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mellofello
Feb 1, 2011, 05:08 AM
I gave the iPad a try. I truly tried to like it but I hit it's boundaries every time I used it. Great toy, bad tool.

Got $550 for the iPad on Craigslist, then sold my 2009 white MB for a awesome $700. Took my winnings, and ordered a 13 MBA.

I am smitten. This thing flies! I am surprised how fast his thing moves for such a puny processor. What a screen, what a design. Love it.

I see myself keeping this machine for years just like my original Macbook Pro.

Any one else ditch the ipad for MBA? If your on the fence better sell now before they announce the new one.



nateo200
Feb 1, 2011, 05:15 AM
I gave the iPad a try. I truly tried to like it but I hit it's boundaries every time I used it. Great toy, bad tool.

Got $550 for the iPad on Craigslist, then sold my 2009 white MB for a awesome $700. Took my winnings, and ordered a 13 MBA.

I am smitten. This thing flies! I am surprised how fast his thing moves for such a puny processor. What a screen, what a design. Love it.

I see myself keeping this machine for years just like my original Macbook Pro.

Any one else ditch the ipad for MBA? If your on the fence better sell now before they announce the new one.
Heck I "ditched" my iPad for a MBP! Sure a not as light and no touch screen but the power difference is worth it. I know what you mean by boundries though, somethings you flat out couldn't do and if you could you had to find some app for 99cents or go through a bunch of hoops.

Buck987
Feb 1, 2011, 07:05 AM
Any one else ditch the ipad for MBA? If your on the fence better sell now before they announce the new one.


big yawn

skcrane
Feb 1, 2011, 07:21 AM
I agree just traded mine in as well as my imac for it 13 mba ultimate should be getting wednesday or thursday. I think for me the combination mba and iphone is perfect too many limitations with ipad. could not justify both imac and mba so just went ahead and traded both.

impulse462
Feb 1, 2011, 09:16 AM
I had an iPad, and as you said, I kept running into boundaries even though i really tried to like it. Got myself an 11" MBA which is perfect. Has the power of a desktop-OS, but is light in form factor like the iPad.

Psilocybin
Feb 1, 2011, 09:49 AM
the MBA is such a beautiful thing isnt it

thelookingglass
Feb 1, 2011, 09:50 AM
Here's another one who moved from an iPad to an MBA. I got the 11 incher. Like the poster above, I just running into too many limitations with the iPad. Plus a lot of what I did on my iPad I could already do on my iPhone. I've still got the iPad, but the MBA stays with me most of the time. The iPad doesn't really leave the house.

Jman14
Feb 1, 2011, 10:41 AM
Congrats on your purchase! Im considering selling my iPad when I get my 11" MBA. If the MBA can really "make up" for it, like people are saying!

xxRONNIExx
Feb 1, 2011, 10:49 AM
Yeah I just sold my iPad on ebay for about $740. Hopefully I'll order mine in about a week or two. cant wait!!

C64
Feb 1, 2011, 10:59 AM
You all know that the iPad isn't supposed to do the exact same things as a laptop, right?

BluePotato
Feb 1, 2011, 11:05 AM
You all know that the iPad isn't supposed to do the exact same things as a laptop, right?

I completely concur. All of the people who talk on this forum about ditching their iPad for a MBA were trying to get notebook-like productivity out of a media consumption device. As far as media consumption goes, iPad is the winner.

If you can only afford one device, then it would be a stupid choice to go with the iPad. Those who love their iPads are not the ones using it as a notebook replacement.

If my iPad were a notebook replacement, it would be the worst notebook I ever used.

mellofello
Feb 1, 2011, 11:43 AM
I'm not bashing the iPad. But for me it felt like 65% of a computer most of the time. I needed 85%. I think that incrementally it will get fast enough, and smart enough to reconsider one. For now it is just an overgrown touch.

The ipad is great at doing what it does. Right now I need something that I can produce on, and wow is the air great for on the run. It feels like there is nothing in my bag just like the with ipad. But it runs Office, and allows me to charge my phone from it's larger battery.

Couldn't be happier.

If I could justify having a 27" imac, iphone 4, Air, and an iPad I would but that seemed a bit much. It's not the money. I try to live a simple life and having all that overlap is a bit gluttonous IMO.

More power to people who are happy with their ipad 1s. If I had children, or was a gamer then I would have kept it for sure.

maflynn
Feb 1, 2011, 11:48 AM
Great toy, bad tool.

I disagree with that statement. Perhaps for you it was a toy, but for me, I found it indispensable as a tool. It allows me to get a lot of work done without the need of lugging a laptop around, or take notes with pen and paper, only to have no categorization of my notes, making any searching impossible.

ChinaAzzi
Feb 1, 2011, 11:49 AM
I gave the iPad a try. I truly tried to like it but I hit it's boundaries every time I used it. Great toy, bad tool.

Got $550 for the iPad on Craigslist, then sold my 2009 white MB for a awesome $700. Took my winnings, and ordered a 13 MBA.

I am smitten. This thing flies! I am surprised how fast his thing moves for such a puny processor. What a screen, what a design. Love it.

I see myself keeping this machine for years just like my original Macbook Pro.

Any one else ditch the ipad for MBA? If your on the fence better sell now before they announce the new one.

I see a lot of people in Shenzhen with iPads and I ask them how they like them. They all say they love them. It is a very hot item in China. I like a keyboard and a way to protect the screen but I also own an iPad. Maybe they will make touch screens for MacBook Air then we will have the best of both worlds. ;)

Buck987
Feb 1, 2011, 12:00 PM
I'm not bashing the iPad. But for me it felt like 65% of a computer most of the time. I needed 85%. I think that incrementally it will get fast enough, and smart enough to reconsider one. For now it is just an overgrown touch.

The ipad is great at doing what it does. Right now I need something that I can produce on, and wow is the air great for on the run. It feels like there is nothing in my bag just like the with ipad. But it runs Office, and allows me to charge my phone from it's larger battery.

Couldn't be happier.

If I could justify having a 27" imac, iphone 4, Air, and an iPad I would but that seemed a bit much. It's not the money. I try to live a simple life and having all that overlap is a bit gluttonous IMO.

More power to people who are happy with their ipad 1s. If I had children, or was a gamer then I would have kept it for sure.

come on..fess up.......you secretly wish you could have kept both since they serve two purposes.

main thing is your happy...the air is great machine but so is the iPad...just wasn't your type of machine.

DarwinOSX
Feb 1, 2011, 12:48 PM
I don't buy the media consumption meme at all. I know of several large corporations that are using thousands of iPads for much more than consumption. It really depends on what apps you use, how you use them, and for what purpose.

I completely concur. All of the people who talk on this forum about ditching their iPad for a MBA were trying to get notebook-like productivity out of a media consumption device. As far as media consumption goes, iPad is the winner.

If you can only afford one device, then it would be a stupid choice to go with the iPad. Those who love their iPads are not the ones using it as a notebook replacement.

If my iPad were a notebook replacement, it would be the worst notebook I ever used.

Funkymonk
Feb 1, 2011, 01:40 PM
You all know that the iPad isn't supposed to do the exact same things as a laptop, right?

All I wanted from a tablet was really good web browsing which the ipad didn't allow with it's lack of flash.

C64
Feb 1, 2011, 02:35 PM
All I wanted from a tablet was really good web browsing which the ipad didn't allow with it's lack of flash.

Everyone on the planet knows that the iPad does not support Flash, so that couldn't have been a surprise?

Bakari45
Feb 1, 2011, 02:41 PM
You all know that the iPad isn't supposed to do the exact same things as a laptop, right?

Totally agree. I would never let go of my iPad, but it would be cool if Apple could somehow combine the two. Here’s my article (http://www.applematters.com/article/combining-the-ipad-and-the-macbook-air-into-one-possible/)about it.

Jman14
Feb 1, 2011, 03:00 PM
Totally agree. I would never let go of my iPad, but it would be cool if Apple could somehow combine the two. Here’s my article (http://www.applematters.com/article/combining-the-ipad-and-the-macbook-air-into-one-possible/)about it.

I would totally buy an iPad that ran OSX.

petvas
Feb 1, 2011, 03:04 PM
All I wanted from a tablet was really good web browsing which the ipad didn't allow with it's lack of flash.

Flash would be of course nice to have, but for me more important is nothaving to refresh pages all the time as I return to them. I know that the limiting factor is the iPad's memory and that the new model won't have this issue as often as the current one has. I am also temptet by the Macbook Air but I don't want to sell my iPad. The only problem is that the Macbook Air would really be a luxury item for me as I don't really need it. I can see using it a lot when at home (where I also have a Mac Pro and an iPad), but I wouldn't take it with me when at work, because I have a windows laptop from my company which I have to use (I am an MS Consultant). Having the iPad with me all the time satisfies all of my needs. Having said that I am really tempted by the great design of the Macbook Air.

Funkymonk
Feb 1, 2011, 03:11 PM
Everyone on the planet knows that the iPad does not support Flash, so that couldn't have been a surprise?

yeah I know but I got it as a gift. Thought I could work around it but I used it less and less so I sold it. I just think it's ridiculous that it didn't have it in the first place. My phone is more capable for god sakes.

mellofello
Feb 1, 2011, 03:25 PM
I wouldn't take it with me when at work, because I have a windows laptop from my company which I have to use (I am an MS Consultant).


I too am required to haul around my company provided laptop. I am going to experiment with a vnc solution where it looks like I am logging in with the company laptop but am really telecommuting from the air. I have a 4g clearspot so I could always log in.

I also have enough sway with the IT guys that I could probably get a VPN set up if I did a boot camp partition.

We are going on a 3 city trip next month, and being able to leave the 7 lb monster at home would be a relief to my shoulder.

I took a few trips with the ipad. and the battery was amazing. However I couldn't imagine ever getting any work done on it. Looking forward to just having one lightweight device to commute/travel with.

As others have said the ipad is great for some, and bad for others just depends. My gadget phobic girlfriend summed it up best for me though. She said it seems like the ipad should have come before the iphone. It doesn't innovate in any way it's just a larger version of a existing product. Usually Apple shirks things in this case they just gave a iphone a thyroid problem, and called it done.

You will need to pry the iphone from my cold dead hand, but the ipad needs a bit more time in the oven.

Bakari45
Feb 2, 2011, 11:27 AM
She said it seems like the ipad should have come before the iphone. It doesn't innovate in any way it's just a larger version of a existing product. Usually Apple shirks things in this case they just gave a iphone a thyroid problem, and called it done.



Actually, Jobs said the iPad was planned and drafted before the iPhone, but everyone focused on the phone at the time. The best thing about the iPad is that it is a larger version of the iPod touch.
I have all three devices, and use the all, but there is some redundant overlap which bothers me. I actually go back and forth between the pad and the Air to get different things done.

iMacThere4Iam
Feb 2, 2011, 12:25 PM
Actually, Jobs said the iPad was planned and drafted before the iPhone, but everyone focused on the phone at the time. The best thing about the iPad is that it is a larger version of the iPod touch.
I have all three devices, and use the all, but there is some redundant overlap which bothers me. I actually go back and forth between the pad and the Air to get different things done.

I totally agree. With the 1st gen iPad, there is both an overlap with some of the tasks we perform on Macs, and a barrier we hit with some projects, where an app is more useful (due to form factor and features) on one than the other.

As it stands now, I really do use the iPad as a giant iPod Touch, and it comes in handy for travel. Of course, early adopters like me know we're guinea pigs to a certain extent, and Apple always does a great job at noting how people use the devices, and almost always addresses needs and issues in future gens.

I keep wavering on eBaying my iPad and getting an Air, but I'll probably keep it because, as C64 says, its capabilities are different than a Mac, and within those parameters, I do get a lot of use from it.

nowstime
Feb 2, 2011, 02:19 PM
I had both devices but sold the iPad recently. Having two machines didn't make sense for me...for web surfing and reading, iPad is great. It's also great for editing photos on the fly and playing iPhone/iPod games on a big screen. It's great to consume content but weak at creating them which my MBA 13 is great at.

I agree that is serves different purposes...if you need both and afford it, having two makes sense and great but if you need only one that serves both purposes, it was the MBA for me.

But I do sometimes miss the instant instant application usage the iPad offerred such as news, games, photo editing, etc...If I wanted something I just had to touch an app, instead of various clicks...but I guess this is where the Mac Store comes in...and Lion in the near future.

Anyways...I'm loving my MBA and loved (?) my iPad...

wolfers
Feb 2, 2011, 05:22 PM
I'm seriously considering trading my iPad for an 11" MBA.

Reasons: I really hate the iPad virtual keyboard, no flash

Concerns: The iPad never gets hot or even warm. What about the MBA? The iPad battery life is fantastic. What does the 11" MBA really get?

Questions: I'm thinking of getting the lowest spec MBA but I could be persuaded to increase the RAM to 4GB. Will this significantly increase performance? Will it affect the heat? Will it affect battery life? Is it true that the iPad's screen is better?

jamesryanbell
Feb 2, 2011, 07:55 PM
big yawn

I agree, but the fact of the matter is that it WILL have a financial impact on iPad 1.

Bakari45
Feb 2, 2011, 08:54 PM
I'm seriously considering trading my iPad for an 11" MBA.

Reasons: I really hate the iPad virtual keyboard, no flash

Concerns: The iPad never gets hot or even warm. What about the MBA? The iPad battery life is fantastic. What does the 11" MBA really get?



You have the right concerns. The reason I got the Air is because I couldn’t get certain projects done on the iPad that I need to do—e.g., extended pieces of writing, clipboard management, and real multitasking. (I also got it because damn it’s a sexy machine. I like working on it.)

However, the low CPU (?) on my bottomline 11” Air does make it run hot sometimes—fan comes on—when I‘m downloading lots of videos. It’s not overheating, but when I uploaded a YouTube video today using ScreenFlow, the fan was on the entire time. I guess that’s natural.

But anyway, I still don’t want to get rid of my iPad because it’s nothing better for reading documents and ebooks, which what I mainly do with it. I really cut down on purchasing apps for the iPad because honestly I use less than a third of the apps downloaded on my iPad.

I think what you will like also about the Air is how responsive it is. Quick startup and no dang beach ball—so far for me anyway.

And finally, if you do decide to hang onto the iPad, you can use it as a second screen for the Air (Air Display app.)

Big D 51
Feb 2, 2011, 10:04 PM
I think you made the right decision. I haven't bought an ipad because I can't seem to find a reason to have one. I have my iPhone while on the go and also my MBA thats pretty portable as well.

2IS
Feb 2, 2011, 10:13 PM
However, the low CPU (?) on my bottomline 11” Air does make it run hot sometimes—fan comes on—when I‘m downloading lots of videos. It’s not overheating, but when I uploaded a YouTube video today using ScreenFlow, the fan was on the entire time. I guess that’s natural.


Download coolbook if you haven't already. Should help with heat and extend battery life under load. Worked great for me.

AMDGAMER
Feb 2, 2011, 11:01 PM
Once I saw app store was coming to OSX I returned the iPad and went with a new AIR...the ipad was cool but having an iphone 4 I felt like the ipad was just an oversized version of iphone. I would have kept it but couldn't afford both so one had to go!
I just don't think you can go wrong with MacBook Air. Its such a complete laptop for its size, its always going to be useful.