Notebooks to Tablets: We’re Not Dead Yet
More specifically, I bought it because despite my best efforts to make it so, my iPad didn’t provide the functionality I needed while on the road. I had loaded it with the Apple productivity apps including Pages and Keynote, carried my wireless keyboard with it wherever I traveled, and generally did what I could to make it a lean, mean, lightweight work machine. But it just didn’t work.
So rather than carry around my 15-inch MacBook Pro (which compared to the iPad is like lugging around a sack of flour), I bit the bullet, collected all the loose change I could find from under the couch cushions and bought a Macbook Air. And boy, am I glad I did (and so is my shoulder).
So why am I telling you this? Is it to announce that I now own pretty much every piece of Apple hardware available? While that may be true — a goal I didn’t set out to achieve — it proves a belief I’ve carried around for a few years: Notebooks will survive despite the influx of tablets in both the home and work environment.
A colleague of mine disagrees. “You create content,” he said. “Other people use tablets in the workplace for other reasons.” And while he may be right, at some point the person using the tablet will need to create a presentation, answer a slew of e-mails, write a business paper or some other task that, quite frankly, can be a pain in the tuckus to do on a tablet.
I know there are surveys out there that say the exact opposite, but I believe the respondents of those surveys were, quite simply, still in the honeymoon phase with their tablets. Ask them the same questions in a year, and I believe the results will be very, very different.
That’s why I believe notebooks — ultrabooks, especially — will survive and even thrive as the office becomes increasingly mobile. iPads and other tablets will have their place, too, but when it comes to true content generation and other heavy productivity tasks, the trusty notebook will still rule.
Think I’m nuts? Want to prove me wrong? I’m all ears.