We have now travelled with two tablets for almost a year and are happy to report that we don't feel the need to travel with a laptop computer!
THIS post details the pros and cons we went through when selecting our iPads.
We can do practically anything on the tablet, in fact many things are easier in app form. Even the website that you're reading now is managed 100% on an iPad.
We love the battery life (10hrs+), the size, the weight (ranging between 300-700g!) and the robustness of our tablet. If we were to do it again, we would maybe use smaller tablets – 8″ iPads are much lighter and cheaper than our 10″ iPad with not too much screen real estate lost.
Most people don't believe they could get used to typing on a touch screen. We are happy to report that typing on a touch screen is just as quick as a keyboard! It took us a few weeks to adjust, but now we type at an equal speed as a keyboard… actually, after 10 months of touch screens, we think we might be quicker!
Here is a list of many of the tasks we complete:
Books and PDF: Reading ebooks, guide books, important documents and reading the news.
Communication: Email, Skype, Facebook and language translation.
Entertainment: Music, videos, films, radio, photos and games.
Mapping: Viewing, analysing and plotting.
Other: Alarm clock, reminders, banking, calculations, Couch Surfing, Warm Showers, eBay and currency conversion.
Photos: Editing, photoshopping, watermarks, resizing, uploading to Flickr and as camera.
Social Media: Facebook / Twitter management and viewing video content from social media.
Videos: Editing, grading, watermarks and uploading to YouTube.
Website: All content management, creating buttons and icons
Writing: Word processing and notes.
What don't we like?
Content management such as photos can be a pain, there is limited storage space, transferring files can be slow and browsing some websites on tablets is not ideal / possible.
What would we recommend?
We love Apple computers and phones, so naturally we believe iPads are awesome. We use the wifi only model because we don't have too much of a problem finding a signal wherever we travel. The Apple App Store has so many great apps available.
Samsung make great Android tablets in sizes from 6-10″, some models with phone connectivity. This allows you to make standard phone calls easily on a SIM in any country.