iPad usage for MBP+iPhone owners


macrumors regular
Original poster
Apr 21, 2011
Well, I'm thinking of purchasing an iPad here within a couple of weeks, but I already have a MBP and an iPhone and I was curious on hearing the opinions of people that have all three devices and how their usage is on it. Do you regret purchasing an iPad, or are you really happy with it?

There are times when I feel bringing my 15" MBP is too much and my iPhone is too small to enjoy certain things like watching videos, browsing the web and using more media apps like games. Also thinking it'd be more enjoyable to access my iPad in bed rather than my laptop.

Thanks for any insight!
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macrumors 68000
Oct 21, 2011
I use mine all the time. From light browsing on the couch to video on the go. It's certainly a third device but still gets plenty of use.


macrumors 6502
Jun 22, 2012
had all 3, purchased ipad last a few weeks ago after 13 days, decided it wasnt worth the 800 on top of everythign else.

it was cool and i can see how it can be useful and definatelyvery mobile, but if u have th e other 2, it isnt necessary.

depends whether u think its worth it to you.

now the ipad mini...that could be worth it


macrumors 68040
Mar 2, 2009
Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
I have an iPhone, Mac notebooks and a Mac Pro and I highly recommend the iPad. Mine gets used a lot, all day everyday. It compliments my other devices doesn't replace any of them. Although my iPhone gets less use for sure.

Surfing, reading, dictation it's great, love the size, so easy to take anywhere and extremely useful whether it's work, leisure, travel etc..


macrumors 6502
Jul 5, 2007
Northwestern Illinois
With the change in telephone company data plans, I am going to give up my iphone when it wears out and go with a voice only phone, my wi-fi only ipad and my Macbook. It is nice to have connectivity when out of wi-fi range but not necessary for me. The new Verizon data charges are just too much.


macrumors regular
Jun 11, 2010
Lancashire, England
Have all 3 (including an iMac) and each has its own use. When i'm lounging on the couch or in bed I use the iPad. When I want to watch DVDs etc. the MBP is perfect.

Some may say its a waste of money but I like having the portability of the iPad and if needed the MPB but would definitely say the iPad gets the most use.


macrumors regular
Original poster
Apr 21, 2011
Thanks for the feedback guys. Greatly appreciate it. Will be purchasing one then by next week =)


macrumors 6502
Sep 2, 2009
Birmingham, UK
My MBP is basically a desktop now, I don't really take it places day to day unless I really need to the iPad does 90% of what I need to do on a daily basis.


macrumors regular
Dec 10, 2009
I have all three. Bought the MBP last. I use my ipad way more than my MBP. I really only use my MBP when it is just too annoying to use the ipad. Things like typing documents or spreadsheets, or using websites that are not touch screen optimized.


macrumors member
Jul 26, 2011
Bath, UK
I love having the iPad and it has fitted in really well with my iPhone and MacBook pro family! It's great to just pick up and have instant access to emails and the web etc. The large screen makes it better than the iPhone, and the more intuitive input of using the touch screen makes it much more enjoyable to use than the mbp.

In terms of usage, I still use my iPhone just as much for when I'm out and use 3G. My mbp usage has decreased quite a lot and I now only really use it for Uni work (ie not much during the summer break!), and I just love using the iPad for pretty much everything I can.

This may sound a little crazy, but it's kind of saved me money too as getting this £400 iPad has meant I no longer felt the urge to upgrade to a new £1500 mbp, if that makes sense? :)


macrumors 65816
Mar 7, 2010
I have an iMac, rMBP, iPad, iPhone. The all have their separate uses. Phone for obviously phone features and for consumption when it is not appropriate to pull out my iPad(mostly work), the iPad for lounging around the house when the kids takeover the TV and when traveling. The iMac when I need the screen real estate. And the MBP for when traveling and needing to do school work.


macrumors Core
Mar 20, 2004
"Between the Hedges"
I have a MBA, iPhone 4s and new iPad
I use all 3 extensively and for different things
I wouldn't want to give up any of the three

MBA - standard computer things, documents, presentations, video editing, etc

iPhone - calls, email, iMessage, camera

iPad - book reading, watching videos, work email, work notes

Evernote and Dropbox on all 3
The ability to connect to the 'net without WiFi on the iPad is critical for me on the road
I added the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard to the iPad and it made it a much more integral part of my work flow


macrumors member
Jul 22, 2011
I've had my MBP for 2 years, my iPhone 4s for 7 months, and a new iPad for a few weeks.

My MBP is used for content creation/consumption, my iPad is used for content consumption on the couch, and my iPhone is my communications device and prosthetic brain.


macrumors 65816
Feb 4, 2010
Just like other people have mentioned. I use the iPad in bed, on the couch, and bring with me when we go out because my daughter loves it :)

My Mbp is my desktop
My iPhone is a phone and used for texting

They all have different uses. If you have children. They'll love it, but you might never get it back. :p


macrumors 68030
Mar 17, 2010
Planet Earth
I bought the new iPad at launch and returned it within the 14 day period. It only got used while I was sitting on the toilet. Beside that, I do everything else on my phone and my Mac.


macrumors 6502
Sep 4, 2006
With the change in telephone company data plans, I am going to give up my iphone when it wears out and go with a voice only phone, my wi-fi only ipad and my Macbook. It is nice to have connectivity when out of wi-fi range but not necessary for me. The new Verizon data charges are just too much.
You should consider prepaid; data is much more affordable.

Back on topic: I'm debating getting an iPad also. My situation is different because I have an Android phone, so I think I would make use of an iPad if I had one. I also have a MBA that's due to be replaced. I'm thinking of getting the slightly less portable 13" MBP, so maybe an iPad would be useful if I didn't want to carry it around. I'm just questioning if a regular iPad or iPad mini would be more useful for me.


macrumors 68030
Mar 11, 2009
I have all 3 and since the iPad the other 2 get much less use :).

You will find uses for the iPad you didn't even think about before you had it.

At least that was the case for me.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 11, 2012
I have all three and an iMac. Sort of tech overload, but each has its use. The iPad form factor allows you to take it places and use it in ways that just aren't possible or pleasant with the other devices. It's my ebook reader and couch potato device among other things.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 19, 2008
Taichung, Taiwan
I don't have a MBP anymore. I had a PC laptop with iPhone and iPad though, and then my PC broke so I'm using an old 2006 original Macbook (LOL). The ipad is great and I use it all the time, but I find I mostly just use it for reading books and computer tasks when I'm not in my room. When I'm in my room, though, my computer is what I use. It's just easier I think to have a full keyboard and real multitasking. However, before the iPad, I would take my computer places with me, and that's not necessary anymore.

hopefully I'll be getting a MBA if I can afford it soon, and then I'll be a little more fenced I'm sure, with the portability it offers. I think I'll still use both for their different uses though.


macrumors 604
Jul 6, 2009
I have MBP and iPhone and never use my iPad. I liked the idea when I'd bought it though, so I'm not sure. Maybe I'll start using it more when I'm not on vacation anymore.