ipad2 vs netbook for rtw travel
much bigger theft target than a netbook
more expensive than a netbook
hard to repair on the road as macs are much less popular than PCs
i wouldn't want to have to carry multiple pieces (i.e. cover, ipad, keyboard, stand, etc.)
more delicate than a netbook
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Anybody regret NOT bringing a laptop
Macbook Air or Netbook?
Anyone regret bringing their laptops?
Laptop? Netbook? iPad?
I use macs and pcs all the time, and I'd definately go for a pc netbook over an ipad any day - they are much more versatile - certainly much more and better software available (even open source freebies), you will get a much larger harddrive up to 250gb as opposed to 64gb (or whatever the biggest ipad is these days) and they are about half the price, so less of an upset if it does get nicked.
Echoing other posters, I'd definitely avoid an iPad (or tablet, in general) for your purposes. A touchscreen just isn't going to be good enough for typing anything of substance and the photo editing capabilities are truly limited without peripheral mouses (yes, that's the plural-- nerd here!) and keyboards. And that's just another thing to pack. To boot, iPads are slick and shiny and big theft-targets.
Go with a netbook for sure. They may not be as slim and elegant as the iPad but they're far more functional, easier to repair, and, hell, cheaper. With the tablets being all in vogue now, you can buy a top-of-the-line netbook for next to nothing.
At the NYC Apple store, 2 different sales people confirmed what I had previously read online - Apple has a card reader adapter for 1 type of card only (I dont remember the card, but my cameras' cards are CF, SDHC and it wasnt either of them). On Tripadvisor, I was advised this is not correct and you can plug the camera into a USB port on the ipad.
I tend to believe the people at Apple..
Now that Ive developed a site, I have to bring my laptop with my but Im not doing RTW....
edited because I can write guidebooks - I am NOT guidebook dependent!
I am not Guidebook Dependent!
-Space; with a lot of different options, you can get what is right for you at a good price and get a lot of space for not to much money.
-Price; PCs are getting incredibly cheap for great machines
-Compatibility; with tons of additional compatible add-ons, this is a big feature. From external hard drives, to a mouse.
-Bulky; depending on what laptop you buy, they can be bulky and when trying to travel light.
-Battery life; while battery life on laptops is improving, I can barely get through a movie on mine without it dying. This can be a hassle when you have limited time and access to wi-fi, you don't want to have to constantly have your laptop plugged in.
-Not great for quick check ins; with the limited battery it's best to power a laptop down when in your bag, which becomes a hassle when you need it quick. You have to boot the laptop up to use it and this can be time consuming.
Now for the iPad:
-Size: iPads are incredibly thin and lightweight, making them the ultimate when space is limited.
-Battery: iPad batteries last up to ten hours, making them awesome for times when you have ten minutes to sit down and update your blog.
-Apps: There are a vast number of useful apps to use when traveling, between maps, photo editing, blogging tools, ect. This is where the iPad really shines.
-Convenience: Unlike with a laptop, you can put an iPad to sleep when not using and it saves the battery while being able to respond quickly with one press of a button. Plus if you need it quick, once you get used to the touch screen keyboard you can actually type quite fast. That being said, you would want the bluetooth keyboard for any lengthy blog posts.
Price: this is a big one, iPads are expensive, the big one at 64 gigs is $700, my laptop has 750 gigs of memory cost the same amount.
Memory: 64 gigs is and isn't a lot, depending on your needs. Between my dad and I, we took well over 50 gigs of pictures on our 3 week trip to Namibia. I needed my laptop for this task of constantly downloading pictures on the fly. But if you are just blogging and casually taking pictures, it would be plenty of space.
I'm sure I'm missing a lot, but this should give you and anyone else a general idea.
Hope this helps.
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Also, I'm not sure how tech savvy you are, but almost any modern operating system supports some form of robust sleep/suspend/hibernation for conserving power and waking up quickly. Hell, I'm running Windows 7 on a Macbook Pro and all I have to do is hit the power button once and it goes to sleep.
Unless you are a hard core power user, I think it's pointless to lug around a fully equiped laptop.
I am a creative guy, and I have never missed my laptop when traveling. NEVER. The iPad is perfect. It's Light & Packed with great apps. What more could ya need?
I love mine and would highly recommend one over a laptop for your trip as well.
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