Okay People - Pro & Cons for Laptop vs. Ipad.

Shannintipton - posted on 07/18/2011 ( 45 moms have responded )

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Well it is getting down to the wire here. Which is better Ipad or laptop. I thought that if you had a laptop you could take it anywhere and have access to the internet. I still don't know if that is true or not. I don't like the flat screen feel. I like the feel of the key board under my fingers. I don't know if you can take an ipad with you anywhere and still get service to the internet. I do know that an ipad wont ring, that to me is a plus. i hate phones. Same with the laptop, no ringing. So I still don't know. Any suggestions. Thanks people. :)

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I would have both lap top for at home and ipad for when ur on the go depending on what you pay for u can get it where there is internet on it and so you will have it where ever u go or you can pay where it can get internet access by using wifi which if you phone has internet then the ipad can go off of that and voila instant internet no matter where you go!! Ipad is more convenient and light weight so easier to travel with. So yea both :)

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oops, Shannin, I just now saw your questions to me :P Sorry, I was here yesterday, no idea how I missed this thread.

Anyway, no, mine does not have a touch screen. They are coming out with some that do, but they do cost a bit more....like $1200 and up. They still open like a laptop, but you twist the screen around and fold it down over the key board. They've had laptops that do this for a while, but the netbook versions are new.

You can get internet anywhere if you purchase the service through your cell provider. They will probably give you a little attachment that goes into the USB port (It's tiny, it won't bother you) and as long as it is in, you can use the 3G or 4G network that your cell carrier runs on.

I LOVE my netbook. There really isn't anything I don't like about it. It is small enough to carry around easily, not bulky like a laptop, and it does everything I need it too, except major picture editing, which I prefer to do at home on the computer with the big screen anyway. I do have a basic picture editing software on it--does stuff like make black&white, remove red-eye, color/contrast correction--for posting pics to facebook and stuff.

You cannot add additional internal memory, but you can use external hard drives and flash drives with it to store excessive files. I have a few hundred pics, a few hundred articles, and about 4,000 songs on mine and have no problem with memory space. They hold a lot!

Tamara - posted on 07/22/2011

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I am pretty sure the ipad is like the iphone, it learns what you commonly misspell so it helps me since I do don't know how to spell. and my phone knows what I am trying to say from the second letter alot of times lol

Tamara - posted on 07/20/2011

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Netbooks do not have a touch screen, I have ATnT with mine, its perfect for what I need it for to blog, check facebook, check here, Email and write.

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Shannintipton - posted on 08/11/2011

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How is the mouse pad????? I dont know if I can make that work for me.

Shannintipton - posted on 08/11/2011

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Only sometimes. it makes it hard for ongoing conversations sometimes. Or to read all the posts. Which I want to do because I am interested in what people have to say and rate them. but it wont let me see the pages. its a real pisser.

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wait what for real!! u have to write post after u post something for others to see it?? lol thats crazy

Shannintipton - posted on 08/10/2011

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It is because of a glitch. We cant see the most recent post unless you post something. So we type post. Stupid huh? This has been going on for me since Friday. It is starting to piss a lot of people off.

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oh yea i kno what you mean i like the regular keyboard too i also love the clicking sound and the way it feels when im typing haha im in the samwboat as you :) hey why do people keep writing post?? i keep seeing it i dont get it ?

Shannintipton - posted on 08/10/2011

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Between you and me, I dont like the flat screen keyboard. That is why I opted not to get the ipad. I dont really leave the house either.

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Um EXCUSE ME??? no he didnt girl what is going on there??? lol yea i really want an ipad !! my friend had one and it was the first time i saw it used and everything and i fell in love!! But really i never go anywhere so probably would be pointless since i have the loptop. . . . but its so cool! lol after the two tuesdays you should just say ur gonna get a MAC ( the most expensive one hehe) and just tell him its a birthday present to urself and it was a really good deal :P

Shannintipton - posted on 08/10/2011

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ME TOO. Now thanks to you I want both. ha ha but he aint goin for that. I will settle just for the lap top now. Did I mention he got a new computer.....on my birthday. Sweet huh?

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Aw for real?! what the hell :/ so he said he found a better deal on a laptop or what?? there should be good deals everywhere right now for back to school. . . . grr i want u to get one haha

Shannintipton - posted on 08/10/2011

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Well it didnt go as planned. I have found one I liked and Mark said he could get a better deal on line. I said okay. We got home and he tried to order. Guess what it was a type-o. Yeah right. I hate head games. I dont know if I should believe him or not. He is getting until two Tuesdays from yesterday. If he doesnt order me one. I am going in and buying one myself. He had until July 24th. I think he is dicking me around.

Shannintipton - posted on 08/10/2011

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Going to be a lap top. I think it is very important how the keyboard feels under my fingers. My hubby thinks this is a stupid way to judge a laptop. I think that it is important. But not the only way to judge. How important do you think it is????? I know stupid question. I going looking again today. But I know he wont let me buy it until I have tested every fucking one. My time is way to valuable. ha ha. So when one fits my fingers and is in range of everything else I want why do I have to keep look. WTF.

Shannintipton - posted on 07/27/2011

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1. Can you buy a dell in a store or does it have to be online?
2. I like the key pad on our 10lb. laptop. But I am not carrying that around. So hopefully the key board with be the same on the inspiron mini 10 netbook. I think this is what I want.
3. I want the 4GB something. Is that with the phone service or wireless service. I am still in the dark about that.
4. Do I need to carry a phone or something else to make it user friendly everywhere.

That is it for now. hummmmm

Shannintipton - posted on 07/27/2011

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This is basically a ramble to myself. I am pissed at myself because when I went to the store to look at netbooks/laptops, I drew a complete blank. I didn't know what questions to asks. There were too many. I was unprepared. It is hard enough for us to get out with the kids as it is. So now I have to do it all over again. This time I am going to have a list.

I will be back with a list of questions. Yes I am talking to myself. ha ha

Shannintipton - posted on 07/25/2011

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Well crap. I went to look at some in the store. There are so many and now I don't know what I want. Too overwhelming. Nothing fit my hands perfectly. So I will mull it over for a little bit. I want it and I want it now. But I was hoping when I saw them I would fall instantly in love. No such luck. bummer :(

Shannintipton - posted on 07/22/2011

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Thank you Lin, that may be an option i have to consider. Yikes LOL

Lin - posted on 07/22/2011

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I have a laptop (yay for hubby's work upgrading their computers), and it's what I prefer for my normal work and play - there's more laptop/netbook options to choose from than from an Ipad. My FIL uses an Ipad quite a bit; his eyes are bad and needs to look at things enlarged and close up, so if you have major vision problems the Ipad might be a better choice.

Shannintipton - posted on 07/22/2011

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Thank you sooooo much Kelly. SOLD one netbook please. You have been so helpful. I think it is perfect for what I need. I just need it for internet. No major pictures or editing. I can hardly wait. I will tell you all about it when I get it. Which I hope will be real soon. Just got the money for it today. Happy birthday to me. ha ha. thanks again kelly and everyone who responded to this post. :D

Merry - posted on 07/22/2011

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Yeah Eric can unlock it and get to angry birds or sound drop or smurfs village or pictures. He has also deleted some icons :/

Shannintipton - posted on 07/22/2011

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oh and as far as my kids playing with it. no way this is my toy. it will be my link to CoM. yes i know i have a problem. so it better work at swim lesson. that is an hour long session. wayyyyy to long to off of CoM. lmfao

Shannintipton - posted on 07/22/2011

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crap now what. why is this so hard. as long as it doesnt ring. i hate phones. ha ha. i guess the next step is go to the flipping store and get on a play around. thanks you guys you have been very helpful. i just wish you can get the same kind of service with ipad/laptop as you get with an iphone. i want it to work everywhere. what is so hard about that people. come on and hurry up and make it happen. i am waiting. watch it will be possible after i get my new toy. lol

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 07/22/2011

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well i never had a laptop so i cant compare, but i like the ipad
im also very use to a flat screen and touchkey. its great when you have kids..they can learn to operate it very well. My 16month old knows how to get to his baby piano and animal sounds..as long as i unlock it for him he can do the rest. when we travel in my car my older son watches netflix on it and plays his games...and its not bulky like a lap top can be. and depending on where you are you cant get internet...that is a down fall...because its wifi and all

Shannintipton - posted on 07/22/2011

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But ipad are flat screen right. i dont think i can function on a flat screen. so i think i will have to go with a net book or a loptop.

Shannintipton - posted on 07/22/2011

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I definitely need auto correct spelling. where it fixes the word not just tells me it is spelled wrong. duh i know it is spelled now fix it for me. ha ha. Does your ipad have a flat screen. no offense but i cant stand that. i think i am looking more into the net book. still weighing the pros and cons. thanks for your input. it is all helpful. should be soon now. yeah.

Merry - posted on 07/22/2011

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I adore my iPad, it's easy to use, although I've never had a laptop so I'm not comparing it tobanything. The new one has a camera which is awesome for pics and putting them on my Facebook.
Typing is ok for me cuz I'm usually holding the baby while typing so I have to use one hand anyways. Spell correct is awesome IMO :)

Shannintipton - posted on 07/20/2011

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So far i like the netbook. i just hope it comes with lots of memory. Because it doesnt say you can add memory. we are still looking into it. thanks tamara

Shannintipton - posted on 07/20/2011

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sorry to bother you again kelly but does it have a touch screen? i checked out the web site but it didnt say anything about it. just wondering. thanks

Shannintipton - posted on 07/20/2011

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kelly, i just now when to the web site and the net book looks perfect. there has to be a catch, it looks to good to be true. is there anything about it you dont like. anything i should look out for. if i get one and a phone service will be able to go anywhere and still get on-line. it is easier to ask then look it up myself. talk about lazy. ha ha. you have been very helpful. i think i want this one. thank you. you are the man. ha ha

Shannintipton - posted on 07/19/2011

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Thank you Kelly, you have been most helpful.
And Dyan, the auto correct is exactly what I am talking about. I don't know about little (or big) things to look out for. I wouldn't have known to ask about that. I hope there is a way to turn the auto correct off. Although I could probably use it. I can not spell to save my life.

Thanks guys. My hubby is actually looking into it. This is not a passing phase. I need my CoM on the go. LMFAO. I also think I need help. lol

Rosie - posted on 07/19/2011

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the thing that turns me off from ipads or any tablet is the small size. i simply cannot stand typing on those things, i make numerous mistakes, autocorrect always fucks me over, and then i can't edit it cause it won't let me (at least on my phone). i will never own an ipad or anything similar.

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What do you plan to do with it? If you are just going to use it to go online and store pictures and documents, you might consider a netbook. I LOVE mine. It is like a little tiny laptop and only costs about $400. You can't run things like Photoshop or CAD on it, but it works great for email, COMs, Facebook, and just web surfing. I also do my writing on it (in microsoft Word & Publisher), manage our finances, and keep a lot of pics on it. I have an external hard drive that I back everything up on and archive old stuff on. You can add one of those for about $50 depending on how much space you need.



The Ipad is cool, and it is definitely less expensive than a full laptop, but most people I know (including my hubby) who have one say they could not live with just they ipad, they need their laptops too. I've played with hubby's, it's fun, but I can't "work" on it--typing is a PAIN!



You can't take anything "anywhere" and have internet access unless you have it through your cell phone service. You can, however take a netbook, ipad, or laptop to any place that has wi-fi and get free internet service--in my area, almost every place has it, so I didn't bother getting the service through my phone. If you have the phone service, you could even be online in your car, that is really about the only place I can't get online. Unless I'm in the school pickup line b/c our school has Wi-fi...



This is the one I have:

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-mini10...

Shannintipton - posted on 07/18/2011

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this is all good stuff. thank you so much. this will probably be the last big thing i get for a while so i want to make it good. i am writing all this down. ha ha

Brie - posted on 07/18/2011

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the smaller the giga bite the slower and crappier it will run! so don't go lower than 4 on a laptop

Brie - posted on 07/18/2011

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lol tell them you want something that will help you to manage blogs and have at least a 4 gb hard drive...

Shannintipton - posted on 07/18/2011

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That is the next step. going to the mall to ask for internet services and then a store that sells laptops/ipads. i just wanted know what to ask for or try to sound a little intelligent about the products. Now that is funny too.

Brie - posted on 07/18/2011

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i would say laptop.. i think thats what i would do.. yeah the ipad is all cool and shit but i hate touch screens.. they aggravate the hell out of me!! i can type good and fast on a keyboard.. not a screen lol.. and you could always get internet with a laptop.. they do make portable modems.. i have two of them through criket but if you don't have criket you can get like t-mobile and i think there may be more and your internet provider may have a portable internet modem you could call and ask!!

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