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Do you think that owning an iPad is better than owning a Notebook/Laptop?

Personally I say NO.

asked Jun 05 '10 at 20:16

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edited Aug 31 '10 at 03:18


hell no! ipad is like iphone - phone pc is like everything! play games, work, what ever

(Jun 05 '10 at 20:44) Radexito Radexito's gravatar image

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You have to understand something. The iPad is a different category of mobile computing. There is no answer.

answered Jun 05 '10 at 20:30

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edited Jun 05 '10 at 20:30

people dont seem to understand its like asking if gorilla's are better than elephants, different things

(Jun 07 '10 at 01:11) thrashintosh thrashintosh's gravatar image

Depends what you want it for- the question is relatively subjective. There are certainly advantages to having an iPad as opposed to a laptop or notebook- I have all three.

iPad is great for portability if you do a lot of traveling. Outstanding reading device compared to a notebook computer or a netbook. I actually can't stand reading for long periods of time on a laptop screen; it's even worse on a netbook (due to the small screen size).

Laptops are semi portable and are only good if you don't need to carry it around with you 24/7. It'll hurt your back in a few hours if you don't have a car to drive around for transportation.

Netbooks are somewhere in the middle between the two- it has a physical keyboard and has a more full fledged operating system. They're also a little more cost effective if you only want to do casual web surfing/browsing on the go.

Bottom line on my end, I've been happier with my iPad than all of the other products (laptops/netbooks) that I've owned. It has a sturdier build and much more responsive; I have yet to experience lag on it (with the exception of internet because I have DSL).

answered Jun 05 '10 at 20:36

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edited Jun 05 '10 at 20:37

Not really the same thing which is too bad as I would like a netbook slate computer. I want the tablet pc to do everything a netbook can do. As others have said, depends on what the user wants, for me, no as it is too limited for my needs.

answered Jun 05 '10 at 20:39

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edited Jun 05 '10 at 20:45

No defiantly. Sure it might look sleeker and cooler but it has no flash,camera,and it basicly just iPhone OS slapped on a tablet. Also they are both 2 diffrent things

answered Jun 05 '10 at 20:42

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edited Jun 05 '10 at 20:43

But what's wrong with that a couple of years ago that was the iPod touch

(Jun 05 '10 at 20:43) FilipinoPower FilipinoPower's gravatar image

I wouldn't say it's better...but I wouldn't say that it's worse...because there are many pros and cons for a iPad and a laptop. Although they are completely different things, I think this article from PC World will help you the most:

Can an iPad replace a notebook, at least for casual use on a weekend jaunt? That’s actually several questions rolled into one. And one of the most important ones is “How’s the keyboard?”

I decided to do a test–a very unscientific one–to see how quickly I could bang out text on the iPad, in both its landscape and portrait orientations. A few notes on this undertaking:

* I tested the iPad against a 15-inch MacBook Pro (with an excellent full-sized keyboard), an Asus EeePC 1000HE (a netbook with a pretty good keyboard by netbook standards), and an iPhone 3GS (with a keyboard that crams the same basic idea as the iPad one into far less space).
* On each device, I typed the English lyrics to Antonio Carlos Jobim’s song “The Girl From Ipanema” (which, I should note, are by Norman Gimbel). I chose this test for a practical reason: I know the words by heart, and they therefore test my typing speed, not my ability to transcribe a passage I’m unfamiliar with.
* I never took typing lessons and therefore type idiosyncratically; Wikipedia tells me my speed is average. If you’re an ace touch typist, your results might vary a lot.
* On the iPhone, I typed with two thumbs in portrait mode, and one finger in landscape mode. On everything else, I typed with both hands, as I would on any standard keyboard.
* On all the devices, I took advantage of autocorrection and autocapitalization where possible, and otherwise corrected my own errors as I typed.
* For each device, I practiced a few times, then typed the passage and timed my speed with a stopwatch.

How’d the iPad stack up? After the jump, the results.

After two days with an iPad, my speed isn’t dazzling–I’m way slower than on the MacBook Pro or the Asus netbook. Punctuation is particularly nettlesome, since it often involves switching keyboards on the iPad: A surprising percentage of the iPad’s sluggishness is due to typing the quotation marks around the word “Aaah!”–which comes up twice in the song.

Typing speed and typing pleasure are two completely different factors, at least for me. When I type on an iPhone, for instance, it’s not the slow pace that bothers me–it’s the fact that the process makes me feel kind of seasick.

iPad vs. Laptop vs. Netbook vs. iPhone: Typing TestAt the moment, I can type faster on the Asus than on the iPad, but the Asus feels more ungainly: I’m keenly aware I must angle my hands, and I feel constricted by the lack of width. On the iPad, I spent less time thinking about its limitations. Maybe that’s because it’s not a narrow version of a standard notebook keyboard but something quite different. Or maybe I’m just basking in the enjoyment of a new toy. Or maybe it’s a bit of both.

In theory, the iPad’s Atari 400-like flat keys should make me pine for the decisive feel of a good full-travel keyboard. So far, they aren’t. In fact, going back to the Asus was a strange experience–it felt like work to push its keys down.

Oh, and I was surprised to find that I typed at about the same speed on the iPad whether it was in landscape orientation or the much narrower portrait mode.

Bottom line: I’m no speed demon on the iPad, but it’s by far the best on-screen keyboard I’ve ever used. For now, it’ll be adequate for e-mails, short blog posts, and other items that don’t involve vast amounts of typing. But when I’m planning to knock out more than a few hundred words, I’ll reach for a device with a wider keyboard made out of good old-fashioned plastic. (In case you wondered, I wrote this post on the MacBook Pro.)

Of course, my time with an iPad has been brief. (After two days with an iPhone back in 2007, I could barely type two characters in a row without at least one typo.) I assume that I’ll get faster over the next few weeks–and it’ll be fascinating to see if I catch up with my netbook speed, at least.

If you’ve got an iPad and have formed your own impressions of its keyboard(s), I’d love to hear them.

answered Jun 07 '10 at 16:37

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Laptop no, Netbook maybe.

answered Jun 05 '10 at 20:19

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It is definitely better than a netbook.

(Jun 06 '10 at 05:03) stickies stickies's gravatar image

no it isnt, the netbook still has a full os

(Aug 30 '10 at 16:31) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

iOS is a full OS....

(Aug 30 '10 at 16:43) AppleHack23 AppleHack23's gravatar image

not a substitute for a laptop/netbook though. Yes the iPad wins if you're just watching movies, listening to music, responding to emails, reading and surfing the web - but if you want to do spreadsheets, letters, databases, etc. then a laptop wins.

(Aug 30 '10 at 16:51) Timn96 Timn96's gravatar image

ios is not a full os. it is a mobile os that allows you to install apps only from one designated place. a full os in my viewis one that can have freeware from anywhere and allows you almost full control over it and its features

(Aug 30 '10 at 16:55) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

I completely agree with FilipinoPower! I think that apple's aim was to get rid of the idea that a netbook was the device between a mobile smartphone and a full desktop/laptop when in fact it can usually be difficult to use and slower (no offence to netbooks; some people prefer them). The iPad, I think, will not be an alternative to a laptop because it is trying to fill the gap in the market for that middle place between the phone and laptop. It offers great mobility but it couldn't handle the hard core usage that many people put on their laptops.

answered Jun 05 '10 at 20:25

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No, definitely not. Of course iPad is better by the way of portability. But a laptop is definitely better to have. Although the iPad is definitely better than a netbook.

answered Jun 05 '10 at 20:27

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Explain how an iPad would be better than a netbook. Maybe a low cost netbook but one over $500 its not a competition. Netbooks out shadow the iPad any day but other tablets such as the hp model is indeed better than a netbook but never an iPad.

(Jun 05 '10 at 20:46) Zach Zach's gravatar image

The iPad is a whole other category in mobile computing, now you need a laptop, a netbook and an iPad (thanks Apple)

answered Jun 05 '10 at 20:28

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this is very had to compare because they do not have much in common. Try something more related...I am sorry is this did not help you.

answered Jun 05 '10 at 20:32

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