Already own a Macbook, should I get an iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Awfisch, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Awfisch, Feb 13, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2012

    Awfisch macrumors member


    Feb 1, 2011
    I have a 13'' late 2009 macbook pro and I love it. I am getting a good amount of money back when I filed my taxes, and I'm thinking about getting an iPad 3. From your experience, should I get one? I'm a student, so I have the option of saving the money for school, or getting an iPad.

    (Also, due to a lot of financial aid, and paying for school in saved cash, I am 2 years in without ANY debt. So it would not make a huge impact on my schooling, but is it worth it?)
  2. camardelle macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2011
    I'm using both and the iPad won't replace your macbook anytime soon. This month's MacWorld has an article where a guy replaces his macbook with an ipad for 3 days. It did a lot, but it's no replacment.
  3. eaf7s macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2009
    Without question! I'm a student and between the iWork suite and a good PDF reader/marker, it's already become indispensable.
  4. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Hard question to answer as your mileage may vary.

    I have a MBP, an iPad 2, and an iPhone 4S. I am almost always on either the MBP or the iPhone 4S. I rarely use the iPad 2 except using the TWC app to watch TV shows when the kids have the main TV.

    I would sell it, but it seems that lately the resale value is too low to make it worth my effort.
  5. iWantThat macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2011
    I owned both an iPad 2 and a Macbook at the same time and after the initial honeymoon grace period with the iPad wore off, I didn't use it enough to be worth the significant investment. It's not that it's not great technology but when push came to shove and I wanted to do something on a device, I found it more of a hassle to perform the same task on my iPad. Taking notes in class with the iPad isn't practical enough and while the possibility of future textbooks being available on iOS for college is promising, I just don't see it being that widespread for the next couple years. As someone who just recently graduated from college and has to pay loans, save your money and buy an iPad when you can afford to have it as a luxury, because that's what it currently is.
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Please refer to the countless identical threads that already exist on the topic.
  7. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    I bought a macbook pro in august 2010. I bought an iPad in september 2011. I spend most of my time at school 10+ hours a day. I started by using my ipad for PDF notes. I now use my iPad exclusively for mobile work. My MBP is just sitting at home I am selling it soon. the iPad is great as a mobile computer. As soon as I have to do imore intensive school work like writing reports or whatever I use my mbp.
  8. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    Keep the money for your education, and the Macbook for school. JMHO! :D

    iPad is nice but can't fully replace a computer just yet!
  9. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    I agree with you. The OP needs to pay off his own school loan so we do not have too!:eek:
  10. Bobby Corwen macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    In summary it is a tool for superior and comfortable/convenient content consumption rather than creation -- especially reading.

    The areas it overlaps the other 2 devices in, it is superior.
  11. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    Normally, I would say get an iPad. But if you can use that money to reduce your student loans, DO IT. I wish I'd realized when I was 20 how much more valuable that money would be to me when I had a mortgage and a baby and a lot of loans to pay off.

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