How the iPad 2 Became My Favorite Computer

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All of this works wonderfully well for me, but that’s because of my particular circumstances: it lets me work anywhere and everywhere, without having to think about my battery or remember to bring along much in the way of cables and accessories. (I do usually tote my iPad in a little bag that has room for Apple’s SD card adapter for transferring photos from a digital camera, although I’m just as likely to shoot photos with my iPhone and e-mail them to the iPad.) Even with the added bulk of a Zagg keyboard, the iPad is the smoothest, least cumbersome mobile computing device I’ve ever used, and I rarely leave the house without it.

When I’m at home, however, I’m less concerned with power management and portability. Oftentimes, I use my MacBook Air instead of the iPad. But not always — really, unless I have a specific need for a Mac app — I generally grab whatever’s handiest and don’t give it much thought.

I know I’m still unusual. When I’m out and about and run into my fellow bloggers — most of whom have workdays at least roughly similar to mine — they’re intrigued by my iPad-and-Zagg set-up. They ask questions. But I don’t think I’ve convinced any of them to join me. Yet.

Still, I don’t think I’m a wacko. What I’m doing is a viable option today, and it’s only going to get more appealing as tablet apps get more mature. (I’ve seen noticeable improvement to programs like Blogsy in just the 90 days I’ve been doing this.)

Based on my first three months as a mostly iPad person, I’m convinced that I’ve arrived in the future of computing — or a rough approximation thereof — a little ahead of schedule. I’m glad I’m here, and I bet I have lots and lots of company soon enough.

(PHOTOS: The First Windows 8 Tablet)

This article originally appeared on Technologizer.

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Hi Harry!

Really appreciate this article. I'm seriously considering purchasing an iPad (probably generation 2, like the one you write about here, because of its affordability) with the aim of making it a laptop replacement. So this article was helpful to me - but I wonder how you might update your experience now, a year after you wrote this piece. Has your stance on the iPad as a laptop replacement strengthened in the year since you wrote this, or changed in some way? If you've already written about this, just point me in the right direction!