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I'm going to sell my Acer laptop in order to fund the purchase of the iPad. Probably a refurb 32gb, or maybe the 64. But, should I even give a look to the new, smaller Macbook Air?

I'm just a casual browser when it comes the internet. No gaming or anything like that. So, what would you suggest guys?

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I am assuming you have another computer other than the Acer? I just bought the 11" yesterday and love it.
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I am assuming you have another computer other than the Acer? I just bought the 11" yesterday and love it.
Good (and very important) point! If you're considering an iPad, you have to have a desktop or notebook of some sort to activate it and load it with media.

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Yea, sorry guys. I do have a desktop. It's an HP, been a good one.
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Then it's your call. I think it is a great machine (the MBA). Check them out in person if you haven't already.
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I should. Only thing that I dont like that I read is that it doesnt have the backlit keyboard, but hey, it's the low end model..lol.

Guess you cant have it all in such a small package.
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IMO they have very different uses....the ipad is light email, browsing, entertainment, reading etc....its just not a computer.

That being said, Id part with my laptop before my iPad.
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I think I'll just stick with the iPad.

If I need to do any heavy computing, I'll use the desktop...
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I am assuming you have another computer other than the Acer? I just bought the 11" yesterday and love it.
Just curious, did you opt for Apple care when you bought it? Reason I ask is we're also considering buying one in lieu of an iPad. My thoughts were since there are no user serviceable anything in the new Air, it looks like Apple care may be a must. I hate to pay an additional $249 though.
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I should. Only thing that I dont like that I read is that it doesnt have the backlit keyboard, but hey, it's the low end model..lol.

Guess you cant have it all in such a small package.
Almost positive none of the models have the backlit keyboard.
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Just curious, did you opt for Apple care when you bought it? Reason I ask is we're also considering buying one in lieu of an iPad. My thoughts were since there are no user serviceable anything in the new Air, it looks like Apple care may be a must. I hate to pay an additional $249 though.
I always get AppleCare after the fact. Pretty good deals to be had on Fleabay (if you're careful). I would recommend it though on the new MBA's.
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Having had an ipad, I would pick the 11.6" mba over it, especially if you plauyed fair and maxed out the memory on the ipad.

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We recently sold our 64GB 3G iPad and plan to purchase a 11" MBA with upgraded RAM. The iPad was to serve as a "travel" computer but we found that we really needed to bring a laptop in addition to the iPad when we traveled. Just too much electronic baggage to rely solely on the iPad. We will miss the 3G for getting online at roadside rest stops, but then again my cellular phone will tether so it's not a huge loss. We are likely to get an 11" with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB drive, but haven't decided on whether the 1.6Ghz CPU is worth it for the lite tasks we will be asking of it.

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First of all consider several factors why you want to buy an Ipad, you mentioned you are selling your laptop well the Ipad has several limitations when it comes to
creating files. The new 11.6 Mac Book Air is as light as the Ipad and pretty handy for travelers. IF I were you I would go for the laptop.
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i pad is the good choice. I have both macbook and ipad. but since i have the ipad i hardly open my macbook. It have so much thing on there such as iwork net (that is enough for me to do daily work) Ipad even have more game then game that you could install in the laptop...However, the rumors about ipad 2 are there in the market so i think you should wait and consider that
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