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Welcome to the World of Laptops vs. Tablets

Welcome to the World of Laptops vs. Tablets

With the continuation of technology, is it any wonder why people have difficulty choosing between a laptop and a tablet? When tablets were introduced to the masses in 2010, sales instantly skyrocketed. There wasn’t even an adjustment period as consumers just devoured this new gadget without question. Now, tablets are being released in the market left and right and continue to be the fastest-growing device in the world. In the process, laptops have lost their allure among consumers to give way to tablets. In 2010 alone, a total of 82.9 million laptops were shipped to buyers; the highest figures for laptop sales. In 2013, however, a projected 26.1 million of that would be eaten up by tablet sales. That’s 33% of total laptop sales.

Most people buy the latest gadget to make their lives easier, but because of the array of choices, it’s difficult to zero in on the best.  People in different walks of life have to consider different factors when choosing a device.

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For students

Take, for example, students who need electronic gadgets to further their education. As early as grade school, many parents would be willing to fork out a large amount of money for their children’s education. High school students value gadget portability since they still have to carry a lot of books and school items as well. A tablet would be better than a laptop since it is lighter; one can easily attach a virtual keyboard for any typing, like taking lecture notes. Besides, keyboards would not be cumbersome to carry since they are thin and light. Gadget preference could be somewhat different for university students, though. Consider one’s major when choosing between a laptop and a tablet: If one needs to use intricate programs, a high-powered laptop would be the better option. A tablet with a mere 16 to 64GB memory space is limited and would not be as useful as a laptop that could have up to 169 GB memory.

For people on the go

Let us also consider people on the go: these people would love to have a special gadget for everyday use. Considering the convenience of using a gadget for reading, watching films, or playing video games, a tablet is much better than a laptop, and the tablet’s 7- to 14-inch screen size would accommodate the needs of very active and mobile users. However, for those who require a bigger screen because of poor eyesight, a 17-inch laptop might be preferable.

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For professionals

There are also professionals who need a gadget for their work and leisure. Those who attend business trips and meetings would require something portable—A tablet would be a good choice for them since battery power on that device could last up to 18 hours, while a laptop can only last for an average of four hours. Charging would just be bothersome. However, if work required multi-tasking, a fully-functional laptop could do the job. Laptops are best for any kind of muscle work, including presentations, videos, and study results.

For kids

Of course, one must not forget the kids, who should be ahead of the times. Most kids would be using an electronic gadget for fun and entertainment. A tablet would help them learn and have fun with just their pointer finger; since a tablet is touch-screen, it would be easier to make choices with just a swipe. The interface of any tablet is easy to use; there is no need to follow any manuals—just a quick tap of a button and a kid could use it. In comparison to laptops with keyboards, a tablet is much simpler, which kids would like.

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With all the factors mentioned, before one buys either a laptop or a tablet, it is important to consider one’s projected use of the gadget, so both the features and the use should be taken into account. By paying attention to these two important points, it will be easier to choose a device. Other factors such as price, aesthetics, and “cool factor” should really take a backseat before features and usability are taken into consideration.

People say that tablets may be the death of laptops, but who knows what the future may bring? Laptops are now being redesigned to incorporate the great qualities of tablets. With the blurring of lines between laptops and tablets, varieties such as hybrids and ultrabooks have become readily available. While consumers can only expect better and more innovative gadgets in the years to come, the task of choosing the right gadget might prove to be more challenging .

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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