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hcho3
Feb 4, 2011, 10:40 PM
Can you give me some feed back? Do you miss your iPad at all? Or MBA just rocks?

I am thinking about selling my iPad and just buy MBA 11.6.

Good or bad idea?



SR71
Feb 4, 2011, 11:06 PM
Can you give me some feed back? Do you miss your iPad at all? Or MBA just rocks?

I am thinking about selling my iPad and just buy MBA 11.6.

Good or bad idea?

Well, I'm 15 and just recently sold my iPad so that in about 2 months, I'll have enough saved up to buy myself a MacBook Air 13.3" (I also sold it because the iPad 2 is said to be announced in the coming weeks and if I were to sell my iPad after the iPad 2 were announced, I was afraid people wouldn't buy it after they found out that the iPad 2 was going to be released in the coming months), and while I do miss my iPad, I just keep thinking to myself "I know that in the end, I'll know I've had made the right decision in selling the iPad."

So yeah, I think you should sell it. I sold mine on Craigslist for $400 which is pretty good, I think.

Hope I was of some help. :)

Jman14
Feb 4, 2011, 11:29 PM
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I feel that the MBA 11" seems to be like an iPad that operates on OSX, rather than iOS. I personally think if you can afford it, the MBA is much more "useable" than the iPad. To each his own though..

iCheddar
Feb 5, 2011, 12:23 AM
I ditched my iPad about a month ago, and picked up an 11" Air a few weeks ago.

I've been very impressed with my Air so far, it's light, it's powerful, and gets great battery life (around 4.5 hours). While I really loved my iPad, the Air is better in my opinion. It's amazing how refreshing it is to have a full fledged machine when I'm out and about.

I do miss the form factor of the iPad and its battery life of FOREVER, but having had both, I'd much rather have the Air with me every day. The iPad is a great machine, but I never felt like I could get too much accomplished on it, I always found myself saying "I'll just do that when I get home", but now that I've got the Air, I just do things on it.

The air is good enough that I'm honestly considering ditching my desktop (a quad core hackintosh) and moving only to using the Air.

Don't hesitate for a moment, sell your iPad and pick up an Air.

Anonymous Freak
Feb 5, 2011, 12:52 AM
I'll be the devil's advocate on this one.

I had been planning on replacing my old Core Duo MacBook Pro with a new MacBook Air. I had already passed my MBP on to my wife, and had been using her Core Duo MacBook as my primary portable while I worked on selling my PC desktop to buy the Air.

A co-worker had expressed interest in buying my desktop, but needed to save up more money first. He then won an iPad. I made the mistake of mentioning these two facts to my wife in near-proximity, and her response was "Oh, really?" Needless to say, I promptly sold him the computer and got the iPad as partial payment. (Still shrink-wrapped.) If my wife wants an iPad, so be it, I can always save up a little more, sell something else, to buy the MacBook Air.

Well, in the two weeks since then, my wife's interest in the iPad has waned, and I have found that, especially when used with my Apple Bluetooth keyboard, I nearly never need the full-blown MacBook. So I bought myself the ZaggMate keyboard case, and have forgotten about the MacBook Air. Smaller, lighter, does 99% of what I need to do on the go. I'll take the money I had been saving for the Air and get a new desktop sooner. (I'm waiting for the update to the Mac mini, then, hopefully they'll have a quad-core model as an option, and I'll get the mini server to be my desktop.)

Abyssgh0st
Feb 5, 2011, 01:44 AM
I did. I've owned an iPad three different times, and each time it just doesn't cut it. My 11 MBA is awesome, it honestly doesn't lack anything, and I even got the base model. It is exponentially more useful than any iPad.

atr
Feb 5, 2011, 07:54 AM
I kind of did. I had a MacBook Pro and a 3G iPad. I loved them both. The MBP stayed at home (use a PC at work) and the iPad plus bluetooth keyboard went to work with me. I actually used the iPad to do at least 90% of my work (task management, documents, spreadsheets, research, project management...) I was very happy with it with one exception. Most of the apps that I used on my iPad were great (Daylite, Devonthink, Microsoft Office, Pages, Numbers, etc.) but were the companion apps to the more powerful full application on my MBP. I would sync everything when I got home at night and then would spend 30 minutes or so on my MBP finishing everything that the iPad apps couldn't do.

I have taken up photography as a hobby and put Aperture on my MBP to work with but it runs a little slow and decided to upgrade to a new iMac for a larger screen and faster processor. At the same time I decided that a MacBook Air would work better for me at work so I wouldn't have to do the 30 minutes or so every evening to finish things up.

So, I sold my MBP and purchased an 11" MBA. I gave my 3G iPad to my wife who now loves it - she had a wifi iPad but NEVER used it. She gave her iPad to me and I use it as a book reader and that's about it. I'm saving up for the iMac.

I haven't looked back. The MBA is perfect for work. Portable, fast, powerful. I saved myself the 30 minutes every evening finishing work stuff, and now I spend that time doing fun stuff on my MBA (never seem to put it down). I still think the iPad is a great tool and really fun to use, but since work was my primary use the MBA just does it better. I miss the touch screen though.

newdeal
Feb 5, 2011, 08:07 AM
I did...and I was glad I did it too, much more useful. Then I returned the air and got a macbook pro and that was an even better decision. If you want portability at the cost of function iPad is king. If you want function at the cost of portability (compared to the ipad anyway) macbook pro is best. The air falls somewhere in between as a crappier laptop than the pro and a crappier portable computing device than the ipad. imo if you need a computer to move around with you the ipad is the best, if you need a computer to do work the macbook pro is the best and if you need a computer to say you have the newest thing the air is the best until the new macbook pros come out then everyone will complain the air sucks

Hoxer
Feb 5, 2011, 08:18 AM
The only thing the MacBook Pro wins in is the CPU and thats it. The MBA has a better harddrive, which is much faster than the one in the MBP. Plus the much better screen. The MBA doesen't suck at all it's a very fast computer and portable one too, which feels much faster than the MBP. So until the new MBP's will be released the MBA is more than superior compared to the MBP in my world. The iPad is in a league of its own, and I don't think you can compare it with a full Mac... at all. If you need to make documents of some sort the iPad won't cut it. The MBA and the MBP are good in both their ways and I don't think none of them suck.

The only thing is the price both the MBA and MBP are overpriced. If you cry about the price and you want a computer with very high specs then spend your money on a darn PC with windows ffs. When you buy a computer from Apple you also buy great quality, and the brand aswell. 30% of the price you pay for and Apple product is for the brand alone...

You can compare cars aswell. Take Mercedes-Benz they cost alot, but again you get a brand full of prestige and a high quality car. If you buy a car from an American brand it may be much cheaper, but it's a POS compared to Mercedes... (no offence)

xxRONNIExx
Feb 5, 2011, 08:41 AM
I just sold my 64GB iPad on ebay last week. Added a few more dollars and ordered a MBA yesterday. I loved my iPad but couldnt get much work done on it. I will miss the games i have on there I'll just have to play them on my iPhone..

thelookingglass
Feb 5, 2011, 09:02 AM
I've seen a bunch of similar threads over the past few months. Pretty clear that to a subset of us the iPad is a fun toy but not much more than that. I haven't sold my iPad, but I've given it over to my significant other who uses it for movies, TV, games, etc. The iPad just doesn't have much a place in my world of iMac, MBA and iPhone.

Beaverman3001
Feb 5, 2011, 09:36 AM
I sold my iPad to buy my 13in MBA. Don't regret it at all. The iPad is a great device, fun to use and play on, but it ultimately is a consumption device. As a student I just found it too annoying to get work done on. I loved my iPad for presentations though, it really did well at running Keynote presentations.

The MBA really isn't all that different in portability, usability, and battery life. You gain the benefits of OS X verse iOS. It is really the way to go unless you are just doing incredibly basic things.

If I could afford it I'd still have a iPad for using around the house while watching TV, but I can't afford that right now. Between only being able to have one the MBA is a obvious/easy choice.

Jman14
Feb 5, 2011, 09:44 AM
I didn't expect this many people to sell iPads for the MBA. I just might sell my iPad (I hardly use it) if this many people have and not regretted it.

aznguyen316
Feb 5, 2011, 09:45 AM
The only thing the MacBook Pro wins in is the CPU and thats it. The MBA has a better harddrive, which is much faster than the one in the MBP. Plus the much better screen. The MBA doesen't suck at all it's a very fast computer and portable one too, which feels much faster than the MBP. So until the new MBP's will be released the MBA is more than superior compared to the MBP in my world. The iPad is in a league of its own, and I don't think you can compare it with a full Mac... at all. If you need to make documents of some sort the iPad won't cut it. The MBA and the MBP are good in both their ways and I don't think none of them suck.


To be fair the Mbp is upgradeable. I just put in a 120gb ssd vertex 2 and 8gb ram for a total of $270. Only thing I wish I had was the air's screen resolution although the color gamut of the Air is not as good as the Pro's 13 or 15". And thin and light :)

mattpreston11
Feb 5, 2011, 09:49 AM
Had the 16gb Wifi, sold for £400, bought mba for £720ish.

Don't regret my decision one bit. MBA suits my needs, superb bit of kit.

newdeal
Feb 5, 2011, 10:12 AM
The only thing the MacBook Pro wins in is the CPU and thats it. The MBA has a better harddrive, which is much faster than the one in the MBP. Plus the much better screen. The MBA doesen't suck at all it's a very fast computer and portable one too, which feels much faster than the MBP. So until the new MBP's will be released the MBA is more than superior compared to the MBP in my world. The iPad is in a league of its own, and I don't think you can compare it with a full Mac... at all. If you need to make documents of some sort the iPad won't cut it. The MBA and the MBP are good in both their ways and I don't think none of them suck.

The only thing is the price both the MBA and MBP are overpriced. If you cry about the price and you want a computer with very high specs then spend your money on a darn PC with windows ffs. When you buy a computer from Apple you also buy great quality, and the brand aswell. 30% of the price you pay for and Apple product is for the brand alone...

You can compare cars aswell. Take Mercedes-Benz they cost alot, but again you get a brand full of prestige and a high quality car. If you buy a car from an American brand it may be much cheaper, but it's a POS compared to Mercedes... (no offence)


macbook pro has

better cpu
more base ram, more upgradable ram, user upgradable ram
more disk storage space in the base and more expandability of storage space if you want to replace the HDD
superdrive
firewire
ethernet
longer battery life
better screen (other than lower resolution which I prefer having owned both, but regardless it looks better to me from a color standpoint)
swapable HDD for SSD or bigger HDD with ease
backlit keyboard
ambient light sensor
kensington lock hole (if you care about that)
included cleaning cloth (lol)

macbook air has

SSD (for cost of air over pro you could put an SSD in the pro easily)
...
...
...
uh oh yeah and its slightly thinner and lighter


I have owned both, including 2 base 2010 pros, one base 2010 air, one base 2009 pro and I greatly prefer the pro...just personal preference I guess


Also you may want to look at quality reports of Mercedes cars LOL

Hoxer
Feb 5, 2011, 10:35 AM
I prefer the MBA over the MBP end of story it's a personal preference as you say.

I don't know if you have read the last reports regarding Mercedes cars. The quality of the cars have suffered a bit through the last 10 years or so mostly rust and corrosion wise. Because they began to work together with an American car brand, Chrysler. They have dumped them now so now they are going to be even more superior than most other cars.

And even under DaimlerChrysler Mercedes cars were light years ahead of the American cars. Most people in America consider their car for being worn out when it has 100,000 miles on the clock. My dad has MB E320 CDI from 03' with 250.000 miles on the clock and are stil going strong. Years ago he had a W123 model that drove over 625.000 miles before the engine died.

The conclusion is that you will NEVER be able to compare a Mercedes-Benz to any American made car. Both quality and in many cases perfomance wise too.

It's the American cars that deserve a big LOL here...

double329
Feb 5, 2011, 10:53 AM
I sold my iPad 64 3G and get MBA 13. I love the iPad and I still miss it. But, I think I will wait till the iPad or other tablet is fully mature. I think iPad is very limited for what I need, functionality wise. I will get back to it when iPad 2 or 3. MBA is my choice for now in term of portability and full functionality.

jamesryanbell
Feb 5, 2011, 11:34 AM
uh oh yeah and its slightly thinner and lighter


This outweighs everything on the list to a LOT of people. That's why it's selling so well. Footprint + weight = everything. (as long as it can accomplish what you need)

newdeal
Feb 5, 2011, 11:45 AM
This outweighs everything on the list to a LOT of people. That's why it's selling so well. Footprint + weight = everything. (as long as it can accomplish what you need)


no it is selling well because it is the newest thing. when the new macbook pro comes out the air will fade into obscurity again just like the last revisions

amt2002
Feb 5, 2011, 11:48 AM
I've sold my iPad as it was just too limiting for me - can't wait to get the new air

BeyondtheTech
Feb 5, 2011, 11:55 AM
Straight-traded my $499 iPad 16GB Wi-Fi for a 2008 black MacBook.
Upgraded specs from 1GB to 4GB and 160GB to 640GB for about $150.
Sold the black MacBook a couple months later and paid the difference of about $150 to the MacBook Air 11.6".

Best moves I made.

thetruth1985
Feb 5, 2011, 01:14 PM
Our house is full of Macs. We have a 64gb 3g ipad, 27 inch imac, i5 macbook pro, and I just got the wife a 11 inch MBA. Her MBA is awesome in my opinion but I don't think I can get it to replace my ipad. Being a student, I load all of my lectures and assignments on the ipad. Around the house, I can study lectures any time whether i'm in the kitchen or on the toilet. I have the course smart application loaded and last semester, I rented 2 of my text books through the app. I was able to refer to my book on the ipad while typing on the MBP. This could probably be possible on the MBA but i'm not sure how much the screen resolution would hold me back. I'm also not conscious of the battery life as I am with my MBP. I can use my ipad for 3 days and forget to charge it sometimes. Since I have a otterbox defender and invisible shield on it, I can give it to my son so he can play his games and I don't have to worry about getting scratches on it. I cannot remember how many times he has thrown it on the floor. I've had it since launch and it's still in mint condition.

The ipad is more like a companion/supplemental device but I don't see how some people can go as far as to call it a toy. I can't remember the last game I played on it but I do know that I can pull it out anytime and study my chemistry class with or without wifi. Of course I would not think about writing my next essay on it. If someone was looking for a single solution, the MBA is a better value since it's a full blown computer. I just think people are disappointed that they can't fully replace a laptop with the Ipad.

bowlerman625
Feb 5, 2011, 01:21 PM
I own both. And use both daily.

There are things I do with my iPad and things I do with my 11.6 MBA. There are certain things that each one does better. Its a personal decision. I argue you should have both. That is of course if the budget allows. If not one should choose one or the other based on what the greatest need is.

Taldir
Feb 5, 2011, 02:36 PM
I'm getting ready to. My iPad just doesn't do 'work' like I need it to.

AMDGAMER
Feb 5, 2011, 03:24 PM
I did.

Gymgenius
Feb 9, 2011, 03:05 AM
I didn't expect this many people to sell iPads for the MBA. I just might sell my iPad (I hardly use it) if this many people have and not regretted it.

I'm another! Sold my 64gb Wifi iPad to part fund an 11.6 inch MBA Ultimate.
The MBA is incredible, and I don't really miss my iPad now either.

I only wish I'd bought one sooner.

sbb155
Feb 9, 2011, 03:11 AM
ipad is a great toy - needed the ability to compute - hello mba (to accompany the mbp and mp)

fizzwinkus
Feb 9, 2011, 03:27 AM
i bought an ipad when they launched, and recently chose the 11" macbook air as my work computer so i have both. i prefer the ipad for two reasons - 3g and battery - but that comes with some pretty big caveats.

first, i use a mac pro at home. it does all the heavy lifting and stores everything (9tb in that thing right now)

second, i only have basic needs away from the house. they are vnc, my daily rss feeds, the web, and email. ibooks, apps, photos, etc are all gravy. ios limits don't bother me when i'm not at work or at home.

differences with the macbook air - the mba is an amazing machine, and if you need the flexibility of os x, it's a no brainer. if you don't, the ipad gives you more than twice the battery life and 3g connectivity in a smaller package. it can also be awkward to use in some situations: i plop the ipad on top of the treadmill console and watch tv shows or netflix at the gym - never going to try that with my macbook air. using it as a gps during a road trip was fantastic, especially with the nuclear reactor battery, and something we really didn't want to do with the mba or mbp we had.

Applepi
Feb 9, 2011, 06:45 AM
Bought the iPad on launch day and used it for quite a bit. Over time though, web browsing started to get frustrating so I ditched it and bought the 13" Macbook Air. Don't regret it a bit.

sorepheet
Feb 9, 2011, 07:16 AM
...I will miss the games i have on there I'll just have to play them on my iPhone..
Mac App store? May be a bit of a wait but I'm sure a majority of the games you were enjoying on your iPad will make their new home on your MBA :cool:

pcshrink
Feb 9, 2011, 07:19 AM
I just got my MBA and i have to say it is awesome!! I dont know if I would say it beats the iPad or the iPad is better? They are both different. Some things you cant do on the iPad that you can on the MBA, and some things (mostly games and other specific APPS) you cant have on the MBA. So, i think it is pure preference. Personally, I think I may sell mine to make room for the new one coming out. My MBA though is now dominant in my "food chain" of technology i own!:)

wh!plash
Feb 9, 2011, 07:34 AM
Another one here. Sold my 64GB wifi iPad, bought an 11" ultimate air.

I have a Mac Pro tower at the office, and a MBP 13 as a work computer for the house. Wife also has a MBP 13 from the office too.

I found I like having a machine laying around for casual use, and there were things I liked about the iPad. Mainly the battery, instant on, light weight, etc. But I didn't like how it was so limited in use. I'm an IT pro, and I just wished for a real computer with those same positives I liked about the iPad. The air seems to be exactly that.

ascender
Feb 9, 2011, 07:35 AM
I think they're very different platforms and my main criticism of the ipad comes when I'm frustrated because its not a traditional laptop form factor. The inherent design of each makes them more comfortable to use for different tasks, like typing long documents, or as an e-reader for example.

kepardue
Feb 9, 2011, 02:26 PM
I have an iMac 27" at home and a Mac Pro at the office. I've been debating whether I should get a Macbook Air for portability when the need arises or to get an iPad 2 when it comes out. Speaking as someone who made the decision to get a refurbed Macbook Air yesterday--gosh, sounds like I made the right decision. Especially since I don't have an alternate mobile system.

Edited to fix some confusing grammar. :-)

kepardue
Feb 9, 2011, 04:15 PM
Actually, beyond the few useful apps that might be iPad specific, about the only benefit I can think of that the iPad has over the MBA is being bundled with a (relatively) cheap, no contract solution for cellular Internet that you can turn on or off when you need it. That would be a Killer App (TM) for the MBA.

Pinksteady
Feb 10, 2011, 04:09 AM
I sold my 32Gb 3G iPad for an 11" top-spec MacBook Air, and I haven't looked back.

The thing for me was that my iPad was my primary computer. It seems most people compliment a main machine with a laptop and/or iPad, but I didn't have a main machine, so when it came to knocking up a spreadsheet or something similar, the iPad wasn't ideally suited for the job.

I survived for 6 months with just an iPad, but eventually gave in and made the switch. I love my MacBook!

I wrote a bit more on this on my blog (shameless plug I know):

iPad as a primary computer (hint: it didnít work out) (http://ronaldkunibert.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/ipad-as-a-primary-computer-hint-it-didnt-work-out/)

Acorn
Feb 10, 2011, 10:22 AM
i havent sold my ipad yet. but after buying an 11 inch air i dont use the ipad very much. I have considered selling the ipad however my ipad has 3g and my air does not. 3g is great to have. I can hop on the net everywhere. its also great for snowstorms when you lose power. you can still surf. if my air had 3g i would definitely sell the ipad but it doesnt so i will hold on to it. ipad 2 will have to be really impressive for me to even bother to upgrade from air and ipad 1.

aznguyen316
Feb 10, 2011, 12:15 PM
I sold my 32Gb 3G iPad for an 11" top-spec MacBook Air, and I haven't looked back.

The thing for me was that my iPad was my primary computer. It seems most people compliment a main machine with a laptop and/or iPad, but I didn't have a main machine, so when it came to knocking up a spreadsheet or something similar, the iPad wasn't ideally suited for the job.

I survived for 6 months with just an iPad, but eventually gave in and made the switch. I love my MacBook!

I wrote a bit more on this on my blog (shameless plug I know):

iPad as a primary computer (hint: it didnít work out) (http://ronaldkunibert.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/ipad-as-a-primary-computer-hint-it-didnt-work-out/)

lol read you blog =) I want an iPad, but I certainly could not use it as a main computer. I think knowing this before hand helps. I just sold my MBP and am lugging around an old 15" Dell. I am using my iPod Touch 4G more which is essentially a shrunken down iPad. So far it's getting the job done for my lounging around tasks... which leads me to believe an iPad would suit me fine and to complement my next Macbook purchase.

Jezak
Feb 10, 2011, 12:24 PM
I own and use both daily. The Air is now my primary machine when I need to get real work done. I use my iPad for meeting notes, email, and reading (Kindle, iBooks, etc) through out the day as its lighter and feels to be far more unobtrusive within our corporate environment.

Night Spring
Feb 10, 2011, 12:52 PM
I've had the iPad since day 1, and still use it every day. I recently bought the Air, but I only use it about once or twice a week. Most of the time, when I have "real work" to do, I do it on my iMac. The Air is only used when I absolutely have to get some work done while on the go. And the iPad is my main entertainment device (ebooks, surfing, twitter, text&email), both at home and while on the go. I tried reading and surfing on the Air, but the keyboard just gets in the way. So basically, the Air is just work-only. I can see how someone who wants a computer mainly for work would pick the Air over the iPad, but if you want an entertainment device, I think the iPad wins hands down.

Pinksteady
Feb 10, 2011, 01:49 PM
i havent sold my ipad yet. but after buying an 11 inch air i dont use the ipad very much. I have considered selling the ipad however my ipad has 3g and my air does not. 3g is great to have. I can hop on the net everywhere. its also great for snowstorms when you lose power. you can still surf. if my air had 3g i would definitely sell the ipad but it doesnt so i will hold on to it. ipad 2 will have to be really impressive for me to even bother to upgrade from air and ipad 1.

If lack of 3G is the only thing holding you back, then there options available to you:

1. Tether your MacBook with your phone. I have just jailbroken my iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2.1) and am now using my phobe's 3G connection to go on the Internet with my mac, FOR FREE.
2. Buy a dongle or MiFi device. If you are already paying a subscription for your iPad's 3G support then the only additional cost would be the one-off cost of the device.
3. Go legit and pay your phone provider for tethering support (expensive in my experience)

Pinksteady
Feb 10, 2011, 01:50 PM
I've had the iPad since day 1, and still use it every day. I recently bought the Air, but I only use it about once or twice a week. Most of the time, when I have "real work" to do, I do it on my iMac. The Air is only used when I absolutely have to get some work done while on the go. And the iPad is my main entertainment device (ebooks, surfing, twitter, text&email), both at home and while on the go. I tried reading and surfing on the Air, but the keyboard just gets in the way. So basically, the Air is just work-only. I can see how someone who wants a computer mainly for work would pick the Air over the iPad, but if you want an entertainment device, I think the iPad wins hands down.

MacBook Air used once or twice a week? Was that money well spent!?

jamesryanbell
Feb 10, 2011, 02:08 PM
no it is selling well because it is the newest thing. when the new macbook pro comes out the air will fade into obscurity again just like the last revisions

If no one bought it, they wouldn't have made it. It's not some obscure item (the previous gen) that no one ever bought. If it would've been something that didn't matter, they ABSOLUTELY wouldn't have produced another version of the same idea. First gen MBA = success. Second gen MBA = success.

That's not really debatable.

Night Spring
Feb 10, 2011, 03:26 PM
MacBook Air used once or twice a week? Was that money well spent!?

Possibly not. :p
I really like the Air, it's the most well-built notebok I've ever owned. I just don't have a significant need for *any* notebook in my life at the moment. Well, other than the once or twice a week when I need one, and I was tired of lugging around the old Sony Vaio on those occasions - I think it weighs about twice as much as the Air. And since I have the cash to spend, I just decided to indulge a bit.But obviously, if I had to sell off one of my devices, the Air will be the first to go.

I just wanted to point out that whether the Air or iPad is more useful depends on the individual circumstance. Come to think of it, if I were still in school, I might take the Air+iPad and forego the iMac. It all just depends.

Detlev_73
Feb 10, 2011, 05:22 PM
I bought my 11.6" MacBook Air in October, and I love it. It's the perfect size: it's also surprisingly fast. The iPad was neat and all, but too heavy for its size and didn't like that it couldn't run Flash websites. Sure more sites have been improved for iPad, but not fast enough.

My wishes for a future iPad model are that it eventually gets a Retina-like screen, SD card slot, and it would be neat if there were a 7" option. I think that the iPad will grow into a family similar to iPods. 10" seems rather large: OK, no comments from the peanut gallery. :o

petvas
Feb 12, 2011, 12:46 PM
I have an iPad 3G 32GB and a Macbook Air 11" Ultimate. The Macbook Air I got five days ago, so the novelty is still there
As I am writing this, I am sitting on the sofa and using my Macbook Air.

If you want to just surf the Internet (with no flash) and check emails, then get the iPad. If you want more than that get the Macbook Air. It is an amazing laptop that is so small, you can carry it almost everywhere. My main computer is a Mac Pro, so I really need one device as a companion to the Mac Pro. It has to be mobile, fast and it shouldn't make me feel limited in any way.
I own iPads since last June. My first one was an iPad 16GB Wifi only model, which I sold in December in order to get the 3G 32 model. If you are planning to have lot of games or movies get the 32GB model and not the 16GB.
My main issue with the iPad is believe or not multitasking! The RAM is too small and when surfing with Safari you will see that. Having more than two tabs causes almost certainly the pages to refresh every time you go back to them. I hate that. I don't want to have the pages get refreshed every time I go back to them. I understand why this is happening but it irritates me nevertheless. Having a touch based GUI is certainly great and the feeling you get surfing the Internet is also nice, but after a couple of months and when the novelty wears off you will start seeing the limitations imposed by the hardware. Another point of criticism is app switching. Apps do tend to resume slowly and there is almost always a lag when apps resume, which I also don't like.
Now that I think about it there is also something else. The keyboard has an annoying auto correction (which can be turned off), the same as on the iPhone. If you don't mind it, you won't have any problems with it.

Now to the Macbook Air. This is an amazing laptop. I got the ultimate configuration with 1.6Ghz CPU, 4GB RAM and 128GB Flash storage. I use it for Internet surfing, Emails, Note taking, movie watching, chatting, video conferencing and many other typical computing tasks. Nothing processor intensive here. The system behaves very fast and you won't notice any lag.
I am really torn apart as I know that having both devices isn't really logical, but if I was to give up one of them it would be the iPad and not the Macbook Air.

olisones
Feb 12, 2011, 01:06 PM
I'm expecting delivery of an 11" ultimate refurb on Monday having sold my 32gb Wifi iPad. I agree with other posters - the iPad is great for emails, surfing etc, but I found trying to get anything done on it like spreadsheets and documents was tough. I've been working away from my office more, and I found it was beginning to hold my work flow back so wanted something equally portable but more powerful - the Air made most sense.