1. anon(17713)'s Avatar
    Just curious if anyone has gotten rid of their laptop in favor of using an ipad. My God daughter is going away to college and needs a computer. I'm thinking about giving her my laptop and purchasing an ipad, but a little nervous about doing so.

    Thanks in advance for any input.
    08-03-2010 03:02 PM
  2. audit's Avatar
    It all depends on what you use your laptop for. Go look at the iPad and talk the Apple guys and then research a little more on if you can get by doing everything cloud based.

    I would like to get an iPad 3G/WiFi also but I do too much editing of photo's and video's as well as other things that I can't give up my laptop for.
    08-03-2010 03:22 PM
  3. JohnH59's Avatar
    I have stopped using my laptop about 90% of the time for the iPad. There's still occassions I need my laptop, such as printing. But, for the most part, I don't use my laptop anymore. Most of the time when I need more horsepower, I use LogMeIn to access my desktop at home or in my office.
    08-03-2010 04:34 PM
  4. Alli's Avatar
    I got rid of my iPad in favor of a netbook. I couldn't do simple things on the iPad like upload files.
    08-03-2010 04:40 PM
  5. JohnH59's Avatar
    I got rid of my iPad in favor of a netbook. I couldn't do simple things on the iPad like upload files.
    Alli.

    You do have a strong point, especially if it's for college. Many assignments have to be uploaded to the instructors site. Luckily, I don't have that scenario of needing to upload very many files. I can save files to my Dropbox account when using Docs to Go and that works great for most of my needs. But I can see where it would be a problem for many people. I occassionally have had that scenario, but that's when I've used LogMeIn to access my desktop and do whatever I need to do. Printing has been a bigger issue for me.
    08-03-2010 05:07 PM
  6. anon(17713)'s Avatar
    Thanks for the replies. I'm actually in an apple store using an iPad now. Sounds like the iPad may not work as my sole computer. Forgot to mention in my post that I don't own a desktop. Thank again...
    08-03-2010 05:33 PM
  7. liveify#AC's Avatar
    I got rid of my netbook for an ipad
    08-03-2010 10:57 PM
  8. MobileMania's Avatar
    Nope I haven't. I am most of the time on the iPad though since I am like 15 hours online everyday. I need to print something from time to time and that's the time I use the laptop. Ill keep the laptop as a back up.
    08-04-2010 05:19 AM
  9. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    I have made the switch ... I use Print n Share to print to my wireless printer, and DropBox for all my file sharing ... It works very well for me.
    08-04-2010 12:14 PM
  10. Smlk's Avatar
    I keep my laptop, but got rid of the netbook. I used the netbook for in bed quick browsing or out on the go and my iPad is way better for those. Ali is right about uploading and such. I don't use a desktop at all anymore so my laptop stays as my " big boy" for the major stuff like doing my taxes and handling my more important stuff.
    08-04-2010 01:07 PM
  11. Allyson Kazmucha's Avatar
    My girlfriend did. It really depends on you as a person and what you do. Her, she just browses the web, uses apps, plays games, etc... all things her iPad can do.

    I could never get rid of my MacBook, I need to be able to do things in Photoshop and several other things (like Alli stated, file manipulation and handling) that the iPad just doesn't allow.

    It was an easier transition for the girlfriend. And honestly, we've got a MacBook (soon we'll have a Pro to replace it) and a 27" iMac and we both have iPhones. If she ever "needs" a computer, she'll have access to one.
    08-04-2010 02:38 PM
  12. lcargile's Avatar
    I ditched my netbook for an iPad and have not regretted it one bit. Sure, there are things that a laptop can do that an iPad cannot but the things that an iPad can do that the laptop can't are a little bigger to me. And the iPad does everything very well imho. Like was said earlier, it all just depends on what you want to use your laptop for. To me though, there has been a way to everything and then some without needing an actual computer. Just me though. Deuces.
    08-20-2010 10:37 AM
  13. morgantm89's Avatar
    I orginally was trying to trade my Macbook for a iPad but I'm glad i didn't. I still use my Macbook just as much, mainly for working with pictures, AIM and a few other things. Yes the iPad can do those as well and it does them wonderfully when I'm on trips and such but its just easier to do them on the Macbook for me. I do love my iPad though, mainly for all the different apps and games.
    08-20-2010 02:22 PM
  14. TiggerSwindon's Avatar
    I sold my laptop to get my iPad, but still have a desktop machine for the day to day stuff. The iPad works great for web/mail/IM etc sat on the sofa.
    08-25-2010 06:14 PM
  15. jakej914's Avatar
    It really comes down to what you use your laptop for. I could never get rid of my laptop entirely for an iPad. That said, I am a college student and the iPad is my daily driver. I type my notes using Coursenotes. I usually just use the onscreen keyboard, but I also have a stowaway keyboard. I can access one of two etextbooks in mobile Safari and keep my laptop connected to the network so I can run remote desktop for the other one, as well as any website that requires flash, or morelike organic chemistry's OWL site. Office 2 HD allows me to save docs to Google Docs should I need to upload those via remote desktop. Also, Blackboard has an app, but it hasn't been rolled out for my university yet.
    08-29-2010 12:04 PM
  16. thinkTwice's Avatar
    I'm trying to go laptop-less and try to use the iPad as a replacement now
    08-29-2010 07:39 PM
  17. Robert Waldroup's Avatar
    If you have ditched your laptop for an ipad, what that seems to indicate is that you weren't doing any heavy word processing, development, or other "work" on your laptop. Either that, or you've become adept at typing on the ipad.
    09-08-2010 09:30 AM
  18. whmurray's Avatar
    Not quite. However, my laptop no longer qualifies as portable. It has a 13 port USB hub, hdmi, audio-out, external webcam and mic. At 4 lbs it is just too heavy. Then there are the power supplies. Battery life sucks. Therefore, it is now a stationary computer.

    I carry only my iPhone 4 and my iPad. I have DropBox, AirShare, Evernote, Mobileme, PrinterShare, and LogMeIn Ignition on my both devices. They are truly portable devices with good battery life and light chargers. Since each can do most of what the other can, they back each other up. They give me good access to my home LAN, applications, and data. What little they will not do, access to the LAN provides.

    The iPad is even more of a game changer than I could have imagined when I bought it.
    09-08-2010 04:20 PM
  19. jhamilton3's Avatar
    I do wish I still had my MBP just for the purpose of typing but I'll be getting a keyboard so that I can take notes during my classes on my iPad.
    09-08-2010 07:46 PM
  20. jakej914's Avatar
    If you have ditched your laptop for an ipad, what that seems to indicate is that you weren't doing any heavy word processing, development, or other "work" on your laptop. Either that, or you've become adept at typing on the ipad.
    Actually, I found that on the very first day of having the iPad, I was able to type fairly proficientlyonly getting hung up on punctuationwithout even looking at the screen. However, the iPad is no laptop replacement. A lot of the websites I have to access for homework are heavy flash and/or java. On top of that, I still have to use Excel for complex graphing and Word for documents requiring a lot of formatting.
    09-09-2010 09:59 AM
  21. bergman's Avatar
    I'm using the iPad more and more daily compared to the laptop. I'm about to take off on a 3 day business trip and try it w/o the laptop. I use remote desktop access for those applications that can't run on the iPad, but I'm not sure that I could go more than 2-3 days away w/o a PC.
    09-09-2010 01:54 PM
  22. morgantm89's Avatar
    I'm doing pretty much the same thing now. Last 2 weekend trips I've just taken the iPad and not the laptop. If I need something off my laptop I just remote access it and throw it in Dropbox.
    09-09-2010 05:19 PM
  23. nore03's Avatar
    I use my ipad more than my laptop but it is no replacement. I take my ipad with me everywhere because its small and easy to use rather my laptop. When i'm home and need to get real stuff done like homework or........*whispers* porn.......i use my laptop
    09-13-2010 10:44 PM
  24. Mustang5Oh's Avatar
    I have a Macbook, iPhone 4 and an iPad. Before my iPhone 4 I used the iPad A LOT. Ever since it seems as if I don't use it enough. I think it's the whole no multitasking thing. I put my iPad on eBay for about a day and a half and had to take it off just can't get rid of it yet lol. After 4.2 comes out if I still don't use it much then I'll reconsider. But to answer NO WAY would I get rid of my MacBook for just the iPad.
    09-13-2010 11:34 PM
  25. dscott5683#IM's Avatar
    I stopped using my Nokia Booklet to use my iPad 3G, but I find that I still use my Macbook Pro way... more, I multi Task to much to use a iPad full time, And I'm running IOS 4.2 It still can't replace a Mac, but it did replace my Pc for the most part, Take that for what it's worth.
    09-21-2010 10:42 PM
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