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    HT wants a iPad/alternative

    HT wants an iPad or alternative as his laptop is dead now. I recommended the Asus Transformer and the RM slate but never used either so could use some help. What's the best kit to do a bit email/web/word processing etc?

    Will take on board all recommendations, but hands on recommendations would be great

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    RM Slate is good with W7 but gets sluggish with more than 3 apps open (outlook, excel and word in our test environment and it started to get funny)

    Asus Transformer is great with W7 and is the way I would go, seems a bit more reliable and the technology is slightly better.

    Both work well networked and handle GPOs just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    RM Slate is good with W7 but gets sluggish with more than 3 apps open (outlook, excel and word in our test environment and it started to get funny)

    Asus Transformer is great with W7 and is the way I would go, seems a bit more reliable and the technology is slightly better.

    Both work well networked and handle GPOs just fine.
    Didn't realise the Asus Transformer would handle Win7 - thought it was droid?

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    Asus Transformer is a good little tablet, great for email, links in with exchange lovely! Also the fact you can get the dock means you can use it for some proper typing once in a while. Battery life is great, works really nicely

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    I wish our head was this open to alternatives :-(

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    Again havnt used either, but judging from reviews i would buy the ASUS Transformer, its the one ive been looking at for myself aswell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Didn't realise the Asus Transformer would handle Win7 - thought it was droid?
    It can handle it if you root it and put what you like on it, but doing so voids warranty (as I did with mine). PITA getting the right touch drivers though.

    Stick with droid if you dont want to void the warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    What's the best kit to do a bit email/web/word processing etc?
    A laptop

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    I have a transformer, great for the basics (my sofa PC) exchange link is fantastic, gmail and browsing (yep proxy settings too)... not tried document editing much, I still get my laptop out for anything 'proper', although I have developed a habit of poking the screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    It can handle it if you root it and put what you like on it, but doing so voids warranty (as I did with mine). PITA getting the right touch drivers though.

    Stick with droid if you dont want to void the warranty.
    Windows does ARM? Might have to wait for W8 before that works.

    Splashtop remote comes with the TF, pocketcloud (very good) and 2X clients are available. VMware View client is in test so access to windows is easy if the infrastructure is in place.

    Linux is work in progress on the TF, chomeOS will probably work on it too.
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    IMO, no tablet will replace the functionality of a PC. We've even tried replacing laptops in a couple of instances with netbooks, and they don't work well either.

    Typing on a tablet device is not as fluid as a normal keyboard, it's a smaller screen in general, and most are not designed for true multitasking, something that most headteachers and in fact all school staff have to do themselves an awful lot.

    The key purpose of the tablet is mobility and portability, but the more you move in the direction of that, the more you move away from power and versatility which comes with larger, less portable, more powerful devices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rydra View Post
    IMO, no tablet will replace the functionality of a PC. We've even tried replacing laptops in a couple of instances with netbooks, and they don't work well either.

    Typing on a tablet device is not as fluid as a normal keyboard, it's a smaller screen in general, and most are not designed for true multitasking, something that most headteachers and in fact all school staff have to do themselves an awful lot.

    The key purpose of the tablet is mobility and portability, but the more you move in the direction of that, the more you move away from power and versatility which comes with larger, less portable, more powerful devices.
    The HT isn't looking to replace the functionality of a PC. He's looking for something portable that he can take in and out of meetings and make notes on discreetly - hence why I'm asking for recommendations in this field of equipment rather than laptops or computers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rydra View Post
    Typing on a tablet device is not as fluid as a normal keyboard, it's a smaller screen in general, and most are not designed for true multitasking, something that most headteachers and in fact all school staff have to do themselves an awful lot.
    that is where the transformer comes into its own really. you can use the tablet as a tablet, but if you need to type up larger documents you hook up the docking keyboard and tap away, then unhook if you want to walk about again. and typing on the docking keyboard is every bit as fluid for me.


    @Theblacksheep - i've used the polaris office to save docs and open them on my work pc, they saved as .doc and opened fine at work, i then edited at work, and saved back to polaris and it opened fine. yes it only has the basics, but if the HT just wants to open a document, type a letter, etc it will handle it fine. Installing AndSMB will let you connect to a share (his home directory if you want) and you can then upload and download documents from there and use them in polaris.

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    3 of our SLT have iPads (bought themselves not out of school funds). They seem to get on well with them for email etc and we stuck a little RDP app on for Windows so they can access SIMS etc via the terminal server.

    All in all they seem to work well and the Head now looks at minutes, agendas etc on it rather than printing reams of stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK-2 View Post
    that is where the transformer comes into its own really. you can use the tablet as a tablet, but if you need to type up larger documents you hook up the docking keyboard and tap away, then unhook if you want to walk about again. and typing on the docking keyboard is every bit as fluid for me.


    @Theblacksheep - i've used the polaris office to save docs and open them on my work pc, they saved as .doc and opened fine at work, i then edited at work, and saved back to polaris and it opened fine. yes it only has the basics, but if the HT just wants to open a document, type a letter, etc it will handle it fine. Installing AndSMB will let you connect to a share (his home directory if you want) and you can then upload and download documents from there and use them in polaris.
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