Farewell, Lap­top

Mak­ing the Switch to an iDe­vice

iPhone Life Magazine - - Productivity - By Siva Om

Since the iPad's re­lease in 2010, lap­top sales have been in flux—and for good rea­son! Af­ter all, the iPad is more com­pact, ef­fi­cient, and in many cases, af­ford­able. And now, the new ph­ablet-sized iPhone 6 Plus threat­ens to in turn cut into iPad sales. As our de­vice op­tions con­tinue to ex­pand, the stan­dard lap­top is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly ar­chaic op­tion, par­tic­u­larly to the younger gen­er­a­tion.

Per­son­ally, I en­joy us­ing the 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus as my pri­mary com­puter, and for me, leav­ing be­hind my lap­top for an iOS de­vice has been eas­ier than you might imag­ine. For those ready to make the switch, here are a few pre­lim­i­nary considerations.

The Fine Print

If you have poor vi­sion, it may seem daunt­ing to make the switch to a smaller screen. How­ever, the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity fea­tures of the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPads mean you can take ad­van­tage of bold text, high­lighted but­tons, in­creased con­trast, and Zoom and Speech fea­tures that are built into ev­ery iDe­vice. Re­gard­less, the 5.5-inch dis­play of the iPhone 6 Plus or the 7.9-inch screen of the iPad mini may be too small for some tasks, in which case the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 or the an­tic­i­pated 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be the way to go.

Porta­bil­ity & Com­fort

If you do most of your com­put­ing at a ta­ble or desk, a larger iPad may be the best op­tion. With ac­ces­sories like the lap­top­style ClamCase Pro ($169) and the Sta­bile 2.0 ($64.99) desk­top em­u­la­tor, you can make us­ing your iPad more com­fort­able and er­gonomic.

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