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Ipad vs. Laptop

   A few days ago my trusty laptop died.  This laptop was my main computer for years and it was always great for what I needed it to do.  I used it for browsing the net, programming, music, itunes, etc. and it was used hard and a lot.  I went threw many chargers for it and currently the battery holds no charge at all so it was getting close to the time to start shopping again. Then it died, so I set up a desktop that I am currently using that someone gave me because it needed the power supply replaced.  This desktop I am planning to use for itunes, music, and programming (along with web browseing once in a while) once I get a new internet device.

   So this leads me to the question of should I get an iPad or a laptop?  I know about what laptops can do and mine was great but I have only played with an iPad a few times, so I have a few questions about them.  I have heard a lot of good things about them and there around the same price as a laptop so here are a few of my questions.

1st.Can I upload pictures from an iPad directly to LMR?

2nd.Can I upload videos directly from an iPad to youtube?

3rd.Have you or could you make a post on LMR with it?

And final do you know or have any comments about it or cons/positives about it.

Thanks for any advice,


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A lot of the time I did use my laptop as a desktop so know I am kind of leaning toward a tablet or netbook.  On an iPad how do you get pictures off it?  I heard you have to upload them to a photo sharing site, is that true?  If I were to get an iPad I would probally use it for a camra for taking pictures of things around my house and of projects and would just leave my real camra for trips.  Also I liked the idea that they're small.  With my last laptop, when I moved it, my hands would be full with the charger and with the laptop itself.  Also if I brought it any were it was a pain because its cas was like the size of a briefcase.  Now soon I will be heading over to walmart to check'em out.  Thanks again for the advice.

Can you program your picaxe from an ipad?



If you could you would need a special cord.

I think Pat covered pretty much everything but I want to hit one point again --One that I didn't really understand myself. The Ipad is NOT a little computer, it is a big iPhone. It does not run software, it runs apps. Again, it is a big iphone and/or a big iPod Touch. We are a mixed household, PC's (full size), a PC netbook, a laptop Mac, iPad and iPods so I can safely say I have used pretty much everything. The iPad is an amazing machine, powered by actual magic. The screen works faster than you can move your fingers --faster than you can think about moving your fingers. Video playback is flawless, audio is great, it is awesome at twice the price. That being said, for me, it is just a TV. My wife Kari (who owns it) uses it a LOT for taking notes in class, entering and keeping her clients' files, all of her business bookkeeping etc. but all of those functions come from the fact that Apps exist to allow her to do these things.

My vote would be for the netbook. I do everything from a MSI Wind netbook and I love it. For 300 bucks you get a fine computer, fast enough for 95% of what you want to do, it lasts 6 hours, is 2lbs and actually fits in your bag. Spend $79.95 on a cheapie LCD monitor to plug in when you get home and you are all set. I don't think I will ever use another full size machine again.

This is comparing apples (the fruit) to oranges. With that said...

I have an Ipad 2 and it is really about what you want to do with it whether or not it is better than a laptop. It is light and easy to bring places. It is great for web browsing, sending email, watching videos, reading books, and some other basic stuff. You can do a little more advanced stuff like video editing, creating documents and presentations. But do not expect it to replace your laptop. Instead of getting a new laptop when mine got old, I got a netbook. I found that I used my laptop mainly as a desktop. (i.e. it sat on my desk plugged in and I used a wireless mouse.) A desktop I think is much better for doing any sort of work on. Really the only reason I just had to have a netbook is for that one occasion when I needed a computer somewhere else but home. So far I have only used it on the chess robot since it is in another room. 

Though I also do not have a smart phone, so I think if you do then what your phone and what the Ipad does will probably overlap in many places. 

So I think if you found that you never really moved your laptop around much to do work then you may not miss it. I find a desktop + Ipad to work for just about everything I do. It is that rare occasion that keeps me from saying the the desktop + Ipad setup can do everything you need. We might as well be saying "tablet" instead of Ipad. Which tablet you want is probably up to personal preference. 

Finally to answer your questions with what I believe to be correct:

1. No

2. Yes

3. Basic comments work. I would not make a post from it. (Some posts simply are not possible)


Hope that helps and be prepared for any Apple bashing comments that may follow.