So who still thinks web browsing is better on a laptop?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by drjsway, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. drjsway macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    After a half day with the iPad, is there still anyone who would rather browse the web on a laptop?
  2. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2008
    Denver, Co
    Not me. :) Unless I need to access flash sites, of course.
  3. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    Give it a week for the fanboy/purchase justifications to cool down. Then maybe you can have a real discussion.
  4. rldunn macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2010
    Ann Arbor, MI
    This has been the biggest surprise for me so far, as someone who has had an iPhone since day 1. I expected the web browsing to be good, but it's amazing. I keep being surprised when I remember that I don't need apps for a bunch of sites like I do for the iPhone since I can just go to the regular site. And with most of these sites, it's just so much easier to touch the link than to move the mouse and click on it.
  5. AppleMary macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2010
  6. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    There is something to be said for being able to just pick it up off the table, pretty much instantly unlock it and start safari, and browse away. Even though I have an MBP and an Air, I usually just kept my iPhone on the coffee table for quick browsing; the iPad is just as quick and convenient but of course with a much bigger screen.
  7. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Its alright, I was actually surprised I didn't use Safari for the first 4 hours of setting up my iPad. If I'm on my laptop I'll usually launch Firefox as soon as my screen flicks on. But then most the sites I visit have an app equivalent so there's little reason for me to use Mobile Safari.
  8. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    It will be interesting to see how much adaption takes place for iPhone users, compared to those without iPhones.

    I assume people who do not own iPhones would hit safari early and often. While it may take a while before iPad users get used to going to websites directly.

    Although to be honest, I think I still might prefer pulling up the IMDB app over going to the website. I guess time will tell. I think one of the things some of these websites that have apps or build apps for the iPad is to allow a lot of personalization. I think that is where they could potentially up the ante and make the app more desirably then the web interface.

    I am jealous though sitting in my office typing on my macbook pro, when I could be lounging in the other room watching season 6 of 24 while browsing on the iPad.
  9. hchavarria macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    I like the web browsing, then again I also liked it on the iPhone. To me both are equally the same with the only difference being the larger screen of course. I don't think it's a laptop replacement but it can be a net book replacement then again with the higher expense going into an iPad maybe it's not a net book replacement if your in a budget. I do however like my iPad and will enjoy using it at my house the times I would normally use my iPhone. It will also replace my Kindle and be good for movies in bed.
  10. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    I am surprised by how much I love web-browsing on my iPad. I think I will only use my MacBook Pro for Flash-sites now.
  11. NJMetsHero macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2009
    Everyone is buying iPads right now, and so companies are making their sites iPad friendly. I noticed ESPN has already done it. You can watch their embedded videos. I expect this will continue for most big sites.
  12. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Can you highlight a word and contextually select "Google Search" on the iPad? I use that constantly on my MacBook. I also have SafariStand on my MacBook, which lets you add any other search engine to the contextual menu. I have ebay and wikipedia in my menu and use them constantly. Kinda doubt the iPad can do that.
  13. Vesuvio Cat macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2010
    Honestly? No, I will not browse much with my laptop anymore. This is far better and much more enjoyable than a laptop.
  14. drjsway thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    Flash isn't good on anything. Been watching shows on the ABC app and battery life is amazing. Flash would've killed it.

    Also impressed with the quality of the display. Far better than the MBA and MBP!
  15. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    That would be nice, but no it doesn't. The fastest way to achieve the same effect is to copy and paste the word into the google search bar.
  16. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    And all the quasi-trolls who just showed up.

    I'm happy with the web-browsing experience, especially now that I have an adblocker/proxy server going. Still bordering on hatred for the keyboard, though.
  17. drjsway thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    Do you have the iPad? If not, you cannot comment. It's not about whether it can "do this" or "do that". You need to spend a day with it to see how enjoyable it is. I was asking if there were any current iPad owners that still prefer the mouse/trackpad way of surfing.
  18. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level

    let the dust settle
  19. Logos327 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2008
    I am incredibly surprised at the browsing experience, and I think the iPad will replace my laptop for most Internet surfing.
  20. ThePope43 macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2010
    I'm not as savy as all of you mac pros here, but I can give my unbiased opinion of it and you can take it for what it is.

    This truly is perfect; between a laptop and an iPhone. When you try it, it's a completely different experience than ever using an iphone or using a macbook. You just pick it up, and you're literally holding it right in the palm of your hands. I love that I now have all 5 seasons of Lost HD right in the palm of my hands and I could watch it while I was eating cheerios in my loung chair on the porch.

    Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, from what I've used them so far, are truly amazing too. I have an iphone app called "eTextbooks" that I'm waiting for them to make it more iPad compatible so I can buy my college books for it rather than blowing it up 2x.

    Weather HD is truly amazing also. Labrynth 2 HD is just pure awesomeness. I've had Labrynth since the day the orriginal came out.

    If there's any apps you guys want me to buy and try, let me know and I"ll go ahead and do it. I have 100$ in iTunes cards left over to play with.
  21. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Me too. I mean, when I typed on the keyboard it, well, worked. But my brain and hands keeps refusing to believe that it works. Know what I mean?

    Might get a Bluetooth keyboard - I've been wanting one for my iMac, and this is a great excuse :D
  22. drjsway thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    Really? I'm surprised at how fast I can type on it. My speed hasn't really gone down at all. Not having to type commas is convenient. So is auto-correction of typos. Started out using my thumbs, like on an iPhone, then began to touch type using all my fingers, same as on a regular keyboard.

    I'm getting the Final Draft iPad app when it comes out. Will attempt to write an entire screenplay on it. We'll see how that goes.
  23. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    Don't have/won't buy an iPad but I'm convinced that touchscreen browsing beats the pants off doing it on a laptop.

    But I don't think it can be called the best - lack of Flash means it can't be the best. It'd be like BMW announcing the "Ultimate driving machine" and then not offering a petrol option. What about all the millions who don't like/want diesel cars?

    Still seems odd to me that users aren't given the choice; "Enabling Flash may significantly reduce battery life. Would you like to enable Flash? OK/Cancel" is all it needs.
  24. macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2008
    I don't really have a reason to use my laptop now except for writing music and maybe reports. The ipad is so great!
  25. Bill P. macrumors regular

    Bill P.

    Sep 24, 2007
    I'm enjoying the iPad and still getting used to it.

    As for surfing the web, well, it seems like my iMac and MacBook are MUCH faster at loading pages, going backwards, etc.

    Having said that, I'll enjoy being able to use the iPad for surfing in the living room rather than using the much bulkier MacBook.

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