11" Macbook air vs iPad air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by vmflapem, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. vmflapem macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2013
    I already have a macbook pro and im thinking of buying a smaller device just to carry easily to school.
    I'm only gonna be using it for taking simple notes and watching movies.

    Which one of the two would you recommend?
  2. BrickbookPro macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2011
    Have you tried writing on the iPad? If you are okay with it then go for it. Otherwise you'll obviously need the air (if you're limited to those two choices). You could also buy a keyboard for the iPad.
  3. vmflapem thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2013
    Not sure how reliable those keyboards are.
    Are they lag-free and comfortable?
    I havent tried writing on it.. so thats another problem :(
  4. BrickbookPro macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2011
    I have the apple bluetooth keyboard that works with the laptops and ipads. It works perfectly with a laptop. I have not bought an iPad but I'd be surprised if the keyboard worked poorly with it. That's not very apple like. Go to a store and try one out. Don't decide before then!
  5. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    It boils down to portability and lightness versus a full feature set that you'd get with a laptop. You already have a good laptop so maybe the iPad makes sense here? You can easily swap files between the two devices and keep them synced.

    iPad is the choice. IMO. :)
  6. kelon111 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2013
    I wouldn't use an iPad for notetaking. I would get a tablet with an active Wacom or N-Trig digitizer instead.
  7. vmflapem thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks for sharing your valuable opinions on this.
    I still can't pull the trigger...
  8. kathyricks macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2012
    Get an iPad from the apple store and you have two weeks to decide if it will work for you. If you decide it won't then take it back to the store and get an 11 inch Air.
  9. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    I have a iPad (1st gen & mini), and I can tell you that it's hard to take notes (if you're using a stylus) with the iPad. Unfortunately I can't tell you how it works with a keyboard since I haven't invested in one yet.

    So in that case, I'd advise you to get the air. It's portable, lightweight, has pretty awesome battery life, and you don't have to buy an external keyboard :)
  10. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    For content creation, I personally prefer a keyboard and to that point, an MBA would be better. I've typed on iPads and continue to do so, but I much rather use a physical keyboard then a virtual one.
  11. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    I would strongly recommend the retina mini.
    The portability is amazing!

    Provided you dont mind the touch keyboard.
    It takes getting used to but u can do it.
    I know professional writers who only use the touchscreen. They told me they consider laptops obsolete.
    I personally feel equally comfortable on both.
  12. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
    Get the iPad, you already have a laptop. You won't be happy with 2 laptops :p. It'll be fun to have the pad. It's a lot easier to take notes on a laptop and you would be able to download movies whenever/wherever you like but it's time to try something different. Pull the trigger!
  13. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I have gone this path many times and it's always difficult to answer, but actually I would tell you to hear what Apple's management has told Macworld this week during a small interview...
    "When I walked into Apple’s offices for my conversation with the three executives, they noticed that I had brought a phone, a tablet, and a laptop, and had ultimately selected my MacBook Air as my tool of choice for the interview. (To write about the 30th anniversary of the Mac on an iPad would have felt like a betrayal.)

    “You had a bunch of tools,” Federighi said, pointing at my bag. “And you pulled out the one that felt right for the job that you were doing. It wasn’t because it had more computing power…. You pulled it out because it was the most natural device to accomplish a task.” Sometimes you want a large display, with many different windows open, and sometimes you just want to lay back on the couch or are standing at the bus stop. “There’s a natural form factor that drives the optimal experience for each of those things. And I think what we are focused on is delivering the tailored, optimal experience for those kinds of ways that you work, without trying to take a one-size-fits-all solution to it.”"

    What I am trying to say is that the best advice I can give you is, use each device for what it was created for, and don't try to make it to something else, just because it is possible. Use what it feels natural to use, and don't think about it!
    Having said that, I would say that for notes taking a Macbook Air is definitely better. Especially if you do a lot of copy paste you would hate an iPad...

    I have a lot of devices (just look at my signature) and I use an iPad only for small tasks, nothing else. The iPad was created for specific usage scenarios and use cases, and note taking, while it is certainly possible to use it for note taking, a laptop is a much better choice. (unless you want to use handwritten notes)
  14. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    For me its a lot easier to take notes on an ipad.
    You can also download movies with an ipad.
  15. kelon111 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2013
    From my experience with an iPad , it's a pain to take notes on it even with a stylus.
  16. Meister, Jan 25, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2014

    Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    I am only speaking for myself and some other people i know, too.
    We all use the touch keyboard and have been practicing for the last three years.
  17. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    I went back to school a few years ago, all online, and for a few weeks I tried doing my schoolwork exclusively on an iPad (4th gen), and I can tell you that it's a very claustrophobic experience. Especially when trying to do research for bigger papers, I constantly wished I had a better multitasking option (i.e. windows instead of having to jump back and forth between apps). It worked great with my Apple bluetooth keyboard, but I also began to really miss having a touchpad for text selection and cursor placement.

    It can be done, but I wouldn't want to do it. If I had the option of buying a MacBook Air or iPad Air for school, I would definitely go with the MBA. Especially now that iBooks is available in OSX.
  18. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    If I was on your shoes I would go iPad with a cover-keyboard for no other reason that 2 OSX devices seem superfluous and I would love to play with those cool IOS Apps.

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