2 Replies Latest reply: May 7, 2012 6:35 PM by ezollars
hsd1987 Level 1 (0 points)


I need some advice.

I bought the 1st generation Macbook Air 13'' when it first came out in 2006 - It's been running GREAT until this year the internal battery died and started to expand inside, now causing an air bubble in the center of my keyboard and slowly starting to affect the motherboard (audio no longer working).. it's pretty much useless to me now and fixing it doesn't make any sense.


I decided to buy the iPad2 when it came out last year and since then I haven't found the need to use my Macbook Air (I also have my work ThinkPad so whenever I need a laptop I use that one) - I've become so reliant on my iPad that I no longer need a laptop for personal use.


However, I've been considering buying the new generation Macbook Air 11'' just because I love the computer - I'm not entirely able to justify this purchase but I absolutely want it. Can anyone who owns both tell me WHEN/WHY I'd need my macbook air and not my iPad? In what situations do you find yourself needing your laptop as opposed to your iPad?


Also, I'm waiting for the iPhone 5 to come out in June or August and will hopefully buy it then.


Any advise? thanks!

MacBook Air
  • RRFS Level 5 (4,490 points)

    I like my laptop for typing but a bluetooth keyboard could solve that. Totally a personal preference if you don't have things that won't run on the iPad (applications not supported in IOS5

  • ezollars Level 2 (255 points)

    I find the Air easier to work with if I need a keyboard if, for no other reason, that's more compact to carry around than the iPad and a keyboard, even one that is part of an iPad case.  I also often have to access data from one application when using another, and iOS is not at its best when having to do rapid application switching (Command-Tab switching is a lot faster than the double press home, scroll the icons at the bottom and swap).


    As well, for editing I find the lack of sandboxing on OSX allows for efficiency enhancing utilities across applications, something you don't get in iOS.  I understand the reason for that, but while more secure it also creates issues of its own in terms of usability in a number of situations.


    I prefer the iPad for totally single application focused situations where little or no input is required.  I use my iPad to hold copies of manuals when I'm doing a full day continuing education presentation for CPAs.  A MacBook Aire can't really fill in very easily for that usage.


    I see them each as tools appropriate for different jobs.