Thinking of selling my iPad for a MBP13

Discussion in 'iPad' started by BigCanoe, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. BigCanoe macrumors 6502

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    Anyone else done this? I need a new computer and it seems kind of redundant to me to have an iPad and the little MBP and an iPhone.
     
  2. bluedog3401 macrumors regular

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    [EDIT] Oh, man I misread the headline and thought it was the other way around. Basically it is based on a user preference and need. With the new Macbook's improved battery life it took care of one of the concerns I used to appreciate with the difference from my Macbook versus the iPad. If extra portability and weight is an issue with the iPad is likely to win. If feature need and flexibility is needed then a Macbook or even a Win/Linus netbook may be in order.[/EDIT]

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    Did it. Although I have a desktop Mac at home for loading music, podcast, videos, photos, documents and apps as well as printing through one of the appstore printing apps.

    If you don't have another computer, I would not recommend it. Remember the limitations of document creation/printing (read about it on the forums). With iOS4.x that will eventually come to the iPad I'm hoping for some better document management. It would be nice if they did an update before the end of the year (which they stated it should happen). Ideally the update would roll in the two weakness of native printing (some method) and better in/out of documents after you've edited them on the iPad.

    I couldn't be happier with the smaller form, greater battery and broad inexpensive games and apps for the iPad. Remote screensharing allows me to control the home computer via wifi (or via internet if away). Recognizing the limitations, its easy for me to justify as the benefits are significantly overshadowing the full MacOSX features missing and the hardware like CD/DVD burning/playback.
     
  3. BigCanoe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have a PC and an iPad and was thinking of going to an Macbook Pro only.
     
  4. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a

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    I have a IP4, iPad and 17" MacBook Pro. Each is for very different purpose.

    1. iPhone: goes everywhere and does some light web browsing, app usage, etc. Wonderful device but is weak for viewing movies and reading books.

    2. MBP: I'm a photographer and use this for image editing, digital asset management, etc. It also manages my iTunes media. I could not get by without this.

    3. iPad: Purchased for when I travel for my day job and want a personal computer as I don't put personal things on my work laptop. I use it in this capacity for viewing movies including Netflix, reading books (having the iPad has provided me the ability to discover reading again as I don't like dragging the books and magazines I would want to bring). I also use it for my kids as a quiz machine for math, etc. as well as some lighter web browsing.

    They all compliment each other. I do not use the iPad everyday, but I use it enough where I find immense benefit in owning it. When I travel it is a life saver.

    Just my experience.
     
  5. sempire macrumors member

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    I use mt Macbook for real work, when I need to actually do things. My iPad is great for when I am needing to be mobile (home, office, other) and not worry about plugging anything in, and without having to deal with doing anything much on the small iphone screen.


    Depends what you are doing..
     
  6. GadgetGeek71 macrumors 6502

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    That is my exact setup. Each one is unique but, I find that I'm using my iPad more than anything else.
     
  7. BigCanoe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Maybe I will get a Mac Mini, and keep the iPad :)
     
  8. bluedog3401 macrumors regular

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    It is all about your personal uses and when and how you need portable computing. For me the portability trumps the extra functionality of the laptop, and when I need the extra features/ability the desktop machine does its job.

    For others, like photographers or someone who needs mobile computing and not just a mobile internet/application/media device an iPad won't fill all their needs.
     
  9. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    I'd rather sell a MBP13" for an iPad, and then spend the remainder (or save up a little more) to get a base iMac.
     
  10. sapporobaby macrumors 68000

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    Or you can just keep them all. I have a Mac Mini, 2 MBP's (17 and 15), 2 iPad's (one for me and the wife), and an iPhone, as well as a few scattered iPods.
     
  11. jonnymo5 macrumors 6502

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    An iPad and an iMac is what I am shooting for. Unless you need the extra power of a computer while you are on the go the iPad makes a great substitute.
     
  12. anjinha macrumors 604

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    That's what I want to do eventually. Right now a desktop is not the best choice for me because I'm going to be moving to a new country within the next year but when I'm settled I want to have a Mini + iPad.
     
  13. kas23 macrumors 603

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    And in this thread, people justify their iPad purchase...

    *really, after all these months:confused:*
     
  14. anjinha macrumors 604

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    What are you talking about?
     
  15. SeanZy macrumors 6502a

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    I think he is trying to suggest that the iPad is a waste of money, and that people try to pull out ******** reasons as to why it is useful.

    Generally people who cannot afford something bash it because they can't have it.

    I used to be a nay-sayer, but now I have one and I am sold on it.
     
  16. anjinha macrumors 604

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    I see.

    Well, I'm super happy with mine. I'm going out of town this weekend and taking just my iPad. I can stream all my movies to it with AirVideo, have plenty of reading material on it, can use it to do some writing... :)
     
  17. bluedog3401 macrumors regular

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    A poster was asking for opinions on their having a MBP13 and an iPad. Those who 'justify' their purchase are giving their opinions. The original post is asking for input on the need to keep both devices. Sheesh.

    And NOT EVERYONE has bought an iPad. I think many people would find the discussion at least insightful whether an iPad is going to be a useful purchase for them over a MacBook or other laptop.

    Not everyone is lucky enough to have an Apple store nearby to simply walk in and try it.
     
  18. cmvsm macrumors 6502a

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    Can't use apps with a Macbook Pro. Can't get 3G on a Macbook Pro either without a dongle or hotspot. Those two alone differentiate the iPad, so it really depends on what you are using it for.
     

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