iPad Use iPad Air as replacement for laptop?

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  1. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

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    If I don't do anything like Photoshop or software development, could I get away with ditching laptops entirely and using only an iPad?

    I see that iPads come with free iWork software downloads, and that they have keyboard accessories and printer compatibility. For a basic computer does anyone need more?
     
  2. JGWolven macrumors regular

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    It can definitely be done. I would want a Bluetooth keyboard to be paired up for it in times of some extra typing.. But absolutely.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It really depends on what you do use a computer for. If all your activities can be done on the iPad, you don't need a computer. I've been able to replace about 85-90% of my need for a computer with the iPad, but I still need a computer for several activities.
     
  4. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    It really depends on what you do. How much can you deal with touch vs trackpad vs mouse. Hard to say where you spend most of the day.

    Some people can do it very easy.

    Some with a little work.

    Others will pull their hair out.
     
  5. richardbb85 macrumors 6502a

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    some can some cant. like me, i like listening music on youtube in the background and surf the web same time which the ipad cant do.
     
  6. Retired Cat thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I think I may go the iPad Air route when my notebook computer breaks. Compared to my iPhone, my Dell PC seem clunky: takes too long to boot or resume from standby, mediocre battery life, runs hot, noisy from cooling fans, pixelated display, and so forth. I don't really do anything with it that requires its super powerful CPU and GPU.

    iOS is just a great interface.
     
  7. JGWolven macrumors regular

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    Well maybe not on YouTube, but there are a multitude of apps that allow you to listen to music while surfing the web.
     
  8. rlantagne21 macrumors member

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    It's amazing at how much you can get done on iPads these days. I relied heavily on my last MacBook Pro for everything from work to personal. When I sold it in anticipation for the Haswell MacBook Pro only to find myself waiting almost an extra month (at least I got the amount I wanted for my old Mac due to eBay not being flooded with then yet). With nothing to use with the exception of my AT&T iPad mini, I was able to get by perfectly fine with everything. Finally tought myself how to really use the iWork apps, which worked fine even in a Word and Excel environment. Had all my music still available on iTunes Match. Browsing the web was perfectly fine as the iPad will view the full desktop versions of majority of the web sites out there.

    Can it be done? Absolutely.
     
  9. richardbb85 macrumors 6502a

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    yea i understand that, but i like to choose my jam according to whatever im doing. haha
     
  10. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    This.

    If you never plan to rip a DVD.

    If you never plan on buying a gadget that needs it firmware upgraded by a computer via USB port.

    If you never need access to your file system (you know, like to reply to an email and attach a document).

    If you never care to download all your financial transactions from your bank to manage your finances.

    And a multitude of other thing you NEED a computer for, then sure, you can make do with just an iPad.
     
  11. Retired Cat thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The first two aren't a concern for me. The last gadget I bought that needed USB connectivity for an update was a GPS navigation unit that I hardly use anymore. The iPhone made that mostly obsolete.

    I don't rip DVDs and all my music has been digital for years. I can't remember the last time I bought a CD.

    The file stuff is a concern though. I think that iWork can work around the attachment issue, but downloading financial statements I'm not sure how to handle.
     
  12. richard371 macrumors 68000

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    Not even possible in my line of work. I love the iPads for their portability. They are great browsing machines but I hate typing on them and at worst case I need MS office. I work in the IT field supporting both mac and PC. I am currently learning MS Exchange and Server 2008 R2. Currently I have VMware fusion installed on my 2013 late rMBP 8/256 I am running a windows 2008 r2 server with web server, another server with Exchange 2010 and can run a windows 2007 client with outlook installed connecting to the Exchange server. All while flipping screens to safari, spottily, iPhoto etc. Pretty impressed. Only thing I wish is when running a couple of windows servers and win 2007 client 16GB would be nice.
     
  13. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    Agreed. Ipads have keyboard cases and every needed to be a productive tablet.

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    You can attach documents with an iPad. I do it all the time when sending resumes and pictures through email. I manage my finances with iWork and App store has a zillion financial apps.
     
  14. isephmusic macrumors 6502

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    tried to do it with an iPad and couldn't. get the surface 2. has usb port, 2 side by side apps can run same time, 32gb standard... 449 $ free sd card slot for up to 64gb.....$459 can get you 96gb... that won't even buy you the iPad air. surface can be hacked to run full window programs but if not its fine just to use the included microdot office suite which now includes Access . trust me dude i tried each and everyday to make iPad work for me and i just couldn't lol. good luck if you do try.
     
  15. ob81 macrumors 65816

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    I think if you never need java it could be done. I am taking some online classes and I swear since I have grabbed my Air, the only thing I absolutely need my laptop for, is to log into the classroom environment.
     
  16. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    Windows 8 and 8.1 actually manages to make regular windows worse than it already is. Not to mention its far less mobile than an iPad. The clip on keyboard doesnt work and the $449 version of Surface doesnt even have the benefit of windows or the benefit of being more mobile than a laptop. You might as well get a laptop. Im a freaking software engineer and if I can be productive on an iPad then anyone can seriously.
     
  17. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    Not to mention all the multi-tasking you can do. iPad is a one-app-at-a-time device. I like the freedom a desktop OS offers.
     
  18. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    They should be ashamed of themselves for using java that way. Its offensive.

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    I like the freedom of not being tied down to a desk.
     
  19. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    You need to read more carefully and think.

    Try REPLYING to an email and attaching a document to your reply. Let me know how that works out for you.

    And can you share the name of the app you use to DOWNLOAD TRANSACTIONS from your bank? I've been looking for one and can't find it....

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    Try asking a HARDWARE engineer how he plans to reprogram a Cisco commercial router with an iPad....
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Please explain how I can use an iPad to reply to an email and attach files such as .mp3, .xlsx, .mov, etc. in my reply. I'd really find this useful if I could use the iPad for this, instead of the computer.
     
  21. richard371 macrumors 68000

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    You don't. You need an iPad and a macbook.

     
  22. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    You are only tied down a desk if you are using a desktop, like an iMac. You can use laptops anywhere you want.
     
  23. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's exactly my point.
     
  24. richard371 macrumors 68000

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    agreed. The iPad is one of the greatest gadgets of all time but useless for productivity. Its an amazing toy/device and useful for lot of things but just like the iPhone its not a PC.

     
  25. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Well, I do find many uses for it, like handling and signing PDFs (PDF expert rocks), and I can create some light docs, catalog my DVD collection (with DVD Profiler), create some simple forms and database (Tap Forms HD), etc. So I wouldn't call it useless. But when I need to get serious I fall back on my MBA and my 15 different VM flavors...
     

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