What is your primary "Computing" device?

What is your primary computing device?

  • iPhone or Other Smartphone

    Votes: 7 6.9%
  • iPad or Other Tablet

    Votes: 8 7.8%
  • Laptop (Mac or Windows)

    Votes: 45 44.1%
  • Desktop (Mac or Windows)

    Votes: 41 40.2%
  • Other (please state)

    Votes: 1 1.0%

  • Total voters
    102

dontwalkhand

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Jul 5, 2007
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Now that it is 2012, and we have access to most of the data we can get to at all times, the internet wherever we want, etc, what would you consider to be your "primary" computing device? What would you reach for/go to when you want to look something up?

For me, it would be my iPhone, and my secondary being my iPad. My iPhone is with me at all times, I use it mainly for emails, work, and personal, Facebook updates, and when I need to look something up, or get a random thirst for knowledge on a certain subject, the iPhone is what I run to. I usually respond to emails fast, simply because I just respond using my iPhone. It manages my finances using Mint.com, check my balances using banking apps, Controls my house (home automation apps), houses my music (iPod built in), tracks calorie count, and as I purchase more devices that allow my iOS devices to interface with it, it'll be used for more and more, and always in my pocket...oh, and it is also an excellent phone.

My iPhone makes me really feel like i am living in the future, thanks to all it does. I have always dreamt of doing all the cool things I saw in the show Futurama, when I was younger, and the iPhone is a step towards that. Still haven't gotten my hover car yet, but hopefully soon. And the fact that now over 70% of the US owns a smartphone, it allows me to "live in my fantasy world" more, because it does make me feel like "the future is now"

The iPad is used when I need a larger screen to do the same tasks as above.

My Mac is used for content creation, running "desktop class apps", Photoshop, Illustrator, writing, and when I feel I need an even larger screen than my iPad. It is also better for typing long posts like this one, thanks to a real keyboard.

But as for primary computing device, iPhone hands down.
 
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CJS7070

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Dec 10, 2008
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Chicago, IL
I'm tied between laptop (MacBook Pro) and desktop (Mac Pro). I've had periods where I use each more than the other, at this point in time they're pretty much equal. I voted laptop, though, because that's what I'm on now.
 

shinobi-81

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Apr 11, 2012
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I use my MacBook Air and my iPad equally much, but the iPad is the one I prefer to take with me to work, to uni., etc. The only times I bring the Air out of my home is when I have code-work to do.
 

macbook pro i5

macrumors 65816
May 13, 2011
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New Zealand
Yes, however, with the great ARM debate, I couldn't pass up this opportunity now, could I?
Fair enough:D,oh and you will be delighted to know that the 2021 MacBook Pro comes with 100GB of RAM built in,6core ibillion processer thinner then the air oh and don't forget the built in tea cup holder:D
 

Tsuchiya

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Jun 7, 2008
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Honestly does my iPhone count? I've always got it with me and will usually search something up on that quickly. It's actually kind of crazy how much I rely on it now.

However, when I'm at home I either use my Macbook or Mini. The mini stays on all day displaying charts and my trading platform though, so I rarely use it for "casual" purposes. I'll usually still have my MBP on for research or streaming.
 

Uofmtiger

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Dec 11, 2010
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Memphis
I mainly use the iPhone away from home and the iPad at home. I have a laptop and iMac for more serious work, but I voted for iPad since it never leaves my site at home and is great for travel.
 

0098386

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Jan 18, 2005
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I find my iPad to be a more comfortable computing device, but I prefer the speed and breadth of abilities a desktop has.


Couldn't do without either, though. And the iPhone is okay when travelling. The tab system could do with so much work.
 

SkyBell

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Sep 7, 2006
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Texas, unfortunately.
My eMac does most of my computing work, I love using it so much I drag it with me to McDonalds nearly every night to use the wi-fi. (Yes, I am that dedicated to hauling a 60 lb. computer every day. :D) Secondary would be my HP mini 110, when I ...don't feel like hauling a 60 lb. computer. :p

I sometimes use my Palm Centro just for looking stuff up real quick, but 20 MB of data per month goes FAST.
 

dontwalkhand

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Original poster
Jul 5, 2007
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My eMac does most of my computing work, I love using it so much I drag it with me to McDonalds nearly every night to use the wi-fi. (Yes, I am that dedicated to hauling a 60 lb. computer every day. :D)
Now that is dedication to the PowerPC Mac! :D:apple:

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I sometimes use my Palm Centro just for looking stuff up real quick, but 20 MB of data per month goes FAST.
I think a 250MB Plan for $15 should suit you nicely if you are getting by with 20MB.

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I mainly use the iPhone away from home and the iPad at home. I have a laptop and iMac for more serious work, but I voted for iPad since it never leaves my site at home and is great for travel.
I feel like I am in the same boat as you, except the iPad pretty much stays in the car instead of at home (obviously I do take it with me into the house when I am at home), my car is my mobile office however.

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Honestly does my iPhone count? I've always got it with me and will usually search something up on that quickly. It's actually kind of crazy how much I rely on it now.
I would definitely say the iPhone counts then in this case :apple:
 

malman89

macrumors 68000
May 29, 2011
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Michigan
Laptop in my sig.

Probably buying a Windows laptop and/or gaming rig this year though, but will keep the MacBook as a download/media machine perhaps.
 

mscriv

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Aug 14, 2008
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Dallas, Texas
If I want to look something up I generally get on the family iMac or grab the family 17in MBP. I guess it depends on if I want to go to the home office where the iMac is or if I just want to look something up while on the couch, in the kitchen, or just chillin' in bed.

I use my iPhone while out and about, but while at home I would never choose the small screen over the computers that are available. I think an iPad would change this trend in my home if we ever get around to getting one or two as my wife would have it. ;)
 
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