Which combination is better? MBP w/21.5" monitor or iMac 21.5" w/iPad?

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Which combination is better? MBP w/21.5" monitor or iMac 21.5" w/iPad?

  1. 13" 2010 MBP C2D 2.4 GHz with Samsung 21.5" monitor

    15 vote(s)
    48.4%
  2. Get a 21.5" i3 3.06 GHz iMac along with the 32gb iPad

    16 vote(s)
    51.6%
  1. dmk1974, Nov 23, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2010

    dmk1974 macrumors 68000

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    #1
    This is similar to another thread that I had, but because the 27" monitor just seemed to be too huge for my desk (I know, how can that be, right?) I'm debating between 21.5" display options.

    I had just got a 13" MBP as well as now a 21.5" Samsung monitor, so I'm trying to decide which "combo" is better for work at my desk and portability. While not perfect as a replacement for a laptop, I am overall liking my 32gb iPad that I just bought used for $350.



    1.) 13" 2010 MBP C2D 2.4 GHz 500gb 7200 HDD with Samsung 21.5" monitor. ($1000 + $65 + $170 + tax)

    2.) Get a refurb 21.5" i3 3.06 GHz iMac along with the 32gb iPad ($1019 + $350 + tax)


    #1 allows me to have my actual computer with me at all times.
    #2 allows for more power at my desk, more portability when away (via iPad), but the iPad doesn't have ALL of the capability of the imac/MacBook
     
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  3. miata macrumors 6502

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    If you can do everything you need away from your desk with the iPad that would be the way to go. Personally, I need a laptop on the go.
     
  4. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    LOL....I should!

    I'll have to download "Numbers" to see if it's a good enough replacement for Excel. That's probably the one office type program that I would need to make sure works well enough on the iPad so I can replace a laptop. iOS4.2.1 has been nice so far with the multitasking (basically the same as on my iPhone 4).
     
  5. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I updated the initial post to also include that I had upgraded my MBP with a Hitachi 7K500 500gb 7200 rpm hard drive (just so the comparison is more fair). I would plan to leave the imac as-is though.
     
  6. H00513R macrumors 6502a

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    +1

    Depends on how much computing power you need.
     
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    Not even the Mac OS X version of Numbers is even remotely a replacement for Excel, and the iOS versions of the iWork applications are not much more than hyped "viewers" for office documents. (Yes, I've bought and used them on both the Mac and the iPad, thanks for asking.)

    If you need those applications for business purposes, then buy a notebook with the real Microsoft Office suite on it -- it's the only option that really works.

    The iPad is NOT a substitute for a notebook. It is gadget that might have a few uses besides consuming media, but most of the time it is just a fancy toy and definitely NOT meant to do any serious work on it.

    In your case, you should get yourself a real notebook with a good external display and an external mouse/keyboard set.
     
  9. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

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    Wow... apple hatter much?
    The iPad has PLENTY of uses besides media. Like presentations, email, writing word documents lots of things.

    Sure Pages might not be perfect, but powerpoint sucks compared to the mac iwork version.
    They can do a lot more then be viewers.. have you actually tried the newest version even?
     
  10. robertbrian23 macrumors member

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    go for more power and portability and it is two devices compared to an MBP plus external monitor only. it will really put your MBP to be a 24/7 machine. :p
     
  11. miata macrumors 6502

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    It depends on what you want to do with a spreadsheet, but if you have any interoperability requirements with PC users you are going to want to use the MacOS version of Office.
     
  12. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yes, if I had to update any spreadsheets, I'd have to make sure it works with both PC and Mac users.
     
  13. eldo33 macrumors regular

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    I agreed.

    Get iMac now, then the MBA next year then you're set with all 3.
     
  14. miata macrumors 6502

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    I used to have two machines and they were never synced up. I finally bit the bullet and only have a laptop now. I no longer have to sync stuff. Sure it is possible to sync stuff, but why make life more complicated? I also have a WebOS phone and a pocket iPad (iPod Touch) that I only occasionally need to sync. If I had to sync an iPad on a daily or more frequent basis that would get old quick.
     
  15. lilcosco08 macrumors 65816

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    iMac+iPad

    Personally I can't sit still and work, though :D
     
  16. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Does that mean the iMac + iPad choice? Sorry, I wasn't clear.
     
  17. coochiekuta macrumors 6502

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    yeah like what was said, 2 devices vs. one.

    two are better than one but if you just want to be mobile, i would go with the laptop.

    then again i view the ipad as a toy. if you plan on just toying around while on the go then the imac/ipad is better for you.
     
  18. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks. The iPad is kinda a toy (large iPod Touch), but as long as browsing, e-mail, netflix, and slingplayer work well, I can probably deal with the limitations of the office apps.
     
  19. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040

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    Have you tried PowerPoint 2011 for Mac? It is an excellent update. Saying PowerPoint sucks to Keynote is a stretch. If you used Keynote to make a presentation then when you had to use it on a PC with PowerPoint in front of an audience and it was messed up would you feel the same way? Never again. A very embarrassing event. When it comes to word documents, spreadsheet and presentations I stick with what I know is going to work. Office.

    Now I voted for getting the iMac and an iPad. I think the Numbers application would work for you if you are just doing some light duty stuff on it. As long as you can transfer the spreadsheets back and forth you should be ok. I have an iMac and an iPad and I think they work nicely together. The iPad is more of a consumption device, however for light duty stuff it would be fine. The iMac is just more robust as a main computer. If you use your computer hard at home the iMac is just built for it. That is what I would recommend anyhow.
     
  20. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

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    That is true, an unfair comparison because I have not tried the 2011 version yet.
    Yes, if it did that to me I am sure i would never use it again too. Luckily I have had no such problem.
     
  21. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well, the iMac has been ordered from the Apple Refurb site. Too bad no black friday discounts on the refurbs, but still quite a bit cheaper than any other promos on new ones that I have seen out there. Can't wait to get it and report back!
     

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