I'm in a bit of a jam. iPad or something else.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cornchild, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. cornchild macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2007
    My baby (2007 24' iMac videocard has kicked the bucket.) so I'm without a computer besides this iPhone I'm typing on! The price to repair isn't worth it. So my question is this.

    Given that I'm gonna have to buy a new iMac in the next month or so should I get a $500 new iPad or a small pc notebook to tie me over?

    My daily routine:
    - surfing the Internet
    - email
    - Facebook
    - YouTube
    - Photoshop (though I know Ill have to just let this go until the new iMac)
    - making music.

    Having Internet withdrawals!


  2. Epic Xbox Revie macrumors 6502a

    Epic Xbox Revie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Washington, D.C.
    It'll be difficult to make music on the iPad. Everything else will work fine. Not sure if you'll want the iPad after you get the mac and a cheap netbook might have more of a place. Or perhaps you'll love the iPad and it'll work for you. It's all about finding what works for you.
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Garageband works fine on the iPad....For your stated needs I'd say get one. If you don't want to buy the new ipad3...Grab an ipad2 refurb from the Apple store....That will more than tie you over until you get a new iMac.
  4. Gimyslog macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2012
    Sweden, Trollhättan
    I'm actually in a very similar position! We had to return our school-laptop at the end of march, since then I've had my iPad and I'm waiting for the new iMac as well! My needs are also quite similar to yours, and I must say for a tablet the iPad handels them beatifully. Sure, its not the versitile machine that a real computer is, but I'm recordning music on my iPad with my apogee jam, and with a stylus, Photoshop touch actually exceeds my expectations. And when it comes to surfing, facebook youtube and all of that stuff, I'd take the iPad over a notebook anyday!

    Basically what I'm missing with the iPad is the abillity to download media, and it isn't really an option to stream either, since safari (on ios) is quite restrictive when it comes to playing videos.

    But i can't do anything else than reccomend it! It will also make a great companion to an iMac! Hope this helped a bit!:)
  5. RobinHood5 macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2012
    If you need something to get you through the next month or two get an iPad. Actually I'm typing on a iPad 2 right now! If you really want to save some cash get an iPad 2 and even consider refurbished. If you don't care about the camera/gyro but need 64gb of storage apple still sells a refurbed iPad 1 64gb for reeeeally cheap.
  6. MacSignal macrumors regular

    May 8, 2010
    iPad is good enough to help with your "Internet withdrawals", if you are willing to do without PS until you can get your iMac. I can't tell if you GarageBand on the iPad would meet your requirements for "making music", but it has some nice capabilities. Good luck!
  7. cornchild thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2007
    Thanks for all the replies!

    I'm very scared to get another iMac after the video card in this one up and died. Although I read this was a common issue with the 2007 24' iMac's video card. I had screen ghosting the past few months. I should have knew it was on its last legs! lol

    The only other option would be to buy a mac mini and Apple display now and make the big jump to a pro when they update it.

    Oh the choices!:confused::confused:
  8. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    5 years sounds pretty good. Nothing is built to last anymore.
  9. briansolomon macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2005
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Try an iPad from CowBoom if you don't care to have the latest and greatest. You can get a 1st gen iPad with 64 GB and 3G for $249 there now. They may have cheaper models, but I think the less expensive ones were sold out last time I looked.
  10. Geekbabe macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2011
    Why not hit Craig's List buy a used MacBook Pro or Air? Alternatively picked up a refurbished Air from Apple online store?
  11. s15119 macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2010
    Have you asked Apple about out of warranty repair? Sometimes, it's much much less than you would think to do the repair, even out of warranty through Apple.
  12. LaWally macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2012
    Apple quoted me $395 + $39 labor to replace the video card on my 2008 24" iMac. I had AppleCare so I did not have to pay anything, but the quote should be close to what they would charge for an OOW repair.

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