It’s the night before you head off on your big vacation, you’re packing, and you’re trying to decide, do I have to lug my laptop along or will my iPad be enough? You could well get away with just the super-light tablet, but it depends on what kind of vacation you’re going to take.
Is This a Real Vacation….
When you’re genuinely leaving your job behind, just take your iPad – it will do everything you want. This is the perfect device to read books, play games, even watch movies. You can check in on email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat… whatever social networking apps you prefer.
You can do all of this with a computer that weighs only about a pound, goes easily into a medium-size bag or large purse, and can be recharged with the same charger/cable as an iPhone.
In fact, if you’re hoping to get away from it all, you definitely shouldn’t bring your work laptop along. It’s just going to serve as a reminder that there’s a lot waiting for you after the trip, and you might be tempted to work a bit, wasting some of your precious vacation time.
… or a Working Vacation?
When you’re going on a vacation that you know will involve some work, you’re going to have to think hard about whether you need the laptop or if your iPad will be enough.
Most people feel obligated to occasionally check their business email while on vacation; there’s a good chance the iPad is all you need for this. It’s the perfect way to answer those handful of questions that always seem to crop up, maybe schedule a meeting or two for after you get home, that sort of thing.
And it doesn’t stop there. The release of Microsoft Office for iPad was a milestone for business users of Apple tablets. It enables people to work with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files on their Apple tablet, even if they are on the beach. If a big crisis develops while you are in Aruba, this software suite could save you.
And that’s just the start. You might be surprised how many business apps have iOS versions.
But this isn’t the solution for everyone. Some companies still have systems that require a Windows computer, often because specialized software is necessary. Also, jobs that require a lot of writing really should be done with a physical keyboard, so people who don’t have one of these for their iPad should use a laptop instead.
The best strategy is to test to be sure that you can do everything necessary on your iPad before you head off on your vacation. Work a few hours on your tablet while you are still in the office.
When you come back from your trip, and you were able to do everything you needed with your iPad, you might find yourself wondering why you have a laptop at all.