Use of tablets
Thread poster: Jean-Christophe Duc

Jean-Christophe Duc  Identity Verified
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Nov 20, 2014

Out of curiosity, has anyone used a tablet to do translation work or translation related work?
If yes, I am interested to know whether you found it useful...


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David Wright  Identity Verified
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Yes Nov 20, 2014

I needed something portable when I went on an extended visit to the UK recently. It is laborious but not impossible. I also dictate a lot of my files and was able to store my work on the tablet to be done when I got back. My workload on the tablet was much reduced, and I'd really only recommend it if there is no alternative.

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Jean-Christophe Duc  Identity Verified
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Was it a tablet or Nov 20, 2014

an hybrid computer (i.e. with external keyboard) and Windows x.x?

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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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Mobile Translation Nov 20, 2014

I like translating on my tablet. I still use it even when I'm translating on my desktop

I like being able to work when I'm away from the office - like when my wife goes shopping and I'm bored.

I wrote an opinion piece a while ago that goes into a little more detail. It specifically talks about using an android device, but it all works fine with my shiny new ipad mini. You can read it here: http://www.opl10nt9n.com/blog/4-steps-to-mobile-translation-on-android-devices


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Nicholas Wakeford
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Use as another screen Nov 20, 2014

I have an iPad and I've tried using it to do translations before but I found it a little cumbersome, if there was a way to display two documents at the same time this would help but then you're really using up your screen real estate.

I personally use it as a complement while translating on my computer, I display my source text on it and usually use it to perform searches for different terms I'm unfamiliar with.


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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
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Only to check emails Nov 21, 2014

I use my ipad only to check emails and to reply to the ones that need instant reply. I find it cumbersome to type on the ipad owing to the cramped touchscreen keypad and the ipad screen too small for any meaningful work.

For serious work I come back to my desktop or laptop, preferably the former.


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Edwin den Boer  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Will tablets replace laptops? Nov 21, 2014

I usually work on a desktop and I don't have a tablet yet, but when I work on a laptop, I prefer to use an external mouse and keyboard, while propping up the laptop on a crate for an ergonomic viewing height.

Since I don't need the laptop's keyboard and trackpad, I guess my next laptop will be a tablet like the Microsoft Surface.


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Stephanie Strobel  Identity Verified
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Tablet as another screen Nov 21, 2014

That's a great idea to view the source document on the tablet.

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Neil Coffey  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Regularly... for *some* projects Nov 21, 2014

Jean-Christophe Duc wrote:
Out of curiosity, has anyone used a tablet to do translation work or translation related work?
If yes, I am interested to know whether you found it useful...


I regularly use my iPad for some projects (having invested in a wireless keyboard and dock). The advantage is the pure portability compared to a laptop. For a document that doesn't involve complicated layout, install a dictionary app, download Word/Office To Go, stick a shortcut on your home screen to Termium/IATE etc, get used to using the multi-finger swipe gesture to switch between concurrent applications and you're set up...

However, the important thing to realise is that it is not suitable for *every* project. For more elaborate documents with complex layouts, where you want to have multiple windows on screen at once etc, it won't be suitable.

But for certain documents, the iPad has the advantage of portability and battery life that will last a long flight/series of train journeys...


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