Tom Dunlap of PC World argues that the laptop -- even when called the "dying breed of the post-PC world" by the Apple marketing machine -- isn't going anywhere. In fact, Mr. Dunlap thinks that if you're not one of those people that needs to get the latest tech toy to fulfil your mediocre ego, a laptop can do a lot more for less than half the cost of a brand new iPad 2.
I recognize that the iPad is thin, light, and easy to travel with, and I understand the advantages of portable entertainment. But if you don't need the prestige of having the latest-and-greatest tech, I believe you can get all that and much more for much less than the cost of a new tablet. All you have to do is tote around another measly pound or two.
I may have to agree with Mr. Dunlap: the novelty of the tablet is strong and real -- even if some argue that the iPad is nothing more than a glorified television set -- and while I enjoy using one for my extensive ebook collection or casual surfing while sitting on the couch, there is no way I'd be typing anything more than a tweet on a tablet. I like to see what I'm writing, not look at where I'm typing.
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