rMB Owners.....To iPad or Not to iPad

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Maukey, Dec 15, 2015.


To iPad or Not to iPad?

  1. iPad Air 2

    15 vote(s)
  2. iPad Mini 4

    16 vote(s)
  3. iPad Pro

    12 vote(s)
  4. Older iPad

    0 vote(s)
  5. I don't need an iPad I have a rMB!

    26 vote(s)
  1. Maukey macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2010
    I wasn't sure whether to ask this question on the iPad forums or here. I chose here because I figure I'll get less bias.

    I will be purchasing a rMB soon and am also considering an iPad Air 2 or Mini 4. However, I've heard some say that the rMB is an iPad killer and you don't need one if you have a rMB.

    So my question is, do you own an iPad along with your rMB? If so, which one? Why do you or don't you own an iPad?
  2. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I have both. In addition to the rMB I have an Air 2 (as well as an iPad 4). The iPad Air/Air 2 was my favorite device for a long time, and my primary personal computing device other than my work-provided one. Since I've bought the rMB though I have to admit the iPad has been getting a lot less use - primarily by my kids which is the only reason I keep two around. I go through periods where I travel for work a lot internationally, and then I use the iPad a lot more because I think it's still the best device for plane/train/waiting around use. I also tend to read a lot more magazines during travel, so that's what the iPad excels at. But at home, I'll admit I don't see a lot of use for it.
  3. Queen6 macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2008
    Putting out the fire with gasoline...
    No iPad, I don't have any need for one. IOS is still best for consumption only. OS X is a full operating system with a vast amount more flexibility. rMB can cover my media needs when traveling and covers the work aspect on arrival.

  4. tissot201 macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2015
    A month ago I had no Apple devices and was never part of the ecosystem. I now have a iPhone 6s, iPad mini 4 and the MacBook. I am going to return the iPad because I found it very uncomfortable to hold and it felt like I was using a giant iPhone. For me personally I think the iPhone and the MacBook is the perfect combo.
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch, Dec 16, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2015

    T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    It depends on your needs. For couch surfing, PDF reading and casual gaming, nothing beats the iPad. For everything else, except hardcore gaming and heavy photo/video editing, the MB.
  6. RUGGLES99 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2015
    One has nothing to do with the other. I have the rmb and several different size tablets -- samsung 8", 10' and 12" and use them for different things. But i have found that the rmb, base gold, is my go to. I feel you can do without tablets with the rmb if necessary.
  7. Z3man macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2012
    I find the MB much better for couch surfing than the iPad, my iPad never gets used now.
  8. objektør macrumors regular


    Nov 25, 2014
    At home
    I've used my iPad for 4 years as my only device but the rMB beats the iPad on everything (but I am biased!). Even couch surfing and pdf reading. I have it on my lap and do not have to hold it. Big plus. The screen is adjustable in all angles. It is almost as light as the (original) iPad and definitely if you need/want a keyboard to it that is not as adjustable and stable as the rMB.
    And as mentioned above: osX is much better for production in my case compared to iPad1/ iOS 5. The newer iPads have certainly improved but I don't have any experience there.
    The only thing I use my iPad for is as a cardplotter when traveling in the dark at sea. For that it is still great.
  9. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    I returned the iPad Pro..aside from the pencil, there was really no need for it. It was bigger than the rMB, and carrying two devices was a bit redundant.

    I do think the rMB fills the iPad's roll nicely.

    Well it and my iPhone 6+
  10. kfscoll macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2009
    I replaced my iPad Air with my rMB. I cringe to type this because I hate this phrase, but here goes..."I haven't looked back."
  11. SteveJUAE macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2015
    Land of Smiles
    Smartphone and a rMB why would you need an intermediate device that is completely covered by the other two, other than you have a mid size screen you can hold a bit longer than the rMB and a bit less than a smartphone

    A bit pricy for a convenient consumption toy IMO if you have a smartphone+rMB
  12. BarcelonaPaul Suspended

    Jul 1, 2015
    For me, the iPad MINI works great for portable business use such as visiting clients - showing HD video, design, PDFs etc and it's great for watching a film whilst travelling by plane.
    My MacBook is my digital hub and I use it permanently at home along with my iPhone - just these two and an Apple TV.
  13. AppleWes macrumors 6502


    Oct 9, 2013
    iPhone 6s Plus and rMB here.

    Sold iPad, really no need for me to have it as my 6s Plus works fine for quick browsing and rMB for typing or more detailed work.

    "Your mileage may vary" :)
  14. midorigal macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2010
    I'm kinda the reverse I've primarily used my iPad, had pretty much all the versions, currently using an Air 2 and still love it. I've been needing a new laptop but since I'm not in school anymore the need was not that great and I balked at the new Microsoft Office subscription. My laptop got so old that I couldn't sync my iPhone or iPad and there was an opportunity to get a rmb as a gift so I jumped on it. I love the look and feel of the rmb but hardly use it for fear of the keyboard mushing and really have not had a lot of need. I still love my iPad and use it daily but am glad I have the rmb for work or heavier tasks should it come up.
  15. doitdada, Dec 16, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2015

    doitdada macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2013
    I have both and my prime use for the iPad Air 2 is reading. A bit overkill you may say, but I like the big screen, the thinness and the ability to use a browser to check for more sources on the stuff I read. I've tried using it for development and photography, but I don't feel the current stack of software along with connectivity options put it in that category.

    Still a great device if you use it for what it is made for.
  16. WickedPorter macrumors regular


    Sep 28, 2012
    I've had the rMB since July ... my iPad went unused until September when I turned it on, wiped it, and sold it. The rMB is a portable powerhouse and in my personal experience, has saved me quite a bit of cash by eliminating my iPad tech cravings.
  17. geraldem macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2015
    what has your battery life experience been like? I think i could go that route as well, but concerned about only getting 6 or 7 hours on battery when I have been used to 10+ with iPad.
  18. boltjames macrumors 601


    May 2, 2010

    I have a RMB as my thin/light notebook and my iPad Air 2 as my thin/light tablet. Notebook is necessary for work. Tablet is necessary for media on long plane flights and in bed. Neither can do the job of the other well. You need both.

  19. WickedPorter macrumors regular


    Sep 28, 2012
    I get 6-7 hours, which is fine with me. I have an Anker 10,000mAh battery and USB A to C adapter to plug it in if I need to run longer/am not near a charge outlet.
  20. wmadan macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2013
    I have an iPhone 6s, iPad Mini 4 and rMB. The iPad is for reading ebooks, watching movies on flights, and taking handwritten notes in meetings and other office-related tasks. If I had an iPhone 6s+ I possibly wouldn't have the Mini, but the 6s+ is too big of a phone for me.
  21. geraldem macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2015
  22. Canaria macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2010
    MacBook + iPad mini 2 + iPhone 6

    Macbook for iTunes, internet and mail
    iPad mini for newspapers, ebooks and casual games. Oh and Fallout Pipboy :p
    iPhone for calls, messages and music (car)
  23. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    iPhone 6s plus
    iPad Pro
    5k iMac or mac pro ( coming soon )
  24. Elise macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2007
    Agree with BJ I need and use both. My mini is great for reading on the train or on flights; whereas rMB is great for doing work. It really is the best of both worlds.
  25. Maukey thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2010
    Well, earlier in the week I went ahead and exchanged my SP4 i5 and Type Cover for the rMB 1.2 w/ 512GB SSD. Ended up paying less for the rMB after I got Best Buy to price match B&H.

    Let me say, after using the rMB for a few days, all of my worries are gone! Mainly I was concerned that the rMB would not be able to handle streaming MKV 1080p Videos to my ATV 4 using Air Video HD. It has zero issues accomplishing this task. Everything I use this laptop for has been super quick and snappy. It actually handles the day to day tasks better than the SP4 did. Also it's battery life is better, it's more stable, and it requires less maintenance. This rMB will do just fine as my main computer. It's speed concerns are extremely over exaggerated in my opinion.

    Now I will go and pick up my 64GB iPad Mini 4 w/ LTE this week and I have the perfect setup for me.

    Thanks to everyone for your advice!

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