I use mine as a travel planner or dedicated documentation display or thought collector at conferences. I also use it quite often for review and composing of email. I've also used it to create whole presentations.
I type 100 WPM. I use my laptop as a thought collector too. I type as fast as I think. Using a touch keyboard is bad enough. To use an iPad without even haptic feedback, oh my god. I've done it--I wanted to kill myself after the first 3 minutes. And for conferences? Seriously? What do you do for a living?
Me: "Oh that looks interesting, show me the revised PivotTable"
iPad Dataviz user "oh, my iPad can't do that. But I can play the keyboard on it!"
Me: delivers my presentation with MS PowerPoint. Uses the standard VGA cable the place has.
iPad user: "oh sorry guys, my PowerPoint isn't displaying all the proper elements because Keynote is having trouble with the formatting." and "oh shit, I forgot my 30-pin-to-VGA adapter!"
Don't forget that people who make actual REAL PowerPoint presentations do more than 4 lines of text on a slide.
Or if you're in IT:
Me: "Oh you want to see the code? Hang on, I'll fire up Eclipse and show you. Want to see it run? No problem, I'll compile it for you."
iPad user: "fuck."
And to solve all these problems, you could always bring a laptop AND a iPad. But then why buy the iPad in the first place? Oh yea--toy. You remind me of The Verge reporters who bring an iPhone, iPad, and MBA with them. I still get a kick out of that.
Perhaps you are too set in your ways to use an iPad for real work, but much of the rest of the world is more fortunate.
Uh no, I just actually have to get stuff done. Did you miss the article where the entire school demanded they get their computers back after the department got iPads? Or that one country recently that did the same? No, pretty much the rest of the world doesn't agree. But again, feel free to do what u want. I'll be happily actually not being hindered in my computing experience.
We must be using a different iOS then. Just about every app I have used has been buggy, crashed frequently, had almost no features compared to its desktop or web based brethren. Do you really want me to list, app by app, what's on my iPhone and tell you how shitty each one is? I will if you want.
Yes in fact that would be interesting. I use apps that are generally stable and do things that I need. I'm not sure why you would install a bunch of buggy, crashing apps instead of finding better solutions.
1) Saleforce App: useless. Only let's you access like 1% of your entire database. You have NO way of finding the rest of your data, short of a search if you can remember the main lead or opportunity title. Doesn't even give all calendar data. Ridiculous considering you spend $330/yr on it
2) Dataviz office: crashes, buggy, poor document compatibility, can't even make headers and footers. Totally useless.
3) IGN: crashes, poor design, not total access to all site's data
4) Apple Maps: absolutely fucking awful. period.
5) Youtube: well now we have access to the google version. prior to that, youtube was a total nightmare. couldn't do a simple thing of playing the HD version on a cell connection, only wi-fi.
6) Travelocity app: only contains 5% of the ability of its desktop version. Used to be basically a web app. I think they redesigned though. Haven't tried it because it was such a nightmare.
7) CNET: actually not bad. But displays a video ad after every 2 pageviews. Nightmare.
8) Fring: crashes *ever* goddamn minute. Atriocious. Also, can barely intergrate with a SIP provider--super buggy with lots of failed connects.
9) Mapquest: oh my god fucking awful. Slow refreshes and navigation (not driving but pushing the app's buttons), but at least better than fucking iOS maps. At least it's data is correct.
10) Urbanspoon. Just garbage. Lacks so much of the functionality of it's website. But haven't used in 6 months so they may have made it better.
11) Newegg: got a lot better. Used to be a nightmare for discoverability (couldn't do Newegg's awesome browse by hardware category only as of last year or so).
12) Amazon: up until 6 months ago you couldn't even browse product categories. It was search for something or forget it, you couldn't find it.
I could go on and on. But my point stands. Win 8. Tablet when you need it, but able to do real shit otherwise. iPad: toy.