Is the iPad 2 more like a laptop now?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ccf, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. ccf macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2011
    With the bump in specs (dual core & such), can the iPad 2 be enjoyed as a budget-type laptop as well as its other uses? Will it do an acceptable job of browsing, YouTube, e-mail, etc.?

    I don't know enough about processors & stuff like that to guess what this can do. Would anyone who knows such things be able to answer my question? Just curious. I may very well be interested in getting one.
  2. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    So the NGP which has a quadcore should be like a laptop?

    As well as many other tablets out there all have dual cores, iPad isnt the first.
  3. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I'm pretty sure the first gen iPad did a pretty good job at browsing, youtube and email. So I would guess that the iPad 2 will only do a better job.
  4. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    The original iPad does fine with all of the things you mentioned. I don't really know what you mean by "more like a laptop" but the iPad 2 doesn't really do anything that the iPad 1 can't do (in some cases much more slowly). This isn't meant to be a criticism of the iPad 2, but basically the two are the same device (like last year's Macbook Pros vs. the new ones).

    The thing that could make the iPad "more like a laptop" is iOS 5.
  5. zenio macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    Here's my suggestion.

    1) Start by going to

    Read all about it. Check the iPad support pages & video's.
    Apple has a terrific web site that has more info than many realize if they don't take the time up front.

    2) Read all you can on different sites. Google "iPad Review"

    3) Go to an Apple store and try one out. Ask questions.

    By this time you'll be confident & know what you want.
  6. Tmacfan4321 macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2007
    University Park, PA
    If the absolute extent of what you're doing is YouTube, web browsing, and email, then go for the iPad by all means. Otherwise, you are going to want a PC to do any sort of taxing computer tasks.
  7. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    For everyday things like email and web browsing, it's more of a laptop than a laptop. You really have to try it out to understand it.
  8. ccf thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2011
    So I guess it has more to do with the OS? I've heard people say it's hard to do do some things on the iPad 1 (like maybe manage documents) & was wondering if any of the new upgrades would help that (I realize I didn't mention document management in my OP).

    Anyway, so the new specs won't help with anything I mentioned? That's kinda what I was getting at. Just wondering if I could get by with an iPad 2 as my "laptop" (I'm a light mobile user...nothing serious, but I do want good performance with the things I mentioned).
  9. ccf thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2011
    I'm going to do that. I guess I just got a little impatient. :)
  10. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    Well, obviously the faster hardware will make any task faster, but it's not going to add features to the OS like document management. A major iOS update could.
  11. afireintonto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
  12. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    Excellent statement. Well said!!
  13. pizz, Mar 2, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2011

    pizz macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2007
    All depends what you use a laptop for. If most of what you do is surf the net, watch videos, type out a text file etc, then iPad is ok.

    If you do any kind of pro work or need to do serious multitasking etc, you're most likely sticking with your laptop.
  14. yodaxl7 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    Laptops are not like desktops in terms of power. High-end desktops have 16 cores whereas laptops have 4 cores. iPad 2 has 2 cores.
  15. Tmacfan4321 macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2007
    University Park, PA
    High-end desktops have 4 cores. The majority of laptops have dual core chips. I don't know what you're talking about. Gulftown was the first consumer CPU that had six cores and that's exceedingly expensive.
  16. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    It's hard to compare a tablet to a notebook PC when you talk about specs. The flash storage makes everything zippy to begin with, and iOS doesn't hog resources as much as any desktop/notebook OS will. It's kind of like a motorcycle not needing as much horsepower as a truck to get the same acceleration and speed.

    The iPad is probably never going to be as good as an actual notebook, but I'm guessing most of the time you don't need it to be. If you need something that is processor-intensive like editing stuff in iMovie, then you need an actual computer. But for most casual tasks and more and more bigger tasks, you don't need a full-fledged computer. Get a bluetooth wireless keyboard and you've pretty much got all you need for taking notes.
  17. aibo82 macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2010
    I think the macbook will be redundant in 3 years as the ipad gets more power they are merging even more so now with garage band and imove etc...

    This is bassically apple milking its way to a macbook pro without a keyboard and a touch screen!

    If ipad ran OSX from the off they would not be selling them macbook pros now they are closely linked and more so in the future!
  18. ClutchThese macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2010
    Alexandria, VA
  19. Stirolak123 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2010
    The only reason the ipad gets imovie becuase it exists on apples smartphone the iphone 4 already. Apple is just recycling iphone apps and hardware. The iphone 4 i believe even has the same camera tech nothing improved on ipad 2 version coming up.
  20. jbh142 macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2011
    I think once the Quad Core versions coe out next year you can say it more like a labtop.

    We are close to being able to call it that. But we need to be able to install games like cod or MMORPG's to be able to call it a labtop replacement.

    When the Ipad3 or the Xoom2 can play Rift online or COD5 we can call it that.
  21. aibo82 macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2010
    Apple games console? iGame?
  22. jbh142 macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2011
    BOth of those have yet to come out.. They may not ever see the light of day.. I think allot of MMO or FPS players would love to be able to play there games on the ipad..

    The question was does the ipad 2 replace your labtop.. I say NO as you still cannot do many things on an ipad as you can a good labtop.
  23. LizKat macrumors 68040


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    My iPad is just one destination for (and not the source of) stuff from my iTunes library. And since at least currently you can only sync an iPad to one library, it's not even the only destination device. Like I keep TV shows and classical music on other iPods now, which data I maintain in different libraries.

    Since I keep movies on an external drive and they also have a separate library from my main iTunes music library, I have to drag selected movies into whatever library I sync my iPad or iPod touch or iPhone to, long enough for that device to "see" the movie and acquire it on a sync. This is clumsy but it works ok for me since I just don't want movies, TV shows, classical music and other music all mixed into one gigantic source library. Why would I want to make my iPad that gigundo source repository and clutter its precious storage with stuff I would not choose to play on it?

    So... no, I don't see the iPad supplanting a laptop anytime soon. At least not for people who use a laptop as their primary or "desktop" machine, as I do, and who use external drives to store a lot of data segregated by format. The iPad is a wonderful tool but it's still a complemetary device the way I see it. If you want to stick a thunderbolt port on it then maybe that changes things. I am not ready for wireless to be the sole data transfer method for big files like movies, or a complete reload of some device like a large-capacity iPod.
  24. Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    for mobile people like me, iPad is weaning me away from notebook platform. with the camera and and productivity apps on ipad, I would rather buy an ipad than an MBA. anyway, what i am doing now with my hackintosh is just web browsing and email and some small office productivity stuff. is there an ms office stuff for ipad?

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