With the evolution of technology, the MacBook’s biggest competitor may become another Apple product, the iPad. The debate for consumers that once centered on whether to go with an Apple or a PC may be changing to whether a notebook or a tablet is more suitable. And unlike the PC and Apple comparison, the comparison between the MacBook and the iPad bears two winners. The question is not which one is better, but which one suits the particular consumer’s needs and preferences better.
Consumers in the market for a new computer should take a moment to evaluate their needs before making a purchase. Deciding to buy Apple is the easy part, as there is a near consensus that Apple computers are easier to use and more durable than PCs. But the next question is one of style; consumers now must choose between the iPad and the MacBook. Asking the following questions may help consumers make the best decision.
1. What will I be using the computer for? If the computer will primarily be used for writing documents, then a MacBook is clearly the best bet, as the iPad does not come equipped with a keyboard. Likewise, if the computer will be used primarily for editing photographs or music, then again, the MacBook would be the best decision. On the other hand, if the computer will primarily be used to surf the Web, then the iPad may be the best decision. The iPad works wonderfully for browsing the Internet, and is more easily transportable than the MacBook for on-the-go viewing.
2. Do I already own another computer? Those who already own another computer may find that the iPad makes a better addition than the MacBook. This group of consumers can continue using their home computer for projects that require more computing, and use their new iPad for browsing the Internet and writing emails. Those without a computer, however, may find that a MacBook makes a better first purchase than an iPad. The MacBook has virtually everything that a consumer needs, and will provide a broader package than the iPad for people who do not already have a computer.
3. What is my budget? Those looking to spend less will find the iPad is the more economical choice. True, it does not provide all of the features provided by the MacBook, but there is really nothing like it available for under $500.
4. How much storage space do I need? The MacBook’s hard drive is twice as big as even the iPad with the largest hard drive. This means that those looking to store an abundance of photos or music may be more pleased with the MacBook. The iPad is great for playing music and displaying photographs, but is not the best tool for storing large libraries.
Answering these questions should help point consumers in the right direction. The good news is that there is no wrong answer. Both the iPad and the MacBook promise to bring satisfaction and fulfillment to consumers. The best alternative, in fact, may be bringing both home from the Apple Store.