To my mind the differences in post-pc and pc+ are of attitude and usage.
Pc+ refers to the things you do at the office (work) and want to take home (or along with you) so you continue working.
Post-pc refers to the stuff you do for yourself... Instead of work -- stuff that you want to do, that you enjoy, that interests or fulfills you.
I think most of us understand the pc+ connotation, so let's focus on post-pc activities that you wouldn't do on a pc+ device (a laptop or a tablet with a "proper OS" and ?proper apps").
The grand kids took a car trip (2 days, each way) to Canada with their dad. Each had their personal iPad. Each could do his own thing, changing at will -- read, watch movies, listen to music, play games (together or independently). Each had his iPad in a case and the charger -- that's it... No battery's, kbs, accessories -- just the iPads.
At least once a week we have a family reading session -- where we sit around, each taking turns reading aloud while the others follow along on his personal iPad. The emphasis is on comprehension and "story-telling". We pass of the reading to someone else, randomly... So you need to pay attention. At any time anyone can ask the meaning of something or challenge the readers's emphasis or pronunciation.
Any of us (my daughter and I, mainly) will have our iPad handy (in our lap) when sitting in front of the TV. At the spur of the moment we will surf the web (what films has that actor been in, when was Steve Nash drafted, what's a good recipe for clams casino...).
When anyone needs something from the store, they tell my daughter -- who enters it into a checklist app I wrote (iPhone and iPad)
At the supermarket, my daughter and/or the kids will fan out through the aisles gathering items from the list.
Later, in the kitchen, my granddaughter puts her iPad in a ziplock bag so she can cook dinner from the recipes she found.
Often, while watching the tube, I will surf the web, post to forums, or play games. I just grab my handy iPad.
During the kids trip to Canada, we monitored their progress with Find my iPhone.
When they got back, my granddaughter, compared her shots of, say, the Space Needle with the iOS 6 3D maps.
I have never been to their grandfathers house in Victoria. But I was able to locate it with iOS 6 maps (the one with the red roof between to gray roofs). I dropped a pin and got the address range, then went to Street View (iOS 5 on another iPad). I maneuvered in front of the red roofed house and took a screen shot. I emailed the photo to my granddaughter: "Look Familiar?". It blew her away -- she thought we followed them to Vancouver. Boom!
BTW, those iPhone pictures that my granddaughter took on her trip to Canada, appeared instantly on all our iPad photo streams.
if one of us is trying to think of a song --- we can search among the 16,000 songs we have on iCloud.
While my daughter is watching TV, she often works on a class presentation (church) or checks/builds her calendar including soccer schedules.
My granddaughter, while in Canada, shot some video on her iPhone and made a movie with iMovie on her iPad.
Yes, you certainly could do some of this on a PC or a PC+ device... But, likely, you wouldn't get up, walk over to the PC in the corner, sit down, fire it up, wait, start the app, wait, do your thing, shut down the PC, get up, walk back to the couch and sit down... Or even attempt to put the laptop in a ziplock bag while cooking...
That's too much "work"!
This is my stuff!
If this seems rather disjointed -- it's because it is -- that's the way life is for most of us... Things come up -- unplanned, we adapt, handle it and move on... That's the post-pc world we live in -- that's what the iPad/iPhone excel at! ...(a plethora of preposition violations)
Dictated and typed (virtual kb) on my iPad while sitting on the couch.
Edited by Dick Applebaum - 7/13/12 at 5:39am