In the last year,my i7-powered play own computer died for various reasons.The motherboard was little too old and there was no way to recover it, pushing me to press off the system. I have not switched to a laptop so far. I easily got all data from my hard drives supported up to a compact external drive and began to live a alone life without a PC, because at 34 look OK, but would have given me a panic attack in my twenties.
After 2 years of tinkering with Android, I switched to an iPhone . So my PC is not in use now and a smartphone with a closed ecosystem like iOS, I had many reasons to panic. However I did not. I started using my phone as my one and only media using device, signed up to online work like Netflix and Apple Music and then got off the entire business of depending on web downloads, video transformation and transfers to keep me entertained timely. In nutshell , my life changed from regional storage to mobile storage and the cloud with my smartphone as the center of my world.
However always there was one problem.
If I wanted to make changes in any document I always started running to the nearest PC or some times edited them on my office PC. And one day, I thought of using iPad Pro to check if it can really work like laptop or PC replacement, because it was presumed to work better with the keyboard accessory.
At the same time it looked like the most easiest tool for a user whose productivity needs are limited to writing and the internet . I strangely found the iPad counter-intuitive and restrictive in more ways than one. It only has one advantage that I could now view those Netflix movies on a bigger display.so what is it that prohibit a analyst like me from giving the green signal to replace with a computer? Well here it is .
An iPad may look like a wonderful productivity device in Apple’s commercials, however actually that is hardly the case. It is fine if you need to do draw on it , write a small report, or send one or two emails. But if you think it can replace laptop is a big NO.
Coming from an iPhone, I like iOS and its large ecosystem of apps that are even accessible for the iPad. But with your finger as the pointing tool, it simply cannot take the place of your laptop. You see, after a while, it gets exhausting to raise your hand, each single time you have to edit, whether it’s tapping the Google search bar to type anything, or tapping on the exact letter to make that edit in your document. While it’s something that’s quite simple and intuitive using the trackpad on your laptop, lifting your hand and reaching out to touch the display every single time becomes a bit a of a problem even if you appear to have a Smart Keyboard cover lying around. This might look like I’m nitpicking, but try doing that for eight hours a day, every day. It just does not “work” with work because you have to keep lifting your hands from your keyboard to the touch screen display all the time! A pointing device would have been a great solution, but it would go against Apple’s ideologies, some of which have already been trampled upon with the launch of the Apple Pencil (a.k.a the stylus)
Next is Safari Browser on my list. If Apple needs to replace your laptop it will require a more efficient browser. One which at least let you do edits on an online Google docs spreadsheet. While it provides web pages beautifully, it is not almost as efficient as a desktop web browser on a laptop or a Chromebook with oodles of RAM to unused. Also , if you are using Chrome, there are no plugins available on iOS 11, so all the best with that!
An app for everything
Since I like Apple’s ecosystem of apps, they work good for smartphone, which is generally used for sending emails, taking pictures and writing text. With an inefficient browser, everything you do will require an app. Want to Buffer some tweets? You will require the Buffer app. Want to share something on Facebook? Well you require to download the Facebook app. Want to edit a Google Sheets doc? well there’s an app for that, but it works very slow? Well you’re better off with an app and not the browser. On a computer, all you actually require a web browser and you can load it up with plugins that will make your work simpler, not add further steps to the process.
It is true that you can now certainly share documents with a number of Lightning port enabled pen drives. But looking all the files in one place and to being able to copy, paste or rename them in batches is something you will not be able to do on iPad. In fact, the only files you can play with iPad are generally videos and Photos. Recorder a sound clip using the built recorder ? Well you can not use it anywhere else in your iPhone or iPad but ou can share it. Strange but true. You actually have the freedom on a laptop to do whatever you want.
Well, few might not agree that multi-tasking can be done on the iPad. But can you open and see more than 4 apps at a time? Well, the answer even with iOS 11, remains no. You can break up two apps, like a Safari and a Notes app for writing down notes from the web page using the Split Screen feature; that’s two. Need Telegram? Well you can open that too thanks to floating apps on iOS 11. Need to view a video while doing all of that? You could fire up YouTube and run the video in PIP mode. And that’s about it. Need to open refer to multiple document types all at once? Not possible. You will be exhausted in switching between apps and you’ll be yearning for a proper PC before the day is out.
If you are not convinced? Go ahead and try it out for yourself!
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