Vivek Wadhwa at TechCrunch sets forth the best argument I’ve ever read for dumping your iPad. He sets forth various reasons, but it really comes down to three. No useful way to use Microsoft Office, reliance on the outdated, ugly and unnecessary iTunes, and the lack of a camera.
All of this left me with a packing dilemma. I love my iPad and use it all the time. I haven’t carried a laptop since I bought my iPad, and I haven’t needed one. But I also hadn’t been away from home and the office for 10 straight days.
So I got nervous, pussed out and, along with my iPad, toted a laptop and all the related gear all the way to Pawley’s Island. I felt more comfortable knowing that I could review and revise Word documents from the beach.
The thing is, I never used it.
Sure, I was in contact with my office and clients every day. But I did it all via email, on my iPad. While the lack of Office is a big issue for iPads, there’s no denying that you can easily read Word documents. It’s only when you want to revise or create one that the frustration level skyrockets.
And the fact is that at this point in my career, I’m much more likely to be reading, commenting on and approving Word documents than writing them from whole cloth. And I found it to be easy enough (enough being the operative word) to copy and past portions of a document into an email, then paste such portion again below and revise it the way I wanted.
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