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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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8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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