Should I sell my iPad for a 11" Macbook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by thehenry, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. thehenry macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2010
    I currently have an Apple iPad 16gb. And when I first got it, it was great! I loved it. I am also an iPhone/iPad app dev. So it was useful. But as the months went on, I found myself using it less and less. Now I hardly ever use it. Plus, I have been wanting a Macbook Pro for a while now too. My question to the forum is, to those who have the new MBA and/or the iPad, do you think it's worth it? I would use the money, to help pay for the new MBA. Thanks! :)
  2. Darrenyo macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2010
  3. lucifiel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2009
    In your basement
    I don't see why not, the MBA is much more productive than an iPad.
  4. nylon macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2004
    I had and iPad and sold it after 4 months. I found it was not the form factor for me and uncomfortable to hold for long periods. I think it's a great concept, which needs to be refined. I'm sure v2 will be great.

    In regards to weather you should replace your iPad with the MBA, analyze your usage scenarios and you will come up with the answer. A lot of people jump to decisions because the latest and greatest from Apple has come out and they feel they need to have the newest product.
  5. iMpathetic macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    I think you should, if it's not a problem financially to put in the extra $$$ for a MBA. I "have" (OK, it's mom's but she's used it about twice) a 16GB 3G, and while it's an awesome little slab of wonder, it's just awkward to use for long periods of time.

    I can't really describe it -- it's like my brain subconsciously doesn't want to deal with using the screen for everything or something. YMMV, of course.
  6. thehenry thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2010
    I completely agree. I love the iPad, its amazing! Best Tablet ever. However I don't use it at all. I had a Macbook Pro a while back, but sold it and bought a Mac Pro. I love my Mac Pro! However, I find myself needing a notebook, more than I tablet. Plus I love OS X.
  7. thehenry thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2010
    Yeah, thats what I was planning on doing. Selling the iPad then parlaying it into a MBA.
  8. kp98077 macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2010
    sold mine, never looked back! i love the mba 11" and the keyboard and like the small laptop concept.
  9. AppleGoddess macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2010
    I did and have no regrets.
  10. jeznav, Nov 10, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2010

    jeznav macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2007
    It depends what were your intentions for using it.

    For me the number one reason I bought it was for storing and reading PDFs which I have tons in my desktop but I didn't want to be confined to a desk reading for hours.

    The second was that I use the iPad as a secondary monitor to aid my workflow such as following a video tutorial, look up visual references.

    And lastly, I use the iPad to aid my clients: When I need to show a draft project, I can sync a preview, do some draft changes. I do not have to bring a laptop. I also find the iPad extremely useful out in the field especially photography; the iPad is velcro mounted front-faced to a backpack while my DSLR with built in Wifi dumps RAW images as soon I take a shot to the iPad for live previewing along with camera's metadata. Having a laptop, regardless how portable was awkward to use because of the form factor.

    I always thought the iPad wasn't indended to replace your main computer but to aid it like a companion device not just a quick access to a webbrowser as other people proclaim.

    I've been telling people that they really need to define their purpose before they go ahead and purchase any object. Maybe you just bought it for the hype which is a bad idea for any purchases because its not going to establish your use in the future.

    If iPad v2 comes out next year, would you really need it regardless how much better features its going to have?

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