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Bakari45
Jan 12, 2011, 11:09 PM
Im not trying to brag or anything, but I have to admit that I own both the iPad and the Air. I see both as almost the same, but I basically use the iPad for consuming media and the Air for writing. I really wish Apple would combine them both into onerunning both iOS and OS X. The screen could be detached from the keyboard when you want to run the iOS. It would be re-attached when you want to do regular Mac computing.

For a while I put off buying the Air because I felt I should be able to get portable writing done on the iPad, but I just couldnt make that happen. So Im now Im trying to balance both devices.

Anyone else having this problem?



2IS
Jan 12, 2011, 11:19 PM
Between my iPhone and MBA, I find the iPad a rather useless device. My iPhone is more than sufficient for any IOS apps I want to run which are generally social networking apps, sports apps to check the latest scores and schedules or to read/write a very short email. For web browsing, videos and typing out more than a couple sentences, I find the MBA to be miles ahead of an iPad.

Bakari45
Jan 12, 2011, 11:33 PM
Between my iPhone and MBA, I find the iPad a rather useless device.

Im the opposite in this respect, and it makes me kinda frustrated. If I had to get rid of one of the three devices, Id let go of my iPhone. Since I started using the iPad, the iPhone become too small for me to read content and navigate stuff with. I still like it for its ultra portability, but I can read on the iPad much better. Since I got the iPad, I have not printed out a single document. And I pretty much take all my notes on the device. Its so much easier to do all my reading on this device.

But with the Air, I cant do that. Sure, I can surf the web and watch videos on it, but point and case: I was actually reading this forum thread on my iPad and then hopped over to my Air to write this post response. Something is a little wrong with this. Should I/we need three devices that overlap in this way?

AMDGAMER
Jan 12, 2011, 11:40 PM
I have iphone 4 and macbook air, so I returned the ipad.

2IS
Jan 12, 2011, 11:45 PM
I forgot to mention I also make and receive calls on my phone, so getting rid of it isn't exactly an option.

As far as "needing" three devices to overlap like that... You don't, you didn't need to read it on the iPad and respond on the MacBook. You could have done both on either device.

Since you cannot remove the keyboard from the macbook, why not just get a keyboard for the iPad?

Bakari45
Jan 13, 2011, 12:05 AM
Since you cannot remove the keyboard from the macbook, why not just get a keyboard for the iPad?

Well, I tried this with the Apple keyboard, but I realized that I really needed to do work using OS X system, as well. The iPad of course doesnt allow this. I need to have more application running at the same time. I need run a clipboard manager, take selective screen shots, use other tools that help me get work done faster.

I typically read articles, ebooks, and PDFs while lying in bed, and the iPad works best for that. I can lie down and hold the iPad almost any way I want. And while I do write on the iPad, its ten times faster of course type on the Air as Im doing now.

I say Apple should combine the two devices into one.

2IS
Jan 13, 2011, 12:13 AM
What you want is an iPad running OSX which is really what the iPad should have been all along. As it is now, I see it as nothing more than a glorified ipod. I'm sure it'll come eventually but not until Apple milks this cow dry first.

Bakari45
Jan 13, 2011, 12:24 AM
What you want is an iPad running OSX which is really what the iPad should have been all along. As it is now, I see it as nothing more than a glorified ipod. I'm sure it'll come eventually but not until Apple milks this cow dry first.

Totally agree. But a "glorified iPod" is precisely what I like about the iPad. It's a dynamite media consumption device. I can read stuff without the interruption of a keyboard. But typing as I'm doing now on the iPad takes almost twice as long.

Ronnoco
Jan 13, 2011, 02:19 AM
I have an Iphone 4, a MBP 15" i5 and a MBA 11" Ultimate...I wanted to get an iPad but after demoing the 11" Air in the store I just couldn't justify buying the iPad and not the MBA for what I needed...Funny you guys mentioned "giant iPod" because I referred to the iPad as a giant ipod Touch...

Now, if the iPad2 has some new killer feature (I DO like the front facing camera/FaceTime rumors), then I will consider buying one (although I really do not need another ultra portable device now that i have the 11' Air, but the iPad is just a fun device and I still kinda want one...LOL

deedas
Jan 13, 2011, 02:30 AM
I find writing on the iPad is perfectly fine as long as it's kept to emails, tweets, IMing. In fact I only do those tasks on the iPad. I can't stand having them on a computer anymore. I think if the iPad had a better keyboard solution for more intensive writing and a camera for skype I would never have bought this MBA. Hopefully once the iPad 2 comes out, I'll have those two things fixed and I can finally get rid of any other portables I have, including the iPhone.

Edit: To anyone thinking OS X might someday come to a tablet, don't hold your breath. I don't think you understand the direction Apple (and computing in general) is taking.

Gymgenius
Jan 13, 2011, 02:33 AM
I've just sold my iPad to part fund an 11.6 inch MBA.
I've no need for both.

KandyKane
Jan 13, 2011, 06:14 AM
I just picked up my MBA the other day, but don't think I will be getting rid of the iPad or iPhone. The iPad will be good when Uni starts here again (my University is actually giving everyone in first year science degree iPads as they are moving to an online environment), I wouldn't write an assignment on the iPad though and it is almost useless without a computer to sync. The iPhone lives with me and I love the ability to have my calendar/mail/facebook/internet/whatever in my pocket. Sometimes I'll be surfing on it in bed before remembering the iPad is right next to me.

My poor MBP is sitting here copying files to my external drive before getting sold though :(

Right at this moment I'm using all 4 devices at once, lol. I think I fell hard for Apples marketing.

St. G
Jan 13, 2011, 06:37 AM
The best thing about the MBA is that you look only half as douchey using it in public as you do with the iPad.

ZenoVT
Jan 13, 2011, 08:48 AM
Between the iPhone and MBA 11in, I also find the iPad quite useless. I wanted the iPad, before I looked into the new MBA, but now with the new small form factor plus the new mac app store, there really isn't a point. Studying on the Air is a lot more efficient than studying on the iPad... taking notes is effortless.

CristobalHuet
Jan 13, 2011, 12:38 PM
I just sold my iPad to get the 2nd generation and bought a MBA a few days ago.

The way I see it, iPad is perfect for:
- Reading (books, blogs, essays)
- PDF/document viewing/storage
- Movies, TV Shows
- Browsing
- Email
- Photos
- Tweeting
- Light note taking
- Entertainment/References (ie Wikipedia, IMDB, Urbanspoon, NHL GameCenter)
- Extreme portability (easier to take around than the MBA thanks to the lack of a keyboard)
- Secondary screen/sidekick for MBA

The MBA:
- Serious writing
- Note-taking
- Multitasking (multiple windows)
- File management/processing
- Keynote/Powerpoint
- Excel/Numbers
- Long email
- Photo editing/processing (iPhoto/Aperture/Photoshop, to a certain extent)
- Research
- iTunes (duh)
- IM'ing (this sucks on the iPad due to its full-screen nature)
- Flash (someone had to say it - using Chrome so Safari doesn't get tarnished)

iPhone:
- Basically everything the iPad can do, in shorter burts of time (on the go) plus calling (duh lol)

So basically, at least for me, the iPad is a great heavy consumption/light creation device whereas the MBA is a great creation/management device. I love my MBA, but using a Mac isn't as fun or engaging as using an iPad and a touch screen interface. I know I'm making the MBA sound like no fun at all with this post, but what it does it does extremely well, just as the iPad. Both are a joy to use and I can't wait to incorporate both into my workflow with my iMac gone.

WardC
Jan 13, 2011, 01:00 PM
I currently have a 13" MacBook Air, an 11.6" MacBook Air, an iPad, and an iPhone 4. I'm thinking about ditching the 13" MacBook Air, keeping the 11.6", and getting a 15.4" high resolution MacBook Pro for my larger laptop. I am just not sure if I should hold out for now and wait for the Sandy Bridge models, which look to be right around the corner.

Bakari45
Jan 13, 2011, 05:14 PM
I just sold my iPad to get the 2nd generation and bought a MBA a few days ago.

The way I see it, iPad is perfect for:
- Reading (books, blogs, essays)
- PDF/document viewing/storage
- Movies, TV Shows
- Browsing
- Email
- Photos
- Tweeting
- Light note taking
- Entertainment/References (ie Wikipedia, IMDB, Urbanspoon, NHL GameCenter)
- Extreme portability (easier to take around than the MBA thanks to the lack of a keyboard)
- Secondary screen/sidekick for MBA

The MBA:
- Serious writing
- Note-taking
- Multitasking (multiple windows)
- File management/processing
- Keynote/Powerpoint
- Excel/Numbers
- Long email
- Photo editing/processing (iPhoto/Aperture/Photoshop, to a certain extent)
- Research
- iTunes (duh)
- IM'ing (this sucks on the iPad due to its full-screen nature)
- Flash (someone had to say it - using Chrome so Safari doesn't get tarnished)

iPhone:
- Basically everything the iPad can do, in shorter burts of time (on the go) plus calling (duh lol)

Excellent summary, Cristabal. If you dont write an article or blog based on this, I will do it. Lol. So let me know.

gwsat
Jan 13, 2011, 07:15 PM
I got an iPad in early April, shortly after it was introduced. I considered selling it when I got an MBA in October. I soon changed my mind, though, because the iPad is the perfect Web browsing device for me to use when I am watching TV or wandering around in my house. Do I get enough utility out of the iPad to have justified buying it after I got an MBA? Of course not, but it still has enough utility to justify my holding on to it.

I like the iPhone 4 I got recently, too, but find its tiny screen too constricting to ever use when either the iPad or the MBA is available as an alternative. I suspect that some of you with younger eyes than I have aren't as bothered by the iPhone's tiny screen as I am but it's just too hard for me to use for Web browsing for more than a few minutes at a time.

Bakari45
Jan 13, 2011, 07:38 PM
Do I get enough utility out of the iPad to have justified buying it after I got an MBA? Of course not, but it still has enough utility to justify my holding on to it.

I like the iPhone 4 I got recently, too, but find its tiny screen too constricting to ever use when either the iPad or the MBA is available as an alternative.

Gwsat, Ive often thought about letting my iPhone go as well. It just doesn't make sense to have all three devices that essentially do the same thing.

After letting go of the iPhone, have you ever longed to have it back?

jsilas
Jan 13, 2011, 07:42 PM
Between my iPhone and MBA, I find the iPad a rather useless device. My iPhone is more than sufficient for any IOS apps I want to run...

I WANT an iPad just because I think it's such a neat device. However, this is the conclusion I've come to over and over. Between the Air, my 17" MBP and my iPhone, I just have no need at all for an iPad.

thelookingglass
Jan 13, 2011, 08:19 PM
Gwsat, I‘ve often thought about letting my iPhone go as well. It just doesn't make sense to have all three devices that essentially do the same thing.

After letting go of the iPhone, have you ever longed to have it back?

I wrestled with this same issue. It doesn't make sense at all to have all three devices (not that I could control myself from buying them all ... damn you, Apple!) given how much at least two of them, the iPhone and the iPad, overlap. I decided to hang onto my iPhone since it's much easier and more convenient to have on me at all times. As Gwsat said, the iPad still has enough utility (but barely) that I don't need to sell it, but these days it hardly gets touched. I will probably pass on the iPad 2 as well.

gwsat
Jan 13, 2011, 08:36 PM
Gwsat, Ive often thought about letting my iPhone go as well. It just doesn't make sense to have all three devices that essentially do the same thing.

After letting go of the iPhone, have you ever longed to have it back?
I apparently misled you. I still have my iPhone and like it a lot. For example, today, I used it during a long wait in a doctor's office to read an ebook on the Kindle iPhone app. Later, I used its IMDb app at Blockbuster to check the IMDb records on movies I was thinking of renting. I have used smartphones for several years and the iPhone 4 is the best yet. Before I got the iPhone I had an HTC G1. It was decent but not in the same world with the iPhone. The iPhone's main limitation to me is that it's not well suited for me to use for very long at a time. That's what the iPad is for.

Bakari45
Jan 13, 2011, 09:09 PM
I apparently misled you.

Opps, my fault. I misread what you wrote. But, its the same me. Now that I read on the iPad, the iPhone doesnt seem as useful. I hang onto it though because I like checking mail and using a few other apps, as well making of course phone calls.

CristobalHuet
Jan 13, 2011, 10:31 PM
Excellent summary, Cristabal. If you dont write an article or blog based on this, I will do it. Lol. So let me know.

Haha feel free to go ahead dude, link us up when you got it ready! :)

Bakari45
Jan 13, 2011, 11:58 PM
Haha feel free to go ahead dude, link us up when you got it ready! :)

Cool man, thanks. Ill probably write it for AppleMatters.com, and Ill definitely be giving you credit.

psirix
Jan 15, 2011, 03:29 PM
I really enjoy having the 11" MBA and the iPad. I use my iPad as my media consumption device, and when I want to be on the web but NOT be on the computer. iPad is great for doing all of my reading, browsing the web, e-mail, and some light games when I feel like passing time. If I need to create content, write long e-mails, or know I will need to be at a device for a long time, then I use my MBA, MBP, or desktop. It just all depends where I am and what is the most convenient to use. However, I would not give up my iPad. It's too convenient when I need something on the go or don't need the full capabilities of a computer. If the battery did not last as long as it does or the device didn't perform as well as it does, then I couldn't justify the need for the device.

Bakari45
Jan 16, 2011, 12:46 AM
Im not sure if this should be a separate thread, but just thought Id let MBA and iPad owners know that you can use the iPad as a second monitor using an app called Air Display: http://avatron.com/apps/air-display

The app I believe is $9. I just set it up on my Air. It will come in handy when Im writing articles and need to park a web page or other application window over on the iPad screen for easy reference.

You cant use the Air to park files onto the iPad display, but you can slide open windows, documents, and applications. Its a wireless, networked (Wi-Fi) setup, and it works great.

bowlerman625
Jan 16, 2011, 01:01 AM
I have both and use them both, however I use the MBA more, probably 70/30 leaning towards MBA. There are things that each one does better. I would argue it makes sense to have both but that's a personal decision based mostly on a person's financial situation.

Bakari45
Jan 24, 2011, 06:39 PM
Heres an article I published based on the topic of this thread. Thanks to CristobalHuet for his excellent outline of the differences between the Air and the iPad.

http://www.applematters.com/article/macbook-air-or-ipad-which-should-you-buy/

DarwinOSX
Jan 24, 2011, 07:08 PM
Then you haven't really used one with any of the many amazing apps for it. The iPad uses a subset of OS X as it should. OS X is not a touch enabled OS and much of the OS would serve no purpose on a tablet other than to slow it down and consume battery.

Back to the OP...I've had an iPad since day one and used it more than any electronic device I have ever owned. But it's use has dropped off dramatically since getting a MBA. The Air is light, fast, and has none of the iPad compromises.

What you want is an iPad running OSX which is really what the iPad should have been all along. As it is now, I see it as nothing more than a glorified ipod. I'm sure it'll come eventually but not until Apple milks this cow dry first.

Anonymous Freak
Jan 24, 2011, 08:08 PM
Well, I have an iPhone 3G; and just got an iPad for my wife, who seems to be completely non-sold on it after getting it; so it will probably become mine. (Traded with a coworker for a computer, it was new in box, but it was received as a prize, so no receipt, so I can't return it.)

But, I had been saving up to buy an 11" Air to replace my aging Linux netbook. So I'm torn.

The iPad is very useful for most things, my netbook has gone completely unused since I got it; but I would still like a "full computer" on the go.

On top of that, my "hackintosh" is REALLY acting up, and I've been pining for a Mac Mini Server to replace it anyway. So, do I just live with the iPad as my "big mobile" device, and get a Mac Mini Server as my "real Mac" - or do I get the MacBook Air and put more effort into fixing my hackintosh?

2IS
Jan 24, 2011, 08:52 PM
Then you haven't really used one with any of the many amazing apps for it.

I've used one, really. Many times with many hours. I'm aware of the apps. Just because i'm not as impressed with it as you are doesn't mean I haven't used it. It just means i'm not as impressed with it as you are.

AppleZwei
Jan 25, 2011, 09:47 AM
I don't understand what everyone's deal about the iPad is. I literally typed an 8 page paper last year on mine, and now can type just about as fast on the iPad as i can my MacBook Air.

Brdl04
Jan 25, 2011, 09:53 AM
I found the Ipad screen to be very blurry after using my Iphone 4. It seems VERY redundant to have a macbook pro/air and Ipad to me at least.

gdeusthewhizkid
Jan 25, 2011, 10:12 AM
im on the shelf with the iphone4 or the ipad. both things i would like but im not sure that i need. Im a heavy media consumer. tv shows & movies and ebooks. I think the ipad would make sense for me. Tried reading books on the iphone and it started hurting my eyes. Im secretly lusting for one but im not sure if i actually need one. My iphone dies too fast and so does my macbook pro when it's not being charged.

You guys make great points about the ipad..

vanwel
Jan 25, 2011, 10:19 AM
I have only an iphone right now which is perfect for media on the go. I am going to buy the air 11 and for prolonged reading I am thinking of buying a kindle. I think I will then have all that I need.

gdeusthewhizkid
Jan 25, 2011, 10:42 AM
I have only an iphone right now which is perfect for media on the go. I am going to buy the air 11 and for prolonged reading I am thinking of buying a kindle. I think I will then have all that I need.
movies and tv shows the iphone is cool. but when you are trying to read pdfs and ebooks for me that's when it hurts my eyes...

sufferrar
Jan 25, 2011, 11:18 AM
My first apple device was the iphone 3gs. It was cool and very useful..I decided it was time to get the ipad to play a bit more games and browse the internet. It was much easy on the eyes due to it's larger screen. Now, i find it difficult to play games for more than 5 mins on the iphone. The screen seems too small to even browse the internet especially if the web site is not formatted for the iphone. At nights the ipad is great using when lying in bed.

I decided it's time i get an apple laptop since I don't own any device that runs the mac osx. I got the macbook air 13" a few days ago and I'm still in the process of learning to use the OS.
They each overlap in it's use but each is suited for a particular task.
I will be keeping all 3.

Anonymous Freak
Jan 25, 2011, 01:47 PM
Well, at this point, I have the following:


iPhone 3G
iPad
Linux netbook
Malfunctioning "Hackintosh" (very high end, though - dual quad-core CPUs, lots of RAM.)


The iPad is a recent acquisition, and has at this point nearly completely replaced my netbook.

I *HAD* been planning on replacing the netbook with a MacBook Air before getting the iPad.

But now, seeing that the iPad can fairly effectively replace my portable "full computer", I'm leaning away from the Air.

At this point, I'll wait another month, see if the Mac Mini and/or MacBook Air get updated. If the Mini gets updated to have a quad-core processor (standard or optional,) I'll likely get the Mini to replace my hackintosh, since the hackintosh has been overkill as a workstation for me - I'll likely relegate it back to "server" status.

If the Mini doesn't get a quad-core processor, then I'll probably repair the hackintosh, get an Air, and give the iPad back to my wife. For me, the minimum-spec 11" Air is *NEARLY* all I need in a portable computer. The only thing I would like added is an SD card slot. I value minimum size and weight, so the 11" is preferred; but the 13" would still be acceptable. But the other benefits of the 13" are largely inconsequential to my usage - only the SD card slot appeals to me. And $300 is a lot to pay to upgrade for "just" the SD card. (Yes, the other upgrades would be appreciated, but I can live just fine with the 11" otherwise.)

CristobalHuet
Jan 28, 2011, 11:09 AM
Heres an article I published based on the topic of this thread. Thanks to CristobalHuet for his excellent outline of the differences between the Air and the iPad.

http://www.applematters.com/article/macbook-air-or-ipad-which-should-you-buy/

I'm flattered. :D - Great job on the article, by the way, you went into pretty good detail on why the iPad is a great device and not simply the giant, useless iPhone many think it is. :)

It's been a few weeks now since I sold my iPad, and I honestly wondered if I could go without it and go Air + iPhone...that isn't the case. The iPad was announced one year ago yesterday, hopefully the next announcement is around the corner.

Greg M
Jan 28, 2011, 12:27 PM
Everyone has different uses for different devices and many of them have been shared here. I guess I'll share my reasonings and hopefully add something to the discussion.

I had an iphone with AT&T from the second week that it came out. Later I switched to T-Mobile (saved a bunch of money) but kept using an iphone. Just this past fall I switched to a MyTouch and I'm much happier with it. Not because it's a better overall device but because it has a few very significant advantages over the iphone on T-Mobile. I get unlimited everything with it for $79 a month. It gets better reception then the iphone in low signal areas, I get visual voicemail back (missed that), and I get unlimited hotspot data for up to 5 devices at once. This is a must have for me because I have to be able to connect to the internet with my ipad and MBA for work.

I use my ipad for internet, email, and apps for both personal and work (since I don't have an iphone for my apps anymore). It is also used in place of my bible (great improvement over the book form) and it's used for accepting credit card payments from my customers. The ipad goes with me almost everywhere. About the only place I don't take it with me is when I volunteer at the local prison because we're not allowed to bring any type of communication device inside with us.

I've got a Macbook air for work. I'm a contractor and need a real computer for various things durning the day when I'm at customer's homes. Even if an ipad had OSX it probably couldn't do what I use my MBA for.

Finally I've got a MBP with an anti-glare screen for my personal computer. I need the matte screen because the glossy screens give me a headache when using them for any length of time. The MBA is much better then the glass screens but sometimes I use my MBP for hours on end and even the MBA screen will give me a bad headache long before I'm finished. There's also the problem of not having quite enough drive space.

I'm thinking about getting one of those matte screen protectors for my MBA to see if that will be good enough to relieve my headaches. If it is then I'll probably sell my MBP. I've got one of those screen protectors on my ipad and it makes a world of difference. It does make the screen a little grainy but it also makes it useable for me.

So I've got a smartphone, ipad, MBA and a MBP. There is definitely overlap between them but each one does something or fills some need that the other devices can't.

Psilocybin
Jan 28, 2011, 12:57 PM
use both for different things

ipad- lying around watching tv, lying in bed, takin a sh** on the jon and using as a second monitor for the macbook air.

macbook air- work, downloading, programming and sometimes i just like to be on it cause its such an amazing machine.

i love takin a sh** while using the ipad though.

gwsat
Jan 28, 2011, 01:06 PM
My kids and their families gave me an iPhone 4 for Xmas and I love it. It replaced an HTC G1 that I got a couple of years ago on a T-Mobile contract. T-Mobile gives more for less but because I don't ever use many minutes of talk time, few text messages, and little data transmission, coupled with my qualifying for AT&T's Senior Nation plan, I am paying AT&T only $49 a month. That's less than I was Paying T-Mobile but I got unlimited everything from them. Fortunately, it turns out I didn't need all of that. The best part, though, has been that I like the iPhone far more than I ever did the G1.

I agree that there is a lot of overlap of the iPhone, iPad, MBA, and MBP, all of which I still use. Obviously, selling the iPad and MBP, both of which have Applecare coverage,would let me recoup a not insignificant amount of money. Nevertheless, I have decided to keep both because doing so allows me to always have the right tool for the right job. As for the iPhone and the MBA, you would have to pry them from my cold, dead, hands.:)

bobby68
Jan 28, 2011, 01:18 PM
I WANT an iPad just because I think it's such a neat device. However, this is the conclusion I've come to over and over. Between the Air, my 17" MBP and my iPhone, I just have no need at all for an iPad.

I WANT an 11" Air just because I think it's such a neat device. However, this is the conclusion I've come to over and over. Between the iPad, my 21.5" iMac and my iPhone, I just have no need at all for an 11" Air.

:p


(I also have a Sony Vaio P and a Sony Vaio UX, both with Windows 7, so my ultraportable needs are indeed covered)

gglockner
Jan 28, 2011, 01:31 PM
I've been on the fence about getting an iPad. I upgraded from the 2009 MBA to the 11" model, and it's fantastic. It's slower than the 13" MBA but the size is much smaller, so it's perfect as a travel computer.

My wife loves her Kindle, and she's expressed reluctant interest in an iPad. She really believes the Kindle screen is better for reading, and she doesn't like that the iPad is too big to fit in her purse. But I know that she'd appreciate a device to surf the web while traveling, check email, Facebook, etc. The iPad would be perfect for that, but is it really necessary?

The lack of Flash is a nuisance. This is very strange for me to say since, as a developer, I am in strong agreement with Steve Jobs about the problems with Flash. (My own enjoyment of the web increased when I added ClickToFlash on my Macs). However, there is no way for my son to play Club Penguin without Flash.

Plus, the iPad 2 is coming 'any day now', so it's hard to figure whether it's worth buying a refurb now or waiting for the iPad 2.

Now you see why I'm wishy washy about the iPad.

topmounter
Jan 28, 2011, 02:40 PM
I have a 24" iMac w/ a 24" Cinema Display for my home office. I just bought a 13" MBA to replace a 3 year-old 15" MBP used primarily for work-related travel. I also have an iPhone4. I tried to switch to a Google Nexus One, but I just couldn't tolerate Android (maybe gingerbread will be better since I love the built-in, free WAP feature).

I also have an iPad, but it falls into a weird niche for me... it's too big to replace my iPhone (i.e. switch to a different phone) and it's too tedious to type on to ever replace my laptop, but it's great for reading Kindle Books or looking things up around the house. It is not worth what I paid for it (to me), but just useful enough now that it isn't worth selling.

gwsat
Jan 28, 2011, 03:55 PM
I also have an iPad, but it falls into a weird niche for me... it's too big to replace my iPhone (i.e. switch to a different phone) and it's too tedious to type on to ever replace my laptop, but it's great for reading Kindle Books or looking things up around the house. It is not worth what I paid for it (to me), but just useful enough now that it isn't worth selling.
Well said, that's what I think, too! I would never, ever, have gone out and bought an iPad to fit in between an iPhone and MBA but I already had an iPad when I got my iPhone and MBA. The iPad still has enough utility to have convinced me to keep it but it has become something of a luxury.

gglockner
Jan 28, 2011, 07:03 PM
Well said, that's what I think, too! I would never, ever, have gone out and bought an iPad to fit in between an iPhone and MBA but I already had an iPad when I got my iPhone and MBA. The iPad still has enough utility to have convinced me to keep it but it has become something of a luxury.

This is exactly what I'm thinking. Thanks for articulating this. It's a lot to spend for a 'sit-on-the-couch-web-browser'. The only difference between us is that I bought the MBA first, which is why I'm having a hard time justifying getting an iPad.

Big D 51
Jan 28, 2011, 07:30 PM
between my iphone and mba, i find the ipad a rather useless device.

x2!

Sounds Good
Jan 29, 2011, 08:24 AM
I've had an iPad since day one and used it more than any electronic device I have ever owned. But it's use has dropped off dramatically since getting a MBA. The Air is light, fast, and has none of the iPad compromises.
So what are you saying exactly? (I'm confused -- but curious to hear your thoughts on this) Can you clarify?

Jaro65
Jan 29, 2011, 11:14 AM
Im not sure if this should be a separate thread, but just thought Id let MBA and iPad owners know that you can use the iPad as a second monitor using an app called Air Display: http://avatron.com/apps/air-display

The app I believe is $9. I just set it up on my Air. It will come in handy when Im writing articles and need to park a web page or other application window over on the iPad screen for easy reference.

You cant use the Air to park files onto the iPad display, but you can slide open windows, documents, and applications. Its a wireless, networked (Wi-Fi) setup, and it works great.

This is indeed how I sometimes use my MBA. I was used to a bigger screen resolution before getting the 13" MBA and especially when traveling, I could really use more screen real estate. Having my iPad parked right next to the MBA lets me show another document on it, or a screen browser. This is great when writing and using other sources as a reference material. It is the most compact dual-screen solution I'm aware of.

gman901
Jan 29, 2011, 11:27 AM
To be honest, I bought my iPad and used the crap out of it, but after I got my 11" MBA and iPhone 4, I had to make an effort to continue using my iPad. I finally just gave it to my wife about a month ago. The funny thing is that I never think about wanting to use it. Maybe tablet computing is just another fad.

alflavor
Jan 29, 2011, 11:33 AM
I'd 'like' an iPad 2 when it comes, but with a MBA 11 inch, and iPhone, I am really not 100% sure I'd get my moneys worth from all three!

I think my next Apple priority will be upgrading to iPhone 5 (or whatever they will call it) when it materalises.

DarwinOSX
Jan 29, 2011, 11:47 PM
I've used one, really. Many times with many hours. I'm aware of the apps. Just because i'm not as impressed with it as you are doesn't mean I haven't used it. It just means i'm not as impressed with it as you are.

You said it was a glorified iPod so "being aware of" the apps does not sound like you have actually used it.

firewood
Jan 30, 2011, 12:30 AM
To be honest, I bought my iPad and used the crap out of it, but after I got my 11" MBA and iPhone 4, I had to make an effort to continue using my iPad. I finally just gave it to my wife about a month ago. The funny thing is that I never think about wanting to use it. Maybe tablet computing is just another fad.

The iPhone 4 IS your tablet. For many people (who need reading glasses), an iPhone is too small a tablet, and an MBA is noticeably more expensive.

For me, I actually let the cats use the iPad as much as I it. But I also have an MBA 11 and an i4 (and a bunch of other test devices for iOS development).

2IS
Jan 30, 2011, 01:23 AM
You said it was a glorified iPod so "being aware of" the apps does not sound like you have actually used it.

I said that BECUASE I've used it, not becuase I haven't. I'm not impressed, get over it.