TechSpot: Traveling with an iPad: Impressions & Accessory Survival Guide

I’m no different than most when it comes to computer use. I have a primary desktop system I use at home and when the need arises, I carry a notebook with me when traveling. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t travel too frequently and when I do, it’s usually for business purposes like covering a trade show.

But as tablets become more popular and continue to chip away at the mobile computing market, the idea of leaving the notebook behind in favor of a slate certainly seems attractive. On the pros side you have portability, instant-on capabilities, longer battery life, a touchscreen, and in the case of most modern tablets like the iPad 3, an HD video camera. Sure, there would be some obvious concerns and compromises depending on what you need to accomplish, but at the same time, there are a wealth of accessories designed to make your tablet experience more computer-like.

A recent Western Caribbean cruise vacation provided the perfect opportunity to test whether or not my iPad would make a suitable travel replacement. Although this wasn’t a business trip, I still required the tablet to perform multiple tasks, some of which just weren’t possible without extra accessories. As such, I decided to put several products spanning multiple categories to the test to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses based on my hands-on experience.

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I bring my iphone, ipad, and my laptop when I go for a vacation. A lot of times, chilling with the ipad is very pleasant, but when it comes to serious research like searching for tomorrow's trip schedule and where-to-go, laptop wins big time. Maybe I'm too used to Windows when it comes to getting real-work done... haven't really tried that on ipad.

I have a powerful desktop at home, a less powerful desktop at the office and for all my traveling needs I have a Macbook Air 11". Frankly, I can't see myself replacing the Air with a tablet - what would I gain I've always wondered...?

I travel all the time with my ipad, So far been to UK, Germany, France, Afghanistan, UAE and Thailand. Never had any issues with it. Just have the right wall adapters to fit your standard adapter and all is good.

speaker I use a monoprice premium sonic speaker. it charges via cable same as android phones. Last about 5-6 hours. only 34$. sounds OK for hotel room. You will not have a party with it but it portable. about size of a twinky.

Headphones: I still use my old shure Mc2. they are old and need updating but still work great!!