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June 20, 2010


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I am going down the iPad route myself. I'm almost ready to pull the trigger.

Netbooks are great for being on the go. They are small, light and are pretty low-powered, which is handy for those of us who do a bit of wordprocessing and browsing, and not much more. But surely the screen and keyboard are just too small for serious writing on deadline?

I reckon there's a gap in the market for a 13" screen with a proper keypad but with stripped down functionality (like a netbook) so that it would retail for less than £300. I'd buy it and so, I'm sure, would a lot of other journalists. My 13" notebook puts me in business computer territory, with power and pricetag to match.

I'm afraid I'm holding out for the 3G iPad, I'm a sucker for sexy fun stuff.

Enjoy Portsoy, I'm very jealous, the 'reaper' will be there for the festival and I'm in love with it!

great news about the Scotsman column!

I am setting off soon to travel around villages in the mountains of Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia and Slovakia. My wee Samsung N140 netbook (9 hour battery) is coming along with me. With a rugged external hard-drive it's the bee's knees.

In the real world, one where people need a technology to be more than just "shiney", I'm sure you will be able to achieve most of what you need with your Samsung netbook. It may not be the fasionistas choice, but, with around 7 hours battery life, full Windows 7 (the best OS MS has ever produced) and if you need it full compatibility with the rest of the business world, I think you'll get on fine with your Samsung netbook. How do I know? Because I've got one. I love my iPhone to bits, but can't yet see the reason to buy an iPad.

If you can Joan hold on for the iPad. Borrow a laptop for the wee while. It'll be worth it.

I don't have one because I can't substantiate the cost but I have occasional access to one and I'm so very tempted after each 'go' to splash out. Then my sensible side says I have to pay bigger and bigger utility bills.

For my sins, I'm an owner of an iPad (as well as a laptop and iPhone). While I've only got the Wifi version, I certainly wouldn't tout it as a complete replacement for laptops, although it is a good, easy to use piece of hardware.
That said, I did buy my iPad for the primary purpose of not having to lug a laptop around but I don't think I'd want to rely on it for more then a matter of hours. So far, however, I've used it for casual reading and webbrowsing rather then anything productive.
I am, however, looking forward to watching movies and TV shows on it when I'm on the train/bus.

I think circumstances may have benefited you this time. There was a very good review of the iPad in The Herald a few weeks ago which encouraged those thinking of buying one to ask themselves whether they need the device for input or output purposes. It's the right question... after all, would you really want to write a whole article on a touch screen keyboard?

The iPad looks fantastic and does what it does well beautifully but it's an indulgence. A film director I know bought one recently and boasted about it on Facebook... a mutual friend asked him what he was going to use it for since he already had every gadget known to man... his reply? "I don't know what I'm going to use it for but I love it."

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