Rich Adin at An American Editor says he won’t buy a tablet in the near future, partly because of the walled garden approach enforced by Apple, and partly for utilitarian reasons:
My “no” came about for various reasons, not least of which is that I really dislike Steve Jobs telling me what compromises I have to make. For me, the lure of the PC/Microsoft world has always been that, with the exception of the operating system, I have choices — and lots of them.
I do know someone who bought a tablet and loves it. But when I asked him how it stacks up to his older laptop, it is like I burst his bubble of enthusiasm with a pinprick. What he keeps pointing to are the “cool” factor, the weight difference, and how much he loves the touchscreen. Not a word about how the tablet actually helps him accomplish anything.
Personally, I’ve found the iPad to actually be better than any laptop or tower when it comes to certain types of drawing and photo manipulation, and it makes a wonderfully portable writing device when I’m not at home. But even those two benefits come with issues: I can’t always produce artwork at a print-quality resolution, and if I don’t have a Bluetooth keyboard on hand then the writing experience is dismal.
Read Adin’s full argument at An American Editor.