How Many Use the iPad As Your Only Computer?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bmstrong, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. bmstrong macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    I only have an iPhone that I tend to hook up to other computers when I need to update. I'm curious, does anyone own just an iPad? And use it for everything?
  2. RenoG macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    Eh the ipad cannot be used as a computer no more than your smartphone. I honestly don't think anyone can forgo an actual PC in favor of the ipad. Ok so you probably could but with the amount of hacks, apps, and external gizmos why even bother. Don't get me wrong i personally can't wait until an Ipad can technically be labled as a true personal computer.
  3. iSingandiDance macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    No, but most likely will cut the cord when iOS 5 releases.
  4. mrrish macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2008
    I'm about 80% iPad and 20% Mac. And the iPad:Mac time ratio is continuing to increase.
  5. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    It can depended on what you use your computer for.
  6. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    i imagine some people could go without a computer and rely solely on an ipad, but not me. about 90% of my work gets done on the ipad. but, the other 10% really cannot be covered by the ipad, and won't for the foreseeable future.
  7. taipan61 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2011
    corner starbucks
    it's about a 75/25 split, 25% because of work and the things i need it for, after hours though it's thoroughly iPad
  8. Carouser macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2010
    DGD nails it, of course. You can only ask 'does the iPad address my computing needs fully or not?'. For many people here (or their family/friends) it does. For many others, it does not.

    To pull some numbers out of nowhere, I'd peg it at pretty much an 80/20 rule: 80% of people can do everything they need to; or alternatively everyone can do 80% of everything they need to.

    Anything else about it's not a 'real' computer or can't handle 'real' work, or about how it needs to run Office, or an OS X filesystem, or Final Cut Pro on three monitors, or whatever the standard is now, before it's considered a replacement computer, is pro-level goalpost moving.
  9. Akack macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2011
  10. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    It's not my only computer but I certainly log more hours on it than my other machines.


    Actually, I get very good amount of actual work done on mine, though my work probably lends itself better to devices like that.
  11. henry72 macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    New Zealand
  12. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    Not me, because I use my MBP for development! :)
  13. Anonymous... macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2011
    I have been using it since the first iPad as my only computer and it's fabulous.
  14. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    iOS5 will at least make it possible. I find the iPad good enough for my traveling needs, and it has essentially replaced my MB and MBP. That said a 'real' machine is still a requirement for most users.
  15. Invincibilizer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2011
    Still use a desktop daily

    Do not own a tablet and see no need for it.

    I check email, news, makes docs, presentations fine on a desktop and occasionally the hard core modern warfare game is played.

    There is no way the iPad can replace a personal computer.
    It is a fun device but running a mobile system and having no physical keyboard, it can't progress much more.

    Most of you will flame me but I am speaking the truth and you know it.

    Listen to the truth and it will set you free.
  16. yosionp macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2011
    I use my ipad as a main computer! It is my best device as it gives me a good speed on 3G. so the best device yet.
    Yes, my desktop is still there can not replace it as I am used to the keypad! ;)
  17. Mochi Hana macrumors 6502a

    Mochi Hana

    Jul 30, 2010
    It's not my main computer, but I definitely use it more than my MBP.
  18. brettatk macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2011
    I don't see the iPad ever replacing our main computer. We use it primarily as a Media Server. Pretty much everything else can be done on the iPad but some things are just easier to do on the computer.
  19. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    I doubt that there's anyway to use the iPad as your only computer. How are you going to sync media files to the iPad if you don't even have a computer?
  20. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    If not for my VPN into work and playing some Starcraft II, it could be my only computer. The former it can actually do, but not well enough to do serious work.

    So while I think it can replace a regular computer for a lot of things, it's not quite there as a stand-alone (for me) and possibly never will be.
  21. ruvil macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2010
    i wish i could, but since i've got a 27" iMac at home - naah.

    I do however try to use it as much as possible in school.
  22. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I use it as my main machine. If I'm not on my work computer, I'm on my iPad. At home, I only use my tower for hosting media, running backups, and syncing my iPad/iPhone. Once iOS 5 comes out, I imagine I will barely look at my PC, but I will still want it to run media backups and Home Sharing.

    I still need my full blown computer, but not to do anything fun or productive on. I guess I'm just not that kind of user. I originally built my current tower to run Crysis. Now it's just a glorified hard drive.
  23. obey908 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 21, 2008
    San Francisco
    I pretty much only use my iMac now to use handbrake and iTunes stuff
  24. Martyimac macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2009
    S. AZ.
    My iPad is for fun, my MBP for actually getting work done. When I can word process, run Quicken or a good alternative, and print to my printers EASILY, THEN the ipad might become my main portable computer. But I don't see it ever becoming my main computer. Not enough storage or HP under the hood.
  25. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    Nope. I would not be able to get by with just my iPad. I still use my MacBook Pro very regularly and I could not manage my workflow without it. Sure for some people it would work out, but not for me.

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