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help me decide - tablet or netbook

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cantfindamnnickname Wed 11-Jan-12 17:20:23

I dont really understand GB etc - I need to know what would suit better and any recommendations.

I will be using it to do a small amount of typing etc, will want to be able to use internet etc

MsWeatherwax Wed 11-Jan-12 18:20:56

What about this? Keyboard can be taken on and off for when you want it.

IWantMyHatBack Wed 11-Jan-12 18:22:43

Have you actually tried to type on a newbook? I find it really difficult and instead went for a small laptop instead.. this one

tis rather lovely.

IWantMyHatBack Wed 11-Jan-12 18:22:51


cantfindamnnickname Wed 11-Jan-12 19:49:58

msweatherwax - loving the asus - may be tempted - have you got one?

watfordmummy Wed 11-Jan-12 19:52:07

I got a netbook for Christmas and love it!

cantfindamnnickname Wed 11-Jan-12 20:03:06

do i need 16gb or 32gb

how do i surf the net? Do I just use wifi from home network ? Dont really understand it

watfordmummy - what kind did u get

foglike Thu 12-Jan-12 08:18:56

Netbook is the way to go for the technically deficient or casual user.

Tablets are great if you are used to using android phones I personally can't stand them.

And you can use either at home connecting to your home wifi network or indeed a hotspot whilst you are on the move.

MysteriousHamster Thu 12-Jan-12 08:37:05

Lot more power in a netbook. Tablet's are a fun addition if you already have a computer, but they're quite limited.

Netbooks are far easier to use for typing.

DharmaCeutical Thu 12-Jan-12 08:39:04

what's the difference between a netbook and a small laptop? <dunce>

niceguy2 Thu 12-Jan-12 09:42:44

If you want to type, get a laptop/netbook.

Tablets are great for reading media but poor for typing.

The Transformer prime has been designed to be both. I'm tempted but I've not had the best of experiences with Android tablets but this one is seriously tempting.

The only issue is that for the price, you can get a full laptop or a netbook with change left over.

Dharma, a netbook is essentially a small compact cutdown laptop designed for where you need limited power such as surfing the web.

deste Thu 12-Jan-12 10:38:36

I agree with the poster above. Get a laptop, netbooks are very slow compared to laptops.

MsWeatherwax Thu 12-Jan-12 11:45:46

cantfindamnnickname I've not got one but I've had a go on one and have been coveting one ever since. I have a netbook and I hate it - slow, annoying, etc.

lostlilly Thu 12-Jan-12 11:47:26

netbook, tablets are so sensitive and frustrating, they are really just good for using the internet definately not if you need to be typing

Naoko Thu 12-Jan-12 17:23:59

Will this be your only computer? If that's the case I agree you might be better off with a small laptop. If you do already have a full size desktop pc or another full size laptop, a netbook might be good - they are small and light and great for traveling, and although they are less powerful than a full size laptop or desktop pc, they are fine for word processing, surfing the net, emails, etc. Do not get a tablet if you need to type things - they are great for reading/watching video etc but not so good for doing your own work on.

I personally have a desktop (high powered gaming/work machine, big screen for viewing comfort etc) and a netbook (for uni work, taking to the library, traveling etc). If I got a tablet it'd be as a toy only (which is why I haven't been able to justify the purchase yet grin )

If you do go for a netbook, go to a bricks and mortar shop and actually put your hands on the keyboard to check for typing comfort. I find mine very comfortable, but my DP has one too (different brand, slightly smaller) and I hate it. It's very personal, DP can't stand mine, so you really do have to go try it.

Raffiiscool Thu 12-Jan-12 17:30:09

i love my netbook and would recommend. surprisingly lots of companies have announced recently they are pulling theier netbook products (inc dell i think) as lots of companies are focusing on tablets.

i like having a keyboard and being able to run proper applications like excel and word.

Bunbaker Thu 12-Jan-12 17:31:12

"what's the difference between a netbook and a small laptop?"

Size. OH used to have an Asus netbook, but the screen size was just too small to be of much use. He used it mostly for when he was away on business because it was light and he could use Skype on it.

I type a lot and much prefer a standard keyboard to a touch screen. I agree with Noako about trying one out before you buy.

Raffiiscool Thu 12-Jan-12 17:33:09

tbh there is very much between netbook specs. you HAVE to try them. i bought the one that had the nicest keyboard (hp mini). john lewis has a good range to try.

though mine is in getting the spacebar fixed under jl warranty as it isnt v responsive!!

cantfindamnnickname Thu 12-Jan-12 17:41:13

thanks everyone - Im very tempted by the asus prime thingy

I have a computer at home but its on its way out so will probably use a laptop as the main home computer (we have spare one that is never used)
but i want to have something that I can carry around easily - laptop is just bit too big.

I think I will head into a couple of shops and have a play.

cantfindamnnickname Thu 12-Jan-12 17:47:50

anyone got the asus tf101 - this seems quite good but bit cheaper

Raffiiscool Thu 12-Jan-12 19:53:52

should have said not much difference in specs. for me it came down to deel, keyboard and how well made it felt. wiuld recommend john lewis. my netbook xame wirh 1 yr guarentee and then an additional year free from jl.

Raffiiscool Thu 12-Jan-12 19:54:20

sorry on phone hence bad typing- no keyboatd!!!

RustyBear Thu 12-Jan-12 22:21:42

One thing to remember about netbooks is that they frequently don't have an optical(DVD/CD) drive, if you want to use discs you will need to buy an external drive to play them. You can get them fairly cheaply though.

Geronimooooo Sun 28-Aug-16 13:02:59

Get a laptop. All netbooks are seriously underpowered. 32GB of storage would be sufficient. If your really set on a tabet get a twoin one convertible

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