I am converting to using an ipad as my main research tool over a laptop or desktop computer.
After all my iPad and iPhone for that matter has a lot more power and ability than my first iMac or iBook computer that had only a 3G hard drive.
Caveat: I still use my MacBook Pro or Windows desktop for statistics, GIS, formatting manuscripts, and backing up data.
Why convert to a Post-PC device?
First off it is really cool being able to work from anywhere, and not to worry about battery power for most of the day. The other critical factor for me is that I think the iPad is the single greatest computer device ever invented. My mother uses an ipad and knows nothing about computers. I like how intimate it is to work on an ipad, it is more like working with a pen and paper at your favorite desk or table. I am also convinced I will read and write more since there are fewer distractions – as long as not too many games are downloaded anyway.
My Favorite Apps
Endnote: excellent reference and PDF manager, this app really makes it possible for me to leave the desktop behind.
Pages: only significant word processor on the market, I do enjoy using this app and having it sync with my desktop version, but I am waiting for the ipad version of Scrievner.
Numbers: only significant spreadsheet app on the market.
Keynote: only significant presentation app on the market; I prefer Keynote over PowerPoint on my desktop, I do not like the changes in format presentations go through converting from the desktop to ipad version.
Goodreader: best pdf reader app; I like the ability to export highlighted sections and notes that I then copy and paste into my notes section within Endnote. I typically open my PDF attached in Endnote into Goodreader due to Endnote’s limited PDF annotation capabilities.
Bento: great and easy to use database. I think it is quicker to enter data on my ipad than on a desktop spreadsheet or database.