Why I Chose the New MacBook Air Over the iPad

Why I Chose the New MacBook Air Over the iPad

February 6, 2011 5:28 am 0 comments

I made a decision. For months I’ve been researching and testing different devices to fit my need (or want) for a functional mobile device. Because I’m lucky enough to work for a university, I was able to get my hands on an iPad for a couple months just to see if it worked for me. In the end I decided that the iPad didn’t do enough for me, so I went with the 11″ MacBook Air.

Don’t get me wrong; I love the iPad. It’s a revolutionary device that I think will change how we understand computers going forward. However, I think the technology and the form have not yet been mastered. Transferring files on the iPad is burdensome. The size is a bit awkward given what it’s used for. And creating content (taking notes, writing a blog post, etc.) is difficult on the virtual keyboard. Consuming content is a magnificent experience on the iPad, and for that there isn’t a better device. I just think the price has to drop considerably for people to buy into a device solely used for consumption of media. I also think it could stand to be a couple inches smaller to make it more portable. The Galaxy Tab, I think, is closer to the right size for a portable content consumption device.

So, why did I go with the MacBook Air? A couple reasons: First, its just a beautiful device. It’s small and light, but still gives me all of the functionality of any other Mac. Second, the Mac App store gives me access to a lot of the great applications being developed right now so that I can enjoy all of the awesome innovation going on. And lastly, I was able to upgrade the processor and RAM on my device to make it surprisingly powerful. TechCrunch even claims that the new MBA is just as powerful as the MacBook Pro. So far, I don’t disagree.

I used the new MacBook Air at a conference this weekend, and I am very pleased. It was portable, powerful, and with the combination of Mac and Chrome Apps I had access to awesome tools to make the event a great experience. Final thought: don’t listen to the haters and don’t read the reviews of the first MacBook Air. The new MBA is seriously and surprisingly powerful given its specs, and the portability of it makes it easy to take on the go.

If you’re interested in some more reasons to go with the MBA, check out this blog.

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