Windows RT or Tablet 810 with Windows 8 (I saw that you said Windows is not your cup of tea anymore, but I am just covering all bases and giving you every possible option that I can). The final thing that I have to say is, tablets cannot *yet* replace a desktop/laptop in my opinion. They are infinitesimally close, but there is still just a little more productivity with the traditional desktop/laptop.

    • Hue Three of Five

      How does the screen on the Prime look. Is everything crisp and clear? It would be nice if the Prime and dock dropped in price once the Infinity came out. Do you have any of the wifi connections issues that people have reported with the prime?

      • Lightning7

        Screen looks amazing, especially in Super IPS+ mode, very bright. Clear, distinguishable, and I don’t really have that bad of a wifi issue. My home router is say about 30-40 ft away from me and the least I get is 2 bars, highest is 4 bars from the same distance. Other than that, I tether it to my Thunderbolt and it is in the room with me, full signal.

      • Sean Riley

        I’m just wrapping up my review of the Transformer Pad Infinity and I won’t spoil it, but I would seriously consider waiting for that one to come out in mid-July.

        • Hue Three of Five

          It seems like it will be a great device. I think I will wait and see how that looks when it comes out.

  • Sumozebra

    Id say get a new macbook pro that can cover u for 3-4 years instead.

    I love android, use windows, and admire apple (use to hate apple) after reading steve jovs biograpby and the way he thought.

    Tablet U’lll need to upgrad almost annually.

    And no, u cant do photoshop on tablet. Im a grapgics output guy and also a teacher.

    I’m dreaming of the day when tablet / android can replace my desktop AND laptop.

    Also the problem with printing properly via a tablet us another huge drawback, if its ur primary device

  • kookeetree

    What about the Windows Surface? Not that RT version but the full windows 8. From the youtube vidoes I watched the Surface tablet with the full windows 8 is a tablet and a desktop.

    You can use all your pc apps and peripherals (like printers and stuff) to use as a desktop and has the touch screen to use as a tablet.

    • MC_Android

      I agree with the windows 8. Having owned my fair share of Android tablets, I strongly believe that they just don’t have the capacity to truly “replace a laptop”. After a year of owning the Infinity, Prime, Nexus 7…I’ve come to the conclusion their place is as a supplement device to a good laptop. They’re good for watching movies on the bed, taking on the go for a casual day, browsing on the toilet and etc.

  • sandy105

    i think the transformer infinity with dock would suit you well ,on a more portable (and cheaper) level -samsung tab 2 7.0 with bundled keyboard dock for 250 $ only

    • sandy105

      oh sorry didnt read you had tab 2 7.0 already :(