iPads vs. Macbooks

  • iPads and Macbooks are both very similar, they are very portable and somewhat powerful computers. But, iPads and Macbooks both have very significant differences, and that’s what I will be going through.

The Goods:

  • MacbooksThey are designed to do more professional things, and you’re not limited on “Apple only apps (theoretically).” You also can use big-time softwares like After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere, Lightworks, Sony Vegas Pro or Final Cut. Macbooks are best suited for the people who use computers for productivity because there are more options when it comes to software. You also get a physical keyboard over a touchscreen.
  • iPads: They are designed to be used more casually than productively. They have the easiest to navigate operating system (a lot of people know how to use iOS), they are easy to use (touchscreen), and also pretty easy to install apps (appstore). iPads are best suited for people who are still learning how to use technology productively, like our younger students in the district.

The Bads:

  • Macbooks: It takes time to be able to get used to OSX. You have to learn to the commands, how to actually use the Macbook productively, and also be able to physically get around on it. OSX can be confusing at first, but once you get the general idea of it, it’s a breeze, and easier than Windows sometimes.
  • iPads: The only thing that I can say is that you are extremely limited if you want to be able to use it productively. You can’t use a mouse (but you can use a bluetooth keyboard), you are limited to certain softwares, and you can’t customize it to your needs (you can only customize the looks of it). People buy Apple because of how well their products are for productivity. iPads can’t really do it as well as Macbooks just because of iOS. iOS is more of an operating system that is made to be more of a “Plug-and-Play.”

ConclusionThese are both very good computers, but if you want an easy to use, get work done right away type of computer, the iPad is best for you. If you want to have a learning curve, have more choices for productivity or just to get work done easier once you learn how to use it, the Macbook is best for you.

  • Nick Lyle, Hour 3 Helpdesk