Each of us has our preference for our everyday computing device.
Whether we use an individual desktop computer or share a desktop with the family, our individual notebook or share a notebook with our family, the power, storage and monitor size make the PC or notebook the usual computer of choice. The keyboard and mouse are great ways to control the PC.
But, as I look around my den, I see my wife using an iPad Air instead.
It’s her main computing device most days. She does email web surfing and printing from the iPad Air. More interestingly, she can do all that without leaving her comfortable chair, while she’s watching the television.
She even has a good, inexpensive, portable keyboard for the iPad Air for those times when she really needs to type.
There’s only one thing that I found that the iPad really cannot do — and that’s to run anything that needs Java. Apple simply will not allow Java on the iPad or iPhone. If you got an android tablet he could probably run Java,although you may have to install it.
Meanwhile I’m using my Windows 7 desktop computer, which is behind my chair and has a wireless keyboard and mouse. My Windows 8.1 notebook sits on the side shelf of my laptop table, which holds a 24-inch monitor, in addition to the keyboard and mouse.
But, what about when we’re traveling?
If we have a notebook as our main computer, we can take it with us. That has the advantage that we’ve got all our email addresses, data, files, etc. with us for easy access.
It also has the disadvantage that we’ve got all our email addresses, data, files, etc. with us for easy loss, either via damage (e.g., from dropping the notebook), or by theft.
In today’s world of wired and wireless networking, we can do almost all we need to do on the Internet by using our smartphones or tablet computers. The iPhone or Galaxy S5 or similar smartphone can be used to access emails or web sites.
iPads and Android tablets can do it even more easily, or at least more readably. Windows phones and tablets can do it, too
So, do we really need a computer for traveling? If we just want to keep in touch, the answer is "not really." A smart phone or tablet computer will handle those tasks just fine.
Of course if we need to run an office-type applications, or need to use computer files, especially if we need to share those files with others, we’ll need some form of computer, such as a notebook — or maybe a Windows Surface tablet computer.
What’s my choice? I’ll use a notebook computer for travel and a desktop computer for everyday use.