In this post we are going to look at the possibility of replacing your netbook with your Android tablet. There is a reason I say netbook and not computer because there is no way it can replace a computer but maybe it can replace your standard netbook.
I am writing this whole post using my Asus Transformer Prime with the keyboard dock.
First off we have to start a list of things we use our netbooks for:
- Web Browsing
- Social Networking
- Light Gaming
- Writing Word Documents
First up is web browsing, can you use your Android tablet to replace web browsing on your netbook?
On my netbook I use Google Chrome for web browsing but of course there are others like IE9, and Firefox. Here we have to go in depth and look at it and compare it. Web browsing on the netbook is very easy. Just open up the browser and can type in any website. The experience is smooth and easy mostly depending on your Wi-Fi performance. You can have full flash on the browser and can watch all videos that are implemented into the website and can use it like it should be used.
Now we have to look at it on the Android tablet. The browsers I use on the tablet are Stock, Google Chrome, and Opera. All these browsers can get the job done, but can they get it done like a netbook can? Short answer is yes they can get the job done but is it as well? I would have to say no but only slightly. The Android browsers do lack slightly but only slightly in performance and this is mostly the flash performance which I would say is not 100% up to par with netbooks.
The edge here goes to the netbook but an Android tablet is useable.
Next up is social networking. Sites like Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. On the netbook to use these social networks I would use the internet and go to their respective websites. This works fine but on this section I think the tablets have the edge. Tablets have apps that are built specifically for that social network. There may be netbook programs like these but overall they are much better on the tablet. For twitter I use TweetCaster Pro, for Facebook I use Friendcaster and for Google+ I use the Google+ app. Overall I just think it’s much easier to use social networking on the tablet compared to my netbook although if I didn’t have a netbook I would still use these social networks just as much so it’s not like the tablet is much better just makes it easier.
Next we have email. For email I am a Gmail user. Here is where there is a significant edge for the tablet. First off the Gmail app for the tablet is beautiful and well designed but the number one reason there is a big edge is the notifications. As soon as I get an email I am notified so I can respond quickly and as soon as possible. It is easy to stay in touch with everyone and this is a good reason why I like my tablet better for the use of email.
YouTube is a big part of my day as I use it all the time and have a bunch of people I am subscribed too and like to keep up to date with them. Again the tablet has an edge here, mostly because the screen on my tablet is much better than the screen on my netbook and HD playback is much smoother. I enjoy using YouTube on the netbook as well but if I have both in front of me and have a choice which one to use I will pick up my tablet.
For light gaming on the netbook I would use services such as addictinggames.com and some Facebook games. On the tablet there are plenty of games in the Play Store. No one is taking the edge here because both have their pros and cons. For example there is Angry Birds for the tablet, and you can also play it through Facebook or Google+ on your netbook. Angry birds is obviously far better when being used on your tablet, because it is a more touch oriented game. The place where netbooks have an edge would be RPG games like Runespace, or Minecraft (don’t know if that would be considered RPG though). Obviously there is nothing like playing those games on a netbook because they are much easier to use and will run a lot smoother. No one really takes the edge here.
Last but not least we have writing word documents. Here is where there can be some conflict. Obviously we all know on a netbook it is great with notepad, and Microsoft word. Now the tablet is a little different. We have Google Docs, and some other third party word document apps. Here is the thing, if I did not have the keyboard dock this would be near impossible to write long word documents even some short ones. Since I have the keyboard dock for the Prime this is possible. Just because it is possible doesn’t mean it is as good. There are not nearly as many options in the word documents on the tablet but it is still useable. That’s why the netbook has a slight edge over the tablet.
For general use I think replacing a netbook with an Android tablet is not really possible unless you have the right tablet. Without having a tablet like the TF101 or the TF201 with the dock I don’t think it would be possible. Also I feel Android still needs more tablet optimized applications for the change from netbooks to tablet to take place. But still if you only had a tablet you could still get all your basic task done, it just wouldn’t be as easy with somethings.
Also this whole post was written on my Android tablet (Transformer Prime) using the WordPress app and it was easy to use but I bet it would have been faster using a netbook. Also, I did need to do some editing on my netbook after this was done being written on my tablet.