iPad iPad instead of laptop

Discussion in 'iPad' started by racer1441, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Well, decided I may try the ipad only challenge. Nice desktop, figure why not.

    Anyone using just their ipad out there? Any tips? Going at this with a ipad 4 with lte.
  2. luqtotheman macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2012
    I have a laptop, but I mainly use my ipad for majority of my computing activities.

    My laptop acts as a central hub for everything, if you have a good desktop I don't think you need a laptop. If it is necessary fo you to have fast typing on the go, you can get a keyboard that has a build in case.

    There are plenty of apps that make the ipad a very useful device that has a great battery life.
  3. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
  4. roccobladr macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2011
    I tried it at work on Friday for the first time.

    Depends on what you use it for but as long as you have some type of desktop/laptop at home for all your extra storage needs etc I think it is totally viable.

    At home I find it perfect for messging, web surfings, reading and games.

    At work I use numbers for simple spreadsheets and will try utilizing Dropbox more for PDFs and other docs I may need at quick glance.

    iTunes Match makes things on the music end a little easier too.
  5. racer1441 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009


    This pretty much. I don't have music really. A couple tb of videos, so that's a non-starter no matter what.
  6. syd430 Guest

    Given that you've provided no details on what you actually need a computer for, this thread is completely pointless.
  7. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Bravo! Great point.

    Can an ipad replace a laptop? Absolutely. If all you do is check email and browse the web, the ipad can run circles around a laptop.

    Try burning a CD with an ipad though. It might prove somewhat difficult.... :p
  8. racer1441 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Internet and email. Would have listed anything special.


    People still use cd's. are leeches still in vogue? :D
  9. Sital macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2012
    New England
    The main thing that would prevent me from completely using my iPad instead of my laptop is the lack of robust finance apps for the iPad. Until I come across an app that can handle different types of investment accounts it's a no-go.
  10. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
  11. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida

    People still use GPS units, radar detectors, and other gadgets requiring firmware updates. The iPad can't handle that duty.

    People still use software other than iOS, like Quicken. The iPad can't do that.

    People still need to access flash. Fewer ever day, but some people still need to. If you are one of the few, the iPad will disappoint.

    Some people still need to run VMs with other OSes, you know, like for work and stuff. The iPad can't do that.

    The iPad is a very capable device, but please don't dream of it replacing a PC any time soon. Unless you don't do any of these things. For checking email its swell. And for some other things. But the list of things it can't do is still long and significant.
  12. racer1441, Jan 6, 2013
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    racer1441 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Think I'm good actually.

    GPS is my iPhone.

    Since I own my own company, I standardized the company on iOS about a year ago.

    I'm actually pretty excited about trying this out. Need to find a decent case that holds the ipad and apple keyboard.
  13. raccoonboy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    Ipad max capacity is 64GB, Normal laptop equipped with 500GB. Thats for pic, video, games whatsoever. I think u need both but maybe not so expensive on the Laptop. It can be just centralized gadget to kinda organize whats in your ipad.

    Laptop still very useful and i enjoy better using the mouse. Ipad can be mainly for games and movie watching when u travel.
  14. racer1441 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Only using 20gb on my old air. Don't really have mobile media. My video is about 2 tb, so won't be traveling with that either way.
  15. syd430, Jan 6, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 6, 2013

    syd430 Guest

    You will probably find over time that the iPad is much more optimal for these uses than your computer, if that is all you are using it for.
  16. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    the main thing is doing complicated tasks on a 9.7" screen using your finger--with no mutitasking or multi window display-- is totally unworkable.
  17. PrayForDeath macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2012
    That's what I have currently, a desktop and an ipad. But I don't see the ipad replacing my desktop anytime soon...
  18. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
    And there's your idea for an awesome startup! :D
  19. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The iPad is useful as a replacement if as mentioned you check your email or surf.

    I find that the laptop is much to flexible and powerful to be replaced if you do anything more with it.

    I run multiple operating systems on my laptop, connecting to my work network managing servers, running account software, software to edit/manage my photos and what not. The iPad would lilt under any of these tasks, so in this so post pc era, my MBP is orders of magnitude more useful, flexible and powerful then my iPad.

    I'm sure I could a number of those tasks I delineated on the iPad but I'd rather not, especially when the laptop does it easier, faster and better.
  20. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    I'd just add that "browsing the web" doesn't necessarily mean looking at funny pictures of cats :)

    I've noticed many of these replacement threads have a "if you're _just_ browsing the web" theme ... we've got a couple of mission critical apps deployed, web-based, that work outstandingly well with the iPad (the particular task also involves capturing images, so it's a nice, self contained solution vs. a notebook + camera).
  21. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Consumption vs. Production

    If consumption is much of someone's game- that is, reading/watching/listening- an iPad can definitely be a great alternative to a laptop.

    If production is much of someone's game- that is, writing (lots), developing something for others to watch, developing something for others to hear- and/or heavy lifting (processor intensive) chores, an iPad is a poor alternative to a laptop.

    The more someone needs a keyboard, the weaker the virtual keyboard becomes. The more someone needs raw horsepower, the weaker the ponies within the iPad show. To get to a destination I can ride a bike or drive a car. If the destination is nearby, the bike might work about as well. However, if the destination is far, the bike option wanes.

    If the bulk of your computing is producing, the "challenge" is unlikely to yield "an iPad can work for me." If you mostly read/watch/listen to other people's production, it can work well.
  22. KoukiFC3S macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2010
    Works fine for me. If I need a full OS, I logmein into my Mac Mini.
  23. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    With a desktop, I think for most people this is perfectly doable.
  24. akdj macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    Not that I could lose my lap or desktops...BUT, in response, the iPad has transformed my business...and my employees are now only carrying iPads for communication and on-site production.

    As far as GPS--yes, the iPad (LTE model) has it--including an excellent 'app' from Cobra that integrates with a radar detector

    Quicken is powerful...we use it for our business expense tracking...BUT, for personal finance, Mint works well!!

    If you really do need Flash still... Skyfire, Photon, and Puffin do a fine job...but as you say, it's becoming less essential every day

    VMs? Through LogMeIn or the 'new' app from Avatron-- 'Air LogIn' you're able to access the 'mothership' @ home or the office while on the go. This will allow you to fiddle with your VMs for minor tasks, etc. However...the masses have no need to utilize a virtual machine on their main system, much less their tablet.

    We are a dying breed here @ MR...as are other 'geeks' that enjoy big power, the latest processors, big n powerful GPUs, et al. The public...they need email, messaging, Facebook, Twitter, a camera, music...a way to watch video and share information...most folks aren't crunching massive DNA calculations or exploring the depths of the universe--nor are they using virtual machines or do they need a powerhouse program like Quicken for their personal finances

    Those of us that do need a desk/laptop in our daily lives might step back and asks themselves IF they really do. You've quantified a couple very select situations one WOULD need the power afforded by a real computer...but the power today available in our smartphones and tablets exceeds, IMHO, the real power and storage capacity that most of the general public actually needs!

  25. Johns12 macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2008

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