Re: Just posted: Apple iPad 2: Tool or Toy?

Started Mar 18, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Re: get both

Jon Rty wrote:

The thing is, there's tablet computers, and the modern day ARM based phone-esque tablets. And you'll have to really consider your needs when going with a ARM based tablet to be sure you're willing to sacrifice all that computing power, software-support, calibration and connectivity just for half a kilo in weight, less than one centimeter in thickness and a couple of hours of battery life.

I think the problem is that people keep thinking a lightweight, lighter-powered tablet like an iPad needs to compete with the power of a tablet computer. I don't need the iPad to do any heavy processing and heavy lifting. That's what I have my laptops and workstations for. What I need from my iPad is to have a beautiful screen, beautiful interface, gobs of battery life, be lightweight and slim enough for me to take everywhere, and for people (ie, my clients) to enjoy using it. Everything else besides that is just gravy. So by having a powerhouse computer and a slim, lightweight, battery-goes-forever device like an iPad, I can have the best of both worlds.

It's like people who wonder if they should get a 35mm lens or an 85mm lens. Get both! They serve two different purposes. Sure, they both happen to be lenses that focus images, but besides that they are quite different and fit different tasks. The same goes for a high-powered computer vs a light-weight tablet. Have both, and get the benefits of both. It's not a matter of "sacrificing". When I am out and about with my iPad, I don't see any "sacrificing". I value it for what it does well. And I use it as such.

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