#Tablet #TabProS – Using the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S as my only computer : One of the big manufacturing goals with portable computers has been to make them smaller and smaller, without having to sacrifice features or power.
It seems strange, then, that even though this goal has been met, I actually carry more devices than I used to, with a phone, tablet and laptop all taking up room in my everyday bag. The phone is a given, but a laptop and tablet seem a little too much to carry all of the time. Surely there’s a better way?
Moving to a 2-in-1
Thanks to Windows 10 and low-power Intel chips, there’s a new category of computer: the 2-in-1.
Effectively, these devices are full-on tablets that convert into full-on laptops when you need them. So rather than having two devices, I can carry just the one. But can I really get by with just the one device?
To find out, I’m switching exclusively to the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, a powerful Windows 10 2-in-1 computer with a 12in screen.
Over this series of these articles, the TabPro S will be the only computer I use for everything: for work, for watching movies on the go, and for browsing the internet from the comfort of the sofa.
I wouldn’t even attempt to make the full switch if I didn’t have confidence in the hardware, so here’s what’s drawn me to the TabPro S.
It’s powerful and light
One of the reasons tablets became popular was that the switch to mobile processor meant they were thin and light. But tablets were only capable of running cut-down mobile software, rather than full applications that I need for work.
With the TabPro S, I don’t have to worry about power, as its 900MHz Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor can Turbo Boost to 2.2GHz. This is a proper laptop specification, so all of the desktop apps I’m used to running will run properly.
Samsung has used all of its display prowess to ensure that the Galaxy TabPro S has an amazing screen. It uses Super AMOLED technology, which means near-perfect blacks, bright whites and stunning colours, and has a super-high resolution of 2,160 x 1,440.
Power doesn’t mean compromise, though, and the TabPro S is every bit as small and light as I’d expect a tablet to be: the main unit is a mere 6.3mm thick and weighs only 693g.
Adding the keyboard cover brings the weight up to just 1.09kg. In total, this means that I’m carrying a lot less bulk than before and it’s more than 1kg lighter.
Thanks to all of the TabPro S’s energy-efficient components, battery life tops out at just over ten hours – all-day computing in a device as powerful as a laptop and as convenient as a tablet.
Throw in the built-in 4G modem in the model I’m using, and I’m freed from finding a Wi-Fi hotspot. I’ve got a device that I can use anywhere and everywhere to get online.