I just started a job that involves a long commute by train. Perfect to get things done, but I don't like how I have to do it now. The work I'd do on the train is mainly mail, Trello, surfing and some light Word/Excel work. I can postpone most heavylifting until I'm in the office. My mac and phone are due for replacement in the next year or so, so I have all options open. I have a large phone (Nexus 6p, sams size as an iPhone 8 plus) and a 2013 MBP 13". The phone is too small to get any real work done and it gives me a strained neck. On the other hand, it's clumsy to get the mac out on a train because it's rather unwieldy. So I've been exploring a number of options. I can buy an iPad and do my work on it. I'm trying that out with my son's Android tablet right now. Disadvantages: I can't properly put it down anywhere (trains without tables, sheesh ) so I have to type with one hand. That's the same with my phone, but the tablet's screen is bigger and easier to read. The neck still hurts, though, because the tablet is on my lap. In this setup, I could opt for a smaller and cheaper phone (eg. iPhone 8), which is an advantage. For the heavylifting in the office, I could get a 15" MBP later but stick with my current mac for the time being. That's cheap in the short run. Another option is to skip the tablet and to go for a macbook. The advantage is that I'd just lug around one machine, whnch weighs less and is for less expensive. With the keyboard in my lap, it sits higher than an iPad, which reduces neck strain. The disadvantage is that I'm worried it won't be enough for some of my work in the office, which involves occasional VMs, possibly Premiere and Lightroom as my hobby. It would still allow me to get a smaller phone because for everything else, I'd use the macbook. But the immediate purchase of a macbook is a bit painful, because my MBP is still good enough. What would you do? Get an iPad? Or do you have other ideas or tips?