04-10-2010, 10:02 AM
Originally Posted by BadApple
I use it as my main laptop.
But, it's not a laptop. Laptop's have built in USB ports, ethernet ports and can run a full OS and real programs, not apps. I find it so strange when people say they can't use their MacBooks on their couch now that the iPad has arrived. Its nonsense. Back when MacBooks or MBP's were the biggest thing, everybody would say the opposite, how nice it is to lounge on their couch while browsing, working or listening to music etc..
I've got my 15" on my lap right now, on the couch and I'm laying down fully. I'm also a formal typist, and have no problem using it this way. It's on a cooling pad, so it isn't on my lap directly and gets plenty of air flow.
I just think that people love to make excuses to justify needing the newest gadgets. Don't make excuses. Just man up and say that you want it because it's cool.. not because you really need it. A Macbook works perfectly well for everything you'd need and is just as convenient as an iPad, with tons more power.
That said, I can actually find a reason to get an iPad, though I won't until at least the second gen, if they put a camera in it etc.. My reason to get one would be to show off my photography portfolio. While yes, I can do this with my MacBook Pro, if I'm meeting someone, I can just press the button and tap the screen and have my photos show up on a nice sized vibrant screen which rotates. In this case, I think it would be nicer than opening up a clam shell laptop. Could be good for video presentations, too.
On the other side of things, it isn't really necessary. I can do the former, and open up my MacBook Pro and show my portfolio by going to a site like SmugMug or Zenfolio or my Blog site. More steps involved, but if I know I'm meeting someone, all that will be set up before hand and ready to go. The iPad would be better for spontaneous meetings or networking.