What is a computer?

Dieter Bohn of the Verge makes an interesting point about replacing your laptop. (Mind you, this is before the release of iPadOS 13.4 and their cursor support.)

Some people still say an iPad or Chromebook can’t replace their MacBook or Windows laptop; others say yes it can. Really, it all depends on your workflow. If you want to upgrade your device and delve deeper into the iOS ecosystem, a basic iPad will do.

I just need something to cover the basics—email, web browsing, basic document editor, utilize social media, compose blog posts, basic photo and web editing. While I have an iPad Air for that extra power boost, any base iPad or Chromebook (if you’re into the Android ecosystem) will do.

A base iPad, which is often as low as $250 new in some places, plus a keyboard will still be cheaper than almost any new Windows PC. Is it still a laptop replacement, though?

I think Chromebooks and iPads are not just computer-like, they are fully equivalent to computers now. It’s not fair that bare-bone, low-end laptops are still considered laptops, but more powerful devices like these are still not considered such. What do you think?

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One comment

  1. I agree! It always depends on what you’re looking for in use of technology. As a school teacher, I can do 95% of my job using just my iPad, but there are sites that I use that require a laptop, and that is the only reason I have a laptop. To be honest, I used to purchase the following: cell phone, iPad, and macbook. However, with the release of the iPad Pro, I have decided that I don’t need to purchase a macbook because most of what I do, I can do right of my iPad. Luckily, the school provided a macbook for certified teachers. LOL

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