I have an iPad through my job at Monash University. I was a slow convert – after the first month I still could not see how this was more than an advanced toy. And the ‘on screen’ keyboard – well – sucked. I kept hitting the wrong key.
But as I found new Apps, and the ones I had tried were updated to give the functionality I needed, I became a convert. Now (like many converts) I am a believer happy to proselytize the benefits of the iPad to anyone who will listen. It has changed my life. Gone are the piles of paper. I now use the iPad for all meetings. I carry my academic papers on the iPad. I use annotated pdfs (using Goodreader – but some people prefer iAnnotate) for my meeting notes and e-mail them to colleagues if they want a copy of my notes. I suspect (compared to, say, Joshua) I am an iPad neanderthal. I have lots more to explore. And I still hate the on-screen keyboard.
So will the iPad replace the home PC? The Age discusses the effect of the iPad and other tablets on the PC market here. I suspect the answer is ‘yes’. As the tablet and the laptop converge, most homes, with a couple of tablets and perhaps a ‘plug in’ screen will not need a traditional compute-in-a-box.