Did your iPhone replace your MacBook for most things?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dontwalkhand, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    For me, I got tired of the thing heating up my lap when I am just casually browsing the web that I have switched to using my iPhone to do these tasks.

    Now of course when the ipad comes out that would be even better, but for now this will have to do, and it does it great. I am just happy my lap isn't burning. If my work didn't need me to run desktop applications, I would sell my MacBook and go iPhone + iMac (and in the future the ipad) only.

    This was typed from my iPhone as I lay down to reflect how appreciative I currently am for my iPhone.
  2. Rooftop voter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 26, 2010
    I haven't really used the laptop to much since I got my 3gs. Didn't really think I'd use my iPhone nearly as much as I actually do. I Like not having to Lug the laptop with me when I want to go to the couch and surf or laydown in bed and read. I'm hooked on this little thing.
  3. sunnylee macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2010
    I'm hoping to replace my vaio with a mbp soon, but my iPhone has nearly replaced everything that I do on the computer. I am always on the run and extremely late to most of my commitments, so it's so much easier to fulfill my Internet needs on my phone (as I am doing now). I'm expecting when I get my new computer that I'll use it a little more than my raggety vaio.
  4. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Lord no. I have a MacBook Pro in clamshell mode with a monitor attached. I've got one of the full-size traps-all-junk white wireless keyboards and a new Magic Mouse. So I use it for portability less than a lot of people.

    However, I would say my iPhone 3GS more allows me to be connected in new places than it replaces the MBP. I can type 80 wpm on a standard keyboard. It might be 15 wpm on an iPhone. I can't turbo-blog -- well, turbo-update Facebook, Twitter, post here -- on an iPhone. I can't watch Hulu videos. I can't mess with my Netflix queue without a lot more movement than I prefer.

    I mostly use my iPhone for mobile e-mail and to get news updates of all sorts. When I go to dinner during work, I'm able to read all sorts of things. I can also play games now and then, but I can't find anything that I really like to play for a long time. Games could use some work to keep from getting stale.
  5. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    If your iPhone replaced your laptop then you clearly where never using your computer for actual productivity (photoshop, excel, multitasking, researching, matlab, etc)

    I.E. your computer was used for d***ing around online

    if that's the case, the iPad is squarely aimed at you
  6. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    I agree.. the iPad is for clearly for u. However for those who use Photoshop, Illustrator, Video Editing, or CAD/3d modeling, they need a machine running a full OS.

    The iPhone really does come in handy browsing the Net right away.
  7. dontwalkhand thread starter macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have my iMac for when I need to get work done. I do not need access to this stuff when I am out and about. When I am on a jobsite, access to the web-app is all I need to invoice & look up inventory.
  8. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    thanks for proving my point

    It seems you don't understand the term "productivity "

    In other words, to produce a product, which you just can't do with the iPhone /iPad
  9. dontwalkhand thread starter macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    pro⋅duc⋅tive  [pruh-duhk-tiv]
    1. having the power of producing; generative; creative: a productive effort.

    Am I still getting work done when I use the web app? Yes. Am I being productive when it fits my needs? Yes. Do I live my life and work according to Shenaniganz08's lifestyle? No

    Point is, such a setup works for me. But according to you, one size always fits all.
  10. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    My iMac has been on the blink for the past two months and thank goodness for my iPhone! I use it for the Web, emails, on-line banking etc - that's the reason for the delay in getting the iMac fixed!

    However, the iPhone is in no way a direct replacement for the iMac where using applications such as Aperture, Photoshop and printing are concerned.
  11. bc8240 macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2010
    I am lazy and my phone is usually within arms reach of me. The only time I power on my Macbook is when I can't view something on my iPhone. Usually some type of video content.
  12. eezing macrumors 6502


    Oct 29, 2008
    Unplug your macbook while it's on your lap... that should resolve any lap burning issues you may have.
  13. opinioncircle macrumors 6502a


    May 17, 2009
    My iPhone is for the on the go time of my day. My uMBP sits nicely at home, or at a table at the moment, since I just moved in a temporary studio :)...
  14. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    My iPhone in no way will ever replace my MBP. However, since I have my email, Facebook, Twitter, music, etc. on the go, I don't use my MBP as much. Generally, I use the MBP to process photo's in Adobe Photoshop, or to download music from Amazon or iTunes. However, that only thing that has changed is that I don't bring my MBP with me on trips/vacations, since I have email, social networking access, etc. via my iPhone.
  15. Diet Pepsi macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2010
  16. luckygyrl83 macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2008
    Fullerton, CA
    Kinda. I use my 3G way more than my laptop, even for homework and whatnot. Its used for reading books, listening to music, all sorts of things really.
  17. 99MustangGTman macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2008
    Germantown MD/ Columbus OH
    Not at all. I use my MB for everything at home and at school and only use my iPhone when i'm on the go
  18. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Sort of. I don't use my work laptop (XP) to surf at home anymore. I mostly now use my desktop to burn discs or tinker, but I still occasionally surf on it.

    Also, I don't use my home Windows 7 PC to be productive. That's what my work PCs and laptop are for. I don't go to many flash sites and the various applications (Phone Flix, AP News, Huffington Post, Free RSS, TMZ, WeatherBug, NPR, Live Cams, personal/corporate email) are where I spent most of my time catching up on the train home. After that it is games, games, games.

    I bought and returned a Windows 7 netbook and I am considering an iPad.
  19. ooninay macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2009
    Even if I could get over trying to interact with a website properly on that tiny screen, the almost unbearable speed of Safari on the iPhone (whether on 3G or my wireless LAN) would stop me from ever replacing my computer with my iPhone even just for web browsing. And anything that involves typing more than a few words (e.g., e-mail), and I'd much rather use a real computer. That on-screen keyboard is no substitue for the real deal. I have a 3G by the way, not 3GS.
  20. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    No. No way can the iPhone substitute a laptop. Different things have different purposes. It may substitute a netbook though.
  21. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    My iPhone hasn't even managed to replace my iBook.

    This is why for the moment I'm not thinking of buying an iPad - I like a proper fully featured computer. In bed at night yes, but more often than not I'll just grab the laptop.
  22. itommyboy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2009
    Titletown USA
  23. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    That tiny screen could never replace my MBP. It's good enough while at work or out somewhere but at home, I need my MBP.
  24. InternetDude08 macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2009
    Maybe this belongs in the MacBook forum because not everyone with an iPhone has a MBP. LOL.

    Anywho, I use my iPhone basically for email and RSS feeds, with some occasional web browsing. The screen is too small for me to visit most of my not-mobile-friendly web sites I visit daily. Besides I can't live without Dreamweaver and as far as I know it's not available for the iPhone yet :lol:

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