Originally Posted by BeerPowered;12776560
Yes I agree with a smart phone for these purposes, but even those many of them are too big to fit in your pocket and holsters are uncomfortable.
Yep, I agree about size. iPhone is as big as I ever want my phone to be. I actually miss by BlackBerry holster though...
The iPad is much to big to carry around. Usually the only thing a laptop is used for is to display Powerpoint presentations via a projector.
Actually I use my laptop during meetings for all sorts of things...e.g. on an IT meeting I run each week, I enter the meeting notes into a SharePoint list as we are talking about them.
But the root of your point, that portable devices are frequently either less functional or just used for less function, is certainly true in many cases. But even that's okay for tablets...the less functionality matches up well with the "used to do less functional stuff" very nicely.
Finally, I don't think the iPad is too big to carry around, it's the size of a magazine. My laptop is a huge monstrosity in comparison. (It's a 3-year old "desktop replacement" class laptop, so it's a big honkin machine and maybe my experience is not a typical comparison.)