An article from Business Insider titled “Why I Sold my iPad” came to my in-box at a timely moment. I’ve been starting some research into the current computer scene because I plan to replace my five-year-old Macbook at Christmas, and I have been wresting with some of the same questions as the article’s author, Steve Kovach.
The difference is, he and I have wound up on opposite ends of the same conclusion: He gave up his iPad because he finds he can use his laptop for most of his work just as conveniently, and I am contemplating a lesser ‘main’ computer because I find the iPad as suitable.
I have a few conundrums, though:
I do see Steve’s point that many laptops are so small and light these days that they are just as easy to pack and go as an iPad. But the three I looked at this weekend on a reconnaissance trip, all of which were in the same price range as a mid-range iPad, averaged three to five hours of battery life—half of what I can get on the iPad. The bigger models, which had more robust battery lives, were priced comparably to the lower-end Macbooks.
I admit, her setup is pretty sweet, and I like the idea of just having the one machine (the tablet runs a full Windows OS so it can run apps like iTunes and Calibre, which are the primary reasons I still need a computer and can’t get by with just an iPad). But it does seem a lot clunkier than my iPad does. It’s better than carting around my Macbook, but it’s not quite Macbook Air calibre lightness just yet.
So, what will I do? Will I get the cheap ultrabook, keep it plugged in as a media server and for e-book work, and use my iPad as my main on the go device? Will I keep the iPad mini, sell its big brother and get a Surface Tablet as my main computer? Or will I shell out for a Macbook Air since I won’t get much battery life on a baby-sized ultrabook?
I haven’t decided yet. We’ll see what the Christmas shopping season brings!