David Pogue on the iPad ➝

David Pogue decided to split his review of the iPad into two parts, one for “techies” and one for everyone else. A brilliant idea for the review, but he starts to lose me with this:

The bottom line is that you can get a laptop for much less money — with a full keyboard, DVD drive, U.S.B. jacks, camera-card slot, camera, the works. Besides: If you’ve already got a laptop and a smartphone, who’s going to carry around a third machine?

Based on his review for everyone else, I’m not sure if this is meant to be tongue in cheek. But I’m just going to take it at face value. Let’s tackle this one by one, my DVD drive is rarely used, usually just to rip a DVD to be viewed on my iPhone or Apple TV; aside from the always plugged in Elgato EyeTV and Turbo.264, my third USB port is only used to sync my iPhone or my Kindle; I’ve never used the web cam on my iMac; I would rather wait until I get home to my iMac to import my pictures but if I was dead set on importing pictures into the iPad I could always purchase the camera connection kit ($29 is a small price to pay).

And, to answer the final question: the people who choose to carry this around are going to be the ones that realize that they rarely need an actual laptop to do what they need to do.