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3 things to consider before ditching your laptop for a tablet

Ian Paul | Nov. 5, 2014
We're finally at a point where dumping your laptop for a more mobile tablet is pretty realistic. Just make sure you choose the tablet that will do everything you need it to.

Also, if you're going to need a mouse for your tablet, then you're looking at a Windows slate.

All about storage
So now you've got your tablet picked out and the keyboard works, but what are you going to do about file storage? Do you even need additional storage? All tablets come with at least 16GB of storage and if you're going for a Windows tablet then you're often looking at about 64GB minimum, though some newer ultra-low-cost Windows tablets have only 32GB.

If you need more than that, then it's time to look at pricier step-up models with increased onboard storage, or tablets with SD card slots so you can store your less frequently files on a small external drive.

Alternatively, tablets are a natural candidate for cloud storage where you can upload, download, and stream files at will. Microsoft recently announced that OneDrive would soon offer unlimited storage to Office 365 subscribers. With Office 365 Personal subscriptions priced at $70 a year that means you get full access to Microsoft Office on one PC plus one iPad or Windows tablet and all the cloud storage you could possibly need. Microsoft's new unlimited cloud offering is still rolling out, so at first you may be stuck with just a measly 1 TB of storage, the current standard for Office 365 subscribers.

If you need access to your music library you could also augment OneDrive with Google's free Play Music storage locker that lets you put up to 20,000 songs in the cloud for free. Both Google Drive and Dropbox have recently slashed the price of their cloud storage services, offering 1TB of Internet-based storage for $10 per month. Relying on cloud storage means you'll need a consistent Internet connection, however. 

Those are just the basics for the laptop-to-tablet switch. Windows tablet users may also want to consider the number and type of USB ports, and if you do a lot presentations then Lenovo's Android flavor of the Yoga Tablet 2 and its built-in pico projector may be just the tablet you need.

 

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