7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2012 7:12 PM by G3gator
missxmrdr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I’m considering moving out of my parents’ house soon; I’m a full-time college student, and I’ll be leaving the MacBook with my mom as a peace offering.  So, I’ll be in the market for a new computer. I love mac products and have no desire to convert to windows, and I was wondering how an iPad would be as far as word processing, PowerPoint presentations, etc. How much storage do they have? What are some pros and cons compared to macbook? Any help would be greatly appreciated

  • 1. Re: Should I get an iPad instead of a Macbook?
    Choustonator Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)

    I am also a college student and I see people with iPads and Macbooks. I personally have both but I always use my Macbook because it is great for typing papers, taking notes in class, doing homework online and browsing the internet.


    You can do that on the iPad but it is faster and easier on the Macbook. Plus it is a lot easier for typing 8 page papers:)


    For word, powerpoint, excel on the iPad. You would have to download Apple's versions of that or you can probably find an Office app. But I have downloaded those apps on my ipad and it is just a hassle to type papers. Especially when I am trying to create a power point because I can have many windows open at a time, one on the internet and another on the power point. You dont have the option to have many programs running on your screen at the same time like you would on the Mac.

  • 2. Re: Should I get an iPad instead of a Macbook?
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,700 points)

    Don't make the mistake of thinking an iPad is a replacement for a computer. It isn't. It's a useful adjunct to a computer, nothing more. In college you need to use MS Office for your classes. There is no software for an iPad that can come close to the real thing. Everything you might do on an iPad for school can be done better on a real computer.


    There are no more MacBooks, so you might look at the 13" MacBook Pros or even the 15" if you can afford it.

  • 3. Re: Should I get an iPad instead of a Macbook?
    Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,850 points)

    My opinion - as great a tablet as the iPad is, it is NOT a replacement for many, many computer uses.  Especially lengthy word processing, spreadsheet work, and I would not want to put a powerpoint presentation together on it as I'd want all my supporting apps for that (graphics apps, and such).  Not to mention the screen would be very uncomfortably cramped for that kind of work.


    Honestly, as someone who spends 7-9 hours a day at a computer analysing data, summarizing results in powerpoint slide decks, and writing manuscripts to publish those results, I would not want to do any of those tasks for more than 15 minutes on any tablet.


    There are still many, many functions for which you really need a true computer.  Next year I am thinking of replacing my 4 year old MacBook Pro, and I am thinking of getting a 27" iMac and a (new) iPad - the iPad is great for on the go email, web surfing, note taking and such, but I really could not use it for lengthy sessions or major work.  It just is wholly unsuited for that.

  • 4. Re: Should I get an iPad instead of a Macbook?
    MyMac8MyPC Level 4 Level 4 (1,440 points)

    iPad is more of a 'player' than a creator. If your main goal is to create something like a presentation or detailed graphics, ect. then the Macbook Pro is your best tool. You can create 'lite' versions of things in the iPad but it's more for surfing the web, reading e-mail, playing games, things like that. The iPad is not meant to replace a computer, it's for filling in the gaps for those times when you don't need to pull out the big guns.

  • 5. Re: Should I get an iPad instead of a Macbook?
    Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (13,285 points)

    I'd buy the MacBook Pro first. As time and money permits you can add an iPad. The laptop will be best for creating works and uploading to instructors sites. The pad will be wonderful for viewing content. But get the laptop first.

  • 6. Re: Should I get an iPad instead of a Macbook?
    appleuser1322 Level 3 Level 3 (670 points)

    I agree with all who said an ipad is definitely not a replacement for a computer, especially for a college student. (Our sons agree - one graduated in the Spring and one is a junior, and they agree strongly that if they could only have one, it would have to be a computer.


    If you want to stick with macs why don't you consider buying refurbished at the Apple refurb store? You get brand new warranties and the ipad has a new outer shell. MBPro, Air, and Ipad also come with brand new batteries. You can buy a macbook pro for a little over $1,000.00, and eventually buy a refurbed ipad, too. Or consider a refurbed Air. It's light (just under three lbs. vs. 1.33 lbs. ipad and over four lbs. for macbook pro) so it's very portable, and will serve your needs for MS Office as a student. If you decide to got refurb, check the refurb store often as products come on and off as they are sold and added.


    Hope this helps.


    Message was edited by: appleuser1322

  • 7. Re: Should I get an iPad instead of a Macbook?
    G3gator Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

    Someone put it succinctly: A computer is best for producing information, an iPad is best for consuming it.