Why it might be time to seriously consider a full-time tablet
Months back I wrote about my love for the Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook
far the most expensive laptop I've ever owned, but a great overall
Or at least it was.
In recent weeks, for reasons I can't explain, battery life has
dipped significantly. In the beginning, I'd get 6-7 hours before
needing to plug in the charger. Now I'm lucky to get four
(Yeah, I've checked all the power-plan settings, lowered the
screen brightness, and all that. I'm no novice when it comes to
squeezing extra juice from a laptop. Something systemic is amiss
But things really went awry after I installed Windows 8.1.
Again for reasons I can't explain, the Series 9 will no longer run
at its native screen resolution. VPN clients I use for work started
producing error messages and had to be reinstalled. Sleep mode is
now a train wreck; instead of going into standby when I close the
lid, the system stays awake and runs a bunch of programs.
And, to top it all off, now I get the occasional Blue Screen
of Death, something that never happened before 8.1 came
If you've encountered oddball, impossible-to-remedy problems
like these (and if you use Windows, I guarantee you have), you know
how incredibly frustrating they are.
The worst part is that Microsoft offers no option to uninstall
Windows 8.1, meaning I can't even go back to a system state that
was working. And Samsung provides no recovery media or any other
way to do a factory-restore--not that I can find, anyway. This
laptop is locked inside a no-going-back bubble.
And I've had quite enough. For me the time has come to
consider switching to a tablet. All I need is a Bluetooth keyboard
and an Apple iPad, Google Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, or
Is a tablet really that superior? Consider: It will boot and
shut down instantly. It will weigh less--possibly a lot less. It
will run for upwards of 10 hours on a single charge. It will be
immune to viruses and spyware. It will run app equivalents of
nearly all my desktop software: Google Chrome, Evernote, Photoshop,
Spotify, etc. E-mail? Covered. Office suite? Apple iWork and Google
Quickoffice are now available free of charge.
And, most important of all, a tablet will free me from the
nightmare that is Windows. This is 2013. The whole concept of
Windows is dated and done.
Indeed, for anyone who has just basic computing needs--e-mail,
Facebook, Web browsing, word processing, etc.--I think it's
definitely time to consider a tablet (coupled with a keyboard). And
not a Windows-powered tablet, which just packs all the same
problems into a smaller package and charges a hefty premium for the
Those are my thoughts. Now let's hear yous Are you ready to
give up your heavy, bulky, error-prone laptop in favor of a
thinner, lighter, more reliable tablet?Veteran technology writer Rick Broida is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC World and Wired.