Can Android Tablets Fully Replace Laptops?

Posted Aug 31, 2012 at 10:02 am in Threads > Entertainment

While I was writing my review for hovernote the other day, I alluded to a point that I’ve been mulling over ever since Android Tablets came out: Can they fully replace laptops yet? This is, of course, a matter of opinion, but I’ll tackle it from a few different perspectives, focusing on the entertainment/media side of things. For the purposes of this article, I’ll be taking an Asus Transformer (as seen below) as my Android reference, and Windows-based laptops will be the comparison.

Interacting with it
This is one of the most obvious differences between the two. Personally, I think that touchscreens are the way forward from here. Apparently even Microsoft agrees with that, as they’ve baked touchscreen controls into Windows 8. At the moment, however, tablets allow for a much easier way to interact for the user. Besides, if you’re really pining for an old keyboard and mouse approach, you can always hook up bluetooth ones (if you’re running ICS or JB).

Movies and Media Consumption
This is one category which I think the Android tablet really outshines any laptop. The fact that tablets are so portable means that it’s much easier and convenient to carry around a library of TV shows, movies, anime or whatever else you want to watch. My personal favourites are Diceplayer and MX Video Player, which have played almost everything I threw at it so far. There are also a plethora of decent news reader apps, blog aggregators and whatever else you need to get your current affairs fix, all available on Google Play.

On the other hand, while laptops are a little more cumbersome, the x86 processors allow for them to run a whole range of codecs. This means that they can play the more obscure file formats out there.

This one’s fairly evenly matched. Tablets have a range of great apps for listening to music. You can’t go past Google Music without having a look, with its cloud streaming capabilities. Plus there are apps like TuneIn which let you listen to radio stations and podcasts, as well as Pandora and Spotify, which let you stream music too. The ability to drag and drop onto Android tablets also makes it really easy to transfer your music collection, if you so wish. I can’t really see many advantages to using a laptop to listen to music, to be honest.

Ah games. This one’s another contentious one in some parts of the world, but I’m going to have to say that laptops have the upper hand, by far. The AAA games just haven’t made it over to tablets at the moment. (In my opinion, it should stay that way, but that’s a whole other can of worms I’ll open somewhere else). Suffice it to say, there are just more games on Windows platforms at the moment.

On the other hand, if you like touchscreen-based games (like Horn) then, well, tablets will be a winner in your books. Plus, there are quite a number of emulators floating around for retro consoles like the NES, SNES, GBA, Genesis, Neo Geo, N64 and Playstation 1 that can provide endless hours of fun! You can even wirelessly hook up bluetooth controllers, plug your tablet into the TV and Hey Presto! A mini console.

Using it for productivity
This is where the tablets start to fall short. Not being able to run things inside windows really limits what you can do on a tablet. In this way, you won’t be able to open textbooks or websites side-by-side with a word processor. Speaking of which, one of the most conspicuous absences on Android is Microsoft Office. It’s no real surprise, considering they have their own tablet range coming out very soon, but it can be a deal-breaker for many. There are a range of decent alternatives, like Documents To Go or Quickoffice, but it’s just not the same. Don’t forget, the Google Drive/Docs app actually works quite well, but is really barebones.

I haven’t had a chance to try out creating powerpoints or excel spreadsheets on my tablet, but I’ve heard that it doesn’t work nearly as well as a full Windows experience.

Let’s finish off with connectivity options, since movies are getting to humongous file sizes these days. Depending on the laptop you get, you’ll generally have access to several USB and probably an SD card slot as well. Unless you have laptops from a certain fruity company, you’ll also have the option of running HDMI-out/VGA-out/DVI-out with full-sized ports. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are now standard too. Most Android tablets have a mini/micro-HDMI out, Bluetooth and a MicroSD card slot. The Asus Transformer also has two full-sized USB ports and a full-sized SD slot. Other tablets generally have a micro/mini-USB slot as well, from which you can mount something with an OTG cable. The Acer Iconia has a full-sized USB port too.

Depending on what you intend to do with your device, though, not having a full range of connectivity options on a tablet may not be an issue, especially with access to so many different cloud services these days, like Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.

In terms of functionality, there’s no two ways about it. Laptops are just able to achieve so much more than any tablet right now. Then again, I don’t think tablets are meant to be replacements, so much as companions. I don’t even have a laptop, personally – My tablet is a perfect complement to my desktop PC.

What do you guys think? Can tablets ever replace laptops? Should they ever do that? With Windows 8 tablet/laptop hybrids on the horizon, Android tablets might be in for a hard slog. It’s possible that the new Windows ones would be able to take the best of both worlds and combine them into one beast of a device. In the end, it’ll probably come down to developer support, but a Nexus 10 or 12 couldn’t hurt!

  • Hollandia

    Yes i think in some way, at least the 10″ Laptops, and maybe up to 15″ but as the world is now, i don’t think it could replace 17″+

    • Esoth

      Yeah, 17″ monstrosities are a different story, but I suppose you could argue that’s bordering on not-very-portable. Theoretically, if they had 17″ tablets though, would you buy one? It would look impressive, but it would be so clunky to carry around.

      • zerosix

        17″ laptops aren’t laptops, they are desktops. Or semi-desktops, because they are too heavy and huge to be portable. The same thing about tablets: they should be small and light.
        But I think, that for many people tablets can replace laptops, because they use 2-5 apps: browser, document editors, media-players, IM.
        Actually, given enough remote-access posibilities, a tablet can replace a desktop. For example, I use MatLab on my laptop. But there are remote access apps in Play, so I can have MatLab on a 3g-enabled tablet. But a) I don’t want to pay for 3g, and b) I don’t think, that I will be able to use a tablet (which I consider to be an entertainment device) for study.
        Summing up the above: the tablets can change the market of laptops, and they will, but they won’t replace them. Probably, low and mid-end laptops can be replaced by tablets, but high-end laptops will exist and people (who _really_ need a high-end laptop) will continue to buy them.

        • Esoth

          Yeah it seems like that’s the general consensus I’m getting here – basically that it probably won’t ever supplant the need for high-end laptops. I think I remember reading that a few manufacturers have eaten into the lower-end laptops, but I can’t remember who said that.

          If you had access to fast WiFi connection, a decent remote access app and a wireless keyboard (and maybe even a mouse), do you think that you could feasibly use MatLab on a tablet? Or do you think it’s more of a psychological thing, in that you just don’t think you could ever get much done on a tablet?

          As a side-note, here’s an 18.4 inch all-in-one Windows 8 desktop that changes to an Android touchscreen tablet when you undock it. It’s hilarious.

          • zerosix

            For example:

            About your question: first of all, my laptop has a 3:4 14″ screen, which is really big and comfortable for me. But yes, there is some psychological… hm, barrier, which will probably prevent me from using such apps as MatLab (or Mathcad, AutoCad, etc.) on my tablet.I don’t have a tablet, but I would like to carry out such experiment (even though I understand, that remote access apps are not perfect).

            By the way, another problem about tablets: if I’m not mistaken, there is no way to develop and compile an app on a tablet.

            I suppose, that tablets have a big future. They can make some modular expirience (like a dock+kb+mouse at home and at work, a keyboard dock station for long rides, etc.). And if some corporations decide to use some web-based solutions (when you access the company databases or apps through a browser), tablets can make their life easier because of their price and portability.

      • Hollandia

        I don’t think i would buy one, 17″ is to big for a tablet, but of course we will in the future have Tablet like 17″ semi-Laptops, but as zerosix says, “they are too heavy and huge to be portable”, but if a 15″ tablet comes out, i might buy it, depending that the price and specs is fair.

        • Esoth

          15″ seems reasonable. There are rumours flying around that Samsung have an 11″ one planned for release soon, with a crazy high pixel density. That certainly sound more than reasonable and it’ll be interesting to see if that’ll eventuate.

    • brandon2013

      Size wise you have a point! But look at windows 8 I mean it could just be me but it looks like its already happen!!!
      USB DVD and cd Rom’s “that’s so cool I thought!”

    • Martyac

      If they had 17” tablets I would own one. I don’t think they would be clunky at all. I guess I don’t really use a tablet in a situation where 17” would be to obtrusive. I had no problem carrying around my 17” laptop where I need it.

  • Taylor Wimberly

    I’d say the current Android tablets are pretty close, but the CPU is not quite up to par for my browsing habits. Things should improve when the new Cortex-A15 CPUs start showing up early next year. I’m already drooling over Tegra 4…

    • Esoth

      I didn’t realise that the specs for Tegra 4 were leaked, but drooooooool. The thing is though, even if they beef up the CPU, it just can’t run certain programs, just because they tend to run with ARM architecture rather than x86. For example: they say never say never, but it’ll at least be years and years before PCSX2 (awesome PS2 emulator) will run on any android tablet, regardless of its clock speed.

      Like I said though, it really comes down to how you want to use your tablet. If it’s mainly for movies and music then I’d say tablets are the way to go, especially since both are now available on Google Play.

      PS: What browsing habits do you have that Tegra 3 can’t handle?

    • brandon2013

      Hay do you think you can use a USB cd rom on a tablet like the 7″ MID 4.0 android tablet pc and game on it like w/ diablo 1-2 or 3?

  • Kevin Cowart

    Until every niche professional application has fully integrated touch support this will not happen. I am a cartographer and there is not a single application in my software arsenal (ArcGIS, ENVI, Illustrator, Photoshop) that even has a modicum of touch support. While my professional is a small minority you also have accountants, programmers, mathmaticans ad infinitum that have highly specialized software as well.

    Academics and white collar professions perform word processing on a daily basis. I cannot believe touch screen keyboards will ever have the tactile feel of a physical keyboard for those who do a lot a writing.

    That being said, yes, its reasonable that tablets will still consume most of the laptop market, but not all of it; not for while.

    • Esoth

      I think you’ve really hit the nail on the head there. There is just no way for tablets to be able to fulfill all the niche markets out there. Although Adobe has put out Photoshop Touch and Ideas on Android, as touch-enabled versions of Photoshop and Illustrator respectively, it’s just not the same. I think a lot of it comes down to the fact that tablets will find it very difficult to ever have the same sort of penetrance as laptops/desktops, so the smaller companies won’t find it worthwhile to code for it.

      So yes, the laptop market will remain but maybe what it has consumed is the netbook market, as those were targeted to the lighter users?

      • amarcionek

        Agreed on the netbook comment. Im a developer of Windows based applications using c,c++,.NET,etc. I bought a laptop in order to be able of handle internet/email/word processing and also to be able to develop using visual studio in emergency situations at customer sites. A tablet won’t do all that yet. But, if I have internet access, an external monitor, keyboard and mouse and can use a tablet to RDP into my extremely powerful workstation at work via VPN, then maybe, just maybe, I could toss the laptop for a high end tablet.

        • Esoth

          Well there are apps available (like Splashtop and Jump Desktop) that let you RDP and VPN is baked into Android now. I’ve tried to RDP into my own desktop, but my internet is too slow for it to have been usable, as it was ridiculously laggy.

  • Ken

    Has anyone ever written a a complete and useful Android app entirely on an Android tablet? Until that happens, I’d say that tablets are primarily read-only devices (plus writing short emails).

    • Esoth

      Do you mean using an Android tablet to code apps? I think you’re right, in that you need a desktop to use something like Eclipse. I suppose you could write the code, but I’m not sure if you can compile apps on a tablet as of yet.

  • txbluesman

    The tablet market it getting closer, but they still have a way to go. I think ASUS has really gotten a head start with the tablet/keyboard dock.
    As far as the Netbook, the tablets are much closer to being on the same level for the stock Netbook. I pimped my Netbook out, so I can’t say that for me yet. LOL!

    • Esoth

      Yeah, looking back now, it looks like Asus really were onto something good when they made the Transformer line. Almost all the Windows 8 tablets that are coming out will be dockable too (if Asus were Apple, they’d probably sue them all)

      The netbook market was huge at the time the original Transformer came out, and it just makes sense to have a tablet that’s dockable. It really helps that Asus made the tablets pretty damn amazing to use even without the keyboard dock.

      By the way, how exactly did you pimp out your netbook? Does it dualboot? Did you overclock it?

      • txbluesman

        Did a little overclocking, but it uses more battery and runs hotter, of course. Full upgrade memory, and a hybrid drive that starts up super fast. Not too much more you can do to a netbook.

        • txbluesman

          Nice thread, by the way.

          • Esoth

            Thanks, it was something that I’d been thinking about for a long time, so I thought I’d put it out there and see what everyone else thinks. Your netbook actually sounds pretty darn amazing. I overclocked my Asus Transformer (the one in the picture) up to about 1.7 GHz, but that’s about all I can do with it. If I really wanted to, someone has figured out how to load Ubuntu onto it, but I haven’t quite seen the need for that yet.

            I’m assuming that your netbook runs Windows, so do you think you would buy a Windows 8 tablet? I’m an Android fan through and through, but if Windows 8 can get enough traction and developer support, they could be mighty tempting. Hopefully Google keeps pushing tablet optimisation on Android…

          • txbluesman

            I actually ordered my netbook with XP. I did not want the windows 7 starter and at the time wasn’t sure it it would work well if I upgraded it to full version of windows 7. Now I probably would like to have 7 on it. I guess if I upgrade my desktop to 8 I will install 7 on my netbook and try it out. It is a fun toy to have. A guy can’t have too many electronic toys!

  • SuperRon

    As you mentioned I think it all comes down to your primary use for the laptop/tablet. If you are requiring to use it for work a never will never really replace a laptop. But if all you use it for is browsing the internet and watching media you can easily use a tablet to replace your laptop.

    • Esoth

      Yeah, that’s a good point. Although, I’ve found that pairing up a keyboard (whether via Bluetooth or via the keyboard dock with the Transformer) actually makes a tablet somewhat viable for work. If most of your productivity needs are word processing and document reading (as it often is for a student), then it might very well be just enough to replace a laptop. Evernote’s recently overhauled their app to fully take advantage of the tablet screen’s real estate so that really helps, too.

  • Nich

    If you need desktop performance on tablet, VPN is the way to go, provided that you have a stable and fast internet.

    Then just dock the tablet.or use btooth, and you will have power and portability. Only limitation for power users will be the screen size, unless you are able to access a large screen at your remote location.

    On the other hand, what about the other trend – ultra books? Full OS & Power + mobility. All the way to 17 inch.

    What effect do ultrabooks have on tablets?

    • zerosix

      Ultrabooks are ultraexpensive, unfortunately. And now it’s too early to talk about effects. The conception of ultrabook is too young, the tablet market is also not quite stable. I think, we will be able to find an answer to your question in a year or two.

      • Esoth

        Haha ultraexpensive indeed! Hmm, even though it would seem like the ultrabook and tablet markets would cannibalise each other, I’m not entirely convinced that would happen. Like you said above, it really seems like the market will splice into two groups: power-users and more-casual-users. I’d say that the power users will still go for laptops/ultrabooks and the more-casual-users will stick to tablets. OR you could just buy both, if you have the money.

        Like I said in the article, I think that gaming will be a big driving force. At the moment, I can’t see any AAA games being developed for tablets, so laptops will lead in that regard for a while. Then again, some people are predicting the decline of AAA games…

  • Dan13

    I’m not thinking exactly along the lines of a stand alone tablet acting as a laptop, but more of an ASUS Padfone like design. I believe a design similar to that could expand in many more directions and potentially attract enough attention to get the development needed to be able to do some real work done.

    • Esoth

      Do you mean a modular design so that it can seamlessly switch between a tablet and a fully functional laptop? It would certainly be very appealing, especially if you can retain all your data/files in both modes. That actually sounds a lot like some of the Windows 8 tablets set to come out later this year. I’m not entirely sure, but I think even the tablets can switch between the Metro and desktop modes. I guess we’ll see in a year or two if Microsoft can attract sufficient developers (and manufacturers) for it to take off.

  • johnfarrell

    Yeah! I think in very few coming years, Android Tablets will replace the laptops.
    Due to increasing popularity of android apps and security and a lot of free useful apps, it will make.

    • Esoth

      I think this would be more viable if Android ended up merging with their Chrome OS. The first step was the Chrome browser, but if we could see the two becoming one unified OS, then it could be amazing.

  • aranea

    For me the replacement can not come until there is a sufficient office replacement. Quickoffice doesn’t open pptx files properly so I can’t use it to edit or practice talks. Also editing with track changes doesn’t work tablet either. That’s why I’m waiting to see how MS Surface will be with the free office installed. I’d rather use an Android tablet for better integration but office is still a deal-breaker for me.

    • Esoth

      Once upon a time I was like you, but I now do all my work on Google Docs, and the native Docs editor for Android is more than good enough for me. On another note, Microsoft is releasing an Android Office app next year, so that’s something to look forward to as well.

  • Drew

    First off, thanks for the article. Some of you are talking about me. I’m the big guy, that carries a 17″ laptop and it looks normal. It is not cumbersome nor heavy, and does exactly what I want it to do. Additionally, it fits well on the tray table on commercial aircraft, slides into it’s carrier fuss free, and drops onto a docking station when in desk mode.That said, was on a site visit, and the lead engineer had an iPad new model. Now that thing is spiffy. She had the 4G, and was able to GPS the footer locations to within inches of the proposed site, transfer all the docs into a generic text app, and e-mail it to where MS Office is the mainstay without any compatibility issues.

  • Drew

    First off, thanks for the article. Some of you are talking about me. I’m the big guy, that carries a 17″ laptop and it looks normal. It is not cumbersome nor heavy, and does exactly what I want it to do. Additionally, it fits well on the tray table on commercial aircraft, slides into it’s carrier fuss free, and drops onto a docking station when in desk mode.That said, was on a site visit, and the lead engineer had an iPad new model. Now that thing is spiffy. She had the 4G, and was able to GPS the footer locations to within inches of the proposed site, transfer all the docs into a generic text app, and e-mail it to the office where MS Office is the mainstay without any compatibility issues.
    Sometimes, I would like to do something other than work while on a layover or in the air for a couple hours. That is why this article was intriguing. Cost is not a factor, looking heavy at the iPad new model 64GB, the ASUS Transformer 64GB, and the Samsung series 7 slate.

    • Esoth

      If you think you’ll be doing any sort of decent typing, I’d go with the Asus Transformer Infinity – the keyboard dock on that thing is great, especially since it has full-sized USB ports.

  • walker

    Yes, but only in some light aspects. But definitely not with graphical solutions such as digital art and 3d related work. Sure it’d be cool, the tablet would replace my cintiq for digital art. But 3d modeling, especially rendering. Hell no. That’ll be the desktop for me, technologically and ergonomically.

  • jaxidian

    I absolutely need to have the ability to do the following things from my laptop:

    1) Run VMs with various operating systems in them (specifically Linux and Windows). Yeah, this won’t be a problem for most people. ;-)
    2) Very full-featured RDP client. I have purchased two different RDP clients for Android and they get the job done but they’re pretty painful.
    3) Very full-featured VNC client. I’ve not used any Android VNC clients yet so they may exist.
    4) Multi-monitor support. It’s already painful that most laptops only allow you to have at most two displays at a time.
    5) Multi-window support. I’m sorry but I almost NEVER need only 1 app at a time visible to me. I usually have 4-5 apps visible at any given time.
    6) The ability to share the keyboard/mouse on my desktop to my laptop. If running Windows, I have a few options. If running Linux (or a mix of OSes), then Synergy is my only option. I don’t believe Android has a Synergy client.
    7) An ethernet port. Wifi doesn’t cut it, sorry.

    An Android tablet is a long way away from being able to replace my laptop for me for these reasons.

  • dannyfiasco

    Well, I think they can. I’ve had nothing but a Casio commando July.

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  • B

    I’m a college and high school student (dual enrollment, I take classes at U of MN and my high school). I currently have a laptop, but it’s old and bulky, and is showing signs of eminent death. I am considering buying a tablet when this old thing dies, then saving up for a desktop computer. I want to go into architecture, so I feel like, if it turns out I need my own computer and access to my college’s CAD labs isn’t sufficient, a desktop would better suit my needs than another laptop. (Unless I got an Alienware, which would mean a bulk laptop that would just end up acting as a desktop anyway). Anyway, buy a tablet now, desktop (if needed) later.
    Can a tablet meet my needs? I need to type essays, so I’d get a keyboard dock, and then use Google Docs, because I don’t need any frills on my essays. I also have some classes with online work, like My Language Lab by Pearson, so it needs to be able to run that program (it’s best used in Firefox :P) Other than that, I have a fairly large iTunes library, but seem to have no problems managing it solely from my iPod, but I was thinking using an external hard drive for that also. So I need a tablet with Wifi only, and external ports to connect more memory. It needs a battery life of a solid 10 hours of hard usage. Is this plausable? Or should I just get another laptop? I really want to digitize my notes in class, so I want a tablet to write things easily while having access from different places.

    • brandon2013

      Versus PC tablet would be the why to go but price wise go with google android tablet PC but most likely would buy the keyboard 7″-11″ dock separate and Probably would have to buy a USB CD ROM to download programs such as fire fox or windows 7 would be more practical and probably easyer on a tablet pc any way and more prop for collage I know that’s what I would use if I was in collage!!!!
      Hope this helps!!!!

    • MC_Android

      Tablets, as it stands, are supplement devices. If you don’t have a good reliable computer you can easily access then I would say use the money on a laptop.

      If you’re hellbent on getting a tablet, read my other comment on the same issue in another thread:

      Good luck :)

  • brandon2013

    Do you know if you can download a adobe flash player on the android mid 4.0 7″ tablet pc?

  • lou2cool88

    I’ve got a keyboard case for my Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it’s incredibly portable and lightweight but it doesn’t have a trackpad. To me, the Surface Pro will definitely be giving traditional laptops a run for their money. Even the Surface RT has a lot of the productivity advantages of a full PC with the portability, ease, and general fun of a tablet. I’m not sure Android tablets are quite there yet.

    • Esoth

      The thing with the Surface Pro is that it’s going to cost as much as an ultrabook…. in which case, I’d rather just get an ultrabook.

  • Logan Edwards

    Nice comparison, but I’m of the opinion that for the forseable future, tablets should compliment a main computer (laptop/desktop). I personally agree with other’s sentiments that specialty applications are a ways off (like full fledged Photoshop, IDE like Eclipse/Net Beans, 3D Modeler like Solidworks), but I’ve seen interesting uses of tablets as a supplementary screen or tools to use with the program. My personal interests for a tablet are for reading, sketching (for fun) and seeing all of my Google data in a large screen format (with the occasional video). The productivity problem could be an issue to, but with how Microsoft is implementing the split screen stuff in Windows 8, I’m sure some improvements can be made to multiple windows in Android. I’m glad at least that consumers are seeing these as more than just a media consumption device…. They are media creation platforms too.

  • tylerfoy

    Eventually, Yes.
    With some higher end LTE capable tablet, which docks that support USB and SD (Asus models), the potential is there.

    With a little more app development, they can be a replacement.

  • miked

    When I first got a Galaxy Tab 8.9 I slowly started to use my laptop a lot less. Since then I have not used my laptop in several weeks. I have embraced the cloud concept so that also helps. I do,. however, still make trips upstairs to fire up my gaming PC for some BF3, Dishonored and Max Payne 3. For the most part I can use my tablet and accomplish what I want short of my PC gaming habits.

  • chestont

    I think a lot of it depends on what you do with a laptop. For my wife, 95% of what she does with her laptop is Facebook, Pinterest, and Hulu. For her an Android tablet (or a Chromebook for that matter) could easily do almost everything she does with a laptop. However for me as a student, It is tough to do everything with Nexus 7 that I do with my laptop. I could take notes in class, open attachments, etc. But I don’t have the server ability to print, or use the final exam software required by my school.

    And of course, I can’t run Steam off my Nexus 7…:P

  • max lachan

    tablet cant fully replace laptops…..but they have replaced the INEFFECTIVE NETBOOKS that were in market till recently….. :)..
    tablets are perfect to browse the net on the go…with a myriad lot of other functions like portable music,video and soft gaming… :)

  • Nwemo

    I think we’re definitely heading in that direction,not sure about just yet.I personally for example would rather spend my money on a good laptop rather than any tablet,that’s without portability being my main concern mind.

  • sravi_in

    Simply Android tablets can replace laptop for consuming content. But, If you have to create content you need a full blown laptop.

  • Martyac

    I would say they are getting there, definitely wouldn’t be able to convince the masses at this point to ditch windows but the day were android is truly replacing laptops inst too far off in the future…..I hope

  • jaysond

    in about a year or 2 they should be replaced but need to see more USB ports on devices only time I use the pc is for data transfer

  • MC_Android

    +1. I agree with the OP.

    Short answer is no. But then again it all really depends on what kind of user you are. I use my laptop for Matlab and programming for school/work. If one only browses the internet, limits his media consumption to youtube and writes up a quick paper (<1000 words) then an Android tablet definitely can replace a laptop.

    However notice that android is shifting away from Flash and despite everything, the website developers are not responding quick enough to port everything to HTML 5…so in that sense, new jellybean tablets are actually moving away from current usability expectations.

    If you want a tablet to replace your laptop, in a true sense, your best bet is waiting until Windows RT bleeds itself to a miserable death and get a Windows 8 PRO tablet. Once manufacturers stop making RT devices and Windows tablet prices stabilize to fair a price, I would recommend then to jump in :) my two cents

  • KingCrow02

    Not fully but comes close depending on what your needs are.

  • Prasoon Tiwari 1

    I don’t know for other’s but accordind to me , NEVER . A laptop which has Intel i7 processor is more than 20X powerful than any Tablet/Smartphone currently on Market , A Tablet can’t handle editing/converting 1080p video and most important thing , Games , I am a Hardcore Gamer I use powerful Laptop’s and Computer to play High Graphics games like – Battlefield 3 , Crysis 2 MOH Warfighter etc. A Tablet cannot handle these games .