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iPad vs. MacBook Air

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Wardicus888 Calculating status...
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Nov 26, 2012 11:29 AM

I am a college student who is looking to get either an iPad or a Macbook Air. I would use it for internet browsing, music, videos, schoolwork , etc. Right now I have an HP laptop that is about 2 years old and is kind of big for a laptop. It has also had a number of technical issues in the past. I am looking for something newer, faster, and more portable. If i get an iPad, I would use it basically as a laptop for most purposes, except I would probably keep my HP for some purposes (typing papers, projects, programming, etc.). If I got a MacBook Air, I would probably end up selling my HP and using that for all purposes. I feel like I would enjoy an iPad more for recreational purposes, but a MacBook Air would probably be more functional for school. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each device and which one should I get taking into account the cost of each one? Note that I do already have an iPhone 4s. Also, if I get an iPad, should I spend the extra money to get the 4 or will the iPad 2 with 3G work fine?

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  • Tgara Level 4 Level 4 (3,540 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 11:51 AM (in response to Wardicus888)

    I have both an iPad 2 and an 11 inch MacBook Air.  For me, these devices serve different purposes.  The iPad is mainly for books, videos, sharing photos, etc.  Yes, I can access and respond to my work calendar and email from the iPad, but only in a basic way (e.g., limited multiple attachments, etc.).  The Air, by contrast, lets me do much more purposeful work, such as document production, heavy spreadsheets, photo processing, databases, etc.  I use the Air when I travel for work because the iPad cannot do what I need to do.


    As a student, I would suggest you get the MacBook Air.  You will need the power of this machine to do your school work, including writing papers, research, making presentations, etc.  The iPad is a nice device for leisure time, but for serious work at school, you will need a laptop.

  • appleuser1322 Level 3 Level 3 (670 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 3:11 PM (in response to Wardicus888)

    I agree with Tgara. However, maybe you can have the best of both worlds. My son is in college, too. He has an imac in his room and was using a top rated but very slow netbook. He decided he might get a macbook pro this past Summer until he tried out his dad's new ipad 2. He got one, too, instead of a macbook. He loves it but it cannot replace a desktop or laptop, and loves the ease and lightness of it for taking it with him on campus. 


    We got ipad 2's in the refurb store. Given the great cost we went to 64 gb. (My husband does not need that much but my son is so glad he got the 64gb. We waited until the 'old' new ipad came out and for many reasons decided to get an ipad 2, but they were sold out everywhere (only16gb were available.) They come with a brand new shell, a new battery, and a full one year warranty. It doesn't have siri and gps, but we have phones for that. And while it will eventually not be supported so will every other ipad eventually.


    Maybe you can consider getting a refurbed ipad and a refurbed Air. If you can only buy one, go and try out the Air. It's not very heavy at all. Sell your HP and that'll lower the cost even more.


    Also, my son downloaded splashtop - desktop remote 2 from the app store. You might want to google it. The media and user reviews were very good. He can take his ipad and work on anything that's on his imac as long as he has wifi. (There's also a cellular add on if you get that so you can use it when not in a wifi area.) There is no need to worry about formats, etc. being changed when you send an excel sheet to numbers, etc.


    Just an fyi - we were an hp family until just over two years ago. My older son was in college then and got a virus that rendered his laptop useless for months. Then my younger son and I had our computers fried by MS security updates and HP would not give me a code so I could use the internet again because my $2000.00 desktop was more than two years old. I had to change out hard drives too many times, spend eight hours reloading windows, etc., reseating things to speed them up, and buying $80.00 adapters when they wouldn't stay in their laptops. So make the change if you can, and if you can only get one, the Air is the way to go. (But the ipad is so much fun,too.!)


    Whatever you decide, enjoy the lightness of them, the speed at which your air or ipad will start up, and the lack of viruses you'll have to deal with.


    Hope this helps.


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