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Okay idjits - need to replace my wife's laptop. It gets used for surfing the internet, viewing mail Outlook (exchange server), and Microsoft Office.

I think a tablet is the way to go. Do I just get a Surface and bite the bullet with Windows 8, or are there other alternatives (APPLEHEADS NEED NOT APPLY).

Or can a Samsung running Android fill the bill?

Cost is not a concern.

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Surface Pro 3 with Classic Shell?

I don't like Windows 8 either but it works ok on the Surface Pro 3. Classic Shell will give you back the start button and menu.
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If I go with a Windows machine will bite the bullet and learn 8. Just wondering if there were some alternatives.

I think she would like a Samsung Tablet with the big screen. It has a office type suite, but not Outlook. Outlook is must, so I reckon Winders will be the only way to go....


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I have a surface pro 3. I love it. It is a nice device that is in between a tablet and a laptop. Only issue with using it as a tablet is the size. It is a 12 inch screen. Taking notes with OneNote is great. Office is regular full version of office. Windows 8.1 is fine on the Surface. I mainly use the desktop view but the tiles isn't that bad.
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Yeah, I was going to go with a Surface when I replaced my laptop back in October, but I needed a bigger screen, and didn't want to fight with learning W8. It was hell finding something that had Win7, over the counter. Thank gawd for Newegg.


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MS Office is finally out for Android. I'd go play with both in the store and see which you like better.
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That's good to hear. Yes, the plan is to go and looky touchy next week; just wanted to get some ideas first.


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Surface 3 Pro. Windows 10 is just around the corner so don't let Windows 8 deter you. The surface is a great alternative to a laptop. The iPad or android tablets are not.

You can dock the surface and display it on a larger monitor or a 70" TV if you want.

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Surface 3 Pro. Windows 10 is just around the corner so don't let Windows 8 deter you. The surface is a great alternative to a laptop. The iPad or android tablets are not.

You can dock the surface and display it on a larger monitor or a 70" TV if you want.

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Can you display wirelessly?


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Can you display wirelessly?


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I can with my samsung android tablet (a 2 year old note 10.1), so I assume most can.

I really like my android tablet, though I agree it isn't a laptop replacement. Though I can do 80% of my laptop work, it is still a bit lightweight. On the other side of the coin, Windows is still cumbersome and clunky on tablets. I think these things are truly individual fits.
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Can you display wirelessly?


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It looks like it.

https://www.microsoft.com/surface/en...ector#wireless

And you don't need the docking station to connect to a larger monitor. The surface has a port built in. The docking station is just a little "cleaner".
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I have a Lenovo Yoga and love it. I use the desktop view and don't pay attention to the tiles. Sturdier than the Surface Pro 3 (as well as heavier, etc - but I am not good with fragile things)
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Screen size on the yoga?


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Screen size on the yoga?


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Mine is 11 I think - but I also think they have larger models
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Here is a new one - 14" and I just saw they they make a new ultra light/ultra thin 13

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops...ies/yoga-3-14/
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Another vote for the surface. I have the pro 2 and it has now replaced my laptop. Think the 3 is bigger. Tablet wise it's still a bit too big to be as good as a iPad but it's the highest quality alternative I have seen yet. Runs everything including outlook as well as my ThinkPad.
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This gives me some things to check out. Ultimately it will be whichever interface my wife likes best.

I'm digging on the Surface, but for me it would have to have a 15 or 17 inch screen.


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I have a Asus T100. It's a Netbook 11" screen I think. The keyboard pops off and it's an instant tablet. Full boat MS Office, Quad core CPU, 13 hours of battery life, HDMI output, yada yada yada. I really like the Surface, it was out of my monetary reach. I'm very happy with my Asus.
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typing on an asus right now very nice machine
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A few things:
The Outlook on Andriod is an App, not the full version you would use on Windows.
If you really need Outlook, you are limited to Windows 8 Tablets.
Windows 8 tablets come in two basic flavors: those running an Intel I3 or 5 processor for $800 & up (Surface 3 Pro or Dell Venue Pro); or those running an Intel Atom for $400 & up (Surface 3, Dell Venue, Asus).
All of the W8 tablets will do what you want - the Surface Pro 3, with the 12" screen is really nice - I have one that I got about 6 weeks ago for $1,000 (i5, 8gb ram, 128 gb SSD) and it is a big step up from the 2 year old Asus (64gb 1st gen Atom 2gb ram) W8 it replaced.
I use a 256 gb micro xhsd card for my work file storage (allows me to remove it and use it in other machines), and the internal SSD for the system and non-work files.
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