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The Future Is Not Evenly Distributed, But It Is Very Definitely Here

Joel Johnson:

The iPad Is Such A Great Travel Computer I'm Selling My Laptop: Nothing about this story is inherently all that shocking. More or less I just told you: "I used an iPad." But the real-life experience hammered home how useful this form factor really is, primarily because of its ridiculously good battery life. I went nearly 24 hours without charging my iPad, watching four hours of video, reading books for a couple of hours, getting in a few rounds of Strategery, and still had a bit less than half of my battery life left when I hit the ground three planes later. That longevity changes the experience profoundly, more than making up for the iPad's deficiencies for me. Except for editing video, there's not a single thing in my workflow that I can't do on the iPad, and I haven't even begun to experiment using VNC or other screen sharing tools to connect back to my iMac to access its "real" computing power.

Naturally, what works for me may not work for you. I'm not advocating that everyone ditch their laptops immediately. There are plenty of tasks a touch tablet just doesn't do as well as a traditional laptop.... But I returned from this trip convinced that this form factor has legs. (And everything I came to appreciate about the iPad's merit as a travel computer should apply to Android and WebOS tablets, if and when those actually make it to market with a consumer-friendly level of UX refinement.) Since I have a power-guzzling traditional computer on my desktop to do all the heavy lifting when I'm home, I don't see a place for my laptop in my life right now...

Hal Varian says: Google's I/O 2010 is tomorrow and Thursday...

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