So I've seen a lot of these "iPad replacing laptop" threads and I have a question

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Appler8, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Appler8 macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2011
    How many of you have actually replaced your computer with an iPad. I don't want to know about how it compliments your computer or how you've thought about replacing your computer with one, like stated in previous threads, but if you've completely gone computer free, and what's the experience like?
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I don't know how they do it. It replaced my laptop as my couch surfer, but that is it.
  3. imahawki macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2011
    There are people out there who only do email and a little web, but they're not posting on MR ;)
  4. iDabble macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2010
    Mine replaced my laptop in that I now use an iMac and iPad vs a MBP
  5. newone757 macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2011
    Same here. Sold my Mbp and bought two new iPads for my wife and myself. We also have an iMac for the house and Mac mini hooked to our tv. Splashtop in case I need access to either but am too lazy to get up(sad but true)

    However all I did with my laptop was surf the web, dl music, and photoshop. Now I have photoshop in the iMac if I want to use it. And use icab to download music to my Dropbox where I have Automator instantly move it to iTunes which wirelessly syncs to our iPhone and iPads.

    It's been working great so far.
  6. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i use a macbook air for work in my office, but i never bring it home anymore because the iPad can replace all the consuming things like watching movies, playing games, listening to music, and browsing the web. and it really does that much better than a laptop.
  7. noteple macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2011
    I still use a Macbook to develop applications for the iPad.

    When I can develop Apps for the iPad on the iPad I'll lay the Macbook down.
  8. tkmcguire1 macrumors 6502


    Dec 11, 2009
    Sold my white MacBook and got the ipad3 am using it as my only computer,has been fine so far,there is an app for just about everything out there,even one to play flash websites,so for now it's working just fine for me.
  9. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
  10. Oppressed macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    I use the iPad for everything, but I do have to use my laptop to play some games like WoW and SC2. Otherwise I've switched.
  11. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    This is the direction I'm heading heading in. I suspect that by next year I'll have replaced my MacBook Pro with an iMac.
  12. CandyNJ66 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    I haven't had a laptop in over 2 years. The iPad 2 and now the iPad 3 has been replacing my laptop
  13. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    This is interesting. What setup do you have in Automator?
  14. Chairman.Jobbie, Apr 22, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2012

    Chairman.Jobbie macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2011
    I did go computer free for about 4-5 months with an iPad 1. I loved it to begin with but slowly i began craving a bigger screen, the screen+keyboard on my lap & speed. To be able to switch from app to app fast was a massive miss.

    Basically, i always felt constrained using just the iPad.

    I have an iPad 3 now and i still use my MBA 13 as much as before. It's horses for courses.

    I brought my current iPad 16Gb Wi-Fi specifically as a complimentary device for casual bursts of usage + all my reading. From the previous experience i learnt that this is what works for me.

    If you have very simple needs then going iPad only is possible. But for most people i doubt it would work.
  15. DodgeV83 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2012
    You should try multitasking gestures if you haven't already. Makes app switching really easy, check out the first minute of this video to see how it looks.
  16. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Last year I worked on a project with a Provost of a major university with 27,000 students under him. He had replaced his laptop with a 3G iPad2.

    The majority of his computer work is emailing, writing, presenting and some Office functions (excel). He had a bluetooth keyboard he would use when writing long texts, but in meetings he typed on the on-screen keyboard, constantly sending notes into the cloud for later retrieval.
  17. Chairman.Jobbie macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2011
    I know about the multitasking features on iOS 5.1 - big improvement. But I was talking about the iPad 1 and using the home button everytime you wanted to switch apps with iOS 4.

    But even now it still doesn't beat a 13 inch screen with multiple windows / apps open. There is something about the visual & mental connection for me that prefers the MBA as a main device. The iPad doesn't feel like a main device.
  18. iHeartsteve macrumors 65816


    Feb 12, 2012
    I def need both for work. My iPad has changed my leisurely life though! I take it everywhere :D
  19. JBazz macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2006
    The iPad completely replaced my MacBook pro. Then when my iMac died, I replaced it with a Mac mini. I am so underwhelmed by the computing experience of the mini on my TV, I rarely use it outside of managing my iTunes.

    But, I gave up yahoo games and a few other things. I use to love playing bones, backgammon, etc on yahoo.

    So, yeah, the iPad pretty much replaced my computers. But not totally voluntarily. I do miss some things.
  20. newone757 macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2011
    Something like the setup here

    But of course I changed the name of the folder on Dropbox to simply downloads (because I might do something for pics and other files later), and I also have the first stein Automator look for filetype=music. It works very smooth and instantaneously right now once a file is added to the Dropbox folder
  21. jackc macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    I would think it'd be difficult not having a regular file system.

    I know for some apps you don't really need it, but I couldn't get by with just that.
  22. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    All you can do on an iPad is surf the web, watch vids, word doc, and edit videos taken with a 5mpeg camera. That's like 10% of what I do on my MBP. Well maybe 20% lol

    I can't see that happening. I just simply added an iPad to the mix of my workflow. It lightens my load whenever I need to work outside the home.
  23. Lycanthrope macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Brussels, Belgium, Europe
    You don't need to use Automator, just set the "Automatically Import into iTunes" in iTunes to the folder where you're dropping the files.
  24. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    If you used your laptop to surf the web only, you will use it a LOT less.

    The iPad is a great Internet appliance but could never replace any of my computers other than for surfing
  25. Oppressed macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    Could those of you just posting "it couldn't replace my computer for anything other than web surfing" be a little bit specific about how you use your computer that you cannot believe the iPad can accomplish?

    I see replies like "have a file system", but what specifically do you need a file system for?

    I'm also curious about the amount of times users need certain tasks like "messing with files in iTunes" and how much of their overall computer experience it really amounts to.

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