Recently I gave in to the dark side and picked up an iPad 2. I work so much at the computer that I like to get away from the office (and from the need to get everything perfect) that I usually outline a book or writing project on yellow legal pads. The problem is that I work on several projects at once (in various planning stages) and will sometimes lose track of the legal pads (primarily because I stray away from my desk and work everywhere -- outside, restaurants, in my car, etc.).
Keeping up with my handwritten thoughts has become problematic. I'd been looking at the iPad since it came out. I used to have an iPaq and enjoyed the freedom it presented quite a lot, but it didn't have the writing surface available that the iPad does (though it did offer handwriting recognition which was awesome!).
I didn't want to just type on the iPad because that wouldn't be far removed from working at the computer. Thankfully, I found Notes Plus.
Note Plus allows me to write things out by hand. I can think and dream and pace and work out characterization problems as well as plot problems on the "page." With the ten-hour batter available on the iPad 2, I'm not tied to a wall outlet somewhere. And the iPad isn't much heavier than a legal tablet. I've gotten very comfortable with it. And when I'm done with a project, I can immediately email a copy to myself at home. Truly awesome technology and software.