Originally Posted by appl
The iPad sells for as much as 3 times the price of a netbook. Is it worth three times the cost of a netbook?
When other tablets have a real OS?
Is it worth 3x the cost of netbook?
For me, hell yes!
I bought a Dell Mini-9 to Hackintosh it. I wanted something more portable than always taking my 13inch MacBook.
Once I got the Dell Mini 9, I hated it. The trackpad was crap, and the keyboard was too cramped. So, I left it as a Windows machine.
After I bought my iPad it quickly become the most used computing device in our house.
It freed me from the shackles of my desktop, and from the inconvenience of balancing my MacBook on my chest or legs when I used it in bed or on the couch.
With the iPad, I:
* do all casual browsing/email through it
* read training PDFs through CloudReader
* read saved files in my desktop Yojimbo
* collaborate with others using Evernote
* watch training videos through GoodReader
* stream training videos from desktop external drive, using Air Server
* Login to my desktop remotely using Logmein. Leaving PhotoBooth on also lets me check my office remotely
* With Line2, I can have phone calls go to the iPad
Doing the above with my iPad allows me to spend less time at my iMac. I use it mainly for Final Cut Pro, creating Screencasts, and Programming.
So, while I initially hoped that the iPad would have full OS X, I am more than happy with it the way it is now. It's fast and lets me get my work done quickly.
Would it be suitable for my only computer? Not at all.
Would it be suitable for my wife's and children's only computer? Yes.
There is no perfect device for everybody.
As an aside, I saw my first Windows Tablet back in 2006. I met with a client who had a Windows Tablet, and I was using a Windows laptop. It was so inefficient it wasn't funny. He hated it, but that's what they used at his work (a hospital)