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Default Dell Mini 10v...do I need to upgrade? - 06-07-2011, 03:21 AM

Hey guys it's been a long time since last time I posted on this forum, always nice replies though. So I now have sort of a problem and thought some of you could help me. Here's the thing I'm going to college next year, OS X Lion is gonna be out and with lots of interesting features that can be helpful for a student! So I'll be buying a whole new set of devices since I am moving to france. I'm an iPhone enthusiast though it's small screen and high prices in europe make me doubt about getting one...main reason I want one is to keep in touch with my friends over here and be able to facetime/skype with my family and have an iPod on the go. My actual laptop is a Dell Mini 10v hackintosh and as far as I know Lion is gonna be out in 64 bits only, dropping support for Dell Mini 10v and I'll be buying a new computer soon since I'm moving. My first idea was to get a desktop hackintosh/mac and a new iPhone and keep my Mini and upgrade a few thing like battery,WiFi, bluetooth, HDD and this kind of stuff. But then came others ideas along. Why not get an iPad as a replacement for my Mini and have all my notes in one tiny device? And have a powerful MacBook Pro 15" and maybe say good bye to my beloved iPhone/iPod. Or get and iPad, bottom line MacBook Pro, and iPhone? Knowing that I'm an occasional WoW player, that I like to run Aperture, Final Cut and Adobe's CS5 suite and that my computer will be my media/entertainment system. That implies big enough screen to watch movies. Am really confused and I have to solve this problem by soon so any ideas will be greatly appreciated!!! Well thanks in advance and feel free to say whatever you want about the topic!


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Default 06-07-2011, 04:00 PM

Given what you describe, an iPad replacing the 10v makes sense. I can't comment about getting an iPhone or not. Having something in your pocket that does a lot is useful. I would suggest that, based on the software you use, a Macbook Pro would make more sense.


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Default 06-07-2011, 09:30 PM

Hey Holmes4 thanks for your quick reply. I will strongly consider your opinion, sounds really wise


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Default 06-08-2011, 12:48 AM

I will note that I own an iPhone 3GS, an iPad 2 and a Mini 9. The iPad has effectively replaced the Mini 9, though as it shows in my signature, I dual boot Windows 7 and Mac OS on the Mini. I also have an older Macbook which I inherited from my brother and haven't done anything with yet. I am primarily a Windows user but am not averse to a different platform if it does what I need.


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Thumbs down 06-08-2011, 01:08 AM

That's nice I own a 3GS too . So the iPad is a good idea? Ok I guess I will get one as soon as I have the money. And for the computer I need to think because I looked at the prices for the MBP 15" amd wow it scared and erased my smile lol. I'll probably be going with a hackintosh. Don't know yet. What do you use your iPad for?


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Default 06-08-2011, 11:13 PM

I use it for mostly what I used the Mini for - web browsing, email, games, following news. Lots more applications on the iPad though, that I would never have considered on the Mini 9 (or simply don't work there.) It's much easier to pick up and start using, and the battery lasts much longer.


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Default 06-08-2011, 11:58 PM

Nice, but how about taking notes or reading? Is the screen "agressive" to your eyes after a long use time? The reasons of my questions is that I'm planing to use the iPad for college and by that I mean take notes, study and read. Anyway you've heleped me a lot so far thank you!


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Default 06-09-2011, 12:56 AM

I have a Kindle 3, and prefer that to the iPad for reading books - the iPad is twice the weight of the Kindle and the physical holding of the iPad and using swipes or taps to change pages I find tiring. But it has got to be easier than using a netbook or notebook for that. I suppose if I were studying, I'd prop the iPad up on a table (I have the SmartCover, and a PadPivot stand is supposedly coming sometime (once manufacturing gets going - it's a Kickstarter project.)

I have not done much with taking notes, though I have tapped out forum replies and email with it and it was acceptable for that. I happen to have a Bluetooth keyboard that works with the iPad and if I were in a situation where I knew I'd be typing a lot, I'd bring it along. The iPad and the keyboard weigh less than a Mini.

Don't get me wrong - I loved my Mini 9 and it was a delightful device for its time. Perhaps a new generation of netbooks (Intel is now saying "Ultrabook") would be a great combination, but I would not buy any of today's netbooks if I were in the market for one. Also, my personal experience does not, by any means, generalize to everyone. I have done things with my Mini 9 that I could never do with an iPad, but more because I could, not because I needed to. For some people, the no-walls environment of a netbook (limited mainly by CPU power) is a requirement and an iPad would not suffice.


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Default 06-09-2011, 01:16 AM

Ok this is really good to know! Well yeah the netbook has been great but if I happen to own a powerfull computer and an iPad maybe the netbook would become a Luxury device. As for taking notes on the iPad I have my doubts you know, I feel it more like a device for websurfing and stuff like this and mybe not that much of a tool. The best thing I can do is to get one in my hands and test it. I guess. I'll look at the kindle 3 it can be interesting and cheap . The mini has been great but mainly used as a computer more than a netbook lol. That's the reason why I feel I need to replace it, the CPU is cutting my wings! Moreover it hasn't been great taking note with it. I think the most perfect device for that would be a MacBook Air but it's awfully expensive and with it a main computer and iPhone? If I can afford that I may not need to study, ok joke. But of course I wouldn't buy all that stuff. Best thing I can do so far is to test the iPad for note-taking. Thank you again Holmes4!


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