With each generation of the iPad and the prolific creation apps the iPad can do almost anything. Or can it?
One question I see being explored more and more is:
Can I replace my laptop with an iPad?
With apps for everything from email and to-do lists to games and photography it doesn’t seem like too far a stretch.
This week I read about how one man is embarking on a 30 day journey to use an iPad as his primary computing device.
It might not sound like that big of a deal, but this guy is an entrepreneur and productivity addict. He even has a company built around a universal GTD app he created.
The idea of replacing my MacBook Pro with the iPad is intriguing.
A few benefits I can think of:
- Portability – Any laptop can be heavy and cumbersome to haul around in a backpack all day. The iPad is light and fits just about anywhere (besides your pocket). When I head out the door in the morning I pause before grabbing my MacBook, but never hesitate to snatch the iPad.
- Productivity – It’s sometimes hard to get things done on my MacBook because there are many distractions. Email, Facebook and blogs are all competing for my attention. With the iPad you can switch between apps, but primarily it provides focused task completion instead of haphazard multitasking.
- Price – At $829 the 64GB new iPad w/ Wifi + 4G is still $170 cheaper than any MacBook Pro/Air alternative. If cost is your deciding factor this decision is a no-brainer.
However, I do have some concerns:
- Power – Battery life aside, I wonder if the iPad has enough processing juice to handle all the applications and tasks I’d need it for throughout the day.
- Protection – The portability of the iPad introduces it to greater opportunities to be dropped or damaged. Whereas a laptop/desktop is afforded safety due to it’s weight and size. I’d be worried about accidentally pitching the iPad on the pavement if I used it all the time (case in point: I dropped my phone 3 times today).
- Price – Even though the new iPad is cheaper I’d be curious to know the costs associated with apps and Cloud services that bridge the gap between iPad portability and a laptop/desktop built-in functionality.
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Do you think an iPad could replace your laptop needs? Are there any tasks you regularly do on a laptop that have shifted to the iPad?