ipad & mac mini vs Macbook Pro????

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ktmaty, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. ktmaty macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2010
    Hello all, I am trying to decide what route I should go. I will be purchasing my first mac in the next few days. I am not sure what I should get. I use computers for basic needs, internet, email, some word processing, photos, and music. Please help me understand the pro's and cons to each:

    Option #1:
    Get a mac Mini (refurbished or new) and use my current monitor, and also purchase an ipad (3g) for portable use.

    Option #2:
    Just get a Macbook pro, and also get a free ipod touch through the education store.

    Thank you so much for your help! :apple::D
  2. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    It depends on how much power you need while out. If you don't need a lot of power while out I'd go for the mini and iPad.
  3. mdgolom macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2006
  4. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
    Considering the needs you've specified.. I would recommend the MacBook Pro as it will easily handle everything you want it to and you can get an adapter to use it with your monitor..

    Pros: Does everything in one single package that you may carry anywhere you want. Connect with your screen and you probably have better performance than the mini.

    Cons: No 10" touchscreen. Comparatively less portability and 'flauntability' than iPad!

    Happy Deciding!!
  5. tangje macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2010
    It's a tough decision. If you already have an iphone I'd lean towards the MBP since you can just tether as needed.

    If you use a dumbphone then I'd go the iPad&MacMini route.

    I find it hard to rationalize paying for two data plans (iphone and ipad).

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