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  • You might have seen a recent commercial where a kid is using an iPad and at the end of the ad she asks, "What's a computer?"

  • It's sparked a lot of conversation in our corner of the internet.

  • Because it's a good question.

  • And personally I think some people attach the word computer to certain form factors.

  • And I think that if you look at computers philosophically, there's something that just lets you do the thing you need to do and that certain form factors, frankly, are a lot better for that.

  • Is that fabric on your laptop?

  • This is an iPad Pro.

  • And this is a Surface Laptop.

  • You're probably thinking that this is some type of Apple versus Microsoft episode of Versus, because of these products.

  • But we're not really talking about...arguing over.

  • We're not really talking about specific brands.

  • We're talking about the differences between using a tablet versus a laptop.

  • Right, a lot of people are probably wondering if they can get away with just using a tablet as their main computer especially if as the chip sets in tablets get to be comparable to desktop computing power.

  • And my opinion is, likely not.

  • Tablet's not gonna do it.

  • And my take is that this thing is so easy to use and as you mentioned, so powerful that for a lot of people, all they really need is a tablet like this.

  • You really like Apple stuff, don't you?

  • One of the reasons I really like using a tablet as my main computer is just because of how thin and light it is.

  • I mean, I take this with me everywhere.

  • I throw it in my bag.

  • I take it to work.

  • I take it out to dinner.

  • I take it into bed with me at night.

  • It's not like carrying a clamshell around.

  • You realize that a 12.9 inch iPad is still really big, right?

  • There's a 10 inch one too.

  • Oh, okay.

  • One of my favorite parts of an actual laptop are the tactile keys.

  • In my opinion, the keyboard is an amazing invention that is not broken and not in need of fixing.

  • I know people do it but I personally don't understand how anyone can do all of their work or personal documents typing on a touch screen keyboard.

  • Oh I don't use the touch screen keyboard all that often.

  • That's why I have this.

  • Which is the smart keyboard.

  • It magnetically attaches.

  • And it doesn't ever need to be charged.

  • It's pretty great.

  • And it cost $169.

  • So add that to the thousand dollar tablet you got there and you're in premium computer land.

  • I never said this wasn't a premium product.

  • I just said I liked the convenience of a tablet.

  • Also, how well does that thing balance on your lap when you're using the smart keyboard.

  • That's what I thought.

  • With a clamshell like this, it's actually comfortable and well balanced on your lap.

  • Hence, laptop.

  • Even though I don't use the touch screen keyboard all that often, I just love having a touch screen in general.

  • This has a touch screen, too.

  • Yeah, but not all laptops do.

  • Like, okay, I'm not gonna say the brand name because we're not making this about the brands, but you know.

  • Oh, my gosh, were you about to say something critical about...?

  • Also, this works with a Stylus.

  • Otherwise known as pencil.

  • This supports a Stylus pen too.

  • Again, not all laptops do.

  • In fact, not many work with the Stylus.

  • Right, but just as your tablet as evolved to be as powerful as a regular computer, laptops have evolved to offer the best of all worlds.

  • If you buy a new or high end Windows PC or even a less expensive Chromebook, you're likely to get things like a touch screen and yet you still have this nice, familiar form factor.

  • Also, when I rotate my tablet or just happen to pick it up the wrong way, the screen rotates with it.

  • Does your laptop do that?

  • Why in the world would I want to rotate my laptop?

  • And I think a tablet like this gets better battery life than most laptops, generally speaking.

  • You might have a point there.

  • But honestly, we've argued enough about the form factor and hardware differences between laptops and tablets.

  • and hardware differences between laptops and tablets.

  • What it really comes down to, in my opinion, is the software.

  • Yeah.

  • It does.

  • There's a reason why we don't get many tech support calls from friends and family being all like, "I don't know how to set up an iPad."

  • Right?

  • And that's why kids are able to pick up a tablet and immediately get addicted to it.

  • Uh, is that a good thing?

  • This is just known for its intuitive UI.

  • And also, it runs on a mobile operating system.

  • Which means that a lot of the apps that you already know from your smart phone, you can run on here too.

  • So maybe laptops sometimes require a little more tech support.

  • But that's not really what I'm talking about here.

  • I mean, have you ever tried writing a 3,000 Word Document on your tablet or working in an Excel Spreadsheet?

  • Or editing a really serious video project?

  • Or just manipulating folders in Windows?

  • I mean, there's a reason why people are so attached to their laptops and that's due in large part to the OS and software.

  • I still think mobile software is better.

  • Why?

  • Because for a smart phone first generation, this stuff just makes sense.

  • We're not talking about smart phones though.

  • We're talking about tablets and laptops.

  • How many times are you gonna say the word form factors?

  • Form factors, form factors, form factors.

  • Listen, 17 more times we're gonna say form factors because we're nerds and that's how we talk.

  • Form Factors, form factors.

  • Those two just going at it again.

  • As if there isn't something in between.

  • This is an iPad.

  • Pro.

  • Pro.

  • I knew that.

You might have seen a recent commercial where a kid is using an iPad and at the end of the ad she asks, "What's a computer?"

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