How To Make Your Tablet A Laptop

– [Michael Fisher] In a recent
video, I took you behind the scenes of the Mr.
Mobile review process. And some of you were
surprised that I spent most of the scripting phase
tapping away on a tablet instead of my Macbook Pro or Surface. Well the truth is, that if
I didn’t have to edit video, I probably would never take
my big laptop out on the town. I’m Michael Fisher and these
are some tips I’ve picked up over a year of using the
iPad Pro and Pixel C, as laptop replacements. (upbeat music) First off, this isn’t
a painless transition. Most notebook computers
have many times more power than a tablet. And they usually have much more
screen real estate as well. If you’re used to a 17 inch display, or you know, three of them, this is probably not a
leap you want to make. And even if you go for a gargantuan, like the large iPad Pro? Some stuff is just going to be more clumsy on a mobile operating system. And whether you’re
willing to deal with that, depends on how much you value the benefits you get in return. For me, the most crucial
of those benefits is, surprise, mobility. A tablet is a much more mobile platform than most notebooks. And in order to preserve that portability, a low profile keyboard is essential. When I’m using the Google
Pixel C, a tablet I adore, I use it with its Google-built
keyboard companion. Yep, it’s expensive. Especially given the
Pixel C’s advancing age. But it’s got variable angle settings, great key travel and feedback. And when you separate and close it, you get a nice durable, metal clamshell. Best of all, the keyboard
charges itself when docked. So you don’t need to worry
about keeping it topped up. When it comes to the
iPad Pro, I mainly use the stock solution as well. But this being Apple,
it’s thinking different. The keys are fabric covered and insanely comfortable to type on. And the fact that it’s
using the iPad’s magnetic smart connector, means
typing is instantaneous and very reliable. You don’t have the added
hassle of babysitting a bluetooth connection. It only offers one angle
in typing mode though, so, if you want something a
little more like the Pixel solution, a company called
Bridge offers a set of keyboards that give you the same robust tactility and some nice bonuses, too. Dedicated short keys for
functions like brightness, volume and Siri. Rubber stoppers to keep
the whole thing steady on a desktop, built in speakers
and button back lighting, so you can type in the dark. On the down side, it’s a bit clunkier and you need to charge it
separately with a different kind of connector. Meaning, you have to pack a spare cable. And like the Pixel’s keyboard, it’s prone to double
key strokes on occasion. You win some, you lose some. Let’s talk battery. This is a big reason to
do the tablet trade-in. You get much more endurance
than a typical notebook. And there’s an even bigger
benefit on top of that. When you do need to top
it up, you might be able to use the same portable
power pack that you use to charge your phone. If you’re in the market for one of those, keep these guidelines in
mind, when you’re shopping. You want as much capacity as possible, ideally double the value
of your tablet battery. Also, pay attention to the ports. To keep up with a tablet’s power appetite, what you’re looking for is
a pack with a 2.1 amp output or quick charge or the
kind of adaptive charging technology that better known
manufacturer’s include. When I travel, I tend to rely on this pack from Ravpower, which I bought for myself before Mr. Mobile even launched. It’s not the highest
capacity pack out there and it’s certainly not the smallest, but it’s got everything I
need to power my Pixel C and iPad Pro on the go,
not to mention whatever phones I’m carrying. Then there’s storage. Tablets tend to have less capacity than their computer counterparts. If you still maintain a computer
at home for your big files, you’ll probably want to
invest in a remote desktop application, so you can
access those files on the go. Unity is the only one I’ve used so far, and it’s pretty simple to set up. You download its host
program to your computer, download the client app
to your tablet or phone and once it’s done indexing your computer, boom sauce, you got access to everything on your machine remotely. This is assuming you have a
solid Internet connection, of course. And that you’re willing to
shell out for the subscription fee of three bucks a month. Finally, complete the PC
illusion with a USB Dongle. I know, I know. Donglelife is a big joke. But after I read Andrew Martonik’s piece on how much he was able
to accomplish with this anchor accessory connected to his Pixel C, I joined the club faster than you can say dong gle, dongle. Plug it in to the single
USB-C port and suddenly you’ve got a wired ethernet connection and three type A USB receptacles. That means you can plug in a jumpdrive and access its files, plug in a Smartphone and do the same, slip in
a low profile receiver for a wireless mouse, even mount a solid state
hard drive on the thing, like this Passport. Now I’m using this drive,
so no, I’m not going to reformat it now, but
I could if I wanted to. No such fancy tricks on the iPad Pro. But you can get dongle’s from Apple that give you different port options. And companies like SanDisk
offer lightning-based flash storage if you want to
move media between i devices. Dumping your notebook for a
tablet is an imperfect solution, to be sure. For those who need the heavy
lifting of a true computer, there are portable solutions,
like Microsoft’s Surface line. And Apple’s new Macbooks are
getting lighter all the time. For those on the opposite
end who need an even more streamlined or affordable solution, Chromebooks might be worth a look. But for those in the
middle, who don’t need a thousand dollar
experience, but could live with a 500 dollar one, tablets
with the right keyboard are plenty good for writing and browsing. They’re much easier to carry around town with or without a bag. And the fact that they easily transform into an e-reader or game
console, makes them, in my book, far more versatile
than most other machines. If you’re wondering how to
carry all this stuff in style, sorta, check out my winter wearables video on the Mr. Mobile YouTube
channel and subscribe, so you don’t miss new tech videos landing at least twice a week. ‘Til next time, thanks for watching. And stay mobile, my friends.

100 thoughts on “How To Make Your Tablet A Laptop

  1. You mentioned that your computer was prompting you to reformat your passport hard drive. Do windows hard drives need to be reformatted to work with the android operating system? My micro SD cards work just fine in both my windows laptop and android phone so it doesn't seem like they should need reformatting! Shouldn't they work for playing media I have stored in both machines just like the micro SD cards do?

  2. Having ordered my tablet before researching programs to replace my windows notebook I was concerned maybe I wouldn't be able to match them. First off there is andriopenoffice which seems like it will replace open office. There is a VLC player for android so kudos for that! Dream Voice Reader should be a huge upgrade compared to my 18 year old Readplease text to speech reader! I already knew Chrome worked for android but just found out that there is a version of firefox for android as well. My main concern is with the Android operating system it's self: how long it will take to get used to it, and it's limitations (and advantages over Windows 7). Hope I am not disappointed in trying to replace my notebook ( which is replacing my desktop) with a tablet! Here I go!

  3. i agree with you mr mobile sometimes we don't need bring our main laptop with us everyware to do some light stuff, we just need one more device with more mobility like tablet, but i more prefer to use convertable laptop with windows then tablet

  4. To me, tablets that run mobile OS are nice, but I always feel like, "Why not just use my phone? I have it in my pocket always anyway." Windows tablets are the right idea in my opinion, and I really wish more people would hop on the full OS tablet market. You can get Windows 10 tablets for $100 that are full x86 Windows OS. To me, that's the future of laptops.

  5. Another great video that gives you the ground work to see if this life style is worth it to you. And your right its not for everyone.

    For me… still not worth it. Yet at least.
    Its mostly the fact that am already used to the power and flexibility of my Lenovo W520 that making the transition to tablets makes it impossible. On top of the "#dongle" issue, it feels like I can just buy a device on eBay with the flexibility i need, cheaper than $100, install a modern OS (Linux or Windows), and best of all; if it breaks I can fix it with my tools and wits without having to worry about the "right to repair" issue. The less down time the better.

    Geek Note: 5:02 – ooh Seaquest DSV

  6. Quick notes, and replacing physical notebook + pen combination are my reason to have set up like this. When I need heavylifting, I go to laptop or desktop. I'm happy with my 2017 iPad 9.7" and Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard. The setup is quick and when I need the keyboard, I just open the keyboard and it is connected instantly.

  7. Although iPad is better than android tablets, android tablets can replace your laptop due to hardware extensibility and mulitple user accounts. Apple wanted iPad to be a tablet thus didn’t take thes two features for iOS.

  8. I don’t have a tablet I’m just a kid😢 do use of this video😠😕🙁☹️😣😖😭😭😭😭😭😭

  9. If the pixel tablet wasn't so expensive, I would have gotten it. But instead I got the Samsung tab s2 and it's good enough. Though the keyboard isn't that great

  10. I just got an ad about Menards……with a man using wood…..and I was like, “Oh, he must have A LOT of splinters…”

  11. I go even further. I make my mobile phone as my daily workstation. I use it to type, making presentations, edit schedules in excel, and many others. I usually pair it with bluetooth keyboard. It's a really good choice, particularly if you travel a lot and mobility is your priority.

  12. By tiping on an unperfect solution like a Xperia Z3 tablet is with a Logitech K480 keyboard paired I can say that is fine but far less confortable than a notebook or a chromebook

  13. There are some serious tradeoffs when it comes to typing fast or working on charts or data that needs large screen real estate, but for the most part, tablets like the iPad make great laptop replacements for catching up on work on the go.. Ofcourse I have my tablet and my laptop synced up using onedrive (that's where all my important files are kept) so when I go to the office, I carry just my iPad. I have my desktop in the office and my laptop at home , but the iPad is my on the go computer.

  14. uh..what jacket is that @ 6:00 that allows you to hold a giant tablet like that? i'd love to have one

  15. i'm a first time viewer of your videos and i've got to say i'm very impressed. so professional. i appreciate the work you put into to this. the voice overs are beautiful and concise and to the point and easy to understand, the film work is terrific and the graphics are top shelf. you've got a really nice channel. i applaud you.

  16. I like that keyboard that is sweet looking. I picked up the zag and the keyboard is pretty good. It has good feed back.

  17. A year ago I was in Orlando for a conference and had my MacBook Air, 12" iPad Pro, and iPhone 8 Plus. For some reason. I decided that over the next year I would leave the MacBook at home and only use the iPad. The iPhone always goes.

    For the past year, I've only used the iPad for mobile computing. I use Google Remote Desktop to access my MacBook on the go, and it works so well that it's like having a full Mac OS on the iPad (with a few exceptions in weak service areas).

    The battery life, weight, beautiful screen resolution, and built-in LTE connectivity all make the iPad Pro pretty idea for computing on the go. I'd love it if they'd beef up the OS a bit, and allow me to run full-power software. But for my writing and related work, it's been amazing. And I'm pretty sure I could do my podcasting and video work with it if I had to. Maybe I'll work up to it.

  18. If you want a keyboard case that protects, check out Zagg's Rugged Folio with its multi-colored lighted keyboard. The only downside is that it adds quite a bit of weight, but I consider that a plus. I'm less likely to drop something chunky than I am a light and slippery iPad.

  19. Look at how you hold your hands, that's not a good idea! You need a proper workstation and a proper keyboard for the sake of health!

  20. I use a desktop pc for all the heavier stuff like long video edits and gaming/vr. The iPad does everything else when I’m away from the desktop perfectly.

  21. The iPad mini and the smaller Microsoft tablets in the 7 to 9 inch category feel more comfortable with smartphone technology.

  22. Hi….i have a laptop at home which has been slowing down lately….and i am thinkinh of buying a tab s4 as a subs for the laptop…is it a good idea? Btw, i used my laptop mainly for work purposes….

  23. Nobody talks about how dumb it is to have a touchscreen on a laptop or how dumb it is to attach a keyboard with a trackpad to a tablet. People used to talk about Gorilla Arm Syndrome — the awkwardness of reaching over a keyboard to use a touchscreen. But it has a lot to do with the OS, too. Choose an input method and optimize for it. What makes the iPad Pro 10.5" and the Pixel C great is that they have a short keyboard that lets you still have easy access to the touchscreen — and the OS actually works well without a trackpad.

    Well, the light weight helps, too. A MacBook Pro 13" is 3.02 lbs. A ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14" is 2.49 lbs. A regular MacBook 12" is 2.03 lbs! That's silly to replace your laptop with a 12.3" Pixel Slate which is 2.66 lbs. with the keyboard or an iPad Pro 12" which is 2.24 lbs. But the iPad Pro 10.5" is only 1.555 lbs. with the keyboard. That seems totally reasonable to have a 3 lb. 'good' laptop then a 1.5 lb. tablet/keyboard combo for when you want something more portable. If the new iPad Pro 11" is the same size and gets a backlit keyboard that'll be the new thing to get.

    I understand that some people are very happy about using a pencil with a 13" tablet. But as far as replacing a laptop with a tablet, it really seems ridiculous except for the case of the iPad Pro 10.5" and Pixel C.

  24. What about programs that require you to use a mouse to use? I couldn’t complete an application because I didn’t have a mouse to use with my phone, does this also happen with tablets?

  25. Here's two pointers.
    Not being a shit, I really want you to know these things, and provide them to your viewership.

    The Format on the Hard Drive it's asking for is because droid (and iMac) don't support NTFS natively. You need to root phone and do stuff, OR hit up some 3rd party apps to make your tablet talk to NTFS file systems. Don't say FAT32 will do, you want 4Gb+ sized files, and security. So please include that when showing off how easily you plugged in a WD passport and voila.
    Voila includes a couple of extra steps including a paid piece of software… namely the NTFS plugin for Total Commander.
    I'd like to say I've found a free option for this, but at least it's a 1 time fee of 5 or 10 bucks, depending on what other file systems you want to manage.
    Once freaking Total commander, and it's plugin are installed, I'm expecting all this will work.
    There is another app, for free, called…. something… but it requires root.

    b) PHONE-TO-PC
    PLEASE don't tell people to use a 3rd party service to move files from their PC to their phone. First this is a horrific misuse of the internet, and it's also barbequing any hope they had of privacy.
    Last of all should they be PAYING for such a service by the month.
    I know it's a hard bargain to teach people to FTP, but honestly when it's about as easy as installing filezilla, port forwarding ONE port and remembering your logins….. You may as well just put the civvies through it and let them have some dignity, privacy, dependability, ownership…. dignity….
    Know what in fact? Just go TeamViewer. Yeah, that'd do most people better. For NonCommercial uses it's free, it works with droid and PC and Mac, and it's easy as pie.
    TEAMVIEWER, now that I think about it, rather wins.

    Anyway. I did love your video. I'm in the process (can you tell?) of outfitting my Droid for the win, as I'm not likely to be affording a laptop soon after all.
    I just thought you'd like to have your viewership better advised, if we could manage that.
    No pricey contracts, no unexpected troubles with storage.
    Nice one. Keep up the good work.

  26. Are there any tablets that will work with an external cd/dvd player? I need tablets for my kids but they have to be able do their schoolwork on them. They use a disc for their math.

  27. I would say a laptop with a 12-13 inch screen is as portable as a 12 inch tablet with usb dongles and mouse. And waaaay faster.

  28. here i sit with a $1000 ipad and a $200 keyboard… the whole god damn thing is useless to me. glad someone bought it for me. keep mobil on the phone and keep your laptop/desktop

  29. Also for people thinking of switching to only an iPad, you can get 200GBs of iCloud storage between all your apple devices for $4 a month

  30. I'm loving my Tab E 9.6, I've purchased the keyboard, wireless mouse, printer and flash drives, I just fold it up and put in my shoulder bag, not bulky, easy to transport.

  31. Best solution you can use is to use a Shadow on your tablet !!!!!! You'll get all the benefit of a pc because it is a PC… but you need a reliable internet coonection 🙂 !
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  32. This videos is one of my favourites in your channel and it's sad to see that (due to the Windows and Android tablets revisited here) the video got old. I'd really like an updated version of this video. Hope you can read it, Michael.

    PS: As I see this video and write this comment I'm on a Starbucks using my Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and the K480 Logitech keyboard, they got old too.

    Greetings from Argentina!

  33. I think a 2in1 ultrabook does this quite a bit better. You have an actual laptop, just with a tablet's form factor, and windows is pretty darn touch friendly these days.

  34. Good unintentional Ultrabook or Chromebook or lap dock commercial. A notebook scattered in pieces is still a notebook's worth of components and at least as much bulk along with having to assemble it every time. Inability to run a full OS is another tradeoff. Chromebooks (for example) solve the weight and battery life issues while being integrated and can run Linux applications along with Android.

  35. Less storage micro sd card in my samsung tab e 8.0 256gb and google drive to move files around. Tablet be cheaper and cheap laptops only have 32 to 64gb of slow emmc storage.

  36. For remote file access (on Macs anyways), iCloud Drive is your best bet. The Files app got a big upgrade recently. Maybe a part 2 should be made on this, with newer devices and newer OS’s.

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