Walt Mossberg, the venerable technology writer for the Wall Street Journal, has got a great post up over at All Things D, covering a recent working vacation to Paris, when he chose to take an iPad rather than a laptop. He makes clear that the trip was not viewed as a test of the iPad as laptop replacement, but more of a sizing up of the whole coming class of tablet devices as potential laptop replacements or fill-ins.
Here’s a little slice on how the iPad fared:
So, what happened? Well, for me, the experiment was a pleasant success. With a few exceptions, I got everything done that I would have done with a laptop. Yet I toted a lot less weight, enjoyed much better battery life, and had a computer that started up instantly whenever I reached for it. I also was able to combine the functions of a comfortable e-reader with those of a laptop.
Mossberg also found quite a few other hotel guests using iPads, and even found the device in use by staff at the Eiffel Tower. The whole article is a great read – give it a look here if you have a chance: