Posted May 10th, 2012 by Mark with No Comments
Apple’s iPad has had a large presence in the personal technology space ever since it was introduced in April of 2010. When it was released, many pundits announced the “End of the PC!” Although the iPad does many things well, I think time has proven that it has not replaced the PC.
I read somewhere that the PC is a “lean forward” device – one with which you actively work. Conversely, the iPad is a “lean back” device – one where you participate more passively, e.g. using it on the couch while you’re watching TV to look up other movies for a particular actor.
Personally, I find the iPad to be a great adjunct to the PC. It does “content browsing” tasks very well. I use it for magazines, for example. I’ve converted almost all the paper magazine subscriptions I used to get in the mail into digital ones that come directly to my iPad. I love that I can pick up the device at any point and have a new magazine to read. No more paper through the door or out to recycling, and no more stacks of magazines on the bedside table that never get read. The iPad is also great for portable internet access. Much easier to use and read than a smartphone.
Content creation tasks (writing a letter, editing a picture) are almost always easier on a full fledged PC. I don’t think anyone is going to be writing the great American novel on an iPad anytime soon (although I’m sure someone will prove me wrong here) — it’s just too cumbersome.
What about you? If you have an iPad, how has it fit into your life? What tasks do you use it for the most? Is there anything you have tried but given up because it was too unnatural or cumbersome? Comment and Let us know!