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iPad or MacBook air?

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by A.K, Jan 26, 2013.

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    Pls forgive if this topic has been asked before...
    My ipad2 is now almost 2 years and it has been my constant companion,reduced the use of my laptop pc to a great extent.I'm thinking of getting a new one.the soon to be released iPad :p
    But I have been reading a lot about 11 inch mac air and I'm confused now.

    On one hand I absolutely love the iPad and it is a great device for movies,Internet,social network,chatting,video calling which are my primary uses.
    I do a bit of note /writing on my iPad using Evernote .contrary to the popular opinion I have no problem with the touch keypad.i like the auto prediction feature very much.so not having a physical keyboard is not a big thing for me.
    And well the battery life : it's double the mac air.

    The thing confusing me If I get the mac air im getting a full desktop OS with the portability of iPad.
    It's expensive and have less battery life...AND I ALWAYS WANTED A MAC:D

    What do u think is the better investment ?
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    Hi A.K

    Its depens what are you doing with computer. Ipad is excellent for entertainment and regular use but if you going to do serious work then i suggest to buy air. ssd drive is fast. At home i'm regular user with ipad but at work i use laptop still with big external monitor. So it depens. Calculate your current and future needs and requirements and decide then.
    Hope this advice help you.

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    Thanks for the suggestion :)
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    If any iPad is already serving your needs what exactly will you get beyond that by buying a MB air?
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    Well I guess if people buy gadgets just enough for their needs most would need just a midrange android ...what would be the use of a tablet actually?basically for many it's a luxury lol

    And as I said I always wanted a mac...I can't afford those retina macs and the ones I can afford are the base 13 inch pro and the 11 and 13 inch air 128 gb models...there is no sense in buying a mac pro to substitute iPad.
    And if I buy a mac air with the less battery life and other disadvantages I was wondering if it's an ideal substitute for an iPad FOR ME ..JUST COZ I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MAC...
    Hope I made myself clear
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    My opinion is - if you've always wanted a Mac, get the MB Air. That way, you get it out of your system. As there is no trade-in system, I see no reason why you can't keep your current iPad. Then, you'll have both.

    I see no reason not to - the iPad2 is still going strong (Apple is still selling it, actually); there is no real need to replace it. So, adding to your Apple collection with the MB Air, to me, is a win-win as you'll have both.

    If you can afford the MB Air - life's too short. Get it and keep the iPad2. :)

    My $.02 (USD). :)

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    An usual, Marilyn, your 2 cents is worth at least twice that. You just convinced me. A MacBook Air has to join my collection of toys. I'm still 100% satisfied with my iPad 2, so it's win-win for me too.
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    I agree totally. I have a MacBook Air and an iPad 2, I hardly use the MBA but I wouldn't want to be without it.

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    But it is not like you need our permission to get a Mac book....but you asked about is it is worth the investment...and based on what you wrote, I don't see that it is. But if you just want one, then no one is going to stop you. :)
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    A refurb from Apple.com is a great way to start at a good price.

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    Thanks Gabe. I'll have a look in the store and see what the market looks like. This is my year for going all Apple, so the MBA (instead of MBP) will get me saving the pennies for the iMac a bit quicker, especially if I can save a few dollars by getting a refurb.
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    To be honest, the MBP is a lovely machine but the MBA packs a huge amount of power in it's tiny frame, for most normal needs the MBA is more than enough.

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    That's what I've been thinking. I'm not exactly a power user.
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    Even as a power user I doubt that it would let you down......and it's such a sleek machine it really compliments the iPad. BTW, it doesn't have a built in CD/DVD drive but I gut the MBA SuperDrive from Amazon Warehouse for a fraction of the list price. I also recently got a wireless Blu ray drive, also from Amazon Warehouse, which I'll be looking to set up with my MBA.......now that'll be really cool!

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    I have never been one to use many devices at once...I have only an iPad and a laptop(heavy one .dont carry it around). And no smartphone...but that is a good solution :)
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    Okay here is my sixpence worth. It is nice to have two screens to work with on occasion. Often I find I use the iPad for a quick look up on the Internet or to browse files also working on the computer.

    I am also very pleased I kept my iPad one which I sometimes use alongside the iPad 3 as a 2 screen approach. Very handy. :)

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    Richard just reminded me of another reason to have both (I.e. keep the iPad and get the MB Air in addition) - you can use the iPad as a second monitor for your PC (!). I use the app DisplayLink, though there are oodles of others in the App Store.

    Then, if you are on your computer (Windows 7 machine, in my case) and get tired of switching between views (say, Excel and a browser, for example) - just put one of the views on the iPad. Whammo! Two screens and no switching.

    Forgot how handy that is... :)

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    According to displaylink homepage: Unfortunately, the DisplayLink iPad app is no longer available or supported. If you are interested in multiple monitors for your PC, Windows tablet or Mac, then check out the USB products available in the DisplayLink shop

    I take my pad to meetings. Conference rooms have atv's and its fun to show stuff with ipad. Its like personal computer at work. I live near work and dont want to carry ipad at the moment cause its too cold( - 10 at the moment) and its not good for ipad :) althought i like retina display, eye friendly, i plan to buy MB air to home in future :)
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    As she said, there are others. I use Splashtop's XDisplay.
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    I agree with Marilyn! I don't need an iMac but if I had the ready money I'd get one in a heartbeat.

    Apple products are just so dang sexy!!!

    Cheers, Dan

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