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Original poster
May 20, 2013
Southern Ontario
I don't know if i should get a Macbook Pro or the iPad 5.
I have more than enough money to buy the iPad 5 when its released later this year, but I am a couple hundreds short of a Macbook. I don't have a tablet and I am using a 1.5 year old HP Pavilion 1.8GHZ. Now I dont know if i should get an iPad because I dont have a tablet, but i already have a 17" laptop and a White 16GB iPhone 5. I've narrowed it down to these:
(I'm not a technophobe and I understand tech talk)

13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.9GHz Dual-core Intel i7
Originally released June 2012
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1280-by-800 resolution
8GB (2 x 4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
750GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Intel HD Graphics 4000

13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 with Retina Display
Originally released October 2012
13.3-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch
8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
256GB Flash Storage

720p FaceTime HD Camera

Intel HD Graphics 4000
(Is 256GB enough for this MacBook, especially since its Retina?)

White iPad 5 32GB

I am posting this thread for other peoples opinions on what I need in computing device and if you could, please explain why it would suit me. I play light games, mostly browse the web, use social-media, edit pictures and videos, listen to music and watch TV shows and movies (mostly contain flash content).
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macrumors Nehalem
Feb 19, 2005
Those two machines/devices are so far apart that it makes little sense to even suggest one over the other. If 95% of your consumption is flash then the iPad is not for you.


macrumors 68000
Mar 7, 2013
If you use websites with 95% Flash, there is no way an iPad will work, as iPads don't support flash.

So the options are between the MacBooks. Personally, I would go for the Retina, because of the portability (if you considered an iPad, portability must be important to you), the screen, all SSD etc. I do think the rMBP is worth the extra $90, even considering the bump down from i7 to i5, but your uses don't need anything near the i7. 256 GB should be enough because it sounds like you will mostly use the web.
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