- 04-05-2010, 08:08 PM #2
- 04-12-2010, 01:10 AM #3
Printing, place photos in a folder, rename said folder, download a file, view flash, charge a USB device, move a file or program to USB drive to install on a computer that is not connected to the net, etc.
The iPad is nice but you are kidding yourself if you think it is able to replace a laptop. Unless all you do is browse non flash sites, watch videos and listen to music.
- 04-12-2010, 05:58 AM #4
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- 04-12-2010, 11:26 AM #8
I have an iPad (32GB) and iPhone and a MacBook. I mainly use the MacBook at home to browse the internet and listen to music and play basic games. The iPad does all this and more so I use it for mostly daily stuff. If I need to do other stuff that the iPad can't I go to my MacBook. I Love having the iPad and with MyWi I have WiFi everywhere to use!
- 04-12-2010, 11:53 AM #9iPhone Newbie
- 14 Posts
The iPad has replaced my MBP for the majority of my computer needs. It is NOT a full replacement by any means but is an awesome tool. My biggest complaint is with the browsing. I like to open pages in new tabs and then work my way through them. The iPad forces me into the new tab and switching between tabs isn't as fluid as in OS X.
- 04-12-2010, 12:01 PM #10
- 04-12-2010, 12:05 PM #11
- 04-12-2010, 12:45 PM #12
Let me clarify my point just a bit... there is nothing wrong with people deciding to replace a laptop with the iPad if it works that way for them, I'm simply saying that too many people are upset that the iPad isn't a laptop minus the keyboard. My point is that the iPad was not designed to be a laptop replacement, and getting upset because it can't replace a laptop is just absurd. Just because reviewers have said it should replace a laptop doesn't make it so. Reviewers are nothing special, and their opinions are not gospel.
For those that have replaced the use of a laptop with the iPad, I find that interesting. Not wrong, just interesting. It seems, though, that the few in this thread that have done that successfully have also acknowledged the limitations of the iPad, which is important.
I will pick up iWork for the iPad soon, and will use it for light document creation, with the understanding that if I want to create something more substantial, I will need either my MBP or my MP desktop machine. I make no mistake to assume that the iPad is a replacement for my MBP with the way I use my laptop. For example, if I were planning on editing photos while away from the house, the MBP would definitely go with me so I had access to Aperture 3. However, when just going on a trip with the wife, I will take the iPad and leave the MBP at home. No matter what, my iPhone goes with me everywhere.
Different tools for different situations.
- 04-12-2010, 01:03 PM #13
Horses for Courses
Different strokes for different folks
The iPad is not a netbook or a netbook replacement.
It is not a laptop or a laptop replacement.
It is not a smartphone or a smarrphone replacement.
All are general purpose computers.
It seems to me that those are the important comparisons.
That said, I expect that it will reduce my use of all those things and become my prmiary input device to all those devices.
I expect that my most important iPad app will be Logmein Ignition and Touchcopy and Evernote will become more important on my PC.
I like to think that I have always followed my Daddy's admonition to use the right tool for the job. However, applying that maxim to computers is difficult because they are so flexible and have such broad applications. Their uses do overlap. For example, I have contacts in my iPhone that were first recorded a quarter of a century ago on an IBM mainframe using a guest terminal.
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- 04-12-2010, 01:32 PM #14
When I read a review about the iPad that stresses what it is not or what it cannot do, I dismiss it. I conclude that the reviewer does not yet appreciate what he has seen.
We have all seen at least one review that said the iPad cannot possibly succeed because of "redundancy," i.e., its features, functions, and properties overlap those of devices that some of us already have.
Because one has a vice grip wrench does not mean that he has no use for a box wrench or a pipe wrench. And yes, I once lived in a world in which there was no such thing as a vice grip. When I bought my iPhone 1.0, I thought that I was buying a phone and planned to use it for placing calls. The reviewers said that it could not succeed because it did not have a mechanical keyboard. They did not appreciate..........
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- 04-12-2010, 01:37 PM #15
- 04-12-2010, 02:57 PM #16iPhone Nanite
- 4 Posts
My mom uses her desktop computer solely to read e-mail, nothing else. So, her desktop could be replaced my most internet ready tv's. Does that mean an internet ready tv will replace your desktop? No. Again it all comes down to how you use the device.
For example, I have a laptop I carry with me when I travel. That is pretty much the only time I use it. I use it for internet access, e-mail, games, videos, and such. For me the Ipad will replace my laptop. Does that mean it will for everyone? No.
My wife uses her desktop for very simple net surfing, e-mail, and such. I could see an Ipad with dock replacing her desktop. Would it replace mine? Not even close.
I think everyone uses their own experiences and needs when looking at what the Ipad is. If I were to give my mom an Ipad it would probably still be in the box six months later. Does that mean the Ipad is worthless? To her, probably. To mean it is a big part of my daily life. Who is right? We both our in our own way.
The Ipad is what you make it.
- 04-12-2010, 04:31 PM #17iPhone Newbie
- 19 Posts
Mine hasn't been a MB or iPhone replacement, but an intermediate device. I hate to surf and check email on the iPhone because of the small screen. I hate toting the MB around because of size. I relate my Apple products to Goldilocks...Mac too big, iPhone too small, iPad jussssssttttt right.
- 04-12-2010, 04:34 PM #18
I expect the iPad to replace my mouse and keyboard for most applications as my primary input device and Ignition to be my most frequently used iPad app.
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- 04-12-2010, 06:03 PM #20
My goal, once I receive my iPad 3G (someday.... someday....), I plan to see how far I can push that sucker to replace what I do with my MBP. I have a theory and I realize my theory may be laughable to some, but here it is: Steve Jobs and Apple are not pitching the iPad as a laptop replacement because they still sell a bunch of MBs and MBPs. As a first generation device, the iPad isn't completely ready for that anyway. But... I believe that Steve-o very much believes that the iPad is not truly a 3rd category -- it will one day be the device that replaces laptops. I'm wearing my asbestos suit in preparation for the flaming
- 04-12-2010, 07:12 PM #21
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- 04-14-2010, 12:22 AM #23
I have an iPad, and had a macbook which gave away to family and my computer now is an iMac. The iPad doesnt replace a laptop completely just yet. Look into the future people. Remember the first iphone? and look at what it can do know and still ahead. I know for sure that once multitasking comes and i have a feeling more things will be implemented in OS 4 for the ipad. Because why the dealy till fall right? It will probably replace many of the things a laptop does. Yet of course it all depends what you do with your laptop at the end of the day. For programming, music creation, and editing photos and things. Probably not yet. Albeit that i have seen nice photo editing softwares and music creation software on the ipad that works great and the experience is awesome.
The iPad is not a laptop replacement if you use a laptop for those things. But think about a laptop is portable and the macbooks are real expensive. Why not buy an iMac for your tougher bigger tasks and get an iPad as your portable device for media viewing and things. Which im sure so many people use it just for that anyways.
the ipad is awesome, and i just can not wait to see what the future holds for it
- 04-14-2010, 09:34 AM #24
I just noticed that, even when in the same room with laptops, I often preferred the iPhone. I discovered Air Mouse and found that the iPhone was a good way to operate the laptops. Then I discovered LogMeIn Ignition and found that I did not have to carry a laptop at all.
So, what I want the iPad to do is give me one more choice about what to carry and how to do my applications. Of course, I am still waiting for Apple to ship so I am not quite sure how well it will work, but I am pretty sure that I will not carry a laptop on any trips less than a week after I get my iPad.
- 04-14-2010, 10:51 AM #25
The iPad is definitely not a replacement for a laptop... but it wasn't designed to be. With that said, the iPad will replace *some* things you use a laptop for. Primarily content consumption. There have been several days that after coming home from school, my MacBook never left my backpack as I only used my iPad for the rest of the night. I dare even say that the iPad has replaced most of my laptop uses, but definitely not all of them.
Last edited by Leanna Lofte; 04-14-2010 at 10:58 AM.