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    iPad vs Laptop

    I have an iPad and my husband needs a new laptop. Is there some reason a laptop is needed over an iPad? Are there things the iPad can't do that the laptop can?

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    One thing a laptop can do is backup your iPad and store the backups. If you ever want to jailbreak, you also need a computer, laptop or desktop, to do it. A jailbreak can't be done without a computer.
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    Unless you buy all your music and movies from iTunes or Amazon, you're going to need a laptop or PC to transfer that kind of content. Also, do you have a plan for storage of files, photos, etc., beyond on your iPad? You might be happy with cloud storage, but not everyone is, and in some instances you might have to pay for extra storage.

    Do you edit any photos? I do that on my laptop.

    Do you need MS Office, Word or Flash? iPad has limited access or workarounds for those.

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    Hello Ains.
    As you can see from the above replies, iPad is for fun and PCs for everything else.
    And yes I am a happy iPad user.
    Oh just a thought, instead of him buying a new laptop, install a new SSD (Solid State Drive) and then load Windows 8.
    It will then work a treat!
    Last edited by PeterJMelb; 04-22-2013 at 12:07 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterJMelb View Post
    Hello Ains.
    As you can see from the above replies, iPad is for fun and PCs for everything else.
    And yes I am a happy iPad user.
    Oh just a thought, instead of him buying a new laptop, install a new SSD (Solid State Drive) and then load Windows 8.
    It will then work a treat!
    True for the most part, probably, but where the iPad really comes into its own is when using GPS. Then the laptop becomes the toy and the iPad goes to work.
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    I watch ESPN football (college) on my laptop - Flash reason. With a laptop you can convert your CDs and DVDs for import through iTunes into the iPad. I have a standalone GPS and update it with the laptop, I can download updates to my car stereo, burn them onto DVD so I can keep it current. (same with the BluRay and HD players) and I can convert a hard wired Internet access into wireless by sharing my Internet connection from my laptop - indispensable when traveling. I can keep a much larger iTunes library (both music and video) on the laptop and share it for easy access on the iPad.

    There are pros to having a laptop, but I don't think if I didn't already own one that I would get one now (except maybe football, and I have been eying Apple TV for a bit)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinJS View Post

    True for the most part, probably, but where the iPad really comes into its own is when using GPS. Then the laptop becomes the toy and the iPad goes to work.
    Hello Kevin.

    I would never drive around using an iPad or a laptop for directions, that's a recipe for disaster.
    If I wanted to get directions whilst walking I would use a phone, or perhaps a mini iPad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterJMelb View Post
    Hello Ains.
    As you can see from the above replies, iPad is for fun and PCs for everything else.!
    Not quite right.

    I use my iPad 2 at work, not for fun. With the apps I installed it's easier for me to show pictures or videos or play music, if I need it. Also all my preparations are stored there.

    I also have a laptop. Sometimes I have to use it. There are a few things I can't do with the iPad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J. A. View Post

    Not quite right.

    I use my iPad 2 at work, not for fun. With the apps I installed it's easier for me to show pictures or videos or play music, if I need it. Also all my preparations are stored there.

    I also have a laptop. Sometimes I have to use it. There are a few things I can't do with the iPad.
    As you said, show pictures, videos or play music.
    That what I call fun stuff..
    Use a PC of any persuasion for the heavy lifting. Such as working with files of all types with ease.

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    i like my ipad for playing the odd game and it's more comfortable to use in bed than my MacBook Pro is but i wouldn't be without a laptop.
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