This, by Coding Horror programmer Jeff Atwood:
After using the retina iPad for a while, I was shocked just how much of my everyday computing I can pull off on a tablet. Once you strip away all the needless complexities, isn’t a tablet the simplest form of a computer there can be? How could it get any simpler than a tablet? Is this the ultimate and final form of computing? I wonder. It’s a display in your hands, with easy full-screen applications that have simple oversize click targets to poke your finger at, and no confusing file systems to puzzle over or power-draining x86 backwards compatibility to worry about. Heck, maybe a tablet is better than traditional PCs, because it sidesteps all the accumulated cruft and hacks the PC ecosystem has accreted over the last 30 years.
Apparently, there’s still this debate about whether the iPad is for consuming media or creating it. Of course the answer is both, but to get down to it, the debate is really about whether you can be truly productive on iPad as opposed to a laptop.
I have to say that in my experience, an iPad is a wonderful productivity device. At a recent conference in Milwaukee, I took pages of notes on my iPad’s Pages app (which were delightfully, automatically synced everywhere via iCloud) without missing a beat. And over the past few months, I’ve even taken to keeping my handwritten meeting notes in it, using a stylus and the Penultimate app (although I think I prefer using the onscreen keyboard to a stylus).
Web publishing remains a little suspect, but that’s mostly due to ArkansasBusiness.com‘s older backend (which we’re replacing very soon). And if you’re a WordPress blogger, the WordPress app will probably do most of the time.
Of course, I’m a writer. I don’t do a lot of spreadsheets and programming (although there’s apps for all that, I’ve read). So there’s that. But for me, there’s no question that the iPad is a solid productivity device.