Last week, I flew to New York. Before the trip, I waffled packing my bag. Laptop and iPad or just iPad? Rushing out the door, I threw caution to the wind and my PowerBook on the couch. It was a great decision.
The iPad is a laptop replacement for travelers who have neither documents to create or epics to write. It is a supreme emailing device: long battery life and a cellular connection. For reading, Pulse, Reeder and Kindle deliver all the content I needed, cached for the plane. But what you leave behind, the weight, is the best thing.
Admittedly, a bluetooth keyboard rose quickly to the top of my gizmos to buy and more than once I tried to squeeze in a trip to the Apple Store (to no avail). Writing long emails and editing text using only fingers, the relatively small screen and the word selection boxes tests is a character building experience. The sounds of silence – no music while emailing – is another short-lived flaw.
But with multitasking, released today, and a keyboard tucked into my messenger bag, it won’t be long until my PowerBook is relegated to the fate of a PC tower, sentenced to life chained to my desk.