When you get an iPad, you think, “Hey, I can replace my laptop with this small tablet!”
Technology stack with overlapping functions
I look at my “technology stack,” and see a Windows 7 PC, a MacBook Pro, an iPad and an iPhone. These devices all help me get through my daily routine, with overlapping capabilities:
- Read content
- Read and compose email
- Read and create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
- Participate in social networks
- Attend Web meetings
- Visit Web sites
- View photos and graphics.
Depending upon what I want to achieve, these four devices are not totally interchangeable.
I can use my smartphone to create a presentation, but anything but a simple presentation is best created on a laptop or tablet. I can sort through hundreds of emails on my tablet or smartphone, but must use a laptop for powerful sorting and cleanup. Likewise, I can create complex spreadsheets on the tablet, but likely would use my MacBook or PC with a keyboard and full functionality.
Rethinking the tablet
If you’re already quite comfortable with a laptop and a smartphone, and a tablet falls into your hands, what’s the best way to use it? Here’s an interesting perspective on the use of tablets, worth reading: Rethinking the iPad…
My take—Tip #1: I DO use the iPad for mail and social apps; Tip #2: I use the iPad to catch up on reading; Tip #3: I turn off MOST notifications; Tip #4: I change SOME of the settings to improve battery life.
Let me hear how you use your tablet!