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; not just laptop-alternatives, but laptop replacements. 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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Author: Charles Copley

I am a trans man (FtM) living in small-town, NJ. A phandroid, I've worked hard to sync all my devices together. I’m probably drinking way too much coffee, often with Irish cream. My Devils have left me in limbo about watching hockey anymore. I am agnostic and apatheistic—I don’t know what’s out there, I don’t care—but I love learning about other religions that differ from what I grew up around. My online presence doesn’t document my transition—they’re documenting my life (and thoughts) after having transitioned years ago. I missed the vlogging and life documentation craze of the 10s, due to depression and a hard life in my 20s, but now I’m playing catch up with what seems to be my upteenth time at starting a blog. It’s a hobby, not my source of income or passion, but that doesn’t mean I may try to profit in the future.

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  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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