Something extremely portable - iPad Pro or MacBook 12"?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kylera, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. kylera macrumors 65816

    kylera

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    My current gear: 2011 iMac 27", 2012 MacBook Air 13", iPad 4, iPhone 6S.

    I need something highly portable, light and long lasting for grad school and work-related purposes. For school, I work on Word documents and for work, I translate scripts for videos, which too come in Word documents or equivalent in a proprietary format (proprietary enough to make .docx look universal).

    I'm currently torn between a 12-inch MacBook and either of the iPad Pros. For all intents and purposes, common sense may dictate that I should go for the MacBook hands down because of work needs.

    On the other hand, the reason why I am torn is because almost all of my entertainment comes from my iPad. By entertainment, I mean games, reading material and binge YouTube. I also have digital subscriptions to a couple of magazines, and I find reading them on the iPad to be more convenient than on either Mac.

    I already have a couple of Bluetooth keyboards, so that's one purchase I do not have to make. I was thinking of getting the Citrix mouse and remote accessing my iMac at home for the times I need other apps that don't have iPad equivalents. I have a phone plan that provides 15GB per month and lets me share that allocation with a cellular-enabled iPad.

    Am I being delusional? Is it still better to just get a MacBook in the end?
     
  2. LiveM macrumors 6502a

    LiveM

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    Doesn't sound like anthing an iPad can't do.
     
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    In my experience, an iPad with a BT keyboard is no more portable than my MBP, but if you're all about reading and gaming on your iPad, I say go for it.
     
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    iPad would be fine and to be honest the on screen keyboard at that size is damn good to type on.
     
  5. Billy Underhill macrumors newbie

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    iPad Pro with Apples dock connector key board would be perfect in my opinion. I have the 9.7" with 256gb hard drive and love it!
     
  6. dwig macrumors 6502

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    Possibly.

    Step #1 in ANY such decision making is to find the necessary software FIRST, totally ignoring hardware wishes/wants, period.

    Only after you've located the necessary software and reviewed the OS and hardware requirements/options can you begin to review the hardware available that can run the software. Having to deal with documents in a proprietary format will likely be extremely restrictive as to your OS options. iThingies are NOT Macs.
     
  7. aoaaron macrumors 6502

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    If you need a laptop, get a MBP IMO.

    I just can't recommend the retina macbook given the silly one port crap. MBP all the way.

    If you need a tablet, get an iPad pro. If you need portability, get a 9.7''. If you can compromise size and a more cumbersome device for more screen real estate and better multi tasking functionality, get 12.



    As someone above said, ascertain your NEEDS software-wise and make a decision based on that. Don't buy an iPad and try to adapt your needs to it. Its a very amateurish thing to do. Work/productivity comes first and you shouldn't make compromises on that to try and fit a device into your workflow. A device should IMPROVE your workflow and aid it, not restrict it.
     
  8. Lapine Rider macrumors newbie

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    I write novels, which means tons of all-day work on lengthy documents. I've owned (and written novels on) two standard-sized iPads and a 12" Mac Book. The Mac Book is about 1000% better, for me at least. While I need portability too, I've found that a mouse/touchpad is massively helpful for serious word-processing and that in the real world the Mac Book isn't noticeably less portable than an iPad plus a keyboard. I don't play games or watch You Tube, though, so your overall priorities may well be significantly different than mine.

    As a side note, when I need _extreme_ portability I work on novels quite successfully with a bluetooth keyboard and a 6+. It's not as convenient as the MacBook, but is at least functional. Indeed, I find it very nearly as useful a setup as the iPad ever was.

    God, how I wish Apple would allow bluetooth pointing devices on _all_ their gadgets, including my 6+! That would indeed be the best of all worlds for me. I find their refusal to do this so annoyingly mule-headed that I'm more tempted by android every day.
     
  9. NavySEAL6 macrumors 6502a

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    Sell one of the machines and buy a MacBook and a smaller iPad Pro
     

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