Tag Archives: iPad

Laptop vs Tablet

I have been doing my best to incorporate a “tablet” into my workflow but am still coming out short on a few tasks. Namely:

  • Managing & Arranging my flickr pix
  • Blogging (either WordPress of Blogspot), specially when I am trying to create links
  • Remotely accessing servers via ssh

The ssh access would be very useful but at the same time is NOT the top of my priority.

Other than trying to come up with an excuse so that I can get a new toy / gadget (the tablet is a great gadget), I am really trying to find a way to NOT have to use my phone. I realized a while back that I use the phone for almost everything else more than I use it as a phone (to make or receive actual phone calls). And I do it because I am NOT in front of my laptop. The tablet would be the perfect solution – it’s way more convenient to have around than a laptop while at the same time it has a much bigger screen size than my iPhone.

The only drawback of a tablet – cannot make regular calls 😦 Yes, there are solutions, but none that actually replaces having my phone. If I am going to have to give up on that front, the tablet needs to be significantly more functional that a smart phone. The larger screen size if definitely a good starting point, but not enough.

So, my solution is to get a smaller / lighter laptop. My current laptop, 13″ MacBook Pro, is less than an inch thick, under 13″ x 9″ and weighs less than 5lbs. I newer version would make the laptop about a pound and a half lighter. But would mean forking out $1,500 😦

– manzoor


iPad Mini

Definitely glad & excited that the iPad Mini is finally officially announced. Unfortunately, starting at $329 it is priced about $80 more than I was hoping / expecting. When other’s (i.e., Amazon, Google) have similar products priced at about $200, I was really hoping Apple would not price the Mini at more than $250.

But since the regular iPad is still starting at $500, I guess this is a good compromise. Actually this is a good – because now I have more reason to look into the Nexus 7.

– manzoor

Apple iPad

With a 9.7″ display, weighing at 1.5lb and 10hour [claimed] battery life, it’s basically a large(r) iTouch. WiFi, 80211n, and BlueTooth is built in. For an extra $130 it comes with 3G (from AT&T). It plays rich digital content and is able to browse the web (most toasters are able to browse the web these days).
BTW, it also allows you to read Newspapers, Magazines and Books (that you have to get from iTunes).

– manzoor