iPad as primary computer

Discussion in 'iPad' started by celo48, Mar 22, 2011.


Is your iPad your primary computer?

  1. Yes

    73 vote(s)
  2. No

    276 vote(s)
  1. celo48 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2010
    Do you use your iPad as your primary computer?
  2. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2009
  3. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    You could use it a primary computer - if you have something like a mini as your secondary computer to be your media server.

    I have a Macbook Pro which I consider my primary computer, but my iPad gets just as much use if not more so it's hard to say which is 'Primary'.
  4. yourtoys7 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2007
    No, but I do use it alot. Win' pc does some things, but browsing, email etc. done on iPad.
  5. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    Primary access to the internet? YES. For general computing? NO.
  6. vi2867 macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2006
    Eastvale, CA
    That is my intention when I get it. I want to make it my main computer. I plan to use my other computer only when I need to add media or sync my media.

    I think we are getting closer everyday in being capable of doing this. As more apps become available they will make it a smoother transition.:eek:
  7. Maaz macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2010
    If by primary, you mean use more than my iMac. Then hell yes.
  8. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    Don't you find it slow for internet use compared to a computer?
  9. X2468 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2011
    As an entertainment device - yes.

    If you can use it as your primary computer, you didn't need a computer in the first place.
  10. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    The iPad 2 loads pages pretty damn quick.

    However, it's pretty much impossible for anyone that likes to use their computers to the fullest to have an iPad as the primary. I am considering having a setup as listed above though, where there's an always connected home system that you can access from anywhere with the iPad/iPhone. My question is, why have two devices (iPad and home PC/Mac) when you can just have one that's both portable and capable of full computing (MacBook)?
  11. andyblila macrumors 65816


    Jul 8, 2008
    On My iPhone, or my iPad?
  12. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    Personally I don't think the iPad 2 is very quick for browsing on wifi, and 3g is even slower. It doesn't make it a bad device, but in my opinion you wait a lot for pages to load.
  13. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    I'll definitely agree it's not as fast as an intel-based system, but still I'm impressed with its speed. You are right though, you will ultimately be waiting longer for some pages on the iPad. I actually saw a post recently where someone said try out www.msnbc.com, and compared to my mac, it loaded significantly slower on the iPad.
  14. drenline macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    internet browsing, mp3, youtubing, apps/games, yes.

    everything else, no.
  15. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    That was probably me. I actually had an iPad 2 completely freeze up loading that at the Apple store last night. I tested loading that site on several iPads and almost every Macbook in the store. The Air was much faster than the iPad, and the Macbook Pros were somewhat faster than the Airs. I thought it was a good comparison to try since all machines were on the same wifi network. Less complex pages loaded much quicker on the iPad.
  16. dmaul1114 macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    Nope. It is just a content consumption, wev surfing etc device for me.

    I need a full PC to do my work on.
  17. 212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

    Jan 31, 2003
    Pretty much so, after I got my iPad i haven't even touched my MacBook pro. I love this thing.
  18. yodaxl7 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    most of the time

    I use the iPad almost exclusively daily!! Browse, gaming, reading, viewing,emailing, chatting on forums, etc. I rarely use my macbook pro. :eek:
  19. yodaxl7 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    You know, people do consume on the laptops as well??
  20. yodaxl7 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    It should be faster on the macbook pro which are going at 2 ghz with either dual core or quad. The Air is going at a higher speed, too. Duh! Bandwidth!! Word!:p
  21. yodaxl7 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    Same here!! :D
  22. dmaul1114 macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    Sure. I just find tablets superior for things like reading the news, surfing the net on the couch etc.

    But laptops are far superior for doing real work as I need full software options, a file system, ability to get files onto jump drives etc that you can't do on a Tablet currently. maybe if there is full Mac or Windows tablet someday that doesn't suck like the ones of the past....

    But for now a tablet and a full PC/Mac are complementary devices. Something like the IPad can't be main PC for someone who uses a computer for work. Maybe if it's just straight writing. But not for someone like me who has to use a wide array of software packages to carry out my research etc.

    I work on my PCs and play on my iPad mainly. :)
  23. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    I use it for everything but writing code.

    I expected it to be much more of an "accessory" device that I'd check mail on etc. However, I'm finding that my original assumption was wrong. I do a lot of writing, spreadsheets, proposals, and draft specs on the iPad. I save almost everything directly to the cloud (using iWork.com, iDisk, or DropBox.)

    If it "docked" to a big screen and ran XCode, I'd sell my iMac.
  24. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007

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