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Ok, so I am selling my tablet pc to get an apple. Problem is if I don't get enough money then I will not be able to get the 14 inch. My tablet now is a 12 inch but I wouldn't mind going bigger. How do you guys like the 12 inch? Any of you go from a larger screen down to a 12 inch? thanks.
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If you like to multi-task with different windows in the forefront, then the 12" might not be for you. But if you don't multi-task, then you'll like the 12".
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ok, so I take multitask as having multiple windows open at once? Doesn't it do like windows where it tiles? If you are on a particular window and other apps are open how would you go about opening them again or regaining that screen? Is it done by restarting the app? not familiar with that part of the os.
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hit command ( apple key) and then tab if you hold the command key and then press tab you can scroll through i menue of all open apps. or u can use expose key f9
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i dont think it matters.... they don't really have more screen space because the 12 and 14 are stretched to the same resolution.. 1024x768
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So that would make a 12 inch somewhat bearable then? I am using a 12 inch now but do miss the larger screen. Now of course using a different os means different ways of going about things. So is the expose somewhat similar to alt tab on pc's? Would you guys suggest holding out and getting a 14 inch? thanks.
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Well, what I mean is that you can't really have two windows open side by side easily is as you might with a bigger screen. I'm a college student, so when I write my papers, it's easier to have my word processor on one side and Firefox on the other. But with my 12" iBook, I would have to use exposé, which brings all windows into prospective, then I just to back and forth to the other app.
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well id rather have the 14 inch... there's no extra screen space, it's just stretched at 1024x768 to fit whatever screen. You will be able to fit the same stuff on each screen, the 14 inch will just appear stretched. Go with the 14" !
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wow, even when I had a larger screen I never did a paper side by side with a browser. The screens would be to thin and I would have to scroll sideways to see the test. Is that how you did it? even on a 14 inch I wouldn't do that. So if that is the case do you think a 12 inch is good enough?
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If I can find one at a decent cost on ebay I would get the 14.
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So if that is the case do you think a 12 inch is good enough?

You might as well then, if this is not a problem for you.
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thanks guys!
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You have significantly less screen real estate with the 12" but you learn to adapt. I usually have a second monitor attached and make use of Virtue to split things up into logical screens. If you like to run and see the visual output of multiple programs at the same time you have less room with the 12" then you do larger laptops, that is fairly self evident. I am not convinced that this is a significant disadvantage though.

Regardless of screen size you can (and usually will) have multiple programs running at the same time. Switching between apps is basically the same in Windows and OS X, you can alt-tab or select the app in the Dock. You can minimize, which is the same idea as Windows, or you can hide a running app. Minimizing is done on a window by window basis whereas hiding hides the entire app, either way the app continues to run. That is the general idea anyway.

I have been using ultra portables for almost 4 years now. It does take some adapting to but it is not detrimental to normal use. For me the portability and weight were worth sacrificing a bit of screen space for.
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It really depends on your application. I use my 14" as a desktop replacement, thus the 12" would be too small. If I had say a 20" iMac (oh yah), I would have picked up the 12" for portability.
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yea makes sense that it depends on the context of the situation. I might swipe a good deal on a 14 inch. If worse comes to worse I will just get a 12 inch. Not that its bad but just because it is what I can afford.
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