Going back to an Air

Scarpad

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A few years back I owned both a 11" and 13" air at one point, I sold them and opted for Ipads. I just recently picked up an Ipad Mini 4 , love the size its perfect for carrying around, but now I'm thinking of selling my Ipad Air 1 and selling it and going with a MacBook air, I really liked having a more powerful but slim option. anyone else find them selves gravitation back to laptops
 
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martinm0

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Always. As much as I love the iPads, I really need a keyboard and mouse/trackpad to be truly productive. The other issue I have with an iPad is that it requires two hands to operate (one to hold and one to poke with). When I didn't have a laptop I bought a Zagg iPad keyboard that the iPad wedges into and can be used pretty much like a laptop. That worked pretty well at the time, but still not a full fledged computer.

I will always have an iPad, but I find I really only use it for traveling and digital comics. I reach for my MBA the rest of the time now.
 
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sracer

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A few years back I owned both a 11" and 13" air at one point, I sold them and opted for Ipads. I just recently picked up an Ipad Mini 4 , love the size its perfect for carrying around, but now I'm thinking of selling my Ipad Air 1 and selling it and going with a MacBook air, I really liked having a more powerful but slim option. anyone else find them selves gravitation back to laptops
I've pretty much given up hope of having a truly converged device and have settled on a combo of 11" MBA and iPad Air 2.
 

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A few years back I owned both a 11" and 13" air at one point, I sold them and opted for Ipads. I just recently picked up an Ipad Mini 4 , love the size its perfect for carrying around, but now I'm thinking of selling my Ipad Air 1 and selling it and going with a MacBook air, I really liked having a more powerful but slim option. anyone else find them selves gravitation back to laptops
For home & travel, my iPad Mini 2 & 11" MBA is the best combo for me. I also have a 15" MBP for work but I usually just leave that in the office anyway.
 

batting1000

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Getting rid of my iPad Air 2 + Mac mini combo and going with a 2015 13 inch Air. Always wanted to be able to carry my computer around and while the Air 2 is a great tablet, it often gets cumbersome when trying to do heavier Internet browsing on the go.
 

whodatrr

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My iPads now mostly gather dust. The iPhone screen has gotten pretty good and today's laptops or pretty might and small. There's not a lot of space between them, any more. And I have an SP3.
 

flowrider

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A post of mine from another thread written a year and a half ago:

I used an iPad for three years (when traveling only). I grew to hate the darn thing. To me, it's a toy, not a computer. Last August I sold it on Craig's List and picked up an 11" MBA. I couldn't be happier. The form factor couldn't be better, IMHO. I luv it.

However, I made a BIG mistake. I bought it with only a 64GB SSD. My idea was to use a 500GB Hybrid drive when I was in a hotel room or visiting someone and to use the small SSD only for internet use while moving about. Didn't work. I bought a 480 GB internal SSD, first from OWC, but had problems with it, so it's being RMAd and I have a Transend 480GB SSD that should be here next week. Being able to put all my files on the internal drive and use it anywhere is GREAT!!!!

My home computer is a souped up Mac Pro. But the MBA is a GREAT little machine. iPads =BAH HUMBUG - IMHO
Still feel the same:oops:

Lou
 

toddzrx

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A few years back I owned both a 11" and 13" air at one point, I sold them and opted for Ipads. I just recently picked up an Ipad Mini 4 , love the size its perfect for carrying around, but now I'm thinking of selling my Ipad Air 1 and selling it and going with a MacBook air, I really liked having a more powerful but slim option. anyone else find them selves gravitation back to laptops
I'm surprised you aren't considering the rMB? Sounds like you didn't need the connectivity of an Air or Pro if you were able to operate with an iPad, and rMB will probably have enough processor power to keep you happy.
 

Dingster101

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Yes I've decided to go with an 11 inch Air to supplement my iPad 3, which I only use for sermons now.
 

tom vilsack

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Apple you really need to make a "2-1" (for lack of better word) laptop/tablet. I can't believe I'm saying this,but if you want to keep up you better make a Apple "Surface Book"
 

dumastudetto

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I loved my MacBook Air back in the day, but I definitely couldn't buy any MacBook that doesn't have a Retina display at this point.
 

SSD-GUY

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I loved my MacBook Air back in the day, but I definitely couldn't buy any MacBook that doesn't have a Retina display at this point.
But of a different perspective. I started with a 2011 Air, then I got the late 2013 rMBP 13 due to the screen. Howvever as I go to university and commute a lot, I found the RMBP to be just a bit too heavy, especially carrying books, lunch etc. Plus I didn't need all that power on the go, and it was a bit too wide to use whilst on the underground.

Picked up a used MBA 11 and couldn't be happier. The screen isn't too bad, as long as you use cmd & + key on some websites. But the form factor and lightness more than make up for it. It's just over a kilo in weight, I don't notice it at all!
 

philosopherdog

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The air is a piece of junk compared to anything retina IMO. once you use a retina you can't look at that awful screen.
 
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batting1000

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The Air is so out of date that it cannot be recommended unless you can't stretch to the more modern notebooks out there. The screen is terrible for a notebook in 2015.
It's really not that bad. I came from using a Mac mini with a low-res HP 20-inch monitor and the Air isn't bad at all. I've used retina displays for years with my iPad and iPhones so it's not like I've never used one. I use my computer more than my phone so I'm kind of used to the low-res display, but honestly for the average person it's not bad at all.

The Air isn't out of date aside from the screen.

I got the 2015 Air and I love it so far.
 

Sumter

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The Air is so out of date that it cannot be recommended unless you can't stretch to the more modern notebooks out there. The screen is terrible for a notebook in 2015.
Agreed, I would have kept my air if not for its screen resolution. After getting used to retina screens on iPad Air/iPhones, and taking a look at rMBP screens, I couldn't look at the Air screen without feeling discomfort and straining my eyes. Other than the screen, though, I would say the MBA is a great machine. It did everything I wanted it to do. Even ran a couple of games without a problem. It now lives happily with a new owner (my friend) who appreciates it for what it is, unlike me.

I still miss its form factor sometimes, but my new rMBP is a sight for sore eyes as well :D
 

s2mikey

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Damn, that pesky screen issue rearing its head. I went to look at an Air and an rMBP at the local store. I dont have awesome eyesight or anything but its quite an obvious "win" for the rMBP.

To bad the Air didnt have at least a better screen if not a retina. They could shove a few more pixels in there for minimal cost to spruce it(display quality) up. Comparativel it feels like the MacBook is more of a of "cool" gadget but slightly under-featured/under-powered and the rMBPs are somewhat overkill for many and are meatier in stature. The Air fits perfectly in the lineup but needs better video performance.
 

SSD-GUY

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Damn, that pesky screen issue rearing its head. I went to look at an Air and an rMBP at the local store. I dont have awesome eyesight or anything but its quite an obvious "win" for the rMBP.

To bad the Air didnt have at least a better screen if not a retina. They could shove a few more pixels in there for minimal cost to spruce it(display quality) up. Comparativel it feels like the MacBook is more of a of "cool" gadget but slightly under-featured/under-powered and the rMBPs are somewhat overkill for many and are meatier in stature. The Air fits perfectly in the lineup but needs better video performance.
That's why I sold my rMBP and kept my air. It was overkill for a laptop, I didn't need all that power, and you do feel the extra weight over the course of a whole day.
 

dwfaust

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A post of mine from another thread written a year and a half ago:



Still feel the same:oops:

Lou
I have several "half" cards that I use in the SD card slot. I have several brands, as well. PNY makes the StoreEDGE cards in multiple storage sizes (64GB and 128GB). The other brands - Nifty and TheMiniDrive use MicroSD cards, and the ones that I have currently support up to 128GB MicroSD cards.

I use them for storing work projects - photos that I am working on, documents related to other projects, and one that I use to store movies. The StorEDGE has a small lip that sticks out just enough to allow you to grab it to eject the drive. The other versions sit completely flush with the rMPB, and have little slots where you can "hook" them with the provided tool to eject them.

Over all, very handy - especially on a rMBP with the limitation of the SSD drive storage.

PNY StorEDGE
The Nifty MiniDrive
The MiniDrive
 

AppleRobert

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Damn, that pesky screen issue rearing its head. I went to look at an Air and an rMBP at the local store. I dont have awesome eyesight or anything but its quite an obvious "win" for the rMBP.

To bad the Air didnt have at least a better screen if not a retina. They could shove a few more pixels in there for minimal cost to spruce it(display quality) up. Comparativel it feels like the MacBook is more of a of "cool" gadget but slightly under-featured/under-powered and the rMBPs are somewhat overkill for many and are meatier in stature. The Air fits perfectly in the lineup but needs better video performance.
The basic 13.3 Air is now $849 at Best Buy and the rMBP is far from that price and overkill for many. And I think most folks even with limiting vision can get by with the Air. One can always do scaling to meet their vision needs.
 
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