Is the ipad 2 the ultimate travel campanion? Over s laptop?

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    WHat you think?

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    One or two nights on the road...iPad.

    More than two nights on the road....laptop (& iPad).
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    Totally depends what your needs are.
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    It is for me.

    I take my keyboard so I have a better ability to answer long emails or write while I'm on the road, but I stopped carrying my laptop more than 6 trips ago and I never looked back.

    Evaluate your needs while on the road and make the decision based on when you would use one over the other.

    In my case the two things I needed to do on my laptop I now do using TeamViewer and I'm all set for the rest.

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    For me it is..I don't have all the extra accessories like the keyboard, but I do use it to respond to emails. Unless I'm doing somewhere very specific, more than likely, my laptop is at home,being my desktop.
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    For me it is. I don't go anywhere without it. Well, i don't take it to dinner.... anymore.... LOL
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    Long trips I take both. Short trips just the Ipad.
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    On holiday, then it's just the iPad. Business trips I take both.
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    Ipad2 has virtually made my laptop redundant, it ran for over 9 hours on a full charge during flight go Mexico, watching films abd playing music.

    wife's £65 Android tablet did a very respectable 3 hours movies and books, weight if 2 tablets V 2 net books no contest with a 5kg walk on weight limit
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    Can't get along without my 15" laptop when I travel on business for a number of reasons. The kind of work I do demands a Windows system. Some of the software I run requires IE or Firefox. The single window limit of the iPad is far too restrictive; I need multiple resizable windows for serious work. And even if none of those factors rule out depending exclusively on the iPad, the cpu processing power of the iPad comes nowhere close to what I need.

    But having said all that, I've stopped carrying an 11" notebook that I've used for a couple of years when crammed into a middle seat in coach on a cross country flight. The iPad, even with the Origami Workstation stand and the Apple Wireless Keyboard fits on the tiny tray table more easily than the notebook (and leaves room for a scotch.) All the same limitations of the iPad apply but multiple windows on an 11" screen is not much of an advantage, anyway. I hate touchpads so the touch screen interface of the iPad actually saves space compared to the connecting a travel mouse on the notebook. I don't have to run application software when I'm flying and the convenience and gorgeous screen on the iPad combined with the ability to toss leave the keyboard in my bag if I don't have to work on a flight makes the iPad an ideal traveling companion.
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    I was thinking of quoting the other posters, but my experience has overlapped to this point - use to carry either a Linux or Windows laptop on the road which covered our needs - preferred the Windows machine, just easier to connect to the local networks available on the road.

    Since purchasing the iPad 2 in April, I've tried either the Apple device and/or both - I still find the Windows laptop (Dell VISTA) preferable for my 'on road' needs (mainly short vacations - I'm now retired so work issues are not a concern) - wife & I love the keyboard (just use to it) and I can easily upload my digital photos and post images on the web; also, Wi-Fi setup is easy (but also just as easy from my experience w/ the iPad).

    Now on shorter trips, I've taken just the iPad 2 w/ the Apple BT keyboard (a must for us in typing email responses, etc.) - on our latest trip to Richmond, VA - just 3 nights, the iPad served us well (I had no digital camera images to load, so not a consideration).

    This is a long-winded response but the iPad w/ a KB can really serve most of your basic 'on the road' requirements if not business intensive need(s) that might require the use of more advanced software - this is really an issue that each person has to decide from 'trial and error' - good luck to all of us in making this decision - :)
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    Took both on my last two cruises. Used the laptop to do long emails but the speed of the ipad was much faster connections than using the ships compusers. Loved being able to read and stay connected where ever we went on the ship. However, the coffee shops in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan don't have free wi-fi yet. Glad I wasn't lugging around my laptop while we were in port.
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    My work requires two screens, so a laptop won't even do, unless I'm doing something minor.
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    On the road iPad 2 is all I need. I travel light, never check a bag and dislike intensely, the choice of in-flight video and audio
    entertainment. With 64Gs I can fly around the world several times and not watch a re-run. I also avoid working on planes, in
    airports and at hotels. AA
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    Nice to have that option. :)
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    How do you connect your iPad if you stay somewhere that requires an Ethernet cable to connect to the Internet?
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    Certainly depends on needs, but I'm heading out on business on Monday and it will be with my Ipad2 only.
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    (1) Call the front desk
    (2) Ask for a list of nearby hotels.
    (3) Call hotels until you find one with wifi.
    (4) Move.
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    Or, get an iPhone and you'll have wifi (personal hotspot) everywhere you go, as long as there's a cellular connection. AA
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    Jsh1120 - great advice, but I'd probably check first to make sure that my hotel had Wi-Fi, preferably free! :D

    Another option is the carry a small router that can connect to a cabled ethernet connection and provide 'protected' Wi-Fi access to a number of compatible devices - I own the Zuni router shown below (INFO HERE) - now I've only used this once (worked fine) because most of the places that I've stayed offer Wi-Fi in the rooms - this is likely a fading necessity? But I guess that if you needed to pay for a wired ethernet connection and had 'mates' in adjacent rooms, then one of these devices might provide multiple wireless connections on one charge (i.e. $ fee)?

    Now the one place that I did use this router was in a hotel w/ just a wired paid ($10/day) option in the room - my wife & I were able to connect our iPad, VISTA computer, iPod, and Nook via Wi-Fi, so just another consideration - :)

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