All iPads Upgrade MBP or iPad Air?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TJ5921, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. TJ5921 macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    I currently have a 15 in mid-2010 MBP. 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5. 500 GB SATA Disk. 8 GB ram. Antiglare screen. Runs perfectly with Mavericks installed. It's in very good shape. Gazelle is offering me $430. Would it be worth it to take this offer and upgrade to a new 13 in rMBP with these specs:

    2.4GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage

    Is this upgrade worth it? Could I get more for my MBP?

    I'm contemplating between doing this or sticking with my current MBP and getting an iPad Air (or rMini). I can only afford to do one or the other. Is it more important I upgrade my MBP?
  2. JOSE891 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2012
    Las Vegas
    I say go with the rMBP.
  3. Poochi macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010

    What do you do the most?

    If the answer is e-mail, internet browsing, texting, Facebook, etc etc etc. And the only "heavy duty" task you do on the macbook is writing paper, get yourself an iPad.

    Your Macbook can literally last you until it breaks lol.
    (you probably won't be doing much content consumption on your notebook anymore)
  4. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Yeah, I agree. There's a good chance if you get an ipad you won't care nearly so much about your laptop anymore. Better combination IMHO.
  5. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Yep. Now I almost resent that I have to use it to write programs.
  6. TJ5921 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    Isn't it important to upgrade my MBP to an rMBP before it gets too outdated?
  7. wowurrcool macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2008
    I have the EXACT same "dilemma" and will be going ipad Air instead of rMBP. One difference: I have an ACD connected so the retina display would be wasted on me.
  8. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Probably not. For the vast majority of people, laptops hit a plateau about 5 years ago where there is not a vast difference in the day to day performance of a new one versus an old one. You would certainly see an improvement in the screen and in moving to a SSD, but the question is, do you need it?

    What do you use the computer for? That will give us the answer as to how much benefit you'd see. At our office we run on a 3-5 year replacement plan for laptops. I'm just about on year 4 of my laptop and it's still more than fast enough for anything I need.
  9. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    no. why would it be?
    if it's worth it to you then do it, otherwise don't.

    which would you rather have? a new computer, or your money?
  10. kngelv macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2004
    I'd sell it to an individual. you should be able to get at least $600.00 for it.
  11. scupking macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2010
    I would go for the 13" rMBP. Though I'm kind of doing what your other option is. I have a 2010 13" MBP and an iPad. Love the combo and my MBP still runs great!. Truthfully my MBP stays on my desk 95% of the time.
  12. comatose81 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    Why are you asking random internet strangers this question?

    Is it important to you? If so, then do it. If not, then don't. Pretty simple.
  13. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    If you don't have an iPad and your MBP is doing everything you need it to do comfortably, i.e., no long pauses, spinning beach balls and such, then sure spring for an iPad. MBPs and iPads make great partners.

    Your MBP has already depreciated to the point where future drops are going to be less severe. But likely you will want to upgrade it next year, so keep that in mind when budgeting for next year.
  14. rpearlberg macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2010
    I also have a mid 2010 13" MBP. Mine is at the point of long pauses, spinning beach balls, etc...what is the cause/fix of this?
  15. Sti-R macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2009
    I'm in the exact same dilemma as you are. I'm currently using a 2010 15inch Macbook pro, which just got its logic board replaced not too long ago. The Macbook runs well for my everyday use. I don't feel too compelled to upgrade my laptop after upgrading my internal HDD to a hybrid drive and adding in a second internal HDD. I don't own an ipad, yet, but that might change within next month.
  16. comatose81 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    The fix for this problem is the same thing that helps Apple rake in $80 billion a year - upgrade to a newer model.
  17. TJ5921 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    Shouldn't I focus on upgrading my MBP then get an ipad next year? I have an iPhone 5.
  18. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    I bought an iPad Air, thinking I'd use it a lot around the house more, ahead of my old MacBook Air. Safari's behaviour due to so little ram drove me bananas though, so I returned it and bought a 15" rmbp instead. I'll probably buy a retina mini at some point, the ram limitation won't bother me on that nearly as much as I'll be using it exclusively on the go.

    Pity they skimped on the ram though, I don't care what anyone says or believes, the Air would be an exponentially better experience for me if it wasn't constantly flushing stuff from memory ie switching between a few apps. Even lost some forum posts switching between TWO tabs unbelievably. How anyone uses an iPad as a serious productivity device I really don't know.
  19. joewillmott macrumors regular

    May 22, 2012
    I am sure you could get way more than $430 for your MBP on eBay or Craigslist/Gumtree.
  20. kazmac macrumors 603


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    I agree

    I would go with the rMBP too if the computer usage warrants it.
  21. comatose81 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    Do you really want advice, or do you just want people to tell you what you want to hear?

    Sounds like you've already made up your mind and you're just wasting everyone's time here.
  22. TJ5921 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    I legitimately am at a loss for what to do. It helps to get some opinions of what others might do in my situation.
  23. TJ5921 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    I mostly use my Macbook for everything I would be able to do with an iPad. The only exception being the occasional research paper for college. I guess what I'm asking is this is a substantial enough upgrade? If I don't upgrade to a new MBP soon will mine be outdated?
  24. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    If you've never owned an iPad, how would you know that? There's a reason that people keep telling you that they are complementary devices.

    For light usage like you are talking about I think upgrading your MBP would be largely a waste of money. Add a SSD if you want to make a real change for little money.
  25. TJ5921 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    I was making the point I don't do anything too extensive with my MBP that I wouldn't be able to do with an iPad (besides papers). I guess I mean upgrading the longevity of my mbp by getting the new 13".

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