I hope that you are sitting down. This post is going to shock you. It almost shocks me and I’m the one writing it.
I was fortunate to spend the end of December with THE DIVA and MY DAD in Southern California and to attend a rabbinic conference. In an attempt to pack light and not to be too connected, I decided to leave my laptop and kindle at home and traveled with the iPad I got but never wanted. I bought the Apple bluetooth keyboard, and figured that for any emailing and note taking I would be covered.
I must confess I was not entirely pleased. Note that I do not have the 3G iPad. It works with wifi and I didn’t always have wifi available to me. I found the iPad somewhat cumbersome to tote around (which could be do to the case I have which is also a stand). Lots of people were extremely impressed with my mobile office. I just didn’t feel as productive.
I missed my MacBook.
The iPad seems like a fun toy. It just didn’t do all of the things that I am accustomed to doing on my laptop in as efficient a way. I did use ibooks and am still finishing a book. Even for that, I prefer reading on the kindle a lot more. The kindle is lighter and I find the e-ink easier on the eyes.
For my purposes, the iPad is seeming much more like a cool toy than a practical device for my purposes (mostly email, social media, and writing documents).
I’m not sure what I will do when I travel again. What are other people finding they do? IPad and laptop?