10 Reasons Why A Netbook Is A Better Choice Than An iPad

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    Don Reisinger

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1. The Keyboard If productivity is what you want, the iPad is not the best choice for one major reason: its keyboard. The virtual keyboard works well in landscape mode, but getting used to it takes time. Worst of all, even the most proficient virtual keyboard typists will have trouble getting all the words they want into a document since Apple's software auto-corrects any words that it believes are mistakenly input. A physical keyboard is simply more useful and practical for prolonged use. That plays into the netbook's favor.
Apple's iPad gets all the attention in the mobile computing business. The tablet, which was released just a couple months ago, is certainly groundbreaking. And what it lacks in size, it makes up for in features. Apple should be commended for what it has achieved with the iPad. Rather than simply deliver a product that adequately addresses consumers needs, the company did a fine job of offering almost everything that the average consumer would want for the living room. But can you really take it to work, too? For those who covet productivity and usability, too, the iPad falls short to netbooks. Although netbook sales are slowing and speculation abounds over the destruction of the lightweight notebook at the hands of Apple's tablet, those predictions might be premature. Simply put, when compared to a netbook, the iPad can't quite stack up. Here's why:
This article was originally published on 2010-06-06
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.