8. Entertain Yourself

Laptops took computing off the desk and made it more portable, but using one for enjoyable pursuits like watching movies always feels a bit like work, as if you’re going to the theater and being seated in a cubicle. The keyboard is in the way, and with most laptops you find yourself scrambling to find and plug in the power cord right as something exciting is happening in the movie.

On the iPad, the movie takes over the entire device, without computer clutter getting in the way. Your music library is a few taps away. YouTube movies are ready to be streamed. AirPlay lets you watch movies on an Apple TV instantly. And Home Sharing makes it possible to play media from any computer on your network, no syncing required. As I discuss ...

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