Why I Ditched Laptop for Tablets And Lessons to Learn from It
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Why I Have Ditched My Laptop for Tablets – True Life Story


It was 2 a.m., and it felt as though my heart had skipped a beat. I had heard the crashing sound, and knew it could be only one thing. My laptop had fallen. It wasn’t far, just from the height of my desk chair. But there’s a certain amount of anxiety when harm comes to an essential work tool. I immediately grabbed the laptop, opened it up, and turned it on. Things went fine for about 30 seconds, but then I realized that it was stuck for a suspiciously long time. Three minutes later and I’d given up all hope. My laptop was dead. It meant an early morning trip to the Apple Store, because when you work on the web a computer is kind of essential.

If the same thing were to happen to me tonight, I wouldn’t be in anything near that frenzy. I might set up a Genius Bar appointment to see if they can fix the laptop. If they couldn’t, I might not even buy a new one. That’s because for me, the laptop is a thing of the past. These days it’s all about the tablet.

Why I Ditched Laptop for Tablets and What You Can Gain from My True Life Story


Ditch your computer for ipad because of headacheThe desktop + tablet combo

Last year it became evident that my regular old MacBook just wasn’t cutting it for web work. With multiple browser windows, each containing multiple tabs, a mail program, Skype, iTunes, a Twitter app, and more running constantly, it just didn’t have the power. Forget producing podcasts. GarageBand would frequently crash during recording, and would take nearly a half hour to mix down a half-hour podcast. More power was needed.

Once you’re on a Mac it’s hard to switch off, so my choices were few. It was either a 15-inch MacBook Pro, or a 21-inch iMac. While the MacBook Pro would provide me with portability, I already had a laptop. The iMac packed a bit more processing power, had a much larger screen, and was cheaper. And so that became the choice, with the laptop available for times when I needed mobility.

A few months later, Apple released the iPad 2. One of my companies had been eagerly awaiting the day. On the release date, the other two owners and I bought ourselves the shiny new devices. It was only a matter of weeks before I was completely addicted to it, as an entertainment device. I didn’t want to put it down at all. I’m sure many iPad users had the same experience.

Then a funny thing happened: I started using the tablet for more functions. What started as a video and reading device became something I’d use to work while at Starbucks or on the train. I started downloading business apps, including a documents suite. A few months later I realized something. I hadn’t used my laptop since I got the iPad.

Anything a laptop can do…

ditch laptop - I will dicth my laptop for ipadAt that point it occurred to me that there was little I could do on my laptop that I couldn’t do on my iPad. At first I thought writing might be difficult, so I bought a Bluetooth keyboard. As it turns out, I hardly use the thing. The on-screen typing leaves little room to see what you’re typing, but the interface is great. I can’t tap out 120 words per minute or anything, but it’s not a real hindrance. Even if it were, the Bluetooth keyboard is small and easy to transport — it even folds in half.

Then we get to apps. Essentially, if there is a Mac app, there is an iPad equivalent. It might be the exact same app. For instance, there is a highly functional version of GarageBand for the iPad, and I’ve used it to record podcasts with better results than I realized on my MacBook. The mail app can handle multiple accounts and inboxes, so I can use both my personal and work email. Dozens of instant messenger apps connect me to various services. It’s all there, and it’s all easy to use.

Perhaps the best aspect of the iPad is the Safari browser. It’s quite powerful, much more powerful than I’d expect from a tablet. It can render essentially any site in its true web form. I’ve done it all from the browser: commented on blogs, descrambled my hand in Words With Friends, and even booked cheap tickets to CES 2012. The only thing you can’t do from an iPad is visit sites that use Flash. You can do that from an Android tablet, but the experience is pretty poor. The good news is that Flash is seemingly on its way out, to be replaced by HTML5. So tablets have an even brighter future.

The downsides

While the conversion from laptop to iPad went well for me, I’m not going to pretend that everyone will have the same experience. Here are a few drawbacks to making the switch.

  • Flash. As mentioned above, this can be an issue if you visit a lot of Flash sites. Many of them, however, knowing of the issue, have free apps you can use instead of the website.
  • USB drives. One thing I’ve gotten used to with my iPad is emailing myself files rather than using a USB flash drive. Of course, there are workarounds to this issue.
  • Familiarity. We enjoy things that are familiar to us, and are repelled from things that change the status quo. It does take some time to get used to typing on a touchscreen, but it’s well worth it in the end.
  • Compatibility. Using computers often involves sharing, so if someone else doesn’t have an iPad it can be more difficult to share experiences.

Despite the drawbacks, I’ve found the iPad to be just as effective as a laptop for basic computing functions. It’s not my main work machine — I absolutely need the power of a desktop, as do plenty of web workers. But as a secondary portable device, it beats the pants off my old MacBook. The portability and versatility give it distinct advantages. It’s good to know that tablets have a bright future, and will only get better with time.

I ditched laptop for tablets because of reasons above, anyone else could see that as an excuse, I’m not perfect though! I’d like to discuss and see what your views are? Let’s discuss them below!

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39 comments
  1. Puneet

    February 9, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Outstanding write up. what a story. Loved it. thanks Joe.

    Reply
    • Olawale Daniel

      February 13, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Glad you love that story..it really rocks 🙂

      Reply
  2. galaxyvsiphone

    February 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I agree with this. Although I haven’t ditch my laptop yet, I found my tablet more useful because of its portability and speed (I have a transformer prime with a quad-core and my laptop is dual-core only). I don’t think that tablets will completely replace laptops though because typing on a touchscreen device is still hard. If they could somehow find a way to make typing easier, then a laptop could become a thing of the past.

    Reply
    • Olawale Daniel

      February 13, 2012 at 7:41 am

      Yeah, you have the right to ditch your laptop since you are getting something more from your tablet 🙂

      Reply
  3. alanc230

    February 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    It’s nice that you are finding your iPad so useful. I know that, as you bought it for your company, you may be able to use it as a business expense. However, please bear in mind that many people are not able to run out and buy an expensive new gadget.

    Reply
    • Olawale Daniel

      February 14, 2012 at 4:12 am

      Yeah, as some people are finding hard to cope with their laptop, some are add up money to buy ipad and others. We’re not the same… 🙂

      Reply
  4. Mani

    February 10, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Hi Daniel,

    I have both the MacBook and iPad. Whatever reasons you have given here for ditching your laptop may seem valid, but with the laptop I feel I can see lots of windows at a time. I can open several apps at one time in my laptop and shift from one to another with just a few clicks or keyboard buttons.

    LOL! I really can’t think of ditching my laptop!

    Reply
    • Olawale Daniel

      February 13, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Yeah, you are right @Mani,

      Laptop gives you more option than others. It even works more than iPad but for convenience, iPad works greater than Laptop. Why would you do that? Don’t ditch your laptop yet, better use the two together 🙂

      Reply
  5. Aprilrose

    October 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    So I thought about this for awhile last year when I was thinking about getting a new laptop. The problem I ran into was that I had no way to sync my iPhone with iTunes to keep my music up to date. thanks.

    Reply
  6. Jay Flynn

    October 18, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Interesting read! Maybe your story will make me think similar in your direction, Dan.

    Thanks for this. 🙂

    Reply
    • Olawale Daniel

      December 5, 2014 at 12:12 am

      Wow! Who’s here?

      Is that you Jay?

      Nice seeing you around dude 🙂

      Reply
  7. Imarul

    October 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Wow! Right decisions. i agree with you.

    Reply
  8. kanuj

    October 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I think it is good probably for you but if you have a work where you need to do a lot of photo editing and creating presentation and analyze data there is no way you can ditch a laptop and choose a pad over it.

    Reply
  9. Fakharuddin

    October 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Olawale,

    Thanks for sharing the nice strategy. I have both and happy 🙂

    Reply
  10. John Doe

    October 20, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Hello Olawale,

    Such an interesting story. At first I wondered why you did that – “ditching your laptop for a tablet” and I understood the reason why. Write some more interesting story. 🙂

    John Doe

    Reply
  11. Manshu Singh

    October 20, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Great story. Thank you So much..

    Reply
  12. plessis trevise

    October 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

    You have good reason, frankly everyone tends to recent tablets!

    Reply
  13. Arif

    October 23, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    THANK YOU FOR INFORMATION, may be useful for all of us?

    Reply
  14. Tony

    October 27, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Great and excellent story.

    Reply
    • Olawale Daniel

      October 28, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Thanks TONY! Glad to hear your view on my story…countless numbers of people experiences similar events…all they need is change of environment like I did. I guess 😉

      Reply
  15. Online IT Solution

    October 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Olawale Daniel describes his story but this time I describe myself. I bought a HP Pavilion g4 2235dx notebook about 3 month ago. After buying one week my notebook faces problems as like over heating. After some days it faces that its keyboard key(F1) all time pressing. I was very anxious that time for my laptop…..

    Reply
  16. Ammar Zeb

    November 1, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Hahah, I am sad you ditched your laptop, poor chap was he. While neat tips and I will follow these to get my life in succession.

    Thanks, keep writing!

    Reply
  17. Matt D.

    November 7, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Yeah, if it’s portability, nothing beats the tablets/phablets now. They’re so powerful now you can do almost anything with them you can previously only do on a laptop.

    Reply
  18. michael rayburn

    November 7, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Wow great history ,thank you so much .Waiting for new history with full of information .

    Reply
  19. caezar386

    November 12, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Great story. thanks for sharing with us.

    Reply
  20. Jlaft

    November 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    THANK YOU FOR INFORMATION, may be useful for all of us?

    Reply
  21. Anoush

    November 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Ha ha ha it sounds like my story lol you make my mood normal before that i was so irritated because of work stress this post make me laugh credit goes to you.

    Reply
    • Olawale Daniel

      November 18, 2014 at 4:51 am

      Whoooo!
      I’m very much happy knowing my story inspires and touching you. If I must shock you now, I’m even thinking of ditching my tablets too these days because of the way it slows me down…maybe when I have time, I wight write about my experiences too.

      I hope you are a subscriber to our updates? If not, please do so that you can benefit from reading some of interesting content that is never available on the internet.

      Thanks once again for coming around Anoush! 🙂

      We love you here at TechAtLast.

      Reply
  22. Kevin Clarke

    November 19, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I read an enjoyed your story. I am in between laptops desktops and tablets – peace

    Reply
    • Olawale Daniel

      November 29, 2014 at 7:39 am

      WOW!

      That’s great Kevin 🙂

      One can hardly live without these gadgets.

      Nice seeing you around.

      Reply
  23. grafiker

    November 25, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    So I thought about this for awhile last year when I was thinking about getting a new laptop. The problem I ran into was that I had no way to sync my iPhone with iTunes to keep my music up to date. thanks.

    Reply
  24. Tracta

    November 26, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I will give you a nice little advice,wirte a book mate, you have talent. And about the article, let’s dive more intro the problem. You’re right, ditching your laptop and using a tablet si far more comfortable , but the performance level goes down. This is the only minus that I can find to this problem

    Reply
  25. Anisuzzaman

    December 2, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Thank you for a great helpful information.

    Reply
  26. ailas

    December 4, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    One can hardly live without these gadgets.

    Nice seeing you around.
    I’m very much happy knowing my story inspires and touching you. If I must shock you now, I’m even thinking of ditching my tablets too these days because of the way it slows me down…maybe when I have time, I wight write about my experiences too.

    Reply
    • Olawale Daniel

      December 4, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      I’d surely be glad to read your own story!

      Reply
  27. William Lacey Group

    December 5, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Hello, I to spend a big part of the day on computers and move from place to place, I have seen these tablets that can replace your laptop and they do sound very appealing for being mobile and going from office to office, I have been considering buying one for along time now. I think as you, when my laptop is no longer working or starts to stress me out I will make the switch to. Unlucky with your laptop being knocked on the floor though. That had to be painful, I know I would feel the same. Thanks for sharing your post.

    Reply
  28. Harsh

    December 12, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I can view myself in your story. Now that i am fed up with my laptop and somewhat happy with my new tab, my story will be somewhat same as yours.

    Reply
    • Olawale Daniel

      December 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Hmmm! I know that would be worth reading. When are you going to tell your story Harsh?

      I’m looking forward to reading it 😀

      BTW, thanks for your time here.

      Reply
  29. Solomon Woods

    January 25, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I am struggling with the concept of a person being equally productive with a tablet as they are with a laptop. It would seem that a student or businessperson would go crazy with this. Producing, managing, and manipulating large data would also seem like a nightmare.

    Reply

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