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    CreamFilling512 said:
    *snip*

    I'll walk you through everything I used my iPad for today (although my usage patterns are likely to change, as I get used to it and the app ecosystem starts to fill in some gaps):

     

    * Went to my first class.  Attempted to (audio) record the lecture, and failed.  This is one of the gaps in the App Store I mentioned Sad  Evernote is apparently limited to 20 minutes, and there's not much else available right now.

     

    * Went to work.  Demoed our (internal) iPhone app running on the iPad.  It's (describing it vaguely as it's not public) a research prototype of a mapping application.  It makes a nifty demo on the iPhone, but it's beautiful on the iPad's larger screen.  Simply put, the iPad makes maps "come alive" (so to speak) in a way that neither paper maps nor maps in a web browser are capable of doing (and this runs counter to the opinion of one of our human factors researchers here...  going to meet with her tomorrow; should be interesting).

     

    * Worked for a while (not on the iPad).  Used the iPad for email as emails came in--  the iPad puts my three email accounts in one easy-to-access place (not that I couldn't do this with either of my regular computers, but I prefer to keep those machines connected only to my work email; the iPad (and my iPod Touch) accesses both work and personal email).

     

    * Went to second class.  Used iPad for web browsing while waiting for class to start.  Discovered I didn't have a printed copy of one of the papers we were going to discuss in class--  pulled up the paper on my iPad for reference during the discussion.  After class, used the calendar application to make a note in Google Calendar that we would not be having class next week.

     

    * Went home.  Surfed the web for a bit.  Started up my desktop, and that's where I am now--  for now, I'm using the iPad the same way I was earlier; primarily serving as an auxiliary device while doing actual work on a desktop PC.  I've got a paper to read through later--  I'll probably do that on the iPad rather than on paper because it's pretty lengthy.

     

    And, after relatively heavy use today, it's still sitting at about 62% battery life.  Can't do that with my netbook--  my Mini 12 has to be recharged after about 5 hours of heavy use.

     

    This isn't to sell you on the iPad, or even to convince you that the iPad is something you need to have--  as a student, I have relatively unusual usage patterns for these types of devices.  But, for my use, the iPad fits just about perfectly--  better than my netbook (which browses the web acceptably, but pukes when encountering Flash/Silverlight content and couldn't play a game more complicated than Windows XP's Solitaire) and better (for how I'm using it) than a full-size laptop (which is heavy and doesn't last anywhere near as long).  There are still a few cases where the netbook's better (remote desktop, SSH+X11, and the few Windows apps that actually run well on the thing), but the iPad does most of what I was actually using the netbook for...  but a lot faster and smoother.

    remote desktop, SSH+X11

     

    Even those you could do on the ipad through apps, though I never used either so not sure if they would replace the windows netbook in that regard.