Friday Poll: Have you traded your laptop for a tablet?

With tablets getting more powerful, some consumers are turning to them as their main source of portable computing. What about you?

CNET editor Scott Stein uses the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. Sarah Tew/CNET

Portable preference

Have you ditched your laptop for a tablet?

For many years, the laptop served as the de facto anchor for techies on the go. Then the tablet came along.

These days, it's possible to use a tablet as the main portable squeeze, since it (usually) delivers incredible battery life and apps that can do just about anything (within reason). In a column today, CNET's Marguerite Reardon addresses the question, " Could I really ditch my laptop for an iPad ?" And that got us thinking more about the subject.

Does the ever-increasing functionality of the tablet make you second-guess bringing a laptop along? It did for me at one of the most important tech events of the year.

When visiting Consumer Electronics Show in January, I declined to bring a laptop and instead just brought my iPad. I figured the move would probably blow up in my face at some point, but surprisingly, everything went well. It also meant a lighter load when walking miles on the show floor.

The supporting cast included a 32GB iPad 2, Logitech Bluetooth iPad keyboard case, and the iPad's SD card reader attachment. I wrote stories like normal, processed and attached photos, and used a remote desktop app to connect back to my home computer for heavy-duty tasks. The tablet conquered all of the pedestrian activities, as the Bluetooth keyboard proved itself a valuable weapon.

For me, the only thing a tablet needs now falls upon a more powerful processor for video rendering. As it stands, you still need a quad-core or greater laptop to render video files quickly in a mobile situation.

So, how about you? Do you use a tablet as your primary player, or do you still find comfort in the clamshell of a laptop? Vote in our poll and sound off in the comments.

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Crave contributor Christopher MacManus regularly spends his time exploring the latest in science, gaming, and geek culture -- aiming to provide a fun and informative look at some of the most marvelous subjects from around the world.

 

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