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Poll: Do you use a tablet for your translation work?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you use a tablet for your translation work?".

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JaneD  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 09:25
Member (2009)
Swedish to English
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No, and I can't see how anyone else could either Jun 30, 2015

I use the biggest screen I can lay my hands on at all times, and a proper keyboard. I don't see how anyone could translate anything other than a few words on a tablet.

What (still) utterly amazes me is that Microsoft apparently didn't realise that people use more than one "app" at a time on their work computers when they designed and implemented Windows 8. I only adopted it well after all of the W8 "features" could be thoroughly suppressed. But how many hundreds of billions of working hours were wasted across the planet in the meantime?


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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No Jun 30, 2015

Only for porn

 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 09:25
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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No, Jun 30, 2015

but for checking and responding to e-mails on the go.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 09:25
Spanish to English
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Nope Jun 30, 2015

What's the point? I have 2 desktop PCs and 2 laptops... I imagine I would find a tablet too small and fiddly for translation work anyway.

 

Umang Dholabhai  Identity Verified
India
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Member
English to Gujarati
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Look forward to see someone who does Jun 30, 2015

Cannot imagine how anyone can manage to work on a Tablet.

btw..

Chris S wrote:

Only for porn


Good Luck!icon_biggrin.gif


 

Maria Simmen
Germany
Local time: 09:25
Member (2009)
English to German
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No Jun 30, 2015

I don't even own one and have no desire to change that. But I can see how it could be handy for interpreters, not having to faff with pen and paper all the time?

 

Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:25
Italian to English
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strictly for fooling around Jun 30, 2015

I don't see how anyone can translate on a tablet.

I don't even like laptops, hate the fiddly keyboard ....

I have a tablet, but it's strictly for leisure use - reading the newspaper at breakfast or playing scrabble, sudoku and the like.


 

Jennifer Forbes  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:25
Member (2006)
French to English
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Tablets Jun 30, 2015

Not the kind of tablet you have in mind ...

 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:25
Spanish to English
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Yes Jun 30, 2015

I still prefer my desktop, but when it's not available the tablet works fine. The screen is much smaller, but they're also usually bright and clear. There are some apps that make the job easier, even for translating on a cellphone - which I don't recommend. This was the subject of my very first blog post ^_^

http://www.opl10nt9n.com/blog/4-steps-to-mobile-translation-on-android-devices#comments


 

Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 02:25
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
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No Jun 30, 2015

Tablets are not as comfortable as a typical desktop keyboard.

 

Luiz Barucke
Brazil
Local time: 04:25
Member (2013)
Spanish to Portuguese
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I need a real keyboard Jun 30, 2015

I usually work on a desktop and, even when I work on a laptop, I plug a "flesh and blood" keyboard into it.

 

Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
India
Local time: 12:55
English to Hindi
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Only for checking emails Jun 30, 2015

I have an ipad which I use mostly for checking emails, and occasionally for sending short replies. I find the tablet touchscreen too constrained for any serious typing, for which I always come back to my desktop.

 

Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
Ghana
Local time: 07:25
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
No, but I really want one Jun 30, 2015

I want one for reading over documents in bed. It's also easier to catch mistakes when proofreading on a different screen or in a different format.... okay, okay, I confess. I just want a Galaxy Note Pro, that's all. And I'm going to get one soon, God willing.

 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:25
English to Spanish
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The right tool for the job Jun 30, 2015

Tablets are, in my opinion, entertainment media tools, nothing more, nothing less.

The occasional typing of an email, a Skype note or an eBay auction bid can be done on any mobile device, including tablets. The experience of long-term typing on a tablet is equivalent to trying to write on a glass surface: utterly unproductive.

I do have an iPad 2, which I use to stream music, Skype (call) family members and do the occasional web search.


 
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