12.6 – Find out why most people should replace their PC with a tablet – 2014-03-27

NOTE: Please read article “11.4 – Selecting the right computer product for your needs – Windows 8.1 Hardware Update – 2013-11-11” before reading this article. 

It is hard to break old habits. Since the early 1980s, we have been used to replace our old PC with a newer PC and/or a newer version of Windows, and we are getting ready to do the same this time around too. STOP! Read the following article before doing anything of the sort. 

Times have changed!

With the advent of mobile computing and the latest breed of tablets, most people don’t need a PC. Most could satisfy ALL their computing requirements with a Samsung Note tablet running the latest version of Android and using the Cloud to store their data. Reading Article 11.4, as recommended above, will introduce you to the idea and this article will try to convince you to do so. 

WHY go to a tablet versus a PC

The PC is an early 1980 creation. It was great at the time, but is has run its course. The PC is a complex creature requiring a super large and complex operating system “Windows” plus a battery of auxiliary programs to run. Let me show you. Below is a copy of all the programs on my Windows 8.1 computer. I have highlighted in “yellow” the application programs that I need and could not run on a tablet.

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Programs-2

Programs-3

From the above, you can see that there are 94 distinct programs installed on my Windows computer not counting the Windows operating systems’ programs. Of that number, there are only 5 highlighted applications that I use and do not yet run on an Android tablet:

  1. DesignCAD for my engineering drawings
  2. Garmin HomePort for my boat GPS
  3. Quicken for my accounting
  4. Sonocaddie for my wife’s golf GPS
  5. TC2000 my stock charting software

More than half of the 94 programs are utilities and drivers to support the Windows operating system which by itself takes more than 20 Gigs on my hard drive. The auxiliary programs probably take another 10 to 20 Gigs, for a total of 30 to 40 Gigs. Let me tell you: 30 to 40 Gigs of instructions to make Windows work on a computer is complexity beyond your wildest imagination. If you can’t avoid it, so be it! On the other hand, if you don’t require Windows, why would you go through the aggravation? If you don’t need Windows don’t go the Windows route! 

Who does not need Windows? It is very simple to find out!

Do you use a computer for anything other than the following?

  1. Search for information on the internet using a browser such as Explorer, Chrome,…
  2. Use the internet for all sorts of needs,
  3. Read and send emails,
  4. Maintain and consult an online Calendar,
  5. Create and maintain your contacts information online,
  6. Social networking: Facebook, Twitter,…
  7. Use Skype, MagicJack or similar to phone using the internet,
  8. Use Office like apps: Word, Excel, Power Point,…
  9. Do online banking, online shopping (Amazon, EBay,..), book travel (Expedia,…)
  10. Read magazines, books, newspapers,…
  11. Download music, movies,…
  12. Take pictures and videos or view pictures and videos,
  13. Play games,
  14. Listen to music, radio, or TV shows, or run Chromecast on your TV.

If you only do the above and don’t use any application that does not run on Android and requires Windows to run, you don’t need a PC and should use a tablet instead. This represents the majority of all individuals.

Once you get a tablet, you will discover thousands of very useful applications that do not run under Windows and are very easy to install and run. Many of those are free or only a few dollars to buy. Once you get used to using a tablet, that you can easily carry and use everywhere, you will wonder why you waited so long to convert from a PC to a Tablet.

The industry migration to tablets – March 2014 announcements

1 – Office for iPad: Microsoft Shifts Strategy

On Mach 27, 2014, the new Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, in his first public appearance, announced the Microsoft iPad version of Office 365. Furthermore, Nadella also announces that Microsoft would embrace cross-platform opportunities while continuing to sell its own products.

Microsoft wants to offer “a cloud for everyone and every device,” Nadella stated. He said Microsoft’s Office agenda is “straightforward: Make sure users have access to high fidelity experiences on every device they want to use.” The two most popular tablet operating systems are: Android and iOS. The Office 365 Android version should be coming out soon. Currently, compatible Office offerings run on Android.

2 – Android KitKat Most Stable Mobile OS

Not only Android is the most used operating system on mobile devices, but it’s latest version “Android 4.4 – KitKat”  is the most stable: another reason to go Android.

Using the Cloud

Don’t get intimidated by the word “Cloud”. The “Cloud” is only an outside storage service similar to your hard drive on your PC, but better. With the advent of very low cost storage and high speed internet, companies have started offering storage on their own servers over the internet. That’s all you need to know about the Cloud. It’s an expression to designate storing your data on a Cloud supplier hard drive instead or in addition to on your own hard drive. That’s it!

The advantages of using the Cloud are numerous:

  1. Backups – Even though it is highly recommended, most people don’t make regular backups on an external hard drive. Then, when they encounter a problem there in trouble and risk losing their data. If the data is maintained on the Cloud it is secured. Most Cloud supplier back up your data as it comes. It is more reliable than any single user. This is a real plus.
  2. Accessible from all your devices – Most people now days have smart phones. Most people want to access their data from multiple devices: PC, tablet, smart phone,… They don’t want to have to wary about maintaining their data synchronized. The Cloud is the best approach to do so and here is why. Since you maintain only ONE copy of your data on the Cloud that is accessible from any of your devices, once you update that data, the updated version becomes instantly available to all other devices. The Cloud software takes care of this for you.
  3. Adding a new device – When you change hardware (PC, Tablet or smart phone), you only have to signing onto your Cloud service with the new device and it will automatically gain access to your latest data. Nothing else. Gone are the times of backing up, copying and synchronizing all your data!
  4. Availability – No matter where you are around the world, if you have an internet connection you can access all of your data: specific documents, pictures, books,…
  5. Security and Reliability – Many people are afraid of sending their data on the Cloud. On the other hand, they discard their computers without destroying their hard drive. Any computer specialist could access that data. Many use one simple password for all their accounts and don’t mine that, which is very irresponsible and risky. For you people, my answer is very simple. The existence of all Cloud companies is totally dependent to the security of your data. Once a major data problem occurs, the Cloud company will lose all its customers and will go bankrupt. All the Cloud companies know this. Therefore, they have implemented more protections than any single user would. On the other hand, nothing is impossible, but would you stop driving your car because you could get hurt in an accident? The same applies here. The minimal risk is not worth not taking advantage of the Cloud’s benefits.

To learn more about Cloud services read the following articles on this web site:

06.01–Cloud services: to only way to go!-2012-01/13

06.02 – Dropbox Folder Sharing – 2012-12-24

06.03 – Cloud services – Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive – 2012-12-25

You can use different Cloud services: Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft SkyDrive (Renamed OneDrive). As far as I am concerned, I prefer Dropbox even though I also use Drive and OneDrive for different purposes. Dropbox is very simple and straight forward to use.

Tablets: the Samsung Note series

The inventor of the tablet is Apple with the iPad. It was and still is a great product. My wife uses one and is very happy. But since Apple has sat on its laurels ever since, it has been surpassed by other manufacturers, namely Samsung. It’s a similar story to what happened to Blackberry. In technology, evolution goes so fast that no one can afford sitting on its laurels, not even Apple which is losing market share every year. It is now down in the low teens.

I have no connection with Samsung and don’t gain any benefits for recommending Samsung products. My opinions are only based on the facts that I have been a Samsung user for more than two years and during that time Samsung have come up with three generations of new tablet products with major improvements each time. Since I am convinced of my beliefs based on my own use and studies, and since there are so many products available these days, I will only cover the Samsung Note series tablets since they cover the whole spectrum. Everyone is free to explore other alternatives.

The new Samsung Note Pro 12.2

Samsung has just announced their largest tablet: the Note Pro 12.2. The Note Pro 12.2 is their largest tablet to date with a 12.2 inches screen. The main characteristics are:

  1. 12.2 inches touch screen with very high resolution (2560 x 1600 4M Pixels) for a crystal clear HD image,
  2. Very powerful processors: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9Ghz Quadcore + 1.3 GHz Quadcore),
  3. Memory: 3Gb RAM + 64 Gb ROM + 64Gb SD Card expansion
  4. Cameras: 2 Megapixel Front & 8 Megapicel Rear with flash & 4x Digital optical zoom
  5. Operating System: Android KitKat 4.4 (The latest Android version)
  6. WiFi, Samsung Pen, Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Light, Geo-magnetic, Hall,..
  7. Up to 13 hrs. battery time,
  8. Microsoft Office compatible software for Word, Excel, Power Point,…
  9. Many other business & entertainment type applications.

Target users: the power & corporate user. It’s a laptop replacement tablet.

BestBuy Canada:Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

The New Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 version)

Last fall, Samsung has introduced the 2014 version of its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. The original Note 10.1 was introduced in 2012. I bought the 2013 version in June of last year and wrote an article about it. 12.5 –Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with Keyboard & Mouse-2013-05-27

The 2014 version is a more powerful 10.1 inches screen tablet than the previous versions. The main characteristics are:

  1. 10.1 inches touch screen with very high resolution (2560 x 1600 4M Pixels) for a crystal clear HD image,
  2. Powerful processor: 2.3 GHz QuadCore,
  3. Memory: 3Gb RAM + 32 Gb ROM + 64Gb SD Card expansion
  4. Cameras: 2 Megapixel Front & 8 Megapicel Rear
  5. Operating System: Android 4.3 & 4.4 (After upgrade)
  6. WiFi, 4G LTE, Samsung Pen, …
  7. Up to 11 hrs. battery time in internet mode,
  8. Microsoft Office compatible software for Word, Excel, Power Point,…
  9. Many other business & entertainment type applications.

Target users: a laptop replacement tablet with 4G LTE if desired.

BestBuy Canada:Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

Samsung has also introduced the Galaxy TabPro 8.4 tablet. The TabPro 8.4 is an upgrade from the Note 8.0. The main characteristics are:

  1. 8.4 inches touch screen with very high resolution (2560 x 1600) for a crystal clear HD image,
  2. Memory: 2Gb RAM + 16Gb ROM
  3. Cameras: 2 Megapixel Front & 8 Megapicel Rear
  4. Operating System: Android KitKat 4.4 (The latest Android version)
  5. WiFi, Samsung Pen, …
  6. Up to 10 hrs. battery time,
  7. Microsoft Office compatible software for Word, Excel, Power Point,…
  8. Many other business & entertainment type applications.

Target users: small purse size tablet format users. Between the phablet and the full size tablet. BestBuy Canada:Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3

At the end of 2013, Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Note 3 phablet (phone+tablet). The original Galaxy Note 1 was introduced in November 2011. I bought the first I could get my hands one in December 2011. I wrote the following articles about it at the time:

12.1–The Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000: A Technological Marvel-2012/01/13

12.2–Samsung Galaxy Note–HOW TO VIDEOS-2012/01/15

12.3–Samsung Galaxy Note–Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Upgrade-2012/09/01

In August 2012, the Galaxy Note 2 was introduced and I wrote the following article about it: 12.4-The Samsung Galaxy Note 2-2012/09/02

In the fall of 2013, the Galaxy Note 3 was introduced. I bought one that I currently use as my day to day phablet. My Galaxy Note 1 was still running well but I wanted the newer version to be able to use SideSync. The main characteristics are:

  1. 5.7 inches touch screen with very high resolution (1920 x 1080) for a full HD Super AMOLED image,
  2. Powerful processor: 2.3GHz QuadCore,
  3. Memory: 3Gb RAM + 32Gb ROM + 64 Gb SD card expansion
  4. Cameras: 2 Megapixel Front & 13 Megapicel Rear
  5. Operating System: Android 4.3 & 4.4.2 (After upgrade)
  6. WiFi, Samsung Pen, …
  7. Microsoft Office compatible software for Word, Excel, Power Point,…
  8. Many other business & entertainment type applications.

Target market: Most any user looking for a smart phone and a tablet in one small pocket size format. BestBuy/Rogers Canada:Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Phones: S4 & S5

Samsung has had a lot of success with its smartphones. Even though the Apple iPhone is well known and sold well, every time Apple sells one Samsung sells two of its own. Samsung has very successfully innovated with the larger size phones. Now the rumor is that Apple will imitate Samsung by launching a larger size phone too. IMPORTANT: your smartphone and tablet should always use the same operating system: Android (for Samsung) or iOS (for Apple).

Only one operating system to learn and use: Android

The fact that all Samsung phones and tablets operate under Android means that a user buying Samsung products only has to learn one operating system: Android. As mentioned many time in my articles, the largest investment any user makes in technology is the time he devotes learning and becoming proficient with the technologies he/she adopts. This is why it is important to try minimizing the learning curve effort by carefully selecting products that are similar and easy to learn and use. When you are young you learn quickly, but for the older folks this can become a major hurdle. Android is intuitive and generally easy to learn and use. There are good books that you can buy to accelerate your learning curve. Good luck!

One Response to 12.6 – Find out why most people should replace their PC with a tablet – 2014-03-27

  1. Hi Normand. You have convinced me. I am one of those guys who has been very reluctant to move away from my PC. After reading your article I am going to buy a Galaxy and use Cloud to save my data…..Barry. Lago Maggiore 29 March 2014.

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