I don’t use a laptop in meetings but what about iPad?

I know plenty of folks that bring a laptop to meetings. I’m not talking about people that use a laptop to present materials or need specific data in the actual meeting.

I’m talking about people that bring a laptop to take notes or whatever.

I’ve seen entrepreneurs do it and I’ve seen some VCs do it.

I’m not a huge fan of this idea which is why I don’t bring a laptop to meetings. Perhaps I’m old fashioned but I don’t like the idea of someone presenting or an important topic is being discussed and someone else in the room is banging away on the keyboard.

I prefer to take notes on my moleskine notebook. Paper and a pen. No distractions. Focused.

However, I confess the iPad that I have on pre-order has me thinking. The iPad seems perfect to bring to a meeting. Small/thin form factor, instant on, big onscreen keyboard and quiet. And unlike a laptop, you can’t hide behind the iPad screen.

Whaddya think? Bring an iPad to meetings or leave it in the bag?