Originally Posted by mstone
Originally Posted by pedromartins
Unless you need a trully fast laptop for some use (think the best of them all, a rMBP 15) the iPad is the best computer on the market today.
I have the rMBP, an iPad 3 and an iPad mini and I couldn't disagree more with your opinion. (bolded part, my emphasis)
The comparison between a computer and an iPad has nothing to do with speed, simply capabilities. I don't believe the iPad is really a computer at all. If the iPad is a computer then so is an iPhone, which seems absurd to me.
If the iPad is to be considered a computer, it is probably the worst computer on the market. It certainly cannot replace a real computer for my needs.
Not for your needs... or for all my needs...
But, for many people, it is more than enough computer for all their needs... I can remember my [late] Dad struggling with the Apple ][ and a Selectric printer to create letters, etc... It was so much hassle my [late] Mom wouldn't even touch it... Today, with WiFi and the Internet, either would be right at home on an iPad.
In bed, or on the couch, I use the iPad exclusively -- though I have an iMac 17" and a 17" AluBook handy.
In the den:
In front of my loaded 27" iMac with dual display -- I often grab the iPad next to the kb to look something up, track the grandkids. I often use the iPad as a 3rd screen to monitor my investments or watch a video tutorial (FCP X, Motion, Blender) while following along on the dual-screen iMac.