Originally Posted by Alter
I am having exactly that dilemma now...macbook air vs ipad....and I am leaning towards the air. Isn't an ipad and keyboard basically the same as an air anyways?
I wouldn't get a MBA to replace any computer, and you'd need something more substantial at home, or at least a monitor and keyboard to hook it up to (and a desk space I guess), and be okay with mediocre speeds on some things maybe - but I have a few computers at home already and 90% of the time I sit at the kitchen table, 9% in bed, and 1% I take it out or travel with it, so I need a decently sized laptop to keep my eyes from imploding...
MBA if you need to use real computer functions and software when on the road, for sure.
The iPad kinda sucks on its own for me, I really do not use it. Probably a case of me having computers around the house already and an iPhone in my pocket all the time, and I really hate touch typing, I dislike auto-correct but need it enough to not turn it off, and I got a wifi model because I am already in on three 3G contracts here and didn't want to f around with it.
However, what has me sold on the iPad2 is that when I get to Japan, that's the exact size I need to work on for mail, and I'd just buy it on the Softbank installment plan+bill (it's like 5000Y a month or something right? If I put the keyboard on it, it'd work out a lot better and I'd be more likely to use it outside of the house.
I guess the one nice thing is though, the iPad is good for kids, tons of entertainment and learning stuff you can get in whatever languages as well, so big boon for you there. No extraneous stuff for them to bang on or break, it's just a simple form factor with an interface probably better for kids than adults. If I had kids I'd have them all loaded up with the requisite Disney movies and a pair of earphones so that they can watch their movies 1034924923 times on their own, and then when they get tired of that there's enough apps and kids games to last them til they graduate and move out.