The Great Debate: MacBook vs iPad, posted by Robert L. Foreman Jr.

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There has been a growing debate between the fans of MacBook and iPad about which is better for you. While both serve many similar needs there are those who will vehemently state that one is better than the other. Some, like the Cult of Mac www.cultofmac.com via Zite.com, will suggest that it’s time to retire your Mac and go with the iPad. They feel that a ten-inch, 128GB tablet can do the work of an eleven-inch 128GB Macbook Air. They make the case that an iPad, and more specifically a Retina iPad, can handle the majority of our day-to-day regular workload.

They also provide a guide to other key topics including; the advantages of replacing Microsoft Office with Quickoffice, replacing the finder with Dropbox and CloudMagic, replacing Photoshop with Photoforge 2 and much more. Source: Zite.com

Overall, it’s an interesting read and it could potentially convert some Mac users. But while reading through the Cult of Mac guide I started to wonder if perhaps it wasn’t time to examine this subject a little further. Can the Mac easily be replaced by the iPad? Or does the Mac still hold it’s own with the iPad? Well, let’s do some comparisons and see if we can try to uncover the answer to those questions.

MacBook Air vs. iPad

The 11-inch MacBook Air is said to combine the best attributes of the MacBook and iPad. The MacBook Air has a full OS X file management system, which allows you to move your files by simply using a USB flash drive. Meanwhile, the iPad offers a range of different applications that you can choose from, but if you need to move files back and forth between your iPad and desktop you’ll have to use iTunes and Document Manager for each individual app, which can be  time-consuming.

Both the MacBook Air and the iPad allow you access to your music via iTunes. So, whether you’re into pop, rock, country, opera, hip-hop or gospel you’ll have full-access to your favorite tunes. However, if you’re into mobile games the iPad will offer you a wider selection to choose from than the MacBook Air. So, if you live and die by mobile games then that may be the deciding factor for you.

Now, if you’re someone who prefers having a full-size keyboard to a touch screen then the MacBook Air will appeal to you. But if you’re someone who finds keyboards outdated then the iPad is definitely the thing for you. Both devices are compatible with Wi-Fi and offer you Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Although the MacBook Air doesn’t come with its own 3G connection like the iPad does. Source: www.pcworld.com

iPad vs. MacBook Pro 13

Now, when we look at the MacBook Pro 13 vs. the iPad there are advantages and disadvantages to both. The iPad is a mobile device and the MacBook Pro is a laptop. The iPad runs on the iOS operating system that uses apps as software, whereas the MacBook Pro uses the traditional software that many people have grown accustomed to. Now, as most of us know traditional computer software offers you many more options than apps, but apps are more useful for people who want an operating system that will load faster while still meeting their needs.

Each device contains an internal wireless network, which allows you to connect to Wi-Fi. The iPad offers users 3G Internet connections on certain models. The MacBook offers you the option of wired Ethernet connections, as well. Both will allow you to utilize Bluetooth with additional devices. But if you’re someone who loves to use a mouse then the iPad may not be for you since it doesn’t support any mouse devices.  Source: www.ehow.com

After taking a closer look at the MacBook and the iPad it’s clear that neither one is the clear winner. They both have their pros and cons. Ultimately, you will have to choose the device that will best meet your specific needs. So, the great debate over which is better will definitely continue. Of course, the hardcore fans of the MacBook or iPad will tell you that the debate has already been settled.


About the Author
Cathy C. Smith, Founder & CEO of Chameleon Consulting specializes in managing risk to improve profits by developing regulatory compliant policies and procedures, upgrading systems, automating processes, and training employees. Clients include banks, insurance companies, small businesses, and professional service firms.

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