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Has The Time Come For The IPad To Replace A Laptop?

By Eric Meister

The iPad has taken the world by storm, much as the iPhone and iPod before it did. Millions have bought or ordered this new device for many different reasons, whether it’s because it’s a brand new gadget, a status symbol or for work. Steve Jobs has often spoke out against laptops, claiming they are inferior to desktops and that this iPad offers an more ergonomic solution. This idea that the iPad replace laptop is not a new one, but it is worth investigation to see if there is any merit behind this argument.

Physical Construction

Lighter than most, if not all laptops, and thinner than most as well, the iPad is the easiest of the two to carry around. Apple sells a specially made case that can improve handling fatigue (due to the method of holding the iPad) by doubling as a stand for the device. However, taking into account the intended use of the iPad – to primarily surf the web and read eBooks – competition with a laptop does not immediately spring to mind. Laptops, unlike iPads, are designed with a clamshell design, providing an extra measure of security for the screen that the iPad simply lacks. The weight and size of the laptop is larger in both cases, but the laptop’s own intended use is much more broadly designed.

User Friendly?

The iPad is the epitome of user friendliness, providing many intuitive mannerisms. The multi-touch abilities of the iPad provide many features to the apps that are downright expected of a $499 device. Tapping an app opens it, then you can use various gestures to manipulate certain things, like zooming on a photo for example. While the iPad does have a large screen capable of letting a program split itself into multiple sections, you cannot run more than one program at a time, diminishing its ability to multitask. This is where the laptop shines, most come with a starter edition of Windows, whether it’s Vista or 7. It’s debatable as to whether a double click with the touchpad or mouse is easier than tapping on a the iPad screen, but as far as touchscreens go, Windows 7 has a long way to go. If a laptop does support this feature, it is often hampered by the mediocre software supplied with it, ruining the experience more than aiding it. IPads do offer a much more intuitive system, as opposed to laptops, but multitasking is a very important tool for those planning business on the move.


For hardware compatibility, the iPad fails. For extra, albeit simple, features such as USB, VGA or SD ports, you will need to dish out some extra cash. Laptops on the other hand provide several USB ports, SD slots, a VGA port, bluetooth and integrated webcams. For what laptop users have come to expect as commonplace, iPad users now have to go without, unless they want to carry extra gear around.

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Meister, Eric "Has The Time Come For The IPad To Replace A Laptop?." Has The Time Come For The IPad To Replace A Laptop?. 21 Jun. 2010. 27 Dec 2014 <>.

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