Laptop or Xoom?

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  1. Wolfedude88

    Wolfedude88 Well-Known Member

    So here is the deal, my laptop is done for, too many things wrong with it to fix. So here my my situation, wife is leaving it up to me. She doesn't want both a new laptop and the Xoom, so I have to pick one.

    We have a desktop PC down stairs in our living room, so we can use that. So should I buy another laptop or should I get the Xoom?

    Would like to get some feedback from the users.


  2. Mitchrapp

    Mitchrapp Well-Known Member

    Because that's when the sugar plum faeries come out and make the decision for him?
  3. knivesout

    knivesout Well-Known Member

    iPad 2 release date (unconfirmed).

    I am waiting until April, or at least I'm trying my best! Several tablets to choose from should have been released by that time, and Honeycomb should be more mature, app makers given time to update their apps to higher definition, etc.
  4. aohus

    aohus Well-Known Member

    well what does your wife do when shes on her laptop normally?

    tablets are merely to consume media (reading, email checking, video watching, etc), but not so much as a content creation device.

    the decision lies upon her use cases.
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  5. Mitchrapp

    Mitchrapp Well-Known Member

    But the OP was talking about a laptop or Xoom. No mention of an iPad.

    Personally I think a tablet is the perfect compliment to a desktop.
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  6. Wolfedude88

    Wolfedude88 Well-Known Member

    Yeah I am definitely not buying a ipad or ipad 2. The laptop is used mostly for youtube, locking up something quickly. I used it a lot for android forums, facebook, twitter, google, mostly forums.

    Wife used it for, google, youtube, perez. Liked it because it was portable.

    Just really wanted to know how people thought it compared. Is the Xoom fast at web browsing on wifi? Do you think it would be good for our needs?
  7. Mitchrapp

    Mitchrapp Well-Known Member

    I don't own a Xoom yet, a couple days away, but I noticed you mentioned "looking up" quick. A Xoom is just a 1 second button push from being online, no boot up or awaking from sleep like a laptop.

    And the things you and your wife do from a LT, can be done on a Xoom. Can't speak for wifi speed yet.
  8. marctronixx

    marctronixx Moderator Moderator

    if you have to ask then you dont really have a vested interest in the xoom so i say get a laptop.

    the xoom is too new to be used as a laptop replacement right now and for people who are not comfortable with tablets OR the android OS OR a new OS that has little support from content makers and devs (they are working on it, takes time), i can only see headaches for you.

    if you need to buy something now, get a laptop...
  9. jatch85

    jatch85 Member

    The xoom is very fast surfing the web (this is being typed from my xoom) and youtube is very nice as well. To be honest since I got this on thursday I haven't touched my laptop and the battery life is awesome I have been using almost non stop and only charged once. A laptop would most likely be cheaper to purchase but I'm pretty satisfied with my xoom. :)
  10. knivesout

    knivesout Well-Known Member

    The point isn't whether he's choosing between a laptop, Android, or iOS tablet - the point is, when there's more (better) competition, the prices will start to drop.
  11. DKYang

    DKYang Well-Known Member

    The point of this topic is "Laptop or Xoom." That's the point; not when prices start dropping. The OP already lowered his choices. Perhaps the point of your reply is what you said.

    If you can swallow the price tag of the Xoom, then get that since from what you said, you simply read and watch stuff on your laptop. The Xoom would be more portable and you could buy a bluetooth keyboard for it if needed. But I do agree with that tablets in general aren't there yet to replace laptops. Since your laptop usage is basically "read and watch," that is why I suggest getting a Xoom. It's your choice though.
  12. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra= VIP Member

    That's the stuff I'm hearing from two others I know who grabbed a Xoom: "my laptop is going cold," and, "I was surprised at the battery life."

    I'm not faced with an "either or," as the OP; my laptops are all fine, but I've decided to get the Xoom based on what I've seen of them, messing around with my co-worker's Xooms, and what they're saying about them.

    However, personally speaking, if I were trying to decide on having one or the other, I'd do exactly what I did before I had a laptop, save up for the top of the line laptop, not get a gadget like the Xoom; to me it's an "extra" thing to have in my life, not a necessity.
  13. daddyd302

    daddyd302 Well-Known Member

    I take your wife on a nicedate treat her nice and give her the time of her life!!!! Then as she's having the time of her life, slip in you want to buy her a laptop and a Xoom for you!!!!

    If that doesn't work get the Xoom. It fits everything you mentioned, and it's alot easier to carry around then a laptop... But the nice date is a worth a shot!!!!

    BTW the Xoom is not good at locking anything up except on a 2 year contract if that's what you want, lol.
  14. aleis

    aleis Well-Known Member

  15. Mike S

    Mike S Active Member

    Since you have a desktop a tablet would be a perfect complement to it for browsing and media consumption. As long as you are fine with loosing the option of having a full blown portable computer I would say go for it. I haven't touched my laptop since picking ups zoom on thursday.
  16. gamul1

    gamul1 Well-Known Member

    I would never never never replace a laptop, desktop or even a mac with an iPad. Way too limiting in terms of connectivity and abilities. If you can replace a laptop with an ipad, you probably didn't need a laptop to begin with.

    An small argument can be made for replacing a laptop with a tablet, but it really depends on your usage and satisfaction. I still would not do this yet but I think android tablets are heading in the direction of being able to make a stronger case for replacing a laptop for many (but not all) folks.

    So - I think it simply depends on the OPs usages of his laptop. If it is dead anyway, then go ahead and replace it with an android (not Xoom until and unless it has host USB capabilities) tablet like the upcoming Toshiba.

    Then keep us posted with any and all things you get stuck on where you cant do it on the tablet but could on your old laptop. It would be a great experiment.
  17. rjoudrey

    rjoudrey Well-Known Member

    Based on your usage get the xoom.
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  18. FragDroidX

    FragDroidX Well-Known Member

    What is your budget? If your budget allows why not get both? In addition to my xoom I bought an Alienware m11x for my wife. The little thing is powerful enough to do just about anything you need it to do and the battery lasts a good 6-8 hours. Plus she will like the pretty colors she could change the keyboard :D. That way I get my Xoom she gets a top notch lappy all for around $1400 and we are both happy :cool:.
  19. green94

    green94 Member

    Haven't touched my Macbook since Thursday... thinking about seling it now :)
  20. Mitchrapp

    Mitchrapp Well-Known Member

    The price won't drop anytime soon. It certainly won't drop when iPad 2 is out. Maybe 10-12 months from now and marginally at that.
  21. Mitchrapp

    Mitchrapp Well-Known Member

    A man of few words, he knows ;).
  22. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    If you are a gamer, a better bet would be an Alienware M11X laptop. Killer battery life and game chops for a small device and same price as Xoom.... Well, at least until the wifi only Xoom comes out.

    If not a gamer, wait for the wifi only version of the Xoom, or the iPad 2 if you ARE a gamer.... I guess then it depends on how important Flash is to you...

    Choices are good.
  23. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    I have an M11X that I got last year and it rocks real hard :)
  24. Mitchrapp

    Mitchrapp Well-Known Member

    How many times does he have to say it, he doesn't want an iPad or iPad 2 or iPad 3 ;)
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  25. Vehtemas

    Vehtemas Well-Known Member

    iPad..... = Devil

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