Macbook screen dead, is it time for an iPad?
July 31, 2012 11:51 AM Subscribe
I dropped my Macbook and now the screen is severely distorted. The computer itself still funs fine and can be used, if one works around the partially blacked out screen. Since it's a 2008 Macbook, it's a bit long in the tooth, so I'm thinking of just getting an iPad for every day usage and plugging the Macbook into an external monitor for the one or two desktop applications I need it for. But which iPad to get?
posted by lynnshaze to computers & internet (5 answers total)
The laptop is used browsing the web, watching Netflix or other things online, listening to music, downloading art or photos from the web, light Photoshop usage (brightening pix or resizing) and running a budgeting application, YNAB.
My budgets is around $500. I ca get a refurbished iPad2 with 32 gig for that or the iPad 3 with better graphics and processor, but only 16 gig.
A) Is it worth to stick with the iPad2 at this point, for the larger hard drive space or is a 3 really going to be essential? I am aware of the supposed iPad mini and/or possible new iPad coming out in September, but can't wait 'till then, need a working computer or iPad ASAP.
B) Are there graphics apps similar to Photoshop that will enable me to load and manipulate and then save art to and from my Dropbox? Which app works best for doing that?
C) If I get the version with cellular service, do I have to sign up for that service immediately or for a contract? Or can I just buy service for a month at a time, when on vacation?
D) The YNAB iPad app vs the desktop version, what's the differences? Can the iPad version replace the desktop version for everyday usage?