Thanks Daniel. I'm still shopping. After typing on several different add-on keyboards, I found I really liked the Microsoft soft-touch keyboard better than the Apple or other keyboards. I've never been a fan of hard keyboards, perhaps because I type so much and fear carpal-tunnel syndrome. On the Microsoft keyboard, I typed flawlessly the first time out -- which is rare when testing computer keyboards in stores. (And I also like the Surface which seems like a value at the price and includes some features unavailable on an iPad.)
Me? Smart phone and tablet free since... forever. Yes, I read email and surf the web at home. My wife's Garmin has come in very handy in strange locales and she loves her kindle (both of which were gifts from me).
But when I go home I want to unplug from work and technology. If I want to create something I go to my woodworking shop or pick up one of my guitars. I manipulate enough electrons during the work day to last me the rest of the day (or more).
I'm the guy that goes to Yosemite and stares at the scenery instead of a smartphone.
I used a tablet last Saturday to show people a couple old photos of a physical asset that we were touring. I could have used my laptop but I didnt need a keyboard. Before that I can't remember the last time I used it.
I didn't get the craze about the iPad until I bought one myself and added the Logitech Ultrathin keyboard/cover. I can now get all of my email on a portable device with a near instant boot time, run 10 hours on a single charge, and synch with all of my documents in the cloud (usually DropBox). Without a physical keyboard the iPad and most tablets are geared toward reading, watching videos, sharing photos and playing games. With a keyboard you can begin to communicate, and for a blogger that is very important.
At the DAC tradeshow in Austin, Texas I was able to meet with 28 EDA and IP vendors over a three and half day period using my iPad/keyboard combination to blog about the experience.
Yesterday at church I used my iPad to read Bible verses and the compact size was more convenient to carry than a full-sized paper-based Bible.
I, too, got a tablet and played with it for a couple of weeks, just to see if there was anything useful there. There isn't. I use three laptops (and a "desktop ocmputer". for serious work). My little Acer Aspire One, for which I paid $180, runs rings around the tablet, is loads more secure and private, dual boots Windows 8 and Fedora 18 Linux. The fedora tablet just sits there on my desk. Occasionally I pick it up to see if it still works. It would take me a week of very intricate work to "root" it and then make it as secure and private as my mini-laptop, and then, what for? I'll just lug around the extra 14 ounces, thanks.
Taiwan ASUS provides laptop + tablet ,even plus mobil phone as 3 in one based on Google or Window systems since last year.
Why don't you choose this smart product ? ASUS will provide Nexus 7 II which co-work with Google recently.
Another important message is Taiwan Mediatek announces the first real 8 cores chip MT6592 in the world (not like Samsung fake 8 cores) ,and will be built in ASUS or ACER etc tablet or laptop products in the end of this year.
Whether you prefer a tablet or any touch screen based device over a laptop or any keyboard based device boils down to one question. Where do you primarily use it for?
If you are "using" information - like web surfing, reading e-mail, reading news articles, you can do without a keyboard and a separate pointing device. You can still type though, using one finger at a time (most small devices don't have physical space to use more than one finger at a time !).
If you use it for "producing" information - like writing a book, making engineering drawings, writing web articles, writing computer programs, computer modeling, you work faster and easier while being able to type with ten fingers and use a mouse to make precise positionings.
So I find myself using a tablet for video chats, and a laptop or desktop for engineering work.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.