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Old Dec 5, 2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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The pad mini or the air?? My dilemma

Im in search for my wife a gift for xmas,i had my mind set on the new ipad mini for her but i recently came across a post on CL of someone selling a 11" Macbook Air A1370 60GB Model for $600 now im confused. Need help from my Macrumors family. What would you guys do dont wanna blow it
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 11:18 AM   #2
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Im in search for my wife a gift for xmas,i had my mind set on the new ipad mini for her but i recently came across a post on CL of someone selling a 11" Macbook Air A1370 60GB Model for $600 now im confused. Need help from my Macrumors family. What would you guys do dont wanna blow it
Get the iPad, and if it turns out she'd prefer an Air you can always return it and get her the Air later.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 11:19 AM   #3
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What is she likely to use it for?
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 11:21 AM   #4
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Get the iPad, and if it turns out she'd prefer an Air you can always return it and get her the Air later.
spec wise which one is the better buy
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 11:22 AM   #5
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I would personally rather go with the MBA over the iPad mini. Although, if you were considering either MBA or the iPad 4 -- that might be a more difficult decision to make.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 11:24 AM   #6
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If she needs a laptop, get the Air. If not, get the iPad.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 11:26 AM   #7
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spec wise which one is the better buy
The one she is happiest with is the better buy.

The Air has the better specs, but if she would enjoy using the Mini more then that doesn't matter. It all depends on her needs.

Get the Mini, let her use it for two weeks then she can decide if she'd rather a traditional laptop. Two weeks will also be neough time for her to decide if she would prefer the larger iPad. Your first attempt at buying her a computer doesn't have to be bang on; it will be fine if wants to change it.

Just don't get it engraved.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 11:27 AM   #8
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If she needs a laptop, get the Air. If not, get the iPad.
she's a women she's not a die hard apple fanatic like i am. if you ask her she is content with the 1st ipad i got for her when that first came out
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 11:37 AM   #9
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Dear god, I'm glad I don't have the OP for a husband!

You don't even know if your wife needs a laptop, but you are simply considering it because it is cheap? A tablet and a laptop are totally different devices, with totally different use cases. IF your wife wants a laptop, then the Air is a good gift. But if she doesn't need/want a laptop, then it isn't a good gift, no matter how cheap it is.

For example, I like to use my iPad to read in bed. For that, a laptop with a keyboard is no good, because the keyboard gets in the way. So if my husband got me an Air instead of an iPad, I'd be mad. (Now an Air *in addition to* an iPad -- that I'd take! )
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Also, the A1370 can either be a 2010 or a 2011 model. Do you know what year it is?
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 11:55 AM   #11
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Also, the A1370 can either be a 2010 or a 2011 model. Do you know what year it is?
late 2011
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 12:03 PM   #12
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Does she have a laptop? If not get her the mini since she has a 1st gen ipad already. The late 2011 MBA is still more than capable as a laptop.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 12:06 PM   #13
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Does she have a laptop? If not get her the mini since she has a 1st gen ipad already. The late 2011 MBA is still more than capable as a laptop.
nah she doesn't have a laptop just the 1st ipad
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 12:14 PM   #14
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i would rather have a laptop than an ipad.

BUT she is not a heavy user so the ipad will be perfect for browsing the web, getting email and of course APPS!!

My wife loves her ipad for her uses, and the Macbook sits under the bed unless she needs to put songs on her ipod
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nah she doesn't have a laptop just the 1st ipad
Wel if she has the iPad 1 and it meets all her needs, then the Mini should be fine.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 12:21 PM   #16
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Get her the mini and call it a day. That way you can give her a brand new never opened gift (laptop might appear used and might not even work, looks cheap either way). Then you can also pocket a few $$$ to take her out to dinner. Problem solved!
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 12:28 PM   #17
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Get her the mini and call it a day. That way you can give her a brand new never opened gift (laptop might appear used and might not even work, looks cheap either way). Then you can also pocket a few $$$ to take her out to dinner. Problem solved!
that sounds like a great idea!!!! i was just thinkin of getting her the mini, and when i get the rmbp ill just give her my 2011 mbp
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that sounds like a great idea!!!! i was just thinkin of getting her the mini, and when i get the rmbp ill just give her my 2011 mbp
Maybe spring for the ipad 4 if she likes the size of the ipad 1
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that sounds like a great idea!!!! i was just thinkin of getting her the mini, and when i get the rmbp ill just give her my 2011 mbp
Which also solves the problem of justifying the upgrade.
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Which also solves the problem of justifying the upgrade.
you guys and gals are the best!!!!!
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 02:51 PM   #21
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If she needs a laptop, get the Air. If not, get the iPad.
Sounds about right to me.
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