Monday, January 23, 2012

I-Pad or MacBook Air?

What's the better travel deal, the hip I-Pad or the hip MacBook Air?   It all depends on what you're trying to do!   Both the iPad and the MacBook Air are amazing hardware devices, but they're different in nature.

A well-accessorized iPad may take you pretty far along the way in getting work done on-the-go, but in no way does it provide the full OS X experience.  In cost, as well as weight, a low-end MacBook Air is not all that different from an iPad, but it lacks the simple form factor and touch-based interface that makes the iPad a perfect lightweight reading and connectivity solution. 

The I-Pad is great if you just want to surf the web and share photos while on vacation.  Not many people would need much more than what it can offer.  It also acts as a game playing device, a book reader, music player, movie player and more.

If your travels include more serious number crunching, business use, or the moving of data from one device to another, then the MacBook Air might be your better bet.  It's still light but it's more robust and you can still get more done on a traditional laptop than you can an I-Pad.

In the end, it all comes down to you and your needs. The iPad is not a laptop, and laptops are not iPads. Your specific use case and your personal needs should guide you as to whether you want to cuddle up with an iPad or drink mocha with a MacBook.  They are both powerful, affordable and usable solutions.

My vote?  For travels, I think 95% of you would do just fine with the I-Pad.  It starts off at $5999 too compared to $999 with the MacBook Air.  If you're looking for a machine that you can use at the office PLUS in your travels, then the MacBook Air would be a wise choice.

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