Mac book or IPad...?
Im stuck with the question of should i buy an iPad or a Mac Book. I turned to the apple side back in april with buying an iphone and i am so in love with it and everything apple. i had a mac book back in 2008 but it got stolen and i never replaced it. so i am wondering what i should buy now. i found a ipad 1 with a keyboard and all types of extras for 500. i wasnt sure if i should buy the mac book and then the ipad or if the ipad will do just as good as a mac book.
- 08-23-2011, 11:12 AM #2
- 08-23-2011, 11:13 AM #3
The iPad, even with a keyboard, will not do "just as good as a mac book". They are different tools for different purposes.
The question boils down to "what do you wish to accomplish with this device?". The laptop (any laptop) is far superior to any tablet at this point for creating content - from school papers, to spreadsheets, to work applications, to media (video rendering, photo editing, podcasting, etc). Sure, there are iPad apps for some of these tasks, but the true computer (MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini, etc) are far better suited to these tasks. Plus they have substantially more storage capacity.
The iPad, on the other hand, is great for consuming media - reading books, surfing the web, watching video, etc.
Even with a keyboard, switching between tasks such as surfing the web/doing research and writing a school paper will become incredible frustrating... plus the lack of a USB port or media slot makes managing files (slightly) more difficult than on a computer.
So, why do you want the device? What are you going to use it for?
thanks for the advice..! i was reading the other day that the tablet is the new laptop and that you should just buy a tablet over a laptob and wanted to just ask the question myself. i do have a desktop but trust me its not a mac and i want to replace all my PC's with Macs.
- 08-24-2011, 09:32 AM #5
- 08-24-2011, 04:39 PM #6
I personally have replaced my aging laptop with my iPad. Now I used a laptop when I traveled, had a presentation, etc. My iPad can do all that. I even did a one week experiment by using only my iPad and iPhone for work and personal use. It "can" be done. You have to re-think computing as we know it, IMVHO. (Online storage, picture management, ect.)
An iPad could NOT be my only computer because I take a LOT of pictures at my kids Sporting Events (1,000's) and storing them in the cloud or on a Tablet is just not a good idea, IMO. Besides, I have a 20" iMac sitting at my desk, so why would I not use a better tool for that anyway!
Long and short. If your needs are "simple", yes you could replace your laptop. It just gets more interesting if you want it to be your ONLY computer.
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- 08-24-2011, 08:15 PM #7
Thanks again for helping me make up my mind. im deff getting another macbook but now i dont know if i should go with the reg macbook pro or if i should get the air. i know that the air doesnt have the disk drive on it and some other little things but other then that im not to sure on what one i should go with.
- 08-25-2011, 10:51 AM #9
Also, here's a chart that I did to show the differences. Hope it helps, and best of luck with your decision.
- 08-25-2011, 10:57 AM #10
I personally made the switch to the MacBook air as my primary device but it really comes down to what your needs are. For me personally, the MacBook Air is the way to go. I don't need the extra storage, disk drive, processor power/ram, ports, etc...The latest MacBook air does what I need it to do and does it very well. No complaints thus far. Here's a link to a comparison of the Air/Pro line from Mac|Life:
13-Inch MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air: Which One Is Right For You? | Mac|Life
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- 09-01-2011, 09:35 AM #20
The easiest and most legal way is to contact your provider and get a tethering data plan. AT&T runs about $20/month and you lose your unlimited data plan (if you have one). Not sure how VZW handles it or what they charge.
There are jailbreak tools for this, but the carriers are starting/trying to catch and crack down on unauthorized tethering. If they catch you, they will force you into the legal tethering solution (above). Some users report getting threatening letters from their providers saying that they know they're tethering without paying for it and threatening the conversion/loss of unlimited data... others say they've been tethering with JB and never got the notice from their provider. YMMV.
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- 09-12-2012, 06:18 AM #24
I also brought the MacBook Pro because I like the retina display. Which is so amazing and attractive,and secondly is its has just 0.71 inch thin and 4.46 pounds. Which is so good for me because sometime I go outside so, I take the book easily.
- 04-15-2013, 05:39 AM #25