iPad Got iPad Air - should I sell my MBA?

macnoobizor

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Hi all,

I just got the iPad Air and I am loving it. I only use my MacBook Air for browsing the web and playing itunes music. I don't use it for anything else ever since I graduated university. Should I sell it now that I have my iPad? What would you do in my shoes?

Thanks!
 

jondunford

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Oct 22, 2013
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Hi all,

I just got the iPad Air and I am loving it. I only use my MacBook Air for browsing the web and playing itunes music. I don't use it for anything else ever since I graduated university. Should I sell it now that I have my iPad? What would you do in my shoes?

Thanks!
if you mean you just got the iPad today, i would see if you use the macbook in the next month or so and if not, sell it

don't sell it now and then end up buying it again
 

Hey Jude

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May 9, 2008
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Hi all,

I just got the iPad Air and I am loving it. I only use my MacBook Air for browsing the web and playing itunes music. I don't use it for anything else ever since I graduated university. Should I sell it now that I have my iPad? What would you do in my shoes?

Thanks!
If that is all that you ever use your MBA for, then it might not be a bad idea selling it for lack of use.

However, I have an 11" MBA, and as portable as my iPad is, there is no way that it could replace my MBA for the things that I use it, including having access to a larger, and properly calibrated screen, for my photography.
 

kathyricks

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Nov 26, 2012
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As long as you have access to a desktop computer running OSX or Windows then sure you could ditch the MBA and use the iPad for your potable computing needs. Most people need access to the full fledged versions of apps that run only on a OSX or Windows computer.
 

RickTaylor

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Nov 9, 2013
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Hi all,

I just got the iPad Air and I am loving it. I only use my MacBook Air for browsing the web and playing itunes music. I don't use it for anything else ever since I graduated university. Should I sell it now that I have my iPad? What would you do in my shoes?

Thanks!
If you're really not using the MacBook, perhaps it's better to sell it. Macs tend to hold their value pretty well so you should get a good price for it (and a better price now than if you wait). If you need a full computer later, then that money can contribute towards a more up to date machine.
 

Skika

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Mar 11, 2009
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If that is all that you ever use your MBA for, then it might not be a bad idea selling it for lack of use.

However, I have an 11" MBA, and as portable as my iPad is, there is no way that it could replace my MBA for the things that I use it, including having access to a larger, and properly calibrated screen, for my photography.
I would think that the iPad(at least the fullsized retina ones) has a much nicer screen overall, including ppi and colour gamut than the macbook air whiich isnt even IPS.
 

Ludatyk

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May 27, 2012
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Well, from your explanation of your use cases with the iPad Air... then perhaps you should go ahead and sell the MBA.

But first you look at your set up before moving forward with a decision. Currently, I have a Mac Mini and I don't have a laptop. I use my iPad as a replacement for a laptop... although I use my Mac for more intensive productivity.

I wouldn't replace the MBA if that's your only heavy computing use.
 

Tjosansa

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Jul 27, 2013
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I was saying yes.. But sometimes you want a computer..
I would keep em both..
 

calvol

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Feb 3, 2011
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You do realize that Safari crashing is due to software? Reports on iOS 7.1 show that even the tab reloading is much reduced.
Not taking the chance on Apple to figure it out, I'll wait till the next Air, put my $500 in the bank and let it earn interest, and use my MBA till then.
 

Jambalaya

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Jun 21, 2013
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No. You need one base machine to keep your ipad backups on at least. Personally when I got my ipad1 I gave my daughter my MacBook and bought the Mac Mini as the base machine.
 

tobeornottobe

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Nov 4, 2013
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Hi all,

I just got the iPad Air and I am loving it. I only use my MacBook Air for browsing the web and playing itunes music. I don't use it for anything else ever since I graduated university. Should I sell it now that I have my iPad? What would you do in my shoes?

Thanks!
iPads aren't even laptop replacements :eek: You will need a real computer, especially for work??
 

Zxxv

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Nov 13, 2011
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If you don't need a computer sell it. iPads are designed to do the tasks that some people only need. It's like apple looked at what people do on laptops and said hmm they don't need all the other stuff a fully fledged os does. They put their findings into iPad. Are you one of those target people?

Keep the MacBook Air for a while. Use only your iPad. See how you feel in two weeks, once the honey moon period is over.
 

st1ngo

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Oct 25, 2008
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If that is all that you ever use your MBA for, then it might not be a bad idea selling it for lack of use.

However, I have an 11" MBA, and as portable as my iPad is, there is no way that it could replace my MBA for the things that I use it, including having access to a larger, and properly calibrated screen, for my photography.

The MBA screen is a very long way from "properly calibrated"

Try a MBP with retina and you start to get close !
 

Macalicious2011

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May 15, 2011
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The iPad is more of a companion device than it is a laptop replace. During the first few days and weeks you would absolutely love and adore it. For 85% of your computing needs it gets the job done, but the remaining 15% it's incapable of full-filling due to limitations in uploading files, accepting devices via USB and primitive multi-tasking.
 

Closingracer

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I got myself an ipad Air a few weeks ago myself and I still use my Laptop simpy because typing is much easier on my laptop vs my ipad and while I could buy a keyboard I still prefer the 17 inch screen on my laptop. Also I probably wont get much for my laptop considering I paid $400 including tax on it last year and I might get $100 -$150 for it?


While you have a MBA and they retain there value much better the PC laptops you won't get your full investment so not enough of a reason to sell it because there will probably be times where you would want it vs the ipad
 
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