Ben may be right, but only for a select few, people like himself who can master the technology to a degree that it becomes invisible. It doesn’t work that way for me and I’m pretty good with the device. Most people I know simply couldn’t operate it at the level required to take accurate notes without bringing a meeting to a screeching halt.
I still am unconvinced that paper and pen is a better medium to use during meetings. What I do know is that you need to use what works best for you. For Randy that is pen and paper with a digital recorder, for me that is the iPad.