I don’t use my iPad as much as I used to.
Ironic, given that there a lot of writers out there that I respect a lot who are using their iPads a lot, even for plying their craft.
The appeal of the iPad is obvious. It’s light, small and the battery life is off the charts. Shawn Blanc does a great job of enumerating all of the great ways the iPad can enrich you life and be a great platform for creative endeavor.
I just can’t seem to get away from the power and control I have over my MacBook Air. Part of that is because the Air is really good at the things the iPad is bad at.
All of these things really add up over time. I can’t see the iPad, despite the amazing advancements in application design over the last two years, ever surpassing the laptop for things like that, mainly because many of those things run counter to what Apple (and many others) envision as the true sweet spot for the iPad as far as functionality goes.
Having a device for reading, watching, light note-taking and document creation, all untethered by wires and being largely unconcerned about battery life are what most users purchase iPads for. Ubiquitous connectivity is a huge plus as well.
I use my iPad daily for reading the news and nightly for reading books. If I am going on a short day trip where I will be in coffee shops working on posts or answering email, it’s likely I’ll take the iPad. If I need to do a lot of task switching and fast typing, the MacBook Air is a workhorse that, for now at least, is pretty much impossible to replace.
For another interesting viewpoint on this discussion, I just ran across this post by John Carey which is definitely worth a read.