I have a 2 year old Macbook Pro that I love. Unfortunately, the screen was cracked a few days ago. It still works fine, I just don't feel comfortable carting it to school/class like I used to.
I was thinking that I'd buy the new iPad and use that to go to class with, read my ebooks on and such, and leave my macbook stationed in my office at home. I would just use the MB for writing papers, as I hear that isn't ideal on iPads.
Does this seem like a sound plan? I've been wanting an iPad for a while so I'm trying to make sure I'm not jumping the gun and overlooking a better solution due to coveting an iPad!
Honestly, I have both and I rarely use my iPad. I could not live without my macbook!! I suppose it's all about personal preference, but there are so many websites, etc. that don't function properly or you get the mobile version on the iPad. I guess maybe I am spoiled, but I hate that. For on the go, you can't beat the iPad, but if you are doing a lot of typing, or even say posting here on the forum, it's just too much of a pain on the iPad for me.
I agree with the post above. I rarely use my Ipad, it's not the same as punching away fast and furious on a keyboard. the macbook is a more powerful and reliable option than the Ipad IMO. Furthermore the macbook as a harddrive to store documents, videos etc etc that the Ipad cannot do. Get the macbook AIR if weight is an issue.
Not sure if you are interested in android tablets but asus has one called infinity which is due to come out. The cheaper version tf300 is out already and both have a docked keyboard which can turn into a netbook. This is a good alternative. The ipad is good as a consumable item but not really for productivity. I recently bought one and i will never tell people not to but it all depends on how you will use it. Can you not get the screen repaired?
I write on the ipad all the time, but I agree you do need a "real" computer in addition, for the web sites that don't work on the ipad and for storage (when you don't want to use the cloud) and printing. And specialized software like photoshop, design or programming tools.
I bought a zagg keyboard/case which is easy to type on. Not quite as fast as a laptop keyboard, but so much easier to carry around. You also need an app like textastic or a word processor. If I needed to take notes in class, I would definitely use my ipad and keyboard.
The other nice thing about an ipad is that it wakes up really fast, you don't need two hands to open it, and you can ask it anything (via google) or type a note on it on a whim.
The concern I have with being mobile with an ipad is that it might get stolen. If I needed a mobile ipad, I would get an extra one, because I depend so much on the one I have at home. This may not apply to you since your macbook is your "go to" computer.
For reading outside, there is a lot of glare on an ipad. Zagg has an anti glare cover; haven't tried it yet but I may try one if I start to read outside a lot.
Another advantage of having a second screen is that you can look up something on one screen while doing a task on the other, without hiding the info you need. I use multiple screens at my desk all the time.
If you are sharing info between 2 devices, you'll need to think about how to share and store info. You can email it to yourself, store it on a cloud service, or get an app that lets you transfer between devices (a little tricky to set up but it works).