whichwhich one should I buy?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by goastrydur, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have a 13 imch unibody macbook with 2.4ghz core 2 duo that has a bad battery and has issues with the airport from time to time. I also have a iPad2. I was thinking about buying a macbook air 11" with 128gb hd or a retina display iPad or a iPad mini. I just do basic stuff and was thinking about something mobile. What do you guys suggest? I even thought about a 13 inch rMBP but not sure I really need that much computer.
     
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    I wouldn't listen to anything this guy says. He has no idea what he's talking about.

    I would go with the iPad.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't listen to both of the guys above.

    Deciding what to buy depends on your needs. Personally, I get no work done when on the iPad, but I get so much help from the GPS when driving.

    One is not a substitute of the other, they exist for different reasons.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    let us know what you need to use, and we can advise better. i wouldnt have an ipad as my only "computer" its too limited
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    As others mentioned, it really comes down to what you will be mostly using it for.

    I have an iPad3 and recently bought a 13" MBA. Though there is overlap between the both in terms of the services each provide me, there are features/services that are exclusive to each.

    Also, I went with a 13" MBA because the 11" MBA was just "too close" to that of an iPad for form.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    Concur with those who counsel that an iPad is not a computer. I have both and while the iPad is fine for reading books, casual surfing and email reading, it decidedly is not a computer for which you may download software. Different animals for different purposes.
     
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    Definitely get the MacBook Air 11… You can do so much more with it than the iPad, and it is very portable. That's what I have ;)

    That being said… if you really don't need a full computer, you can get the iPad. What will you need to use it for?
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    just to add, 11 inchers are awesome. can anyone tell i just got one lol
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    The iPad has no USB ports, no way to connect external storage (unless it's NAS), ditto for non-networked peripherals such as printers and scanners (admittedly less common than they once were).

    If you expect never to need a USB peripheral, go for an iPad (I'd also pick up a Bluetooth keyboard, personally).

    If you might use USB, or need to access websites that depend on flash (or have drop-down menus or drag n drop features that don't work with touch) or need precision in your pointers (as for graphics) or find it annoying to place the cursor or select text on a touch screen (I do, but that's subjective)... Well, go for the air.
     

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