Buying Advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by axeldtf, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. axeldtf macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2007
    In the upcoming fall i'm looking to make a new purchase to upgrade my computer set up.. I'm currently running a 2008 imac. I was looking to buy a new imac and possibly a new ipad air. I plan to use my imac to edit videos, use photoshop and to download files from forums (.rar, .mp4, etc), i was gonna use the ipad just to surf the net, run game apps and listen to music. My question is.. can i use the ipad to download files from a file host site? Or am i better off getting a macbook air?
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Assuming the format is compatible with the ipad then of course there is an app for that....
  3. Suzatlarge macrumors member


    May 4, 2008
    My buying advice, although not responsive to your questions, is that whatever you do, get an SSD in your new Mac. I just replaced my 2008 iMac a week ago. I use Lightroom and Photoshop - I process stills, not videos. I also own a 2013 MacBook Air.

    I chose a Mac mini because I already own a decent HD monitor. I bought a mid-range mini on sale for $599 (instead of $699) at a local MicroCenter store. It came with a 1TB conventional (spinning) hard drive. I liked it but found it was slooow at Lightroom and Photoshop compared to my MBA - although the MBA has a less robust CPU and half the RAM of the mini. I decided that I wanted to keep the mini but swap out its 1TB HDD for a 1TB SSD. I had that done at a local shop by Apple certified techs. I just got it home and set it up. WOW! The SSD made a huge difference. Lightroom took 45 seconds (!!) to open on this mini with the HDD; with the SSD, it takes FIVE seconds.

    I haven't tried the Fusion Drive, which is Apple's more affordable compromise for those who want SSD-like speed but need more internal storage than 256GB or 512GB.

    The iMacs look nice. If I didn't already have this nice monitor, I'd have seriously considered buying one this time around. Apologies if you didn't need or want my advice about the SSD.

    Happy shopping!!
  4. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    See if you can find apps for your iPhone that can do what you want to do for the upcoming iPad purchase. Except for real estate, in general if it works on an iPhone the the iPad should work, too. If you can't find what you want, then consider the MBA.
  5. axeldtf thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2007
    That's all good advice.. I think i'm gonna still go with the imac.. for portability i'll probably still go with the ipad. i'd hate to spend a grand on a laptop and then drop it the next day.. mac minis seem iike a good alternative.. that's a good idea.. i hadnt thought of that.. thanks again everyone

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