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# 82779 5-May-2011 14:44
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I'm starting a PhD in a few weeks and will be travelling to Dunedin monthly and lugging around the desktop isn't really an option, so I'm in the market for a portable device.  Not really interested in a proper laptop, as I don't think I'd get much use out of it since I'll have my desktop 98% of the time, so I'm really thinking netbook or tablet.
But to be honest, I'm not entirely sure which is the better choice.
Tablets have the cool factor, I love Android on my phone, and it'd be better and easier to read books/articles/comics on, and it'd make the regular commute to and from work more entertaining, but there's the extra cost and I can't imagine doing significant typing on it for a few days at a time.
Netbooks are cheaper, Windows is obviously very familiar (and I'd plan to dual boot Windows/Ubuntu), and typing must be easier, but obviously a little more difficult to read on than a tablet where it's easier to read things in portrait.
For those with tablets, is typing annoying?  Do you use external keyboards at all? 
Any advice?
Many thanks in advance. :D

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  # 465779 5-May-2011 14:49
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If you could survive with just your phone but scaled up, get an android tablet. :)

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  # 466402 7-May-2011 09:54
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I have the acer Android tablet. Typing is pretty good, similar to phone experience but a lot easier due to size. You can get a docking station and keyboard for them. Then it is just like a pc

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  # 466471 7-May-2011 14:57
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just one advice - if you get a netbook get one with dual core processor and nvidia ion. otherwise you could be one of the most miserable persons on earth depending on how impatient you are or if you watch video clips

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  # 466481 7-May-2011 15:46
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If you can hold on for a month or so the ASUS Transformer will really fit the bill.release date for Australia is 19 May. Perhaps we might see it here then.

There is a real shortage of them at the moment.

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  # 468687 13-May-2011 12:07
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From my experiences in using a bit of both, I really reckon netbooks would be the way to go for now. The applications on a tablet, however great the integration is, cannot match the applications made for a PC. That's said, if you're only doing simple word processing and not, referencing, noting, highlighting, auto correct grammar, font size, font style. Then a tablet would be a VERY good choice since you only need words on your thesis right? Or if you need to reference EVERYTHING and double space, plus margining also don't forget Bibliography and searching the net for information aka multitasking. Then you really should get a netbook for portability. People get carried away by the good looks and smooth interfaces but neglect what is actually useful.

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  # 468692 13-May-2011 12:20
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joker97: just one advice - if you get a netbook get one with dual core processor and nvidia ion. otherwise you could be one of the most miserable persons on earth depending on how impatient you are or if you watch video clips

Yeah definitely or the Acer 522 series/anything with an AMD C-50/E-50 HD processor

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  # 468703 13-May-2011 12:49
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Is the ASUS Transformer coming to NZ?

Always an option to look at

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  # 468709 13-May-2011 13:11
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I am keeping a pretty close eye on the transformer!

It is due for release 26 May in Aussie and end of June for New Zealand. Shortages are due to ease mid June as they ramp up production.

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