1. Manny_Fresh's Avatar
    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.
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    08-23-2011 11:54 AM
  2. CG68's Avatar
    Do you already own a laptop/desktop? If not, I would definitely go with the MacBook or any other laptop over the iPad. The iPad in my opinion is not meant to replace a computer. It really depends on what your going to use it for.
    08-23-2011 12:12 PM
  3. Fausty82's Avatar
    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?
    08-23-2011 12:13 PM
  4. Manny_Fresh's Avatar
    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 08:49 AM
  5. Fausty82's Avatar
    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.
    I understand where you're coming from... but trust me... if you try to replace your computer with a tablet, you will end up disappointed. The tablets (especially the iPad) are great tools, and wonderful application of technology... but they are not replacements for computers, at least not yet. Good luck with your quest!
    08-24-2011 10:32 AM
  6. Brickman's Avatar
    I understand where you're coming from... but trust me... if you try to replace your computer with a tablet, you will end up disappointed. The tablets (especially the iPad) are great tools, and wonderful application of technology... but they are not replacements for computers, at least not yet. Good luck with your quest!
    As has been suggested, it will depend upon "your" usage. I will partially disagree with HankAZ. <Only a little though> I personally know several people that ONLY use a smartphone and a Tablet as their ONLY computers. Now these are people that are committed to "Mobile" only. They have learned to utilize the strength and weaknesses of being mobile. they also use Cloud storage a lot.

    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.
    Last edited by Brickman; 08-24-2011 at 05:42 PM.
    08-24-2011 05:39 PM
  7. riley9dy's Avatar
    I understand where you're coming from... but trust me... if you try to replace your computer with a tablet, you will end up disappointed. The tablets (especially the iPad) are great tools, and wonderful application of technology... but they are not replacements for computers, at least not yet. Good luck with your quest!
    Yea Hank's right, don't try to replace your regular computer with an iPad... The iPad just can't do what a macbook can.
    08-24-2011 09:15 PM
  8. Manny_Fresh's Avatar
    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 11:33 AM
  9. Fausty82's Avatar
    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.
    The new MBAs are pretty powerful little machines... There are several threads that discuss the merits of the MBA vs the MBP, including this one:
    http://forums.tipb.com/apple-compute...k-pro-air.html

    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 11:51 AM
  10. CG68's Avatar
    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
    Last edited by CG68; 08-25-2011 at 11:59 AM. Reason: Spelling error
    08-25-2011 11:57 AM
  11. Fausty82's Avatar
    One more thought... if you do decide to go with the MBA, I strongly suggest that you go with the 13" display. I have the 11" screen and it's great, but IMO, too small for my "only" computer.
    08-25-2011 12:00 PM
  12. CG68's Avatar
    One more thought... if you do decide to go with the MBA, I strongly suggest that you go with the 13" display. I have the 11" screen and it's great, but IMO, too small for my "only" computer.
    I totally agree. I had a netbook before so I am done with small screens on laptops. The 13" size screen which I had a few laptops back is perfect IMHO....for me anyways. At home I plug my Air into my external monitor and with my wireless keyboard I have a desktop.
    Last edited by CG68; 08-25-2011 at 12:07 PM. Reason: Added additional sentence
    08-25-2011 12:05 PM
  13. CG68's Avatar
    You also have the 14 return policy so you can always exchange one for the other if your not happy with your initial decision/purchase.
    08-25-2011 12:09 PM
  14. Manny_Fresh's Avatar
    The new MBAs are pretty powerful little machines... There are several threads that discuss the merits of the MBA vs the MBP, including this one:
    http://forums.tipb.com/apple-compute...k-pro-air.html

    Also, here's a chart that I did to show the differences. Hope it helps, and best of luck with your decision.

    wow thank you so much! id have to say that answered all my questions i had. i was looking for a chart like that.
    08-26-2011 11:54 AM
  15. Fausty82's Avatar
    wow thank you so much! id have to say that answered all my questions i had. i was looking for a chart like that.
    You're welcome. There is one item that I noticed that was left off the chart. The MBPs all have ethernet ports... the MBAs don't. With virtually-ubiquitous wi-fi, it's not a huge deal, but may be worth mentioning.
    08-26-2011 12:23 PM
  16. Manny_Fresh's Avatar
    i think im gonna go with the MBP. Having it be my only personal computer i kinda want it to have everything. id go with an air if i had one of the mac desktops but that will be a little further down the road, lol.
    08-26-2011 12:37 PM
  17. kevin smith 619's Avatar
    How could you differentiate between these two different kind of objects?
    08-30-2011 02:43 AM
  18. energyy's Avatar
    I'm going for macbook air 13.
    08-31-2011 03:59 AM
  19. Manny_Fresh's Avatar
    so i bought the MacBook Pro yesterday. im so far 100% happy with it and love it. my only thing is now i want to use my iphone as a modem but im not sure how to do it.
    09-01-2011 10:11 AM
  20. Fausty82's Avatar
    so i bought the MacBook Pro yesterday. im so far 100% happy with it and love it. my only thing is now i want to use my iphone as a modem but im not sure how to do it.
    Congrats on the new MacBook Pro!

    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.
    09-01-2011 10:35 AM
  21. Manny_Fresh's Avatar
    Congrats on the new MacBook Pro!

    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.
    i was hoping that i didnt have to do a JB to my phone. i dont know that much about it and dont really want to mess with my phone and not get it back to factory settings. i guess ill have to call verizon and see what they say i hope i dont loose my unlimited data. unless i can figure out what the people that live next to me password is for their wireless, lol.
    09-01-2011 11:36 AM
  22. waterlou's Avatar
    Personally iPad still can't replace Macbook. But iPad is a great internet device that I use it for web browsing more than using Macbook
    09-01-2011 10:52 PM
  23. pizzafootbal's Avatar
    I'd go with a Macbook if you don't have a computer, besides, your iPhone will substitute as a mobile device for now
    09-01-2011 11:29 PM
  24. KevinMartin's Avatar
    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.
    09-12-2012 07:18 AM
  25. aanaya abid's Avatar
    wow thanks for help
    04-15-2013 06:39 AM
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