iPad or MacBook Air for my uses?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by PDFierro, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    I'm going to be getting the iPhone 5 when it releases, and I'm looking for something to complement it perhaps. I currently don't have my own computer.

    I had bought a new 11-inch ultimate Air but ended up returning it because I wasn't sure what I really wanted to do yet.

    I'm probably the typical user, I do lots of consuming but I also do screenwriting. In some ways I want an iPad more than I want an Air again, but then I also know that an Air might be better for me right now. Though, the screenwriting software I use has a full-featured iPad app coming out soon that will be no different from its desktop version.

    I also watch a heavy amount of video, which is why I'm hoping for a 64GB iPhone. But I think I would like to keep most, if not all, of my entertainment on the iPhone.

    I guess part of me deciding between the two would be how much storage space I would like to use. I could spring for 256GB again, but I think I would find it freeing to only have 64GB of space on the Air. And I'm okay with never having all of my videos stored locally, there are just a few essential ones. So the iCloud solution also works for me.

    So any reason for someone like me to have an Air instead of an iPad, especially if the software I use daily is coming to the iPad? I guess it's all a matter of preference, whether I want the actual keyboard and OS X or if I want to completely do the whole post-PC thing.
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    YOu will probably need a bluetooth keyboard to use with your iPad. This almost destroys the portability of the iPad compared to the MacBook Air, but you already had a MacBook Air, and didn't like it, so...
  3. toobizy macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2008
    Easy decision

    This seems like a no-brainer to me. I would definitely use the MB Air if I was going to be screenwriting. The combination of an integrated keyboard and trackpad will make it much easier to input text and make corrections. I would find an iPad frustrating for this purpose.

    And I would max it out with storage space, just because I like to keep all my music, movies, photos etc in one place.
  4. PDFierro thread starter macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Thanks. Yeah, I have been leaning toward an Air again myself. And I did like the Air, I just wanted to wait it out. And probably should have gotten a i5 instead of i7.

    The iPad has some advantages, but I might be more happy with the Air. Just need to look at how much video I would want to put on the Air if I got, and how I would use it for other purposes since I will have an iPhone also. Could either do a lot or a little.

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