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As I tentatively step into the realm of tech product coverage ...

I'm not much of a Mac expert (never owned one), and haven't had a chance to try out the iPad yet. However, after playing around with a MacBook Air yesterday, I wondered if there was a large class of people who are perhaps better served buying a MacBook Air instead of an iPad with all the accessories. The base price for a WiFi only iPad is US $499, but if you're on the go a lot, and don't want to spend a lot of time hunting for those free WiFi hotspots, you'll probably want the 3G model. You'll most definitely want the protective case; you'll probably want the extended warranty; you may want the keyboard because you find it difficult to type on a touchscreen; you'll perhaps need the camera attachment if you do a lot of photo uploading; and ... soon you're over the US $1000 mark. For about US $500 more, you can get a MacBook Air that only weighs a little bit more, and is a full-fledged computing device. I'm not alone in my thoughts – see this Y!Finance article about a guy who wound up spending nearly US $700 on iPad extras.

I haven't decided whether I will buy an iPad or something else, but trying out the MacBook Air and contemplating the cost of all the iPad accessories has given me pause.


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Apr. 5th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Does the MacBook Air have 3G? If not, then it's not equivalent to the fully loaded 3G iPad.

(It makes me feel old and crochety, but I really don't see the need for having access to the intertubez when I'm eating dinner in a restaurant.)
Apr. 5th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
The MacBook Air doesn't have 3G, but it has a USB 2.0 port, so you can attach a broadband modem and get 3G from CDMA and GSM carriers. Many, perhaps most of them will sell you a broadband modem at a steep discount, or even for "free" (you pay full price and they send you a rebate on a debit card), when you sign up for broadband service.
Aug. 11th, 2010 11:19 am (UTC)
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