For me, computers are primarily writing and communications tools. When I bought my iPad 2 in June, 2011, I hoped that it would prove to be a usable substitute for a laptop, at least for relatively
light-duty computing tasks. I was more curious than under any illusion. The boilerplate on iPad was that it’s an excellent content consumption device, but content creation tool? Not so much.
Now, with two and a half years’ iPadding under my belt, I’ve determined that the preponderance of critical opinion was correct. The iPad is great for Web surfing and media consumption, it’s
tolerable for email (except for account management), but it’s mediocre to miserable for the sort of production work I do with computers. It’s definitely not a comprehensive, standalone laptop
substitute answer for me. On the other hand, I’ve been seduced by the easy tote-ability enabling me to do stuff virtually anywhere in the house (or, for that matter, out of the house where there’s
WiFi access). I would now find that tough to give up.