I was refering to an Apple laptop, not the ipad.
I have an i-phone, and use it to text, which are very short. I use it for email when I'm on the road and must reply, but I keep that very short also.
I thought of an ipad for my wife, but she had objections like you said above, so I got her a laptop also.
I bought a stylus to use on the phone to make it easier; drawback to that is I have to make sure it's in my pocket.