Lots of people are predicting and betting on the rise of the tablet in 2011. Here’s the most recent analyst version of that song.
Interestingly, I got a chance to try living without my laptop this week when I briefly hit the road, forgetting my Macbook power cord. The battery on my old Macbook only lasts about two hours, and that’s with the display in conference mode, i.e. turned way down so the dude behind me can’t snoop so easily.
I freaked out a bit when I realized this omission at my hotel, but I knew I’d be able to use Rich’s (@rmanalan) or Anthony’s (@anthonyslai) cord at the office. Plus, I had my iPad.
So, I treated the short trip as a litmus test of sorts for dumping the laptop.
My conclusion isn’t all that surprising: you can dump the laptop, unless you create.
If you write anything, long emails, documents, code, forget about it. Don’t believe anyone who says the soft keypad is fine.
It’s fine like driving on a donut spare tire is fine.
Yeah, you can do it, but no one wants to for very long.
But why not get a keyboard to attach to your tablet? Yeah, let’s replace that bulky laptop with a skinny tablet and a bag full of accessories. Reminds me of the Sony Vaio I used in 2001; all the cords and accessories I needed to make it useful outweighed the actual laptop.
Oh, and if you’re about to push the netbook idea, that story applies to you. I’ve recently seen a few people rocking netbooks; their postures tell me all I need to know about that contortionist experience. The keyboard’s just too small for average-sized hands.
So, before you make the jump, or get psyched because you’re getting one from work, think closely about what you’ll be doing.
If you’re consuming information and replying in short form, get excited. That tablet will rock your world.
If you’re creating content, don’t let them pry that laptop out of your fingers.
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