• Casey Roberts

Macbook vs iPad: Part 2

The question many people in the tech world are asking is, "Can the iPad (Pro) replace a/your/my laptop (MacBook)?" Part one of this soon to be series has stood the test of time. I concluded there that the MacBook wins at the moment, but the iPad is close in its own way, which still seems to be the case. Even with the arrival of iPadOS (a desktop style operating system, departing from stock iOS), the iPad still falls short in a few key areas. The iPad form factor and software is better for certain things than is the MacBook, but the power and overall reliability are what keep the MacBook in first place.

The iPad is more fun to use, it is handheld, fast, full of features, and fully capable of handling a heavy workload. But, when that heavy workload requires a keyboard, as it often does, the iPad doesn't offer much in the way of premium keyboards. That is to say, the keyboards are not laptop quality. iPad keyboards are fine for short periods of typing (email, messaging, etc), but I am typing this post on my MacBook because there is no replacement for a laptop keyboard (MacBook keyboards post soon to come).

When it comes to social networking like Facebook, Twitter, and the like, the iPad seems more comfortable in interacting with those platforms than does a MacBook. Basically, it just feels better to use an iPad to create posts with photos, gifs, and video. Instagram is still formatted for the smartphone, so Instagram looks bad on both a MacBook and an iPad.

From my point of view, as a writer, the MacBook will handle my most fundamental needs-power, a keyboard, and the MacOS version of Pages. Trying to write with Pages on an iPad is a choppy experience. So, while the iPad offers more in the way of "power mobile" features, the MacBook is more powerful, able to do more, and just plain better. The MacBook is good for the creation of content, and the iPad is good for the disbursement and mobile adapting of that content.