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hi guys,
i've got a question:
i'm using my imac at home and i've a macbook (2007) that i don't use that much. Do you think selling the macbook and buying a new ipad is the right solution for me (surfing, music, emails..not only at home...)?



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Safest bet would be to get an iPad first then conduct that experiment I think all 3 have a
place but thats just me.
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I also have a macbook and would like an ipad. However they are far from interchangeable. You cannot load a cd or dvd, cannot copy data to a usb flashdrive, cannot load applications not available as an apple app. Does not have an infrared sensor for remotes. It is a great gadget but more of an accessory to a standard computer than a standalone.
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If you're already not using the Macbook that much and you have an iMac it's a fairly safe bet you could dump the Macbook for the iPad.
Having said that the advice to get an iPad first and try it is an excellent idea.

I'm keeping my MBP but it doesn't get anywhere near as much use as it did.
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It all depends on what you use the laptop for. In my case the iPad replaced a Sony Reader, a Nintendo DS and a Netbook....all with ease. But if you rip DVD's, use Photoshop, or run a small biz from your laptop, then no....

From the uses you listed, I would say yes.....

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hh, no way the iPad could replace my MBP

it's a gadget, not a computer, but then I don't expect my computer just to play music and surf the web
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hh, no way the iPad could replace my MBP

it's a gadget, not a computer, but then I don't expect my computer just to play music and surf the web
thank u all, as i said already, for "working stuff" i'd use the imac, do i think my macbook will be replaced with an ipad
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As mentioned it depends on what you use your laptop for. The iPad like its cousin the iPod Touch and iPhone are used more for consumption of digital media such as watching movies, surfing the internet, listening to music, reading digital books/magazines, playing games, etc.

It's not so good for creating things such as word documents, video/image editing, playing advanced games, etc. If you already own the iPhone/Touch then you will know the limitations of an iPad. In other words it's more of a dedicated portable media entertainment center rather than a replacement to a laptop. If that is how you use your laptop then yes the iPad can replace it since you said you do your "work stuff" on your iMac.

The best way to find out is to try it as others have suggested. We are not you so we don't know if it will fully fit your needs.
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As mentioned it depends on what you use your laptop for.
i use my macbook for browsing, mails, music and pictures (no editing) and sometimes to write with pages, so it seems that the ipad is the "right" device for me. i've already an iphone so i know already the limitations of the iphone/ipad OS.

my doubt was only if it's "right" to change the macbook with an ipad...?! probably yes because the macbook is the early 2007 model...?!
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my doubt was only if it's "right" to change the macbook with an ipad...?! probably yes because the macbook is the early 2007 model...?!
If you aren't using your laptop much then I don't see why you want to keep it anyway. If you think getting an iPad will make you use the portability more then I think you have got your answer. You might have money left over if you sell the MacBook and bought an iPad unless you want the high end iPads. Macs usually hold their price value pretty well but you won't know until you actually sell it.
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Granted that I do play with my new iPad more than my new MBP, I don't think the iPad could ever replace a laptop.
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**** no.
MBP is my next purchase.
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