Why A Laptop Still Crushes The iPad
In a previous post, I shared the reasons why one might need to get an iPad – or any tablet, for that matter. I will have to admit that the post has caused a few snickers and jeers from some of my pals, as I started the post as an unbeliever, but emerged as someone who suddenly thought that a tablet is a must-have for a grad student like me. The only obstacle standing in the way of my having an iPad is the most important one of all – extra cash.
The issue of the iPad versus a laptop actually intensified recently, as I just underwent an operation and could not lift heavy stuff for about a couple of weeks. I thus ended up strapping my 14” Acer Aspire to a stroller, just so I could still function on campus. One of my friends then said, “Dude, you should really get an iPad.” And I was like, “I do not have the cash.” And he was like, “Just sell your laptop!”
That actually got me thinking. Is that a reasonable thing to do?
When you’re in grad school, the answer is definitely no-sirree. I mean, sure, you will not break your back by lugging a laptop on campus; but you are not on campus ALL the time, and the bulk of the work you have to do is when you get home. How exactly am I going to type a master’s thesis on an iPad’s virtual keyboard? How, exactly, am I going to plug it into a printer? There may be accessories available to allow me to do these things, but then they again cost extra dollars that I don’t have to begin with.
Guess I’m stuck with this stroller for a few more days.