New laptop vs. iPad: What would work best?
August 26, 2012 12:15 AM Subscribe
My MacBook is starting to die on me. I've been thinking about my options for a new computer. The thought crossed my mind the other day, "Why don't I just get an iPad to replace my laptop and call it a day?" But I have a few questions, mostly pertaining to being a writer with an iPad.
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I don't use my laptop for much more than browsing the Internet and reading articles. I'll occasionally play a game or two (Starcraft 2, most recently) but that's a rare occurrence (and PC gaming doesn't interest me much at all). In that respect, I think a tablet would definitely be the right choice.
However, what I do use my laptop for most is writing and not blog posts or anything like that. I write creative nonfiction. I write lots of long essays, I'm working on two books right now, and I do a lot of research for both my essays and my books. One of the big plusses of the laptop is having the screen space and the software to help keep all of that organized.
The typing is a non-issue since I've used the bluetooth keyboards and found them to be pretty decent. But managing my writing is a big concern. I'm betting there are apps to handle that kind of thing which would make it easier, but I don't know that for sure. Anything y'all can inform me about that could help sway my decision?
The major caveat of an iPad versus a laptop is that I'm already on the computer way too much. I waste a ton of time. Now, I'd like to think that with an iPad, I'd be somewhat more productive, what with the ease of reading news articles, books (I've got a busted Kindle with books tied to it that'd be nice to pick up again), and that sort of thing on the iPad's screen and form factor versus that of a laptop. It'd also discourage me from wasting all my time watching movies and TV shows on my computer since I'd have a smaller hard drive. But maybe that's not the case either. Any input on the productivity factor?