As someone who sees the utility of a 4G powered device that is larger than my cell phone for work purposes, I have considered all sorts of tablets (other than my kindle fire.) I will likely be needing a new laptop/computer/tablet type device by the end of the year, mostly because my tried and true Sony is dying but also a little because I need the tax write off.
The threshold question for a lot of us in this situation is whether we are going to go for another laptop, or whether we are going to transition to using a tablet as our primary device. After careful consideration, I have come up with the pros and cons of both. Note I did NOT say I actually made a decision, hence my call for your assistance, readers! Let's get started:
The laptop. Familiar, trustworthy, reliable, and thanks to the popularity of tablets, CHEAP. For my purposes, I have found that a laptop for around $400 gets me everything I need and more, while the iPad for a similar price doesn't have nearly the same capacity. I am also a keyboard junkie, which makes me consider the built in keyboard a major plus. Now I understand that I can attach a keyboard to an iPad, but for the price of the high capacity iPad and the keyboard, I am looking at double the price of a laptop.
The tablet. I have shopped around and the iPad has all of the sweet apps I want plus I can read my kindle books on it, the 4G is great, and the technology is unmatched by any other tablet. I can work form anywhere! (I haven't actually decided whether this is a pro yet.) It's like having a phone, iPod, and computer all in one! My major problems with it are the price point, the auxiliary costs, and the lack of keyboard. I know myself, and it is likely that I would use the keyboard with it 80% of the time.
So, here is the question I present to you, readers: given your professional needs, do you find a high end laptop or a tablet device to be the most universal?