ipad and MacBook Air
This is a discussion on ipad and MacBook Air within the iPad General Discussions forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; I also have both an Air and an iPad, and they work really well together as Michael has said. One thing he didn't mention was ...
I also have both an Air and an iPad, and they work really well together as Michael has said. One thing he didn't mention was Air Display, which lets you use your iPad as a second screen over a wireless network. I've a MiFi, so with that I can have a two-screen setup with me wherever I am, and it works a treat.
My other trick is that both the iPad and Air go into the one case, a Booq Viper which is a hard case made for the Air but that happens to fit an iPad 1 with Apple case still on in it, at the same time. (admittedly the Air's power lead doesn't fit, but that's all)
Have my Apple and eat it? Most definitely ;-)
04-20-2011 01:42 PM
ipad and MacBook Air
Both the iPad and the MacBook Air offer phenomenal hardware solutions, but they occupy distinct niches. A well-accessorized iPad may take you pretty far along the way in getting work done on-the-go, but in no way does it provide the full OS X experience. In cost as well as weight, a low-end MacBook Air is not all that different from an iPad, but it lacks the simple form factor and touch-based interface that makes the iPad a perfect lightweight reading and connectivity solution. Two tools, two form factors -- which one is right for you?
At this time, Apple's computing solutions consist of five families. They include:
* Pocket solutions: small in form factor and big in music and gaming, these include the iPhone and iPod touch pocket-based devices.
* Tablets: perfect for on-the-go reading, media watching and lightweight connectivity, this family is represented by the iPad.
* Laptops: including the sleek MacBook Air as well as the more powerful (but larger) MacBook Pro, laptops provide mobility crossed with full OS X solutions.
* Desktops: ranging from the consumer-grade Mac mini through the incredibly able iMacs and topping out with the Mac Pro, these computers let you get your work done with as many monitors, hard drives and printers as your work demands.
* Other: a catch-all family for computers that don't fit into the other categories, this family is currently limited to the non-mobile TV-based Apple TV, which provides an iOS solution with a limited user appliance interface.
The iPad and MacBook Air belong to separate families, and yet they're often put up against each other for purchasing decisions, especially when considering the 11-inch entry MBA. Both provide mobile on-the-go solutions. Both are lightweight. Both are affordable. So why go for one over the other? It all comes down to use case.
When the MacBook Air first debuted, many people called it "Apple's netbook." It wasn't. The Air is a full-featured laptop with a proper keyboard and screen, despite its small size. Netbooks, for all that they looked like laptops, were used in a different way. Their incredibly low cost and mobile form factor was not geared to providing a full OS experience. Instead, they provided a simpler on-the-go way to keep in touch and perform light computing tasks. Netbook computing wasn't about work, it was about connectivity and experiencing media, the same tasks now performed by Apple's iPad.
The iPad is the perfect device for playing games, watching some shows, checking email, surfing the Web and reading books. It may not be the ideal device for any single one of those tasks, but it is excellent at doing all of them. Add in its incredibly slim form factor and amazing portability, and you're looking at what the netbook should have been from the beginning. Instead of shrinking a laptop and using 5 percent of a standard operating system, the iPad offers core netbook functionality with a physical package that beautifully matches those tasks.
What the iPad does not do well is work. Yes, you can get work done when the need arises, but the iPad was not designed for day-to-day business. It is, at its heart, a netbook with the core demands of light computing and connectivity guiding its use. If you want multitasking, multiple windows, professional software suites and so forth, then you want a proper computer running a full-featured OS. You want a laptop or desktop, not a pocket or tablet device, even if you still need mobility.
That's where the MacBook Air excels. It provides the same kind of beautiful form factor and portability that typifies the iPad while adding in the full OS X experience. When your demands are business, deadlines and mobility, the MBA is the solution. Yes, you can find iPad workarounds and viewers, but why settle?
The MBA offers exactly the same UI, the same software and the same power as other desktop installations, but it provides these on a lightweight laptop that travels in the car and to the coffee shop as well as into the boardroom and the classroom. It does this with a full hardware keyboard and trackpad, without iPad compromise.
In the end, it all comes down to you and your needs. The iPad is not a laptop, and laptops are not iPads. Your specific use case and your personal needs should guide you as to whether you want to cuddle up with an iPad or drink mocha with a MacBook. They are both powerful, affordable and usable solutions. Which one is right for you?
Well, if you have compared iPad with a standard laptop, I would have said yes. But Macbook Air itself is so light that iPad won't give you any extra portability.
The iPad and MacBook air will compliment each other, you may not want to carry the air around with you all the time
In fact, I would rather say Macbook/Air and iPad are not a very good combo because they are so similar.
A windows/Linux laptop + iPad 1/2 will be a much better combo as you'll have best of both worlds.
IMHO it all comes down to handling. The AIR is super nice for typing, and interfacing the Mac and PC world. But try lounging on the couch or in my lazyboy and holding or supporting it in one hand. After a while it gets tedious and uncomfortable. We travel a lot and have a nice camper. The iPad2 has 10 hours of battery, the bride can read, do puzzles, check the internet, watch a movie, and download photos shot that day and have fun reviewing them. It is backlit and is EZ to use in low light levels. It is an awesome product. I have a work shop ... I have lots of tools ... no single tool does everything ... just use the right tool ... does a better job ... results are more satisfying.
Originally Posted by RFCohn
We don't want you to shut up ... nice questions. I am sure others wonder about the same thing.
Wow ... what a nice explanation. You hit a home run with this one. Thanks. (I should have read this first, before I offer a viewpoint ... actually this is one of the better threads and responses I've read thru lately. This group of responders have been most helpful. Thanks gang.)
Originally Posted by Daisy102
Last edited by madhatter61; 04-21-2011 at 08:35 AM.
Photography and backing up photos
This post reminds me when we got our first digital camera and wanted to be able to back up photo files so we wouldn't lose them. I am a backup freak.
Anyway, in those days Epson had a 4.3 inch display on a 35 GB harddrive, for $550. Expensive, eh? (didn't buy it) Then I got a gift horse, and was able to buy a 14 laptop with 60 GB for an extra $100. Wow, thought I was in heaven. That was 5 years ago.
Now we have an iPad2 (64GB, Wi-Fi) same price as laptop. The biggest advantage now is 10 hours of battery not 2 and weighs a lot less, is faster, and has a much better screen. Movies look a whole lot better, too.
With the camera connection kit i downloaded 900 shots from my nice Panasonic Lumix (8 B SD card) ... took just a minute or so ... and what a gorgeous way to look at those shots. They are fully backed up and the display is spectacular.
Super nice to show family, friends, and customers if you make your living in photography ... FWIW
Now I'm hungry....
Originally Posted by Seadog
Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad 2 using iPF
In my opinion once you get past the size and silver case the Air and the iPad are not really that similar. In fact it is like being in two different worlds... both have their place. Yet they do go together well.
Originally Posted by mobi1
I have a Windows laptop... which can boot Windows or Ubuntu. Do I think it and the Air is a better combo than the Air and iPad? Heck no! Indeed that is exactly the combo I got away from when I bought the Air. What a breath of fresh air... lol, no pun intended.
Ironically I had started to mention about using Air Display--which is pretty cool indeed. Alas for me it didn't seem to be quick enough. May have been something else, or that I wanted to use it for watching a Netflix movie, but I know I felt a lag. I will try it again though... I do love the concept.
Originally Posted by Gleth
Another thing I use is Boom. This utility increases the sound from the Air's speakers if needed. I'm surprised at how well it works actually--only use it for watching video. But it does take around 10% of the CPU, always. Maybe I will try Air Display again with Boom disabled.
I tried Boom once and the sound was, to me, so horribly distorted I deleted it immediately. Still, if it uses that amount of CPU time then that could be why you find Air Display laggy. I do find the app can sometimes take a few seconds to settle down at first, but once it's over that I've found it work nicely.
Originally Posted by Tinman
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