So, your macbook and ipad are next to each other and you want to browse the net....

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jabingla2810, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    Which do you pick up? :)

    Seems like an interesting question to me.
  2. spammerhamster macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2010
    the macbook has been shutdown? and the ipad in standby?
  3. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
  4. jabingla2810 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    To keep things fair, both are on standby (sleep).
  5. phobic99 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    Depends on the website. Honestly, there are still a lot of sites I go to that use embedded flash video and probably won't be converting to anything else for a while.
  6. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    iPad. I haven't even touched my laptop since it came. With remote desktop, I covered the handful of full desktop requirements.
  7. sanPietro98 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    Going for the iPad. No question whatsoever. It's just a better (and more magical) browsing experience.

    Right now, my MBP is for XCode and syncing the iPad.
  8. Cander macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2008
  9. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    If it's a quick browse...iPad.

    If it's a long period of browsing...MacBook.

    It's all about practicality and time. I look at the iPad more as an accessory to the MacBook. It's there for other media. The iPhone used to take the place of it but it really is too small.
  10. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    I'll have to say iPad. It would be so much more fun.
  11. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    When I first got my iPhone it was used almost nonstop. I was downloading app after app for about three months. Then it got old. In the past nine months I've downloaded zero new apps and only use four apps.

    Once people get used to the hype and newness of the device it will pass.
  12. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    If I had a MacBook I wouldn't need to buy an iPad. ;)
  13. Hawke macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2007
    Dublin, Ireland
    in all fairness... you do have a point there
  14. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Great now I'm more curious! I'm still trying to decide between wifi and 3G then whether I can do anything productive on it. So far I see it as a nice extension to my phone, a worthy purchase in it of itself, but I'm trying to think long-term here.
  15. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    I'll be bringing my iPad solo to a trip I have to go on. That will greatly determine it's usefulness.

    And I use tethering on my 3GS via MyWi to my iPad.
  16. paulold macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2008
    Washington, DC
    First day I had my iPad, I was working on my MacBook Pro while watching a tv show on the ABC app on my iPad, as it was propped up in the Apple Case. I was also texting on my iPhone. I must admit it did seem a bit silly having all three right there together in use, but I like having options. : )

    Last night I noticed how vibrant the images are when you use the iPad in a darkened room. My MacBook Pro is a couple of years old and it has the matt finish screen. I think the images look nicer on the iPad. Plus it just feels zippier.

    So I think I will have to say iPad too, though time will tell. It is the new toy at the moment... : )
  17. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

    May 13, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Wait, please explain the tethering thing you mention. Thanks :)
  18. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    It's all over the boards. You need to have a jailbroken iPhone, and then download MyWi. It's $10 dollars. It turns your iPhone into a WiFi hotspot. Works amazingly well I have to say.
  19. Beau10 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2008
    Downtown San Diego
    Wouldn't this be a better question asked in say, another month?

    Of course few people are reaching for their laptops. The iPad is tres cool, if it's a novelty it will take some time to wear off.

    After playing with a coworker's yesterday I must say I want one, but I have a history of buying gadgets see use for a week or two then are shelved. It would be great to live with one for a week... see how it fares when kicking back on the couch, in bed, at the coffee shop, etc. My main concern is ergonomics, specifically weight and ways you have to hold it that may put undue stress on your neck. So I'll be holding off to see how questions like this are answered again in a few weeks :)
  20. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    I'm in this literal situation (have both in the living room).

    So far the majority of my web-browsing has been via the iPad since I received it. At first I was tending to switch to the Macbook if I actually wanted to post messages; now it's only happening (Macbook) when I need to do something with a lot of cross-app copy and paste. For example, I wanted to reply to an eBay (web-based) private message with a long section from an email in my inbox, and it wasn't working intuitively enough, so I grabbed the laptop.

    I'm pretty confident this answer won't change, but I do a lot of websurfing while 'lounging'. The iPad is vastly superior for this. If I was only using a normal desk, I wouldn't see the point.
  21. andyblila macrumors 65816


    Jul 8, 2008
    On My iPhone, or my iPad?
    I never put my MacBook to sleep. I turn it off completely, so for speed I'd pick up the iPad. For long term browsing, I'd still use the MacBook though. On a side note, I made several trips to the airport yesterday and using the iPad to surf and waste time was awesome! Much more convenient to use for wasting thiry or forty minutes. Very handy device! :apple:
  22. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    Definitely iPad!

    I've relegated my macbook to the spare room now, and have been using my iPad exclusively for websurfing. The only things I will continue to use my macbook for is syncing my ipad, printing, and maybe downloading things from torrents. Otherwise the iPad satisifies almost all my computing needs.
  23. Benjic macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2007
    Madison, WI
    Never sleep your Macbook? Mind if I ask why not?
  24. Xybr macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2006
    Place iPad to right of MacBook Pro and use it to read my reference books and do the work on the MacBook. :D

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