iPad as laptop


When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks, because that’s what you needed on the farm – but as vehicles started to be used in the urban centers, cars got more popular. Innovations like automatic transmission and power steering and things that you didn’t care about in a truck as much started to become paramount in cars. […] PCs are going to be like trucks. They’re still going to be around, they’re still going to have a lot of value, but they’re going to be used by one out of X people… More at 9To5Mac.

Well worth reading the entire article. Thanks to Bob for the link.

Categories: Tablets

10 replies

  1. Its a great point that designers and techies et al are not representative of the wider audience in many cases. But for that audience, it seems like big phones (I forget, does Apple’s “plus” formfactor count as a phablet these days?) or even “regular” sized ones will do fine.

  2. The Plus is 5.5″ diagnonal. As I understand it, it ate away a good chunk of the Mini’s market.

    • Yeah. FWIW, The plus form factor felt wonky for reading when I tried it, though maybe I’d get used to it, and maybe people were more into video etc than ebooks

      • I tried one but it was uncomfortable in my hand as a phone. The iPad Mini’s diagonal is pretty close to a standard paperback.

        • Yeah, after my Shaun-inspired dalliance with the SE form factor, I’m nervous about jumping into the Plus size despite the camera advantage; I don’t know if it stays unwieldy to manipulate or if you get used to it.

          Also, if the new iPad Pro becomes their smallest thing that supports the Pencil… I wonder if I could return to reading on something like that. I guess it’s akin to reading hardcovers again 😀

          • Oh stop blaming me!!:)

          • Thanking you 😉 can’t break an omlette without breaking a few eggs.
            But I’m suspicious of my goldilocks view that the middle way is “just right”

          • Lay 3 sizes in front of you. close your eyes. Have someone hand you each in turn and feel it without looking. I know that you can tell which is which from the feel but taking your eyes out of it focuses more on the feel and the weight. That’s assuming you’re going to hold it in one hand.

            There’s also the standard “what are you going to use it for?” If it’s graphics type work, then a larger size gives you more accuracy and attention to detail. If it’s mobile with a bit of the other, the the Plus might do it. If it’s reading and a bit of the other, then the Mini fits. Thing is with the Plus you’re also getting a phone. But if it’s a pain to use a phone that big, then get a regular sized phone and a tablet, rather than a phablet. That’s why I still have my Mini and am still quite happy with it. Just my two cents worth. And considering they don’t even have pennies in Canada any more, I guess I’ve been devalued.

          • WOW I didn’t know Canada was following up on getting rid of pennies.

            It seems kind of weird to me that the only way to do exact transactions is digitally!

  3. Oh come on. You’re not that old 🙂

    Yes, they did away with the penny in 2012. The one and two dollar bills are gone, replaced by coins, our loonie (because it has a loon on it), and twonie, because, well it’s Canadian. Now there’s a rumour that the 5 dollar bill is being looked at as the next to go. Personally, that would annoy me as I rarely carry coins any more. However, since the majority of my purchases are digital, it probably wouldn’t affect me that much.

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