pc or tablet or laptop?

  JaneAttwood 14:21 22 Sep 2014

My old pc is on it's last legs. I use it for email, browsing the net and I print stuff like recipes, Skype. Do I need a pc anymore? Why would I have a pc instead of a laptop and why not replace both with a tablet? I have an iPhone and an iPod. Does it make sense to get an iPad?

  john bunyan 17:59 22 Sep 2014

I have a desktop, laptop and I Pad. Each is used differently. The desktop , with good soundcard and Windows Media Centre (can watch TV whilst working) is used the most for all issues, but particularly for music, photo editing (Photoshop) and e mails that need printing. The Laptop can do many of these things, but the screen is smaller, and there is no second drive built in, and printing is a little more difficult. For those who do not "manipulate" music or pictures the iPad is OK - limited storage of media, e mails etc and a little more awkward when surfing - especially when participating in forums etc. In your case, as you have an iPhone already (a bit like a small iPad) and you do not need the more complex programmes, I would have thought a laptop plus USB drive for back up might be the best choice. A good iPad is about the same price as a laptop, and I think you get more versatility and "bangs for your bucks" with it.

  john bunyan 18:55 22 Sep 2014

My last sentence meant to say a laptop may be your choice, but I agree with Jock 1e that a desktop is more robust, if you need the extra features.

  onthelimit1 09:27 23 Sep 2014

For the majority of work at home, I find a PC perfect. Easy to repair/relace components (which doesn't seem to happen often these days), and a decent size screen. When I'm travelling I use a Samsung Galaxy for emailing, Skype etc. Refuse to pad the inflated prices for an iPad!

  wee eddie 11:39 23 Sep 2014

As you have gone the Apple route with all your other kit and all is going smoothly, why rock the boat. Replace your PC with a Mac Mini.

All you will need to do is to check that your other PC hardware, printers etc, are Mac compatible.

  iscanut 11:52 23 Sep 2014

I agree with Woolwell, the I Pad is certainly not crap and Safari is fine for me, no problems apart from no Flash support. I also have Windows desktop and laptop and I would not like to use the I Pad for a lot of typing and documentation though and you will need a wireless printer that supports Air Print. There are plenty of good, cheap laptops around between £300 and £400 so I would go down that route.

  iscanut 17:00 23 Sep 2014

Never heard of a laptop going on fire! How does one notuse a laptop correctly to make this happen ?

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