(I don’t have a photo of my iPad, so here are some clouds. Taken in Colorado.)
I really love using my iPad. It’s lightweight. It’s fast. It’s thin. It fits under my driver seat and no creepers looking in can see it, even if they stare hard. I pair it with a very nice keyboard from Brydge. (NOT an Affiliate link, just a link.)
I find that using the touchscreen with my fingers is the most natural input for a device I could use. I have tried the touch screens that came with an Alienware and Razer laptops that I purchased. The touch was not very good when you compare it to an iPhone or an iPad. They are just optimized a whole lot better.
Unfortunately, the iPad is still not at a place that can replace my desktop or laptop computers. The first issue is the serious lack of apps. I know this sounds idiotic to say since the Apple app store is a massive powerhouse. But, when it comes to the iPad, this statement is true. I strongly believe that the developers of apps just don’t care about the iPad.
Which is hilarious considering the Apple push to make the iPad the replacement for the laptop and desktop. But, still, the app store for iPad is missing a large portion of popular apps that are core apps on the iPhone. Instagram? Nope. Popular banking apps? Missing.
Could we live without certain apps on the iPad? Well, we are already handling it. Here is the major issue with going without certain apps. Those companies that neglect the iPad also have iPad unfriendly websites. This is what happens when you go to some websites that have not been optimized for mobile, you get a mix of errors ranging from “You are trying to access this site from a mobile device. Please try again from a desktop computer. ” to “If you would like to continue please connect from a desktop computer.” In today’s world not having a mobile-friendly website is a disgrace. (I’m looking at you State Farm.)
Could an iPad replace a laptop? Yes, it could. Just not right now. I believe most people still need the same apps that are on their phone to be available on their iPads, they also need 100% mobile-friendly websites across the internet. Until that day, iPads will be just what mainstream media tells us they are, an overpriced Netflix watching extra screen we occasionally use to Google random questions on.