Starting as a Freshman in the Fall, so I decided I would get a new computing device for my studies and school work. Problem is I can't decide if an Ipad 2 Wi-Fi only 64GB would suffice or if I should opt for the MBA 11" with 4GB RAM and the 128GB SSD. I have searched and read a lot of points on both ends, but still I cannot come to a conclusion. Price is not a factor - I am willing to spend for either-or and get accessories if need be.
I currently have a 17" Toshiba X205 with 4GB RAM and 500GB HD that I bought in Dec 2007 (4 years old now) mainly for gaming purposes and it has served exceptionally well. I plan to keep that around as a desktop replacement though I hardly play PC games anymore. Would keeping that around do the Ipad justice? Can a PC be a good supplement to an Ipad?
I plan to take class notes, use email, messaging, internet (obviously), VERY light music management (5-6 GB), and typing school papers and other academic related projects on whichever I choose (use of iWorks a lot) . I would only watch video if I was streaming online instead of storing movies directly. I would get some games, but really light stuff just to help pass random boredom and such. I plan to be a business major. I have a lot of photos, but I already keep those on an external HD and don't really care to look at them once but every couple years or so.
The only other iProduct I have ever owned was a 2nd gen iPod nano I bought in 2006, but I'm a quick learner and I'm not afraid of adapting to the different software and controls. I don't have an iPhone (or any cell phone - odd, I know) and I don't plan on getting one. Not because I don't like them, just because, well, I don't carry a cell phone.
Again, I would be willing to get any peripherals to enhance the experience, like a wireless kayboard and stylus for Ipad etc. I have been hearing rumors of the Ipad 3, but from what I gather there won't be anything added to it that will have a dramatic effect on me waiting for it. I have also heard new MBA models will arrive this Spring.
So, which device seems like it would fit my bill in your experiences and opinions? Thanks to all ahead of time.