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David myers

Brooks, seems lime some of the comparisons are limited by the version of the iPad that you purchased. 3G and storage are better with the 3G versio. With 64 gig of storage.


Andy Garcia


These new thin and light netbooks have other distinct advantages over the iPad. A real keyboard for one. Full computer functionality is another one. And most of all, they provide full functionality, with real applications. No need for converting my Lenswork Extended discs to work on a iPad. Just copy to the hard drive to take with me :).

For a bit more money than a full blown (with add-ons) 3G 64GB iPad, the Vaio has my vote.

Dave Kosiur

You know, I'm glad I don't have all these persistent communication worries. I know you have a job to do (actually everything you do, Brooks, is more than just one job!), but if I cannot connect, then I can't connect and I live with that. It's nice not to be connected all the time -- almost Zen-like in today's world. ;-)

George Purvis

Hi Brooks,

To solve the problem of no wireless connection for my iPad, I picked up an AirPort Express on eBay that I pack along when I fear I'll only have a wired ethernet connection.

I'd be interested to hear your comments about the new MacBook Air (all solid state) 128GB running Parallels. You could get Windows plus an Intel Core 2 processor in a very light package.


guy washburn

Early on you struggled with a ipad until you came to the understanding that it was about consuming media not creating. Perhaps you were asking too much of it again?




reading you decisions with interest. The new update of Evernote could help.

As for connectivity: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zoom-3G-Wireless-N-Desktop-Router/dp/B002SXMH1C/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1289593455&sr=1-1

Works for 3g dongles and ethernet connections to create small wifi network...

Scott Walton

Hi Brooks,

From your comparison list, one correction. The iPad will drive an external VGA source with the Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter:



Brooks Jensen

Thanks. Updated. That bit of info helps.

Dennis Allshouse from my iPad.

What Guy Washburn said.

Bob Dart

Hi Brooks,

I would echo Guy's observation that you struggled early with the iPad until you came to the realization that it is about "consuming" media. I too think you are asking more of the iPad than it is probably capable of.

Have you considered any of the up and coming tablets? As Andy points out you get full computer functionality and don't have to search for apps to do the things on the iPad that you find useful and productive.

I got excited about the iPad again after your revelations, but I still had problems with the fact that they are still not a full computer. I just ordered myself an HP TouchSmart to try out. It should be here in another day or two. You can use it as a laptop or tablet, it has a 640GB disk, WiFi, Ethernet and Bluetooth. It also has a pen device that uses the same technology as the Wacom. With that you can probably do a lot of your early work on images in Lightroom and Photoshop along the way. A couple of USB external hard disks for archiving and back up and you are there.

The unit I purchased was just under $1,100 and that included the Home & Student version of Office with Word, Excel & OneNote. You have gotten me really interested in working with OneNote with some of your other recent posts. I use the web interface to my email when I am mobile so no need for Outlook.

George Purvis

Hi Brooks,

If you haven't already done so, take a look at http://thedigitalstory.com/2010/11/macbook_air_nimble_p.html


Ian Walls

A contrary viewpoint from many of the other posts here...
Clearly the ipad isnt in the same league as any "normal" computer when it comes to production tasks.
But it is much much better as a lightweight consumption device. The question is - can you live with the "adequate" production tools.
I dont think that your comparison table helps all that much as you are comparing totally different things.
For me Ipad plus Nexto plus a wireless router sounds like a recipe for leaving my laptop at home.
Thankyou for hosting such a useful discussion.


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