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Trying to figure out a combo solution

Hi everyone,

I currently have a 2013 macbook pro retina, 2.4ghz, 8gb, 256gb ssd. I also have a 10.5 samsung galaxy tab s.

Right now, I hardly ever use my laptop, unless I use some Light room, Plex or need to print something. Otherwise, it hardly gets used. The tablet only has 16gb on storage, so I use that for Web browsing and video streaming.

I'm debating on selling those and buying either an iPad pro, a surface book pro 4 or surface book. Right now I'm leaning towards the surface pro 4 since it seems like a good compromise. The surface book is nice, but I don't like that the tablet side only lasts for 2 hours. And it's expensive. The iPad pro looks nice, but then what do I use for a regular programs? Not sure I'm convinced it's a laptop replacement. The surface pro 4 looks nice with my only criticism that Windows 10 gets Spyware, and I sacrifice some battery life that the iPad gives me.

I feel like my MBP is just collecting dust and I do miss having a keyboard sometimes. Anyone in a similar situation or have any suggestions?

Thanks for the help.

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iPad is not immune either. Read

Read http://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/ipad-browser-got-hijacked-now-what-do-i-do/

As to 10 and spyware, well I haven't had any but then again as a mod I get great advice from fellow mods. For example I use Chrome or Firefox with the addons of WOT (Web Of Trust) and Adblock+. So take that nasty web sites.

If I was to install an app I check out ninite.com first. Why?
Read http://www.howtogeek.com/201354/ninite-is-the-only-safe-place-to-get-windows-freeware/

But my suggestion for you is hard for some. It's "do nothing." You have a tab, you have a MBP so why not stick with what's working?

Then again, Android is currently under siege. Read http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/11/new-type-of-auto-rooting-android-adware-is-nearly-impossible-to-remove/

Yeah, I'd get the iPad too.

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I thought about that, but here's the thing. I feel like it's useless to have something I don't use. And as the technology gets more antiquated, the resale value diminishes. I always feel like I'm giving up either the power user part of not having a keyboard and true apps (Android tablet apps are sparse and mostly terrible), or bringing along a full size laptop.

I just thought it'd be great not to have to compromise on this and be able to utilize all this technology I have into something that I can use daily. Does that make sense or sound stupid?

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You'll hate this.

I found resale value to be not that great on used laptops today. The buyers have got very demanding and any glitch or reboot after they installed Gomerra's Torrent Reader or other bad app made me move to moving machines to family members and poor students via the office.

-> Here's a thing. I have a few bluetooth keyboards, cases, etc that work fine with Android tablets. Did you try that?

Also I write a few Android apps so for me I found it impossible to write apps and keep "one device to rule them all." (Tolkien) I accept that as a developer at the office we keep too many machines in the safe.

--> I'm getting a little irritated with Google's security issue with Android plus all the adware riddled apps on Google's Play Store. Just try to find a free calculator app that doesn't push ads.

Maybe an iPad with keyboard would be the hot thing.

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I like this. (CNET covers the iPad best keyboards.)

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