I had dinner with a friend tonight. Dumplings, scallion noodles, and more dumplings. Before dinner, I had some time to kill.
I got to the restaurant early. A lot earlier than I expected. I guess with the $4 a gallon gas, more folks are staying off the California roads. If this dinner was not pre-arranged a while back, I probably be home glad that my SUV was not taking me to the poor house.
So there I was, sitting around waiting. Then I figure I could get some work done. No games. Real work. I made a few calls overseas using the Skype app on the iPad. During the call, I checked on some Excel files, PDF, and Binged something. Then I made another call to a dealership that we're trying to sell a car to and checked out the paperwork that was e-mailed to me in PDF.
After that, I updated my cities in We Rule and We City. Made my moves on Words with Friends. Then, it was back to looking at some research for work.
Then I realized there was a guy who was standing near by watching what I was doing. Chatting away, surfing the Web, working on a spreadsheet. I don't know what he was thinking but if that was me, I would be thinking "I'm gonna go and pick me up an iPad after dinner!"
I mean, seriously, could all that have been done with a laptop? No. And iPhone? Sure, definitely but not as easy as the huge 9.7" screen on the iPad allowed me. Oh, and I had 3G access. And if I needed something faster, I did have my iSpot as well. Point is, it would not have been possible with a laptop. Heck, it would not have been possible with a Macbook.
On the iPad with unlimited 3G access and gobs of hours of battery life, I could afford to do all that without worrying about battery life and the artificial limits that a laptop 3G plan would have limited me to.
Like I mentioned above, this could have been done with an iPhone. A year ago, it was the 3GS and there was limited multi-tasking but it was not until the iOS 4 released in 2010 that made all this possible. But going even a bit further back, say 2008 or 2009, it would have been much more difficult to do. I would be blogging about a laptop, USB modem with 3G access that costs $80 a month for a couple of hundreds of megabytes of download, and about 6 pounds more to carry around.