medium sized notebook has a hard cover It features dot graph paper with 5mm spaced dots. An inside pocket is handy for storing business cards or cash. I like this style for traveling to trade shows and for factory visits because it's so sturdy and just fits in my pants pocket. These are for the notes I'll need to refer to years later. An elastic strap to keep this notebook closed and secure. Rhodia calls this the "web notebook," but no matter where I click nothing loads.
large top stapled pad is always on my desk at VO. Another sits on my home office desk. I use them constantly, during every morning meeting, in design sessions, and for phone call notes. If you've ever visited VO you've probably seen me writing in one. I like the sturdy cardboard back that allows me write with it on my knee, and the grid makes my lousy handwriting somewhat decipherable. The grid also helps with drawing design sketches. The cover is cleverly creased so it lies flat underneath the pad.
One last thing, unlike my Nexus pad, they never run out of juice. I actually did try working exclusively on a pad computer like one of those Silicon Valley CEOs. Even wore a black t-shirt. But paper notebooks are just easier.
What do you think, iPad or note pad?