iPhone vs. Laptop

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ThanatosId, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. ThanatosId macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2007
    I'm sitting here in my local coffee shop surrounded by the clackity clack of keyboards attached to the sea of laptops...and I, discreatley click on my tiny iPhone. It is just occuring to me that I haven't left my house with my laptop since June 29th (when I was waiting in line). I know the laptops in here are, I'm sure, being used for business in some cases. I always used mine for email and surfing, so it has been so much easier to walk down without my heavy suitcase. I guess I'm just curious...how many laptops are gathering dust out there?
  2. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    im sure there are many ppl use their laptop to do things other than web and email. I have seen some youngsters working on their hw at starbucks.
  3. MarkMS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    I used to take my MBP to class everyday so that I could check my email and play around until the next class started. Now I just take my laptop only when I have to do a research paper or something of that sort. That said, my MBP isn't gathering dust. It's just staying at home more often. That way, I don't have to worry about keeping it in the car or if someone is going to steal it when nature calls when I'm at the library.
  4. CD3660 macrumors 68040


    Jun 6, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom.
    Obviously the iPhone will never replace the laptop but it is definitely a good substitute in several situations.
  5. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    I was at a starbucks wating for something (I was an hour early. ) and bought a coffee and a muffin and just surfed (over edge) my newsgator feeds.

    Fast. and have this little iphone laying flat on the table was as good (or better, (less weight) then an macbook.

    When I finished I just put it in my front pocket and was ready to go to my meeting.

    In some cases the iphone trounces a notebook.
  6. CD3660 macrumors 68040


    Jun 6, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom.
    Definitely, and that is one good example!
  7. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    I ak finding myself using my laptop less and less. The iPhone does most of what I use my laptop for. In the future this will improve in the future as third party apps are released and the iPhone will become a true mobile computer. Perhaps even on Tuesdays event apple will announce a new pocket macintosh that is based off of the iphone os and the iPhone will get an indirect update.
  8. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    I do on-site computer service; and the only thing that my MacBook Pro can do (job-wise) that my iPhone can't is to download files and put them on USB key or CD-RW to transfer to a borked customer machine. For just about every other conceivable use, the iPhone works fine. (Although I did run into one piece of obnoxiousness today. A hardware accessory manufacturer put their manual (PDF) inside a .zip on their website. I couldn't open it on the iPhone, because it won't download .zip files; even though it could have opened the PDF that was inside.)
  9. Sobe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2007
    Wash DC suburbs
    the biggest problem with iphone vs. laptop is chatting.

    Yes beejive works but it's clunky.

    Give me integrated ichat or some app (not web based) chat and that'll go a long way to curbing my laptop useage.
  10. badtzmaru macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2007
    i have never been the type of person to take a laptop to a coffee shop or whatevershop the kids go to these days. but having the iphone sure is handy now!

    i was going to get one of those UMPCs but opted for the iphone when it came out. sure its not as powerful but it lets me get online and check my mail, which is all i really need.
  11. badtzmaru macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2007
    oh but if apple came out with a tiny notebook, you can bet i will get one of those!
  12. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    I found that I no longer want to take a laptop when I travel. Unless I know I need to work on documents, I leave the laptop behind everything else I can do on the iPhone.
  13. gregneedham macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2007
    Spent last weekend in South Beach and had my iPhone and MPB. I surfed the web, took some photos, emailed them to a friend, logged on and registered for a couple of sites, called some people, checked and replied to emails and looked up a mall address in google maps.

    Had my laptop with me the whole weekend and never once opened it. It was amazing.
  14. diabolic macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Same here. My last 2 trips out of town I only took the iPhone. It was nice not lugging the laptop around.
  15. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    I just spent the last week and half on vacation. I took both the iPhone and MacBook with me. I opened the MacBook once. I managed to do all my e-mail and web browsing on the iPhone. Not because I was trying to, but because I didn't want to pull the MacBook, charger, etc. out.

    By the end of the trip, I forgot I even took the MacBook with me until I was unpacking the car.
  16. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    My old (non-Apple) Laptop broke a while back and I've been wanting a Macbook. I'm thinking twice about that now that I have the phone. In fact, I'm pretty convinced I won't need one anymore, or at least have tons of time to wait before the perfect thing comes out.

    Actually, if the iPhone could ever be linked to a display in the future.... boom.
  17. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Well, my MacBook Pro hasn't left the house since I got out of school for the summer anyway. But its really nice to be able to browse the web and check my email on the road with my iPhone. Although when I started going out without my laptop bag it did feel like I was always missing something.
  18. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    After my MacBook sat idle for almost a month after buying my iPhone, I ended up selling it. At least 90% of my usage on the MacBook was strictly e-mail and web surfing anyway, and I can easily do that well enough on the iPhone now. Plus the iPhone obviously fits in my pocket and can go anywhere unlike any notebook. Nothing against the MacBook at all as it was great, but I just couldn't justify letting it sit around collecting dust like that, so it's now gone.
  19. Canuck4 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2007
    Same here, I havent used my laptop much since I got this phone. Its so easy, I take out my Iphone.
    Catch wifi almost everywhere, from coffee shops to supermarkets.
    Check out my email, a few websites quick and easy and Im out.
  20. ashVID macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    It depends on what you are doing but in general you can be nowhere near as productive on the phone, even with email. I love my iPhone but I do miss the office apps from my TyTN. For many, if not most of us, coming from smart phones and PDA phones the iPhone has a long way to go to get the same functionality. It is WAY easier to use but it needs an office suite, chat client, etc. etc. etc. before it can come close to replacing a laptop for most people for anything but entertainment purposes.

    ash =o)
  21. Joshua8o8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    Honolulu, Hawai'i
    If im only going to be surfing the web for fun i would rather take my iphone rather than my macbook, especially if i know theres wifi at this location. But if im doing something a little more serious and if im going to be on the internet for a long time i might be more inclined to take my macbook.
  22. robvia macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2007
    The iPhone is great for reading new threads on a forum like this.
    But I still use the laptop or desktop if I'm going to make a long reply.
    Typing on the iPhone is a bit slow. It works, but I don't type long replys on it.

    So the lappy and desktop will still be around.

    It is fun to check stock quotes while I'm in a restaurant waiting for food.
  23. ThanatosId thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2007
    I use it for for far more than stock quotes. I assume that with the few .mac updates, the future updates and iWork will make the iPhone even more functional.
  24. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Obviously, a laptop has a number of advantages over the iPhone, but in the iPhone's favor:

    1. Size and weight. The iPhone is 4% of the mass and 6% of the weight of a MacBook. And more to the point, it fits in your pocket.

    2. EDGE. Yes, that's right, EDGE may be slower than Wi-Fi, but it's available everywhere. If there's no Wi-Fi around for your laptop, you're out of luck.

    3. Much faster and easier to pull out the iPhone for something quick. On a laptop, it's always a whole process.

    4. Built in camera. Lacks features, but the quality is decent and you always have it handy.

    5. It's a phone and your laptop isn't. Duh.

    6. You can use it while standing up. Or walking.
  25. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    I came back from a conference where I saw plenty of people with iPhones. Sure seemed like more fun than lugging around a 17" MBP :)

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