Apple iPad 12.9: Tablet, Laptop Replacement or Both?

How I use the iPad 12.9 inch in the real world

Robert Craig
Mac O’Clock

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Photo by Suganth on Unsplash

I’ve been an apple iPad user for the last 10 years since Gen 1. I still have it and will never sell it, even if it now lives unused in the bottom drawer. It was the top-spec model at the time, 64GB, wifi and 3G cellular.

I wouldn’t have called it a laptop replacement. And my friends laughed and pointed out that it wouldn’t fit in my pocket! Understanding of the purpose of these devices has thankfully changed over the last decade.

Credit: Robert Craig

For the first time, I could use a device with a properly sized screen whilst out and about (remember in those days iPhones still only had tiny 3.5 inch screens). And it was ‘Always On’ with my cellular sim card providing the connection on the go.

It was the perfect multifunction device. Watching movies was great, you could create (the amazing Omnigraffle was a favourite app at the time) and it was so much more portable than a laptop.

Fast forward to 2020 and I have just made the case that the iPad Mini Gen 5 is the tablet to buy (see here).

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Robert Craig
Mac O’Clock

"Not Doing it for the Clicks" Stories based on my experiences; making sense of the world of work. Gen Xer - Technology/Personal Development/Careers/Talent