iPad vs. MacBook: A look at price, models, and user type

iPad vs. MacBook: A look at price, models, and user type

The iPad is an important gadget for a person that neither wants to use a MacBook or an iPhone. MacBook, on the other hand, is a complete laptop except that you can use for all your computing needs. Though you can use an iPad for most of the functions of a MacBook, there are functionalities that it does not have.  If you’ve never used these devices before, it can be very difficult to decide the best for you. Here are some of the major differences between a MacBook and an iPad to help you understand them better:

Size

This is an obvious observation but it is worth noting. An iPad is smaller in size which makes it possible to use it anywhere without arousing suspicion. For a MacBook, you need to find a good place to use it as it is bigger in size. You’ll have to place it on your lap or on a stable surface to be able to use it.

Usage

If you need an electronic gadget that will allow you to access the web, play music, type some few texts, display photos or watch some videos, an iPad will be the ideal gadget for you. If, on the other hand, you’ll be typing extensive documents, regularly use spreadsheet or you need to prepare complex presentations using heavy texts, a MacBook is your best choice. The MacBook will also be convenient for presenting photos, videos and carrying out music-related tasks.

Battery Life

Some iPad models, especially the older one have a better battery life compared to MacBooks of the same age. You’ll be able to use your iPad 10 times longer without the need to recharge which makes it more convenient where there is no constant source of power. With the latest development of MacBooks, however, they have a battery that lasts longer than that of an iPad.

User History

MacBooks are the best choice if you have a browsing history, software, files or any other important documents you want to preserve. You’d not be comfortable using an iPad that does not have adequate storage space. However, if you are a fresher at the university and only have a few reports or papers to store, you’d be okay using an iPad. You’ll be able to have fun using your iPad, carry out the necessary research or write courses using a detachable keyboard.

As you can see, both the iPad are wonderful electronic gadgets and your choice will depend on how you want to use it. In short:

  • iPads are multimedia devices whereas MacBooks are laptops.
  • iPads have a 3G ability whereas MacBooks do not
  • iPads are smaller in size compared to MacBooks
  • iPads’ specs are more inferior compared to those of MacBooks
  • You can upgrade a MacBook but you can never upgrade an iPad.

Which is the Best iPad to Buy?

There is no time you’ll ever go wrong with iPads whether you want a sharp screen, pencil support, fast processor or a more affordable option. If you need an iPad that will play the role or a laptop, there is the right option for you. 

Apple has a wide range of tablets with many people referring to the company as the tablets king. The iPads are available in varying prices which makes it possible for you to afford one regardless of your budget. Here are some of the best iPads you can get on the market today:

9.7-Inch iPad

Cost: $330

The 9.7 inch iPad is the best tablet that does not cost much despite having the amazing features with the more expensive iPad Air. If you’ve always desired to own an iPad but was unable to afford the pricey models, this is a good option for you.

Key Highlights

  • Sharp, clear screen with a pixel resolution of2048*1536
  • Long battery life
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Supports the use of the Apple pencil
  • No lag
  • Works with different Bluetooth keyboards
  • More advanced app library & accessory support compared to Android phones.
  • More affordable
  • Attractive screen

Cons

  • Does not have the advanced A12 processor you’ll find on other iPad models.

iPad Air

Cost: $499

This is an improved version of the old generation iPad Air model such as the home button and thinner bezels.  The iPad is mostly preferred by students who are going back to school due to its high functionality and affordable cost.

Key Highlights

  • Bigger storage configuration
  • Smart-looking laminated screen
  • Affordable smart keyboard
  • Fast charging
  • High-resolution front camera
  • Higher performance compared to iPad 9.7
  • Longer battery life usually 10 hours

Cons

  • An old design that is not as attractive as the new models

iPad Mini

the iPad Mini is a perfect choice if you love small tablets that do not cost too much. Though it still has the thick bezels like the older models, it has the modern specs which make it more updated. 

Key Highlights

  • You can use the 1st generation Apple pencil which makes it a great option for taking notes or drawing
  • Sharp pixel resolution screen that allows you to watch videos, read, or get creative.
  • Available in silver, gray, and gold colors and you can choose the one that pleases you most.
  • Bigger storage of either 64GB or 256GB and you’ll select the one that 

iPad Pro

This iPad model has smaller bezels, sharp screen, and a powerful processor. It also has amazing accessories such as the Apple pencil and is available in varying screen sizes between 11 inches and 12.9 inches. 

If you are a digital artist and requires room for roaming, the 12.9 inches screen is the best for you. For most people, however, the 11 inches screen is perfect. 

Key Highlights

  • Powerful processor that surpasses some laptops
  • 64GB storage
  • You can use the advances Apple pencil
  • Wireless charging that you’ll store by attaching it to your iPad
  • High-end performance

Cons

  • Expensive to buy

10.5 Inch iPad Pro

This iPad has a 10.5-inch screen and would be ideal if you love larger screens that will make it possible for you to watch your favorite programs. You can also attach it to a keyboard which will make typing quite easy.

Key Highlights

  • Beautiful screen
  • Sharp resolution
  • Speedy performance
  • Supports the Apple pencil
  • You can use it as a tablet or a laptop

Cons

  • Expensive to buy

Best MacBook Models

When looking for the best MacBook model to buy, your choice will depend on a number of factors. If you need longer battery life, go for the 13in MacBook Air. If storage is your main concern, the 15in MacBook Pro is a great option, and if speed is what you need, buying the 15in MacBook Pro would really help. Here is a closer look at some of the best MacBook models:

MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro is among the best performing and affordable MacBooks in the market today. it has hexa-core eighth-generation processors and a RAM of 32GB, nothing will hold you back when using it. When buying the MacBook Pro, you’ll need to choose from a wide range of options as they are available at different prices. Here are some of these options:

  • MacBook Pro 2017 13inches without a touch bar and 128 GB memory – $1299
  • MacBook Pro 2017 13inches with a touch bar and 256GB memory – $1499
  • MacBook Pro 2019 13inches with a touch bar and 256GB memory – $1799
  • MacBook Pro 2019 13 inches with a touch bar and 512GB memory – $1999
  • MacBook Pro 2019 15inches with a touch bar and 256GM memory – $2399
  • MacBook Pro 2019 15inches with a touch bar and 512GB memory – $2799

MacBook Air

Cost: $1,299 for the 2018 MacBook Air, 13inches and a memory of 128GB

MacBook Air is a sleek, light laptop that has a 13inches screen and its introduction into the market brought the much-awaited upgrade. It has touch bar sensor that you can use to make it more secure and a very fast SSD storage. MacBook Air also has an amazing sound which makes it quite exciting to use. To make it even better, the MacBook is environment –friendly since it is made using recycled aluminum. The battery life is also longer which allows you to use your machine for up to 10 hours without the need to recharge.

The only downside of the MacBook air is, however, not as fast as people expected and if this is what you are looking for, you’d better look for another option.

12in MacBook 

If you are looking for the lightest and the thinnest MacBook in the market today, the 12in MacBook is the way to go. It has a 12 inches screen which is smaller than that of MacBook Air. The downside with this model is the poor battery life which means you have to use it where there is a reliable source of power. If you’ll be using it on the go, the battery will be a huge drawback.

Verdict       

Both MacBook and iPad are amazing gadgets with each having its highs and lows. When making a choice between the two, you’ll need to consider the purpose for which you are buying it and the amount you want to spend on the purchase. If you have the funds, buying both gadgets would be a great idea as you’ll reap the benefits of both. You can be using your iPad as you travel since it will arouse less attention and keep the MacBook for the more advanced tasks.

Google Home Mini Isn’t Ready

Google Home Mini Isn’t Ready

Last year, I wrote, “Google Home is the most frustrating device I’ve ever reviewed.”

I saw potential in Google’s future but they weren’t executing on simple things. I was getting error messages with things like playing Spotify music. But the problem that bothered me most was that Google Calendar couldn’t be controlled through Google Home, even though Alexa devices could do this!

Google Home has matured since its inception in late 2016. The significant issues I faced have been resolved, and now both assistants are on a level playing field.

Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot are excellent devices.

Google’s basic smart home integrations from big companies (Nest, Ecobee, Philips, WeMo, IFTTT) work just as well as Alexa, with better setup and configuration. Google’s has superior intelligence, a nicer minimalistic design and a better speaker.

It should be an easy call, but no audio out, Bluetooth out, or Sonos integration on Home Mini is a killer for me.

Who should get Google Home Mini?

  • Anyone in the Google ecosystem (even just Chromecast owners).
  • Anyone using the small assistants as an add-on piece just for smart home tasks (only the assistant’s voice will be played on the speaker).
  • Anyone who is fine with slightly better than smartphone audio quality for their music (Home Mini isn’t good for music but is way better than Dot).

Home Mini is a much better as a standalone option, but that’s not how these are supposed to be used ideally.

Echo Dot is still the king and for the masses. You’ll get more integrations, ability to buy things on Amazon, you can set up customized routines, and you can use your own speakers.

And when Dots are $30 during the holidays and other Amazon events, how do you pass up buying a few?

Windows 8′s secret logon screen revealed

Windows 8′s secret logon screen revealed

Earlier, GeekSmack reported on registry keys confirming that Windows 8 will have a second, tile-based shell for tablets dubbed “Immersive”. Now, Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott have revealed the logon screen for this shell, which GeekSmack can independently confirm as real despite some misinformed rants about this being an April Fool’s day joke.

What this reveals to us is basically a Metro-inspired logon screen, akin to that of the Windows Phone. The display showcases the date, day of the week, icons for power management, and ease of access stuff. Rafael also notes that Microsoft will be building on this lock screen, allowing for a “pattern unlock” for tablet users similar to Android, and audio controls for music so you can easily control music playback whilst your tablet device is locked.

Rafael and Paul are sure to be revealing more of the hidden bits in Windows 8 throughout the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Apple’s 30-pin dock connector to support DisplayPort, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt?

Patently Apple has discovered that Apple has been granted a new patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office.The patent reveals what appears to be a new dock connector that can support both DisplayPort/USB 3.0/Thunderbolt.

Apple has been granted a powerful patent that packs quite the wallop. Somehow they snuck a secret patent application through the system for an all-new high speed connector that will combine at least USB 3.0 and DisplayPort. Although the patent illustrates an iPod as being one of the first to adopt this, the patent clarifies that it’s for all future Mac hardware as well.

However, it isn’t clear if this will be backward compatible with the current 30-pin connectors.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Beta 2 screenshots surface, leak imminent

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Beta 2 screenshots surface, leak imminent

WZOR, the Russian enthusiast site that’s been responsible for many leaks of Office 2010 and Windows 7 builds during their development have stated that they will soon leak Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 build 14.0.0.100326. While they are yet to leak the .dmg file to the Interwebs, they did post up a nice and lengthy screenshot gallery, and all of the images WZOR published are enclosed in this post for your viewing pleasure.

The file information according to WZOR is as follows:

BUILD: 14.0.0.100326
FILE: microsoft.office.for.mac.2011.beta-2.dmg
SIZE: 625,145,015 byte
SHA1: E0AC5320A3F07E4C406C9C1DD74DF1921B577CD1
MD5: 048E76275918997112AB1A4F8EFBB72B

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, announced on February 10th, 2010 promises to bring an array of new features to the table that will give Mac users an improved Office experience. One of the biggest visual changes with Office for Mac 2011 though is that Microsoft Is bringing the Ribbon UI to the Mac, with Office 2011 taking advantage of this interface like its Windows counterpart. On the functionality side of the spectrum though, Office 2011 will have improved co-authoring tools thanks to the Office Web Apps; now, you will be able to work on a Word, PowerPoint or Excel file from an array of locations, allowing you to collaborate with others to bring these documents to life.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 is expected to touch down later this year. Below are screenshots of the build that WZOR is expected to leak in a short while:

Sinofsky: Build 7046 Is Latest Build

I’ve been emailing my Windows 7 feedback and concerns to Steven Sinofsky, most of which are stated in my earlier editorial here on GeekSmack. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Windows 7 is a bad OS whatsoever; I’ve been using it as my main operating system for a while now on my personal PC and laptop, but I definitely think that it needs more time to mature, and that in Microsoft beta programs more bugs need to be fixed. I mean, sometimes I feel like if the “mass” media and blogosphere didn’t make such a big deal out of the UAC issue, for instance, it wouldn’t have been fixed.

So, Sinofsky and I were emailing on this matter back and forth, and I asked him for a comment on everything said. Here’s what he had to say:
I have to be honest and say that it is awkward to comment because you’re sort of suggesting we’re not doing the best job we could in engineering Windows 7 and then asking me to defend against that assertion. Quite the contrary we are incredibly focused on building a great release and incorporating feedback from the beta. We have received an amazing amount of feedback, many suggestions for new features too, during the beta—over 500,000 suggestions just from the Send Feedback button (which is only one of many feedback mechanisms). Putting that in perspective it is 500 suggestions for each and every developer on the Windows team, just since beta! That is clearly a lot of interest in refining Windows 7, even if a very significant portion of these are suggestions for entirely new features. We take all of them very seriously.

The other part of the challenge in answering to your assertion is that when you say we’re rushing or rushed, it implies we are behind schedule or trying to finish ahead of schedule. Neither of those are true. As we talked about at the PDC, we will have a Release Candidate after the Beta and then RTM—this was reiterated in a blog recently as well, again with no change at all in the plan. And of course, our development partners such as OEMs and IHVs, as described at the PDC and in the post, continue to receive builds frequently. Recently we’ve seen people talk about “RC Builds” and the like. First, all builds since the beta are RC builds since by definition that is the next milestone. But by far the most humorous element has been that the build numbers blogged about are higher than our current build. Today’s build is 7046, but it hasn’t completed yet 🙂

Stay tuned for some discussion of the changes we have made based on the feedback…there are hundreds of changes based on all those suggestions and of course many fixes based on the telemetry we have been receiving.

This email was received on 1:09 AM EST, and that’s 10:09 PM Redmond (Pacific) time, so I don’t know if he meant that 7046 was Thursday’s build or if it’s Friday’s build, but the reason that we weren’t able to find out the build tag yesterday was because it hasn’t been compiled yet. This confirms it; Build 7048 DOES NOT exist yet.

Firefox 3.5 surpasses IE7 market share

Non-profit Mozilla and its Firefox 3.5 Internet browser have managed to dethrone Microsoft and its Internet Explorer 7 browser. This comes as the first time that Firefox has beaten out Internet Explorer in browser market share as a single version.

As the chart released by StatsCounter show, Firefox 3.5 has spun past all other Internet browsers in user choice as a single version. Internet Explorer comes in first, however, with 55 percent of the market share with all versions combined.

Mozilla’s browser ended the week with 21.93 percent of the market share. IE7 came in a close second with 21.20%. The successor to IE7, Internet Explorer 8, comes in third with 20.33 percent, with IE6 coming in fourth.

Combined version’s market share still shows Internet Explorer as the king of web browsers with 55.42 percent of the market share. Firefox ended with 31.95 percent so it still has a little while to go before it surpasses Internet Explorer completely. Perhaps publicity of Firefox 4 will bring them ahead of the Microsoft-branded Internet browser?

Opera managed to lose points from it’s share decreasing it from 2 percent in June to 0.94 percent now, letting Safari 4 bring in just over 3 percent.

Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 now available to download

Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 now available to download

Firefox 4.0 beta 1 is now available to download and try out. This first beta version allows users to see what’s coming in Firefox 4.0 and give feedback on what they like or dislike. There’s more to come and new beta versions are scheduled to be released every two to three weeks.

Firefox 4.0 beta 1 includes a boatload of new features and improvements over the most recent stable version (3.6.6) and also in Windows 7 or Windows Vista the Menu Bar is replaced with a single Menu button.

Find the list of improvements inside.

  • New Add-Ons Manager: gives you more space to manage your Add-Ons, Themes and Plugins. Customizing your browser has never been easier!
  • HD Video: Watch hardware-accelerated, super-smooth, HD-quality HTML5 video on YouTube using the new WebM format.
  • Privacy improvements: Mozilla always puts privacy first, and this latest beta fixes flaws in some Web standards that could expose your browser history.
  • Crash Protection: Experience uninterrupted browsing (now available on all platforms) – when a plugin crashes or freezes, you can resume browsing by simply refreshing the page.
  • Performance: We know that performance is important. In this version, we focused on improving responsiveness at start-up and during page loads. This is just the beginning for performance improvements in Firefox 4.
  • HTML5 Parser: Run the best Web apps of today and tomorrow – if a user’s browser doesn’t support HTML5, they still won’t miss out on your content.
  • WebSockets: Build real-time, online interactions like gaming and chatting.
  • IndexedDB: Use structured storage in your Web applications to speed them up or provide offline support.
  • Web Console: Peek into dynamic websites with this experimental “Heads Up Display” play” analysis tool.
  • Simpler Add-On Development: Authors can create Add-Ons that don’t require a restart to install, develop their Add-Ons more quickly using the new powerful Jetpack SDK, and safely connect to existing libraries using js-ctypes.
  • For a full list of Web technologies supported by Firefox check out our “big chart o’ features.”

iMac Touch Shown Off in Apple Patents

The patent above, as recently revealed by Patently Apple, shows that Apple are looking into a touchscreen variant of the iMac. But with a twist, more so, a tilt. The stand itself has a hinge built into it that allows the screen to fold backwards to an almost flat position, at which the accelerometer inside will detect and boot into iOS mode, rather than OS X mode which is the mode it’ll boot into in regular iMac positioning.

Updated: Twitter suspends parody @ceoSteveJobs account

Updated: Twitter suspends parody @ceoSteveJobs account

Today, it appears that Twitter has suspended the ceoSteveJobs Twitter account, which had approximately 460,000 followers and over 650 tweets at the time of deletion.

Back in January, it turns out that Twitter received a complaint about the account from Apple, in which Apple noted that the account is inviolation of Twitter’s parody account policy as it didn’t clearly state in the account name that it was a parody. Thus, it could be mistaken for a real account (which it was, by a considerable amount of people).

While it is unknown whether specifically the account was suspended for that reason in particular, we have reached out to Twitter and are awaiting comment on the matter.

UPDATE: It appears that today, Twitter has brought the account back from the pits of suspension, under the new name of @fakeceoSteve.