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Law student - hybrid or laptop - good keyboard, battery life, back-facing camera, 4G

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Hello all,

Let me say thank you in advance for the great idea of this forum, and being so helpful to shoppers like myself. I hope you all can help shed some light on which direction I should go, as I am pretty unsure:

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General Questions.

1. What is your budget?

N/A - willing to pay for the right device

2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished?

No

3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible?

I want a Windows hybrid/notebook convertible/laptop/etc.

4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?

10 to 13-inches

5. Which country do you intent to purchase from [where do you live]?

US

6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?

No

7. How many hours battery life do you require?

As much as I can get - I want Haswell if possible

8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc)

Law school - notetaking, tons of writing, reading, etc. See "misc" below for specifics

9. Do you have an OS preference? For example, do you own an iPhone and a Mac, or are you a Windows fan? Do you own an Android device and use Google services frequently?

I must have a full OS (certain programs that my law school uses require it) so gotta be Windows 8 Pro

10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc)

Microsoft Office, Evernote, other basic productivity and school-related apps, nothing seriously draining or resource-heavy

11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list.

No

12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system?

Not necessary

Screen Specifics

1. Any preference on screen resolution?

No - they all seem to have such high resolution these days, not too concerned

2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun?

It's possible, but this would be icing on the cake, not attached to it

3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom or N-trig?

Also icing on the cake - might be useful but not my primary interest. I know nothing about tablet pens so whatever you recommend is good

Component Specifics

1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory?

I think at least 128 GB HD and 4 GB RAM. Expandable not necessary

2. What sort of inputs do you require, if any? Would you like full-sized USB and SD card slots? Are microUSB and microSD ok? Do you require HDMI inputs?

Full-size USB for sure, pretty flexible on everything else

Misc

1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above?

OK, so here I will try to explain myself in detail: I am about to enter my first year of law school. I previously used a 4G iPad + BT keyboard for school-related work and loved it, but I can't use this for law school because all the tests are taken in class on your own computer and so (1) I have to have a full OS as the test-taking program only works on a full OS (which for me means Windows 8, I like it and prefer Windows over Apple OS) and (2) I need a larger, better, more reliable keyboard as I will be typing for hours in a high-pressure environment where if I mess up (or my electronics fails) I won't do well in the course.

Based on the above + my excellent experience with using the iPad for school + my desire to be on the cutting edge, especially since Haswell seems awesome, these are my desired features:

1. Windows 8 Pro

2. Excellent keyboard, viewing angles, etc. - made for hours of comfortable and efficient work

3. Back-facing camera - so I can take pictures of what professors put up on the whiteboard, etc. instead of having to copy it down like my non-techy colleagues

4. 4G - so I can be productive on the bus and other areas where there is no Wi-fi

5. Haswell chip (if possible) - reliability, good battery life, won't become obsolete as quickly, etc.

That's really it - everything else I am flexible about. I don't need a performance-maxing beast of a machine, as my use is quite basic, it just needs to run smoothly and the above be covered. However, I have researched into all the Haswell devices available so far and am not sure which direction to go. I am fine with just a pure laptop, but I haven't yet found one that has a back-facing camera and 4G (even the Dell XPS 12 convertible doesn't seem to have these). I am also fine with any tablet hybrid or detachable, etc. but all the reviews I have read for the Sony Duo 13 and similar devices talk about iffy keyboards and viewing angles, which worries me. I am even fine with workarounds to get the above to happen (i.e. would you recommend one of those mobile hotspot things and just plug it into my device instead of trying to find 4G built in? Is there a workaround to a back-facing camera?).

Another problem is time - my orientation is next Wednesday 8/14 and I really ought to have my device by then (by the Monday after at the very latest). I was pretty impressed with the Samsung Ativ Q but it doesn't look like it's going to come out in time, and so I have to make a decision based on what is available now.

So, what do you all think? Is there a perfect solution for my needs, or am I going to have to let it go and compromise on something? Thanks so very much!


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