ipad or laptop

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    I currently have a vaio sony laptop but i was wondering if an ipad is beyter which IS better?
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    Think about what you want from your device. If you don't care that you can't have multiple windows open at a time, if you don't need a USB port or cd drive, or don't need a lot of the programs available for pc or Mac, then an iPad is a great alternative.
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    Hi, most of the common program's on the computer are available on the app store, so it still makes your iPad usable in working situations, however as previously mentioned an iPad doesn't have a USB port or for that matter any other port part from the power/transfer port. There is also another solution, you can control your laptop from you're iPad, basically this program projects what's on your computer screen on your iPad, from anywhere in the world as long as you have an active connection on both devices, p.s. this app is secure. So you can perform any task you previously could on your laptop now on your iPad anywhere, anytime for free.

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    It depends. Lots of things I can do on the iPad but there are still things that I really need a laptop for. For you it may be different. A lot of what traditionally has been done on a laptop can be done on an iPad with Bluetooth keyboard. For some, this combination is all they need. It does not have to be one or the other. I like to use the right tool for the job. iPad and bt kb is very light. Can be a good combination for travel. You have to decide for yourself. It depends.
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    Man this depend on ur need. A great deal of some tips i can perform about the apple ipad nevertheless it is possible to stuff that I seriously have to have a laptop computer pertaining to. For you personally it could be distinct. Plenty of precisely what typically continues to be completed with a mobile computer can be carried out while on an ipad tablet along with Wireless bluetooth computer keyboard.

    For many, this mix is they want. No should be either. I prefer to utilize correct instrument to do the job. apple ipad along with british telecom kilobytes is incredibly gentle. Could be a great mix with regard to journey.

    You will need to decide upon your self. It all depends.
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    Have both. Sync the iPad with the MacBook Pro. Wife has iPad as well. iPad is not a computer and will never replace mine. That said, it is a great tool for web surfing, watching movies and TV on the little screen, reading books and checking your email. If those are your only needs then perhaps. But you will still need the computer to sync it with.
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    It is hard to know what device will work better for someone else until they say exactly what they want out of a mobile device. For myself, I have both a MBP and an iPad. Why? Because each has their spot. My MBP is for development and heavy use and while it is mobile, I don't always want to take it out. As my job requires me to carry a work laptop (Thinkpad T420) I don't want to be carrying two laptops with me, especially on my commute to and from work. This is why I got the iPad. It lets me do the majority of what I want to on it (reading, internet, movies/shows and music) during my commute and at lunch, without having to worry about 2 laptops.

    I recently got my mom an iPad for when she and my dad are traveling. She didn't need much more than internet and email and books and it didn't make sense for them to have a laptop they were not going to carry and use. The iPad has given them the ease of internet and connectivity that the laptop did not.

    Sit down, make a list of what you want out of a mobile device and see which device fits better. This is all up to you.
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    iPad lifestyle, laptop work.


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    Too simplistic - my MBP is as much part of my lifestyle as my iPad. My work laptop is for work, my personal laptop does everything, my iPad is for fun with touches of work and creation. It comes down to individual use, which is why these questions are too old and overdone and no one ever really cares that much. It comes down to "I am not you, so how do I know what you need/want?"
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    To use or not to use? is the question that only you can answer.
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    Sorry, but the iPad is indeed a computer in every sense of that term.
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    I bought my iPad 2 to serve as an extension of my MacBook Pro, but after 14 months, my MBP is now an extension of my iPad.

    That's because my software needs are pretty basic and the 3—5 functions I can't perform on my iPad I can still perform by remotely logging into my MBP from wherever I am.

    Maybe you should make a list of the software you need and the computer functions you currently use and check to see which ones you can't perform on an iPad. Then check to see if you can still use your iPad to remotely log into your current computer in order to complete them. That's what I did, so I knew that I'd still need my laptop before I bought my iPad.
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    I totally agree it is a computer 100% The iPad has replaced 90% of my requirements The MacBook primarily is used for iTunes main storage We sort out playlists for syncing. The other use is backup for 6 iDevices. The iTunes library is synced to original Apple TV as well as a second new Apple Tv I have replaced my quoting and invoice program on the laptop with quick sale on the iPad

    It is obvious that it is being used as a replacement for mainstream home computers under $700 as it is killing sales in that market Just my 2 cent worth
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    As it stands right now,I'm almost completely free from my laptop when using the iPad. The only thing I need it for right now is to store my iPad backups.
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    iCloud backup. Works wonders and when I upgraded from my iPad 1 to my new iPad 3, all my data was there without having to worry about a computer to store it on.
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    iCloud backup doesn't store apps. I have several apps that are no longer available in the app store and aren't in my purchased list. They have to be stored on my computer and transferred to my devices as needed.
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    Your actual iTunes "backup" does not store apps either. iTunes stores them in its library. Yes, you have to reconnect or sync to get the apps back. Trust me, using the iCloud and syncing to iTunes works and it works well.
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    Actually the backup you make on your computer does contain the actual apps. That's why iTunes on my computer contains several apps that are no longer available in the app store and no longer appear on my iTunes app store purchased list.
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    Ok, the BACKUP is not the same as the storage location of where the apps are located on the actual computer. The BACKUP is the settings and data, not apps. the apps are recopied from the iTunes library on the computer. when I restored mine, I had to go in to the sync in iTunes and recheck the the apps no longer available in the App Store. This has nothing to do with "purchased list" but with the actual app file on the hard drive of the computer - not in the backup file of the iPad.

    2 completely different things here.

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