ipad or macbook

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ravinja, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. ravinja macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2017
    i'm doubting between buying an ipad or a macbook. My use is mainly just media consumption

    - netflix
    - youtube
    - spotify
    - mail
    - facebook
    - instagram

    i sometimes also download a torrent for that one show that is not on netflix, however, i think this possible on an ipad.

    I just cannot make i right in my mind to pay so much more just to download the torrent. Has anyone made the same choice?
  2. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    iPad. That’s what I use mine for, I do not torrent though.
  3. Mahasamatman macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2017
    To be honest, nothing on your list screams MacBook to me. If you’re really sure you don’t need anything more at all - not you don’t need need it on a regular basis, that you don’t need it at all - then i would go for an iPad.
  4. Volusia macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2016
    Central Florida
    Go for the iPad and get a Bluetooth keyboard. I use the Zagg and love it. Makes my iPad a laptop for when I have a lot of typing to do...
  5. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    An iPad is pretty useless for anything except content consumption. Some claim that you can do it but if you watch them then they struggle as everything can be done faster using a real computer. So that would be my only caveat, if you needed to do some real work on it then get a real computer instead.
  6. thisismyusername macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2015
    Those of us who do real work on our iPads assure you it is not only possible but that we don't struggle at all. I'm not saying it's a solution for everyone but to say an iPad is only good for content consumption is absolutely false.
  7. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    Sounds like you're an outlier. The iPad is poor for creating content as it doesn't have have the requisite interface and feedback loop to make efficient use of people's time.
  8. subjonas, Mar 31, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2018

    subjonas macrumors 68000

    Feb 10, 2014
    Besides torrenting, both devices are very capable for your uses, but I’d have to say that the iPad is additionally more intuitive, a bit lighter weight, and offers more flexibility in how you want to use it—holding, on a mount, as well as resting on a surface (with a stand). The macbook’s strengths don’t seem to be advantageous to you, except for torrenting.

    In that regard, no one can really tell you how important torrenting is to you versus the extra cost of the MacBook. Maybe someone can chime in about a way to torrent on an iPad (I don’t know of any personally), but otherwise, it’s just a choice you have to figure out for yourself. Just ask, assuming torrenting on ipad is not possible: would getting the iPad and maybe ending up paying for some shows (either purchasing, renting, or maybe a temporary subscription), borrowing some shows from other people, and not watching some shows (edit- or torrenting on another device and transferring the shows to your iPad)—collectively be better or worse than paying the higher price of the MacBook?
  9. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
  10. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    I don’t see much mentioned here that would require a MacBook per se. A lot can be done on iOS devices these days - and Apple gives you two weeks to try them out in most countries too so there is plenty opportunity to make your own experience.
  11. tagumcity macrumors member

    May 11, 2015
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    For my use I've chose iOS, iPhone & iPad, these are the forward edge of computer type devices. I have an inexpensive linux laptop to handle my torrents. Having an attached hinged portion (conventional laptop) is bulky. I don't sit in a designated place to use software. Of course this is where I am at on the matter.
  12. prospervic, Apr 3, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2018

    prospervic macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2007
    So tired of closed-minded people who keep preaching the iPad is “useless for anything except content consumption.” Use of that phrase reveals someone who never really tried to think beyond the Mac/PC paradigm, or who is woefully unaware of what retailers, artists, musicians, graphic designers, photographers, real estate agents, doctors, scientists, business owners and more are ACTUALLY doing on their iPads.

    I compose music all the time with the on-screen piano keyboard (try THAT on a Mac!), and I just built a pretty substantial website on my iPad Pro 12.9, which was actually easier than with the same app on my MacBook, due to the direct-touch input.

    But people who think like you won’t bother learning about these uses because they’d rather be right, than informed.
    If you prefer the Mac (or PC), great! Good for you. But stop poo-pooing other people’s computing choice, because doing so indicates that you aren’t so sure about yours.
  13. NUTNDUN macrumors newbie


    Mar 17, 2016
    OP, for your use case the iPad would be hard to beat. I have a MBP and an iPad 10.5 and haven't touched my laptop other than one day when I needed to have multiple windows open on multiple screens.
  14. Retsiem macrumors newbie


    Jul 9, 2017
    For mere media consumption the iPad seems like a no brainer.

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