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PBz
Apr 5, 2011, 04:34 PM
I am curious if anyone went the MacBook Air route instead of the iPad 1 or 2 or even has both. What are your thoughts? I have a friend that LOVED his iPad when he got it (last year at launch) and when I recently spoke to him he said he still takes his pornPad (his words) with him but mainly uses his MacBook Air.. at $849 for an 11" refurb it's tempting.



petvas
Apr 5, 2011, 04:40 PM
The MacBook Air is a laptop and the iPad a tablet. Depending on your needs, you should decide for one or for both devices. This has been discussed so many times...please use the search option and you will find many threads.

ob81
Apr 5, 2011, 05:05 PM
I have the 11" MBA and an iPad 2. I only need one of them for mobile computing, and that is the MBA. I use the iPad generally for everything besides school and work. For the money, the MBA is the better buy due to the flexibility of having a laptop. I tried to travel with just the iPad before. It didn't really work out.

PBz
Apr 5, 2011, 05:08 PM
I have the 11" MBA and an iPad 2. I only need one of them for mobile computing, and that is the MBA. I use the iPad generally for everything besides school and work. For the money, the MBA is the better buy due to the flexibility of having a laptop. I tried to travel with just the iPad before. It didn't really work out.

I think this is what happened to my friend. He is a pharma exec and I remember him saying how he didn't need a laptop anymore thanks to the iPad.. fast forward 6 months and he has changed his view.

Thanks.

Stealthipad
Apr 5, 2011, 05:09 PM
One is a computer and the other is not.

anfield11
Apr 5, 2011, 05:54 PM
One is a computer and the other is not.

In what way though? Yes, I get the difference, but if I want Mail, Safari, Calendar and Pages/Numbers etc. What more will the MBA offer? It certainly doesn't offer the amount of apps.

I'm retired so no longer need a lot of business use, plus don't put Office for the Mac on any of my machines.

Jookbox
Apr 5, 2011, 06:00 PM
In what way though? Yes, I get the difference, but if I want Mail, Safari, Calendar and Pages/Numbers etc. What more will the MBA offer? It certainly doesn't offer the amount of apps.

I'm retired so no longer need a lot of business use, plus don't put Office for the Mac on any of my machines.

Personally I couldn't imagine using any of those productivity apps on an ipad, but that's just me. Typing on the ipad is horrible. I got an ipad2 and it's just a fun toy to me. Anything remotely important I do on my macbook or pc desktop.

bmat
Apr 5, 2011, 06:04 PM
I have both. I use my air for work, writing documents, etc.

I use my iPad for e-mail, calendar (my work e-mail is on my iPad, but not on my air, due to IT restrictions), web surfing, games. Some work things work ok -- PDF viewing is great. Citrix is ok -- but hard to do much on, except when in a pinch. Writing a document is ok, unless you need formatting (which I often do).

When I go to work/travel and am working on a document, I often take both. It still weighs less than a MBP, and they serve different functions.

Carouser
Apr 5, 2011, 06:09 PM
If you depend on specific software (Office suite, etc.) then the MBA is appropriate.

I was going to say that if you are doing tons of keyboard input that the MBA is the only option, but if you don't need a specific word processor then you can get the keyboard for the iPad. You're also comparing across prices - the 16GB iPad 2 is way less than the MBA.

Without understanding your needs, it's hard to say what is appropriate. It's like asking "should I get a car or a motorcycle?".

cbronfman
Apr 5, 2011, 06:09 PM
In what way though? Yes, I get the difference, but if I want Mail, Safari, Calendar and Pages/Numbers etc. What more will the MBA offer? It certainly doesn't offer the amount of apps.

I'm retired so no longer need a lot of business use, plus don't put Office for the Mac on any of my machines.

For some things (like PDF documents - hightlighting and annotating), I find the iPad2 a real productivity tool. I find emails easier to read (they load fast, the images are great) on the iPad2. I also have the MBA 11.6" and it's kind of my back-up computer. All my key files are on it (synced manually from my Mac Mini - many are also in Dropbox and MM). I have Dropbox (which I use all the time), GoodReader (great for PDF reviewing), Pages, and Quick Office on my iPad2. I haven't experimented enough with them to know. The Pages version on the MBA is the full version and the one on my iPad2 is not - so the iPad2 is more of a supplemental tool but not a production tool. I can probably write something more objective in a week when my love affair with my iPad2 cools off a bit. I find everything easier to read on the iPad2, but production is easier on the MBA. It's not designed for that.

anfield11
Apr 5, 2011, 06:12 PM
Thanks Jookbox and bmat. Sounds like the iPad 2 might work fine for me [if I can ever find one!!]. I don't use pages much, but likely would do a bit in numbers on it, but not creating new spreadsheets, I'd do that on my iMac.

I had planned on selling my MacBook Air to cover all or part of the Ipad costs, but what I may do is get the iPad and then decide from there which I want the most and/or keep both, but I think in my case that would be overkill.

anfield11
Apr 5, 2011, 06:17 PM
Thanks to to Chronfman and Carouser.

danielveeee
Apr 5, 2011, 07:04 PM
BOTH....

MBA for school work... ipad2 for pleasure(everything else).

iphone 4 for when im out and about without the ipad

works perfect.. could prolly do without the ipad but i love it
:apple:

aneftp
Apr 5, 2011, 08:01 PM
BOTH....

MBA for school work... ipad2 for pleasure(everything else).

iphone 4 for when im out and about without the ipad

works perfect.. could prolly do without the ipad but i love it
:apple:

That's exactly how I treat my iPad and MacBook Air.

iPad for general couch surfing and reading. MacBook Air for portable computing. Throw in my iMac 27 inch for times where I need to get down to get business work done on the big screen.

iPhone 4 for times when I am out also. I hardly use my iPhone 4 for phone calls. Thats what I use my blackberry for.

But seriously if someone is looking for a real computer. Get the Air first and if you have spare money left over, go get the iPad.

nStyle
Apr 5, 2011, 08:08 PM
In what way though? Yes, I get the difference, but if I want Mail, Safari, Calendar and Pages/Numbers etc. What more will the MBA offer? It certainly doesn't offer the amount of apps.

I'm retired so no longer need a lot of business use, plus don't put Office for the Mac on any of my machines.

Obviously you don't get the difference.

The MBA has all of the aforementioned apps, plus flexibility to support multitudes more functions. Pages on an iPad and pages on a MBA or MBP is not the same program at all. Pages on iPad is more like TextEdit on OSX. There is also no real comfortable way to type on an iPad with the same speed and efficiency as on a real keyboard that sits in your lap.

Amount of apps? iOS's offering pales in comparison to the plethora of apps available to OSX. Obviously, you don't get the difference.

fizzwinkus
Apr 5, 2011, 08:40 PM
the macbook air also requires you to sit in a dedicated workspace and use it, with short battery life (5 hours on mine) that's not an insignificant trade of for all that flexibility. they're clearly different use cases with only some overlap.

jake4ever
Apr 5, 2011, 08:41 PM
BOTH....

MBA for school work... ipad2 for pleasure(everything else).

iphone 4 for when im out and about without the ipad

works perfect.. could prolly do without the ipad but i love it
:apple:

same here.

Carouser
Apr 5, 2011, 08:44 PM
Obviously you don't get the difference [condescension snipped] Obviously, you don't get the difference.

No kidding, he asked for some input; I missed the part where he asked some smarmy keyboard jockey to talk down to him.

Sounds Good
Apr 5, 2011, 08:49 PM
I tried to travel with just the iPad before. It didn't really work out.
How so? Can you explain?

Thanks.

yodaxl7
Apr 5, 2011, 08:57 PM
It is more like macbook air vs. macbook pro not iPad. Furthermore, what are your needs and comfortable doing. We all are used to typing, but it is a learning curve to tapping. If you need to publish documents, worksheets, etc, then you could either use wireless keyboard or get used to tapping or do it on the laptop or the air. Case close.:D

Honestly, I don't need a laptop or a main computer. However, I do like computers and do buy them. I can do just fine with an iPad.

Chip NoVaMac
Apr 5, 2011, 09:06 PM
Thanks Jookbox and bmat. Sounds like the iPad 2 might work fine for me [if I can ever find one!!]. I don't use pages much, but likely would do a bit in numbers on it, but not creating new spreadsheets, I'd do that on my iMac.

I had planned on selling my MacBook Air to cover all or part of the Ipad costs, but what I may do is get the iPad and then decide from there which I want the most and/or keep both, but I think in my case that would be overkill.

Sounds like a good approach. I have the latest MBA 13" and love it for serious word processing and my photography stuff on it. But it is my iPad (now the iPad 2) that sees the most use day in and day out.

nStyle
Apr 5, 2011, 10:22 PM
No kidding, he asked for some input; I missed the part where he asked some smarmy keyboard jockey to talk down to him.

If he understands the difference then why would he be asking for input, or be posting all together?

PBz
Apr 5, 2011, 10:26 PM
Thank you very much for the feedback.

queshy
Apr 5, 2011, 10:26 PM
The two devices are very different.

The iPad can be used for serious work but it's more of a hassle to do so than on a laptop such as the MBA. The iPad keyboard is obviously slower to use than the full size one on the MBA. Also, the iPad doesn't have true multitasking, and not all websites render as they do on a laptop. What this means is that if you have actual serious work to get done, you're probably better off with the MBA. However, the iPad is a fun device, and offers a very different experience.

bembol
Apr 5, 2011, 11:15 PM
It rare for one to say that Apple SAVED me at least $500 by releasing the iPad because it fits my needs. My vote goes to the iPad.

I do love the Air because like I said, I don't see the need for a DVD drive when I'm out/on the go. It's dead weight to me.

jomo25
Apr 5, 2011, 11:15 PM
Here's how I'm solving it. Since I have an MBA11, I can't fully justify getting an iPad2 also. So I'm getting my wife an iPad2 for our anniversary. Thankfully, she's a techie person and will love it. So, we'll each have one. And I'm sure we'll swap between us at times for different tasks. When we travel, we'll each bring our own. Best of both worlds.

thelookingglass
Apr 6, 2011, 02:36 AM
As some other folks have already mentioned, it all just depends on how you plan on using your iPad and what other devices you have.

If you plan on using the MBA/iPad to browse the 'net, answer emails, other light stuff, etc., then the iPad wins hands down in my opinion. The iPad will not cut it as a laptop replacement unless you use your laptop for relatively simple tasks (and this could include word processing or spreadsheet updating depending on how complex your documents are). And, if you already have a laptop of some sort, there's also no real point in getting an MBA unless your existing laptop is one of those 7-10 pounders.

In my case, I have an iMac at home, a PC at work (not by choice, obviously) and an iPad that I use for, I'd say, over 90% of my non-office computing needs. The MBA is only really used when I go on the road and need to handle work-related stuff. But, to be honest, I could probably get by using my iPad for that stuff too if I had to. I work primarily with Word documents and the iPad can handle most of what I need it to do. If there's something my iPad can't handle using currently available Office-compatible apps, I can remote into my iMac using SplashTop or LogMeIn. It's just of course much, much more efficient to work directly on an MBA in those instances.

NutsNGum
Apr 6, 2011, 02:53 AM
That's exactly how I treat my iPad and MacBook Air.

iPad for general couch surfing and reading. MacBook Air for portable computing. Throw in my iMac 27 inch for times where I need to get down to get business work done on the big screen.

iPhone 4 for times when I am out also. I hardly use my iPhone 4 for phone calls. Thats what I use my blackberry for.

But seriously if someone is looking for a real computer. Get the Air first and if you have spare money left over, go get the iPad.

Might want to watch your toes, what with all those gadgets you're dropping there.

thelookingglass
Apr 6, 2011, 04:02 AM
Might want to watch your toes, what with all those gadgets you're dropping there.

Indeed a lot of gadgets. Hilarious ... until I realized I have the exact same gadgets. Total overkill! What's Apple done to us? ;)

keigo
Apr 6, 2011, 04:39 AM
to me it is the apps..

unless OSX allow installing IOS apps else they r 2 diff world...

epictempo
Apr 6, 2011, 05:11 AM
Had the mba11 until the iPad2 came out. I fall into the 90% category: Web surfing, checking email, social networking. The biggest factor for me is that the iPad simply annihilates the mba in battery life. Watching a movie on the mba means a 3 hour battery life while I can watch at least 3 movies on the iPad back to back. Plus, IPS screen tops TN anyday. My advice is wait until Sandy Bridge MBA, I'd only switch if the battery life dramatically improve.

bowlerman625
Apr 6, 2011, 12:29 PM
I have them both and use them both daily, for different things. Each one does certain things better than the other IMO.

Onimusha370
Apr 6, 2011, 12:45 PM
Indeed a lot of gadgets. Hilarious ... until I realized I have the exact same gadgets. Total overkill! What's Apple done to us? ;)

apple did it to me to! ;)

ccolaco
Apr 6, 2011, 12:52 PM
I own both the 11" MBA and iPad 2. I use both everyday but for different uses. If I just need to do some simple browsing, word processing, note-taking, media playback, I use the iPad. I do Photoshop and Aperture work and for that I use the MBA. Its a surprisingly decent machine when using the apps, better than I expected.

Because I bought the 64GB iPad 2, it would have made more sense to go with a base MBA but with just a ram upgrade to 4GB, but I ended up getting a max'd out 11". I'll probably sell it once an updated to the MBA is released and go for a base model to use alongside my iPad 2.

Long story short, it doesn't make much sense budget wise to own both, unless your like me and you need to do some sort of creative/processing on the go. If your needs don't include this, I can certainly see the use of an iPad as the daily driver on the go.

thelookingglass
Apr 6, 2011, 01:43 PM
Had the mba11 until the iPad2 came out. I fall into the 90% category: Web surfing, checking email, social networking. The biggest factor for me is that the iPad simply annihilates the mba in battery life. Watching a movie on the mba means a 3 hour battery life while I can watch at least 3 movies on the iPad back to back. Plus, IPS screen tops TN anyday. My advice is wait until Sandy Bridge MBA, I'd only switch if the battery life dramatically improve.

Exactly. I quite like my MBA and it's a very capable machine, but I can't stand always worrying about how much juice my battery has left and whether I need to turn off this or lower that to squeeze out a few more minutes. Sometimes I almost feel like I enjoyed my Asus netbook more because of its iPad-like battery life. I remember getting a kick out of whipping that thing out on a plane not because I had to use it but because I needed it to charge my iPhone!

dmaul1114
Apr 6, 2011, 01:50 PM
For me I need a powerful laptop at home as I work from home a lot and don't have room for a desk. So I need a full sized laptop with a lot of storage space for my data sets, MP3s and other files, and that has enough power to handle working with databases with hundreds of thousands of cases.

So I have no interest in a small/light laptop like a Macbook air or the really thin ones Sony makes etc. as I have no need to own a second laptop personally, and those ultraportable ones can't handle my work needs at home to be my main laptop.

So I prefer the combo of having a full on 15-17" laptop for work and a tablet for lighter use around the house etc. Mostly non-work stuff like reading the news, surfing the net etc.

As I've said in many other thread,s I would like a tablet with a bit more work functionality down the road--things like MS Office, a USB port that works with thumb drives etc. so I could get by with just the tablet on a lot of business trips and not have to lug the full sized laptop. But there are just no decent tablets that fit that bill right now so for now the laptop goes on trips and the iPad stays home.

Danoc
Apr 6, 2011, 02:02 PM
Tha MBA does not have a smart cover.

iPad 1 - MBA 0

My 0.20 cents.

macbookpro45
Apr 6, 2011, 02:54 PM
Apple and oranges...

dmaul1114
Apr 6, 2011, 03:04 PM
Apple and oranges...

It's apples and oranges if one's considering the Macbook air (or other small laptop or netbook) as a main home computer.

But if it's to supplement a home desktop or bigger laptop, then it's more similar as either the Air or an iPad can suffice as a secondary computer device. I don't see much point in owning a main computer, an Air or netbook AND a Tablet really--unless one travels a ton and needs a very light laptop for trips to do work they can't do on the tablet. Otherwise, owning 2 out of the 3 devices (for one person anyway) should be sufficient.

But in considering them as a main computing device, I agree that it's apples and oranges as many can get by with an Air or netbook as their main computer if they don't need a lot of power or a lot of storage space for their computing tasks. But it's tough to get by with an iPad as your main/only computing device since it's more limited and currently really needs a computer with iTunes to hook up with work fully (stay up to date), be able to back it up etc.

ob81
Apr 6, 2011, 06:27 PM
How so? Can you explain?

Thanks.

I couldn't interact with certain sites that I needed to, so I could get things done. This is not a knock on the iPad. A lot of institutional sites are behind the coding curve. Downloading files was impossible, and since I don't travel with an HP printer, a simple task such as printing was a choir. Watching and downloading stuff from iTunes was seamless though!

Once I had a bum hotel room in Germany that didn't even have wifi. That was the killer for me. The world (and the iPad) has some catching up to do.

There were just too many limitations and work arounds for me though. I wanted to rely solely on the iPad but can't. Obviously I still enjoy the iPad, because I bought the iPad 2.

Sounds Good
Apr 6, 2011, 06:50 PM
Okay, thanks.

j_maddison
Apr 6, 2011, 08:00 PM
For me it's simple, it's about battery life and convenience.

The iPad gets used constantly throughout the day, and the MacBook air gets used when I need to do something I can't do on the iPad or that will take more time to do. I'm talking specifically about my working day here.

If i need to write something lengthy, that requires simple text editing, I'll whip out an external keyboard and stick with the iPad, anything more complex and it's the Air.

One thing i do find amusing though, is on occasion I have friends who complain that the keyboard on the iPad is too slow for them, and they're much faster on a laptop. I asked the last person who said this to me to do a speed test on his laptop. He hit 40wpm, because he doesn't touch type. I hit 42wpm on the iPad, I'm circa 80wpm on a full sized keyboard.

i don't think the iPad is painfully slow for text input, it's sure as hell much faster for me than using a smart phone to reply to emails that's for sure.

The other thing i use the iPad for is presenting, I work in sales. I use it to display brochures, PDF Documents, data on spreadsheets, and I always run my Keynote presentations from my iPad. Add into the mix Google maps, for planning journeys and suggesting meet up points, Webex for training courses, conference calls, and meetings, browsing customer web sites, checking the companies database/ CRM tool, inputting expenses, To do list, etc etc. Honestly i could ramble on loads.

Basically it's a hell of a lot more convenient than using a laptop, both in terms of form factor (using it while walking or just standing up for example), and much faster than plugging a 3G dongle in and having to connect. I do wish Apple would have put a sim tray in the Air. And the battery life is paramount for me, I've never got it past 18% by the end of a working day.

If i need to do a quote though, or multi task, i.e. heavier work, i'll use the MacBook Air

As a business tool, i find the iPad invaluable. For home use, I never use it. I always use the MacBook Air, which sounds like the reverse of quite a few posters on this thread

Chip NoVaMac
Apr 6, 2011, 09:56 PM
It's apples and oranges if one's considering the Macbook air (or other small laptop or netbook) as a main home computer.

But if it's to supplement a home desktop or bigger laptop, then it's more similar as either the Air or an iPad can suffice as a secondary computer device. I don't see much point in owning a main computer, an Air or netbook AND a Tablet really--unless one travels a ton and needs a very light laptop for trips to do work they can't do on the tablet. Otherwise, owning 2 out of the 3 devices (for one person anyway) should be sufficient.

But in considering them as a main computing device, I agree that it's apples and oranges as many can get by with an Air or netbook as their main computer if they don't need a lot of power or a lot of storage space for their computing tasks. But it's tough to get by with an iPad as your main/only computing device since it's more limited and currently really needs a computer with iTunes to hook up with work fully (stay up to date), be able to back it up etc.

Good post.....

I am seeing that my MBA is decent all round computer. I see the need for three systems in my household. A DT to manage my iTunes library of music and videos for my ATV 2. A laptop for things that the DT or the iPad are not up to the challenge.

mikethebigo
Apr 6, 2011, 10:19 PM
To me, the iPad is more mobile and convenient for light computing, but I do get bugged sometimes by how limited the input method is. For example, I recently changed my sig here on MacRumors, and between finding the links I wanted, copying and pasting, and doing the whole (relatively simple) procedure, I know I could have done it at least twice as fast on a real computer.

If you just want to scroll websites and play games, the iPad's great. I feel like it may still be too limited for those that are power users and do a lot with their systems. Of course, the best situation is to have both! I certainly wouldn't say power users don't own and use iPads, it's just that they need a Mac or PC as well.

Bartman01
Apr 6, 2011, 10:50 PM
I'm my case, I travel for work and already have to carry the work laptop around with me. The iPad gives me a small and light device I can carry and use for entertainment and personal stuff. Plus the iPad will last for a full flight or set of flights if I am stuck in a seat w/o power outlets.

If you have nothing and need a computer - get a computer. The iPad is not a laptop replacement unless you have very narrow usage needs. Even for just web browsing it falls short at times.

mac8cam
Apr 6, 2011, 10:57 PM
I use the iPad everyday to show clients my portfolio. The size of the iPad is perfect , 8 by 10 inches(print standard), and now I can transport hundreds of images around at a time. I just fell in love with the app GarageBand. Check out this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzx-jc1toKA. They are playing the biggest iPad i have ever seen. wild stuff! iPad all the way

Chip NoVaMac
Apr 7, 2011, 12:39 AM
Too many others... I like it when I can take it out at work to show things that make sense to photographers....

tmoerel
Apr 7, 2011, 01:24 AM
I am curious if anyone went the MacBook Air route instead of the iPad 1 or 2 or even has both. What are your thoughts? I have a friend that LOVED his iPad when he got it (last year at launch) and when I recently spoke to him he said he still takes his pornPad (his words) with him but mainly uses his MacBook Air.. at $849 for an 11" refurb it's tempting.

For me it is simple. I am an iOs developer so i have a MBA 13" ultimate to develop on while on the road, a iPad 2 and iPhone 4 to test on. Good reason to own a lot of apple gear :-)

Smoothness
Apr 7, 2011, 02:30 AM
I'm my case, I travel for work and already have to carry the work laptop around with me. The iPad gives me a small and light device I can carry and use for entertainment and personal stuff. Plus the iPad will last for a full flight or set of flights if I am stuck in a seat w/o power outlets.

If you have nothing and need a computer - get a computer. The iPad is not a laptop replacement unless you have very narrow usage needs. Even for just web browsing it falls short at times.

+1 It's just more convenient. Tho i have a MBP not Air. It's really same to me. When i have to go to the college or somewhere for a meeting, i'd rather grab a iPad instead of tugging along a laptop. One of main reasons i got it, for portable computing. Until i get equipment to use wireless tethering for photoshoots, i still will bring my laptop to the studio.

I use the iPad everyday to show clients my portfolio. The size of the iPad is perfect , 8 by 10 inches(print standard), and now I can transport hundreds of images around at a time. I just fell in love with the app GarageBand. Check out this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzx-jc1toKA. They are playing the biggest iPad i have ever seen. wild stuff! iPad all the way


What portfolio program do you use? There's lots and i want to make right choice before purchase.

anfield11
Apr 7, 2011, 12:00 PM
I'm the OP.

And thanks to everyone for their input. I'm leaning towards the iPad2 [and will sell my original MBA, which has been great by the way] I mainly need it for casual stuff and to make minimal changes to spreadsheets already created on my iMac. I'm really looking for lightweight and the ability to get the apps was a big factor.

Things I've picked up here

- Battery Life, which can be a big deal when traveling.

Things I picked up on my own, or missed that somebody posted :) And I think are pretty big.

- 3G
- GPS

sarends
Apr 9, 2011, 02:27 AM
If I had to have only one I would have MBA 11". As it is I have both. The MBA shines when lots and lots of data needs to be entered. I use a large shared Google sheet and it works great while I am mobile using the Air whereas this is quite painful on iPad 2. I have both and wouldn't give up either one!

As many MBA owners here have said, the IPad really shines for it's powerfully convenient form factor combined with touch screen. I am in my pickup and/or mobile 80% of my workweek traveling to various job sites. I have a Nexus 1 android that I use for hotspot with MBA and the iPad. However, Android is T- Mobile so the iPad is 3G Verizon so I can get to the Internet 99.9 % of the time whereas T Mobile is 3G only about 60% of the time.

This is a great discussion. I can see the iPad and MBA evolving towards each other over time.



I have the 11" MBA and an iPad 2. I only need one of them for mobile computing, and that is the MBA. I use the iPad generally for everything besides school and work. For the money, the MBA is the better buy due to the flexibility of having a laptop. I tried to travel with just the iPad before. It didn't really work out.

ovrlrd
Apr 9, 2011, 02:43 AM
Use my MBA for work, and my iPad for play. I wouldn't want to give either of them up. The MBA really works great when I need do work away from home, and the iPad is great for when I want to relax, read some news, play with garageband, play games (huge for me as a gamer).

So many things I can do on my iPad that I can't do on my MBA, and vice versa. People who don't understand that simply don't understand the point of the iPad and the MBA.

DiamondMac
Apr 11, 2011, 12:15 PM
As others have said, I am not sure why someone would substitute one for the other UNLESS your computer needs are strictly light and recreational

Outside of that, the MBA and iPad2 are different animals

Chip NoVaMac
Apr 11, 2011, 12:25 PM
As others have said, I am not sure why someone would substitute one for the other UNLESS your computer needs are strictly light and recreational

Outside of that, the MBA and iPad2 are different animals

The main reason I still have the MBA is that as a photographer it has the power to do what I need it to do... but most anything else so far can be done on the iPad with Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and other Apps....

Smoothness
Apr 11, 2011, 01:43 PM
The main reason I still have the MBA is that as a photographer it has the power to do what I need it to do... but most anything else so far can be done on the iPad with Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and other Apps....

+1....I need photoshop, Aperture, Lightroom, Capture One. Even if it was on ipad, i cant see myself using a tablet to do photo editing.

yourmother
Apr 11, 2011, 09:46 PM
I bought a mb air and then returned it and got an iPad. While the Air is a great machine and super fast with its ssds i have absolutely no regrets. I have a 3 year old mbp and the only time I use it now is just to edit photos from lightroom. I use my iPad 95% of the time. I saved about 1300 bucks going from an ultimate mb air to a 16 gb refurbed iPad 1 right when the iPad 2 was released.

I think I'll get an air in a year and a half when it gets ivy bridge. The iPad is all I need for now.

gonnabuyamacbsh
Apr 12, 2011, 12:02 AM
ipad ftw

ntrigue
Apr 12, 2011, 12:37 AM
11" MBA connects to 27" Cinema Display at home and iPad 2 stays home for couch surfing and it's my Kindle.