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Before you buy: 2018 iPad Pro Vs. New MacBook Air Quick Review Review: Cyber ​​Monday, Black Friday




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2018 MacBook Air.Credit: Apple

Spend less money on an iPad Pro and skip the new MacBook?

That's the question I'm struggling with when testing the viability of the 12.9-inch (2018) iPad Pro with the Smart Folio Keyboard versus the new MacBook Air.

Price: not the deciding factor *

OK, while the premise stated at the top is true. Turns out it's almost true – a difference of $ 51.

  • 2018 MacBook Air with 256 GB of storage: $ 1,399
  • 2018 iPad Pro 12.9 Inches With 256 GB Storage And Smart Folio Keyboard $ 1,348

That said, offers on MacBook Air and iPad Pro can change that equation. So far, the new MacBook Air seems to be getting larger discounts than the new iPad Pro (which is receiving few discounts, if any).

See these Black Friday / Cyber ​​Monday deals at the iPad 2018 Pro and 2018 MacBook Air& nbsp; in the B & amp; H.

Portability:& nbsp;iPad Pro wins

Weight is a big factor in the decision between the MacBook Air 2018 and the iPad Pro 2018.

The MacBook Air 2018 is the new pinnacle of Apple's thin and light notebook technology. Although the 2.75 lbs is heavier than the 12-inch (2 pound) MacBook, it's the thinnest and lightest 13.3-inch MacBook from Apple – a happy medium for most consumers.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Smart Folio keyboard is lighter, but not as much as you might imagine: the combined weight is only about 2.3 pounds. (The 12.9-inch iPad Pro alone weighs 1.39 pounds.)

& nbsp;Doing things: MacBook Air wins

On the traditional front of work / productivity, the iPad should offer a utility that comes close to the MacBook. But this is not always the case. Simple and daily tasks you do on a MacBook can be shocking in the iPad Pro, for example, cut and paste, edit images, and jump between & nbsp;floating windows& nbsp; (which is not feasible).

Yes, you can adapt to iPad Pro and iOS, but it boils down to:

  • Using alternative solutions, for example, using the keyboard for common tasks instead of a trackpad / mouse
  • Be tolerant of things you can not solve, for example, WordPress bugs for iOS that are not covered
  • Relying on iOS hacks to do seemingly very simple things you do on a laptop, for example, listening to YouTtube ** while working in another application
  • Leaning heavily on cloud storage for file management
  • Understanding that the Type C USB port of the iPad is not the plug-and-play that you will have on a MacBook or Windows laptop, meaning many external devices are not recognized
  • External USB-C monitors are only mirrored. (Mirrored my Dell U2515H QHD monitor from 2,560 for 1,440, but not my LG UltraFine 5K.)

The list is long. (That said, if you successfully pass to the iPad Pro, then critics like my sum of free whiners.)

2018 iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio.Credit: Apple

Doing other things: iPad Pro wins & nbsp;

I'm guessing that the iPad Pro is intended in many cases for users not Like me. For example:

  • Consumers who mainly consume media (eg, web browsing, movies, books) and social media
  • Artists / professionals dealing with images
  • Hollywood types that create storytelling
  • Video Production / Editing
  • Audio / editing production and audio buffs as professional DJs
  • Hospitals and medical professionals
  • Industrial applications

The point: the traditional workflow does not apply. In fact, the iPad Pro may not be a replacement for the MacBook, but instead be bought because it does things that the MacBook can not. That's why reviewers often say that "looks like the future."

Performance / display / battery life: iPad Pro wins

And there are many upsides of hardware for the iPad Pro (Hat tip for Lisa Gade on MobileTechReview.)

Performance: On Geekbench 4 benchmarks, iPad Pro is faster than MacBook Air. About & nbsp;25% faster in single core and more than 133% faster in multi-core.

Display: The iPad Pro monitor also has a wide range of P3 colors, higher resolution and True Tone = a more advanced overall screen than the MacBook Air.

Battery Life: The iPad Pro outperforms the battery-running MBA in a few hours – 8 to 12 hours on the iPad Pro versus 6 to 10 on the MBA, depending on what you're doing. (Note that I am still testing the battery life for this to be updated).

Also 4G / LTE is an option on the iPad, but not on the MBA.

Lastly, I like the Apple Smart Folio Keyboard (no third-party keyboard needed for me). The Apple keyboard is easy for the fingers with many trips and I could adjust quickly, which is not the case for many laptop keyboards that I use.

Summary:

When I go to& nbsp;Starbucks& nbsp;or I'm sitting at airports, I do not see many people doing work on their iPads. Instead, I see MacBooks, Windows laptops, and& nbsp;Microsoft& nbsp;Hybrids equipped with surface trackpad. These people can not be wrong. (And, no, I did not write this comment entirely on the iPad Pro.)

This is gonna change? Perhaps. But the new MacBook Air comes with an ecosystem that has a proven track record of traditional productivity / full work. So, I'm leaning towards the 2018 MBA. For now. (I reserve the right to change my mind.)

—-

* If I opt for the 256cm (256GB) iPad Pro with Smart Folio Keyboard, the total will be $ 1,128.

** The iPad, iPhone, does not allow you to hear YouTube audio in the background, but there are hacks to get around this.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Look this& nbsp;YouTube Unbox Therapy& nbsp; as an example of someone trying to switch to the iPad Pro.

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2018 MacBook Air.Credit: Apple

Spend less money on an iPad Pro and skip the new MacBook?

That's the question I'm struggling with when testing the viability of the 12.9-inch (2018) iPad Pro with the Smart Folio Keyboard versus the new MacBook Air.

Price: not the deciding factor *

OK, while the premise stated at the top is true. Turns out it's almost true – a difference of $ 51.

  • 2018 MacBook Air with 256 GB of storage: $ 1,399
  • 2018 iPad Pro 12.9 Inches With 256 GB Storage And Smart Folio Keyboard $ 1,348

That said, offers on MacBook Air and iPad Pro can change that equation. So far, the new MacBook Air seems to be getting larger discounts than the new iPad Pro (which is receiving few discounts, if any).

Check out these Black Friday / Cyber ​​Monday deals on the 2018 iPad Pro and 2018 MacBook Air at B & H photo.

Portability: iPad Pro wins

Weight is a big factor in the decision between the MacBook Air 2018 and the iPad Pro 2018.

The MacBook Air 2018 is the new pinnacle of Apple's thin and light notebook technology. Although the 2.75 lbs is heavier than the 12-inch (2 pound) MacBook, it's the thinnest and lightest 13.3-inch MacBook from Apple – a happy medium for most consumers.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Smart Folio keyboard is lighter, but not as much as you might imagine: the combined weight is only about 2.3 pounds. (The 12.9-inch iPad Pro alone weighs 1.39 pounds.)

Doing things: MacBook Air wins

On the traditional front of work / productivity, the iPad should offer a utility that comes close to the MacBook. But this is not always the case. Simple, everyday tasks you do on a MacBook can be shocking in the iPad Pro, for example, cropping and pasting, editing images, and jumping between floating windows (which is not possible).

Yes, you can adapt to iPad Pro and iOS, but it boils down to:

  • Using workarounds, for example, using the keyboard for common tasks instead of a trackpad / mouse
  • Be tolerant of things you can not solve, for example, WordPress bugs for iOS that are not covered
  • Relying on iOS hacks to do seemingly very simple things you do on a laptop, for example, listening to YouTtube ** while working in another application
  • Leaning heavily on cloud storage for file management
  • Understanding that the Type C USB port of the iPad is not the plug-and-play that you will have on a MacBook or Windows laptop, meaning many external devices are not recognized
  • External USB-C monitors are only mirrored. (Mirrored my Dell U2515H QHD monitor from 2,560 for 1,440, but not my LG UltraFine 5K.)

The list is long. (That said, if you successfully pass to the iPad Pro, then critics like my sum of free whiners.)

2018 iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio.Credit: Apple

Getting other things: iPad Pro wins

I'm guessing that the iPad Pro is intended in many cases for users not Like me. For example:

  • Consumers who mainly consume media (eg, web browsing, movies, books) and social media
  • Artists / professionals dealing with images
  • Hollywood types that create storytelling
  • Video Production / Editing
  • Audio / editing production and audio buffs as professional DJs
  • Hospitals and medical professionals
  • Industrial applications

The point: the traditional workflow does not apply. In fact, the iPad Pro may not be a replacement for the MacBook, but instead be bought because it does things that the MacBook can not. That's why reviewers often say "looks like the future".

Performance / display / battery life: iPad Pro wins

And there are many hardware upsides for the iPad Pro (Hat tip for Lisa Gade on MobileTechReview).

Performance: In the Geekbench 4 benchmarks, the iPad Pro is faster than the MacBook Air. 25% faster in single core and more than 133% faster in multi-core.

Display: The iPad Pro monitor also has a wide range of P3 colors, higher resolution and True Tone = a more advanced overall screen than the MacBook Air.

Battery Life: The iPad Pro outperforms the battery-running MBA in a few hours – 8 to 12 hours on the iPad Pro versus 6 to 10 on the MBA, depending on what you're doing. (Note that I am still testing the battery life for this to be updated).

Also 4G / LTE is an option on the iPad, but not on the MBA.

Lastly, I like the Apple Smart Folio Keyboard (no third-party keyboard needed for me). The Apple keyboard is easy for the fingers with many trips and I could adjust quickly, which is not the case for many laptop keyboards that I use.

Summary:

When I go to Starbucks or I'm sitting at airports, I do not see many people doing work on their iPads. Instead, I see MacBooks, Windows laptops, and Microsoft Hybrids equipped with surface trackpad. These people can not be wrong. (And, no, I did not write this comment entirely on the iPad Pro.)

This is gonna change? Perhaps. But the new MacBook Air comes with an ecosystem that has a proven track record of traditional productivity / full work. So, I'm leaning towards the 2018 MBA. For now. (I reserve the right to change my mind.)

—-

* If I opt for the 256cm (256GB) iPad Pro with Smart Folio Keyboard, the total will be $ 1,128.

** The iPad, iPhone, does not allow you to hear YouTube audio in the background, but there are hacks to get around this.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Look this YouTube Unbox Therapy as an example of someone trying to switch to the iPad Pro.


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