Message from 2021
This post is pretty old! Opinions and technical information in it are almost certainly oudated. Commands and configurations will probably not work. Consider the age of the content before putting any of it into practice.
Getting out of my car at the Ft. Lauderdale airport Friday morning, I realized I left my iPad on my bedside table. Rush hour was picking up, and I didn’t really have the time to go back and get it.
During my flights and airport waits on Friday, I worked on my work computer: my coworker wanted help for a workshop on Saturday’s Erlang DC conference, and I hadn’t yet learned the material myself. For shorter waits (waiting at the gate, post-boarding wait, checking in while taxiing) my phone was just fine, and I made sure to keep that charged both while plugged in at the lounge and, on arrival in Virginia, in the car I rented (2013 Ford Taurus: a big four-door with a hateful turn signal stalk).
Saturday, I spent the day at Erlang DC, and used the laptop all day. I charged the phone enough during this to have it be usable into the evening at the work-sponsored happy hour.
Staying with my brother and his wife, I didn’t really compute much at their house. Sunday morning, before anyone else was up, I programmed a bit, but didn’t have the omnipresent iPad to distract me later.
On the trip home Sunday afternoon, I followed much the same pattern as Friday: work computer for waits of more than a few minutes, phone for less than that. By the time I got back to my car, the phone was still around 25%, when on an iPad trip it’d have been closer to 75%.
Would I do it again? Maybe. The biggest things that the iPad gets me is less battery use on my phone & computer, it works better than a 15" laptop in a cramped coach seat, and the internet access on it simply works (I have the LTE version). In terms of how much I carry, it’s not that much of a burden, much lighter than my computer or empty briefcase. Going without the iPad wasn’t too bad, but I’m more likely to go without a computer and only bring the iPad.