I read an article on whether or not the iPad was a green device. (Did I mention that I was reading the article about the iPad on my iPad? But I digress.) The article quotes several reasons why the iPad is a green device: reusable aluminum shell, LED-backlit screen, PVC-free, saves trees (as do Kindle and nook and the others), etc. In short, yes the device is green – or at least greenish enough to qualify as green.
Now comes the stupidity…
The "no" part comes from cloud computing and the massive data centers cloud computing requires. They aren’t so green it seems, specifically because they get most of the energy from non-renewable (read "dirty") energy sources – mostly coal and nuclear. People the point is the iPad is greener, not the data centers! And I have news for you: most web sites, not just the social networks like Facebook and twitter, are also hosted out of massive data centers as well!
There are a couple of old proverbs that fit this: Every journey begins with a single step. The other is "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." And don’t bother yelling at me about eating elephants, that isn’t the point. The point is, you are more likely to see long-term success if you start with the "disposable" electronics like cell phones and data pads and computers than you are trying to attack the elephant data centers. Most people toss phones every couple of years, computers every three to five. When was the last time you tossed your data center in the trash, eh?