I finally made the decision to sell my netbook and buy an iPad instead. When I did so, it had been my intention to use the iPad when I was on the go, for instance when I was commuting to work. It appealed to me because it was much more convenient than lugging the netbook around. It proved to be the case, the money for mac was well spent.
I assumed that when I was at work, or sitting at the desk in my home office, I would use a desktop. For a while this was the case. Any files that I worked on at work and at home I would simply sync with my iPad. But as time went on I was finding that that wasn’t happening. Rather than transfer data I would continue to work on my iPda, both at home and at work. Before too long I was hardly using the desktop computers at all; they had become almost redundant. Not entirely redundant of course, there were still certain tasks that I needed them for, but for the majority of tasks the iPad was more than adequate.
Admittedly I can run into storage problems, but now I simply use cloud based storage, in fact I use both iCloud and Dropbox, which are perfectly adequate. It also took a little time to input text efficiently, and although my typing speed on the iPad is not as fast as on the laptop, it is a small inconvenience really. What I do still use the PCs for is the large spreadsheets that I have to compile every month.
Apparently nearly 129 million tablet computers will be sold during 2012, which is nearly twice as many as were sold in 2011, and over 60 percent of these were Apple tablets. This is set to increase as more companies encourage their employees to do exactly as I have done, and use a tablet for work. In fact a recent survey projects the by 2015 35% of all tablet purchases will be made by businesses.
The only downside with all this computing on the go is that you rarely get away from work. There is always something that needs to be done, some email answered, some data required. But I guess that is the way of today’s world.