11″ MacBook Air vs. iPad 3G

  • February 23rd, 2011

At one point, I had both an 11.6″ MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 128GB, 4GB) and iPad 3G (16GB) to supplement my main 15″ MacBook Pro. After 30 days, the MacBook Air went back to Apple. Why? In those 30 days, the Air was used for no more than 10 total hours. The rest of the time, it sat under the display or on a corner of my desk.

I had convinced myself that the MacBook Air had a purpose. The problem was that I was looking for a niche that needed filling. As hard as I tried, there really wasn’t a place for an ultraportable like the Air in my workflow. Maybe if I was a writer, the Air would still be around…

Work and play are spread out between three core pieces of hardware:

  • 15″ MacBook Pro + 27″ Cinema Display
  • 16GB iPad 3G
  • 16GB iPhone 4

I thought that my productivity could be improved had I replaced an iOS powered iPad with a full OS X notebook. Surprisingly, I reached for the iPad 9 times out of 10 when I stepped away from the MacBook Pro. The iPad – in my eyes – is the ultimate go-to device. Instantly on whenever you need it, access to a huge collection of useful applications, able to capture crude or refined sketches and equally capable as an entertainment device.

iPad 2 anyone? I can’t wait…

UPDATE: I just setup and moved my apps to my new white iPad 2. Initial impression: this thing is awesome and has a new peppiness to it.