2011 MacBook Pro 15" + iPad 3 OR Retina MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iLikeTurtles!, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. iLikeTurtles! macrumors 6502

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    I know its an off comparison but I have 2 options,

    Keep my currnt 2011 anti glare 15" macbook pro (i upgraded the Hd to a intel 520 120gb SSD) and Buy an ipad 3

    OR

    Sell my current macbook pro and spend the extra on top for a retina macbook (extra would be around the price of an ipad)

    What would you guys do?

    I know it depends on needs, what ur gonna etc, but I am curious to what others would do if they were in my situation

    thanks folks!
     
  2. kdoug macrumors 6502a

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    I'd keep your MacBook pro and buy and iPad. I have a 2012 MBP hi-res antiglare and an iPad 3 wifi and it's a great combo. With your current MacBook you have a user replaceable HD, memory and battery.
     
  3. iLikeTurtles! thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know this is a vague quesiton but, how do you make use of "both" devices?

    Also i thought the battery on the retina macbook pro was replacable, jsut expensive to do from apple?
     
  4. TheDutchGuy macrumors member

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    Battery, maybe, but memory and SDD is gonna be a real pain in the *ss... One of the reasons I just bought a 2012 cMBP...
     
  5. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    The SSD is on a removable blade, similar (but not identical to) the MacBook Air.
     
  6. iLikeTurtles! thread starter macrumors 6502

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    which option would u go for?
     
  7. FastEddiebags macrumors 6502

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    I currently have this same combo and love it. I use my mbp for games and movies and schoolwork, and use my iPad for textbooks, browsing the Internet, and sending short emails. The iPad is also super convienient for travel.
     
  8. iLikeTurtles! thread starter macrumors 6502

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    regular macbook?
     
  9. FastEddiebags macrumors 6502

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    2011 mbp 15in. In my sig.
     
  10. iLikeTurtles! thread starter macrumors 6502

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    if u had to chose would u go retina macbook or 2011 macbook plus ipad?
     
  11. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    Retina Pro. The screen is that much better. But that's just me- I don't carry my iPad around much and I feel less ridiculous holding my phone and browsing the web. YMMV.
     
  12. striker33 macrumors 65816

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    It always makes me laugh when people hate on the lack of upgradability on the new MBP. Aside from throwing an SSD in straight away, and upping the RAM, which are both things you do initially btw, its a non-issue for the majority of users.

    Fair enough if you still use crappy mechanical drives (pointless given how dirt cheap SSDs are now), but in reality chances are you will never have to open up your MacBook after the initial upgrade.

    My 7 year old iBook G4 is testament to that.
     
  13. FastEddiebags macrumors 6502

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    Tough choice but I'd honestly stick with my current setup. I don't need a retina screen since I think my hi res is enough. The amount of retina ready applications don't impress me either. I will also need a optical drive for school but that isn't a huge factor. The iPad is a toy, but a very useful one. Ebooks are cheaper than textbooks, and once you start taking your iPad to the bathroom with you, it's hard to imagine not having one.

    If you do any video or photo editing maybe the retina display will be worth it.
     
  14. njean777 macrumors 6502

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    Dirt cheap? Are you kidding? a 500gb drive is still 400$+ thats is not dirt cheap. When they get to the price of regular HD's then you can say they are dirt cheap.
     
  15. iLikeTurtles! thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what about the battery, ive read the batterys are glued into the retina macbook pro
     
  16. striker33 macrumors 65816

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    Covered under applecare up to 1000 cycles. Chances are you wont get anywhere near that with this being a desktop replacement.

    If you manage to though, its around $200 to get it replaced by Apple.
     
  17. iLikeTurtles! thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I bought a intel 520 series SSD 120gb for around 200 bucks, which id say is a tad expensive for 120gb but def notice a massive difference
     
  18. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    Are you talking about OP's specific situation, or are you saying that the rMBP is a desktop replacement?
     
  19. astrorider macrumors 6502

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    While your budget may not allow a rMBP and an iPad3 now, you could always buy the rMBP now, and then wait a bit before buying the iPad3. I use a laptop and and iPad constantly, though, so for me I wouldn't consider not having an iPad.
     
  20. iLikeTurtles! thread starter macrumors 6502

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    the computer initially cost me 1699 with education discount. with canadian taxes that brings it up to 1919.87 (god dam 13% tax! lol).

    stock specs: 2.0ghz i7 Quad Core, 4gb ram, 256mb amd radeon graphics card and 500gb hard drive.

    i had an issue with the macbook and apple replaced the ENTIRE computer for a brand new one and offered if i wanted to upgrade anything. so i upgraded the Anti glare screen for 100 bucks, no tax or anything.

    the other upgrade I made down the road was changing the stock 500gb hard drive to an 120 GB SSD, intel 520 series, that was 199.99 plus taxes so 223.

    The speck see thru clear was 49.95 plus tax so 56.44

    the moshi palmguard was 30 bucks from moshi...i guess my as well work out the math now haha

    1919.87
    100
    223
    56.44
    30_______

    Total spent on macbook - $2329.31

    for the retina, id be sellling my macbook for atleast 1500 and paying 560 extra for the retina. with that choice, would u say worth it?

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    i notcied...u ahve the top of the line of every apple product lol


    i could sell my macbook pro for 1500 and spend the extra 560 cash on a retina.

    but in total i spent around 2300 on te macobok,(upgrades, accesories)

    wort the upgrade with that choice to retina?
     
  21. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    Haha, not really. My iPad and iPhone are, but my Pro doesn't have the 768 SSD or 2.7 processor and my iMac is a fairly old (2010?) model :eek:
     
  22. iLikeTurtles! thread starter macrumors 6502

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    do u use the 4g on ur ipad?
     
  23. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    i'd get the ipad if i didnt have one. i already have the 3rd gen ipad which i need for work anyway. sounds like you don't nor have you described what your usage is like. so you're just going to get useless responses that won't help you at all.
     
  24. Greg M macrumors 6502

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    I sold my iPad 3 and my 2011 MBA in order to buy my retina. However, my situation had the added reason of wanting a larger screen. If I had an antiglare 15" MBP and an iPad 3 I would not have made the swap. I love the retina but do miss having the iPad.

    Besides the MBA, the retina is the first glossy screen that has acceptable glare.
     
  25. iLikeTurtles! thread starter macrumors 6502

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    how much extra didu hvae to fork over on top of what u made selling both things?
     

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