When buying a new device, many consumers must decide between an iPad and a traditional laptop. The release of iPadOS has made this decision easier than ever. I’ve broken this post up into three sections because most consumers who are deciding between two items fall into one of three categories. You can read this from top to bottom if you want the whole picture. If not, feel free to scroll down to the area that applies to you the most.
Now, a stronger case can be made for purchasing an iPad rather than a MacBook for general use, such as just a home or work PC. The use of an iPad may be appropriate for you if you anticipate using your computer only to check email, watch movies, and occasionally browse the internet.
However, the disadvantages I previously outlined still hold true, at the risk of seeming repetitive. Unless you choose the £1000 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the screen is simply smaller than laptops. In comparison to computers of comparable price, the storage is also modest. Therefore, you will need to spend a lot more for more storage if you don’t use cloud storage and want to keep all of your images on your computer.
The cheapest iPad only has 32GB of storage, so you’d need to upgrade to the 128GB model. At that point, the price of the iPad Air, which is a better gadget overall (better screen, speed, and cameras), but has just 64GB of storage, is approaching. Although a MacBook Air with an education discount costs roughly £900, it is still less expensive in the long run than most iPads, in my opinion. This is because, in my opinion, a laptop may last longer than an iPad before you feel the need to upgrade.
Indeed, if you wish to increase your computer’s productivity, you can later purchase a second monitor or even an extra graphics card. These “improvements paths” for the future are simply not feasible with the iPad. Until Apple decides to make iPadOS even more comparable to the fully functional MacOS operating system, the iPad that you purchase today will be the iPad that you always have. The iPad is undoubtedly a fantastic device, but if you have to choose between a laptop and an iPad, I still advise choosing the laptop.
In this situation, it’s possible that you already are aware of the iPad’s and iPadOS’s restrictions if you’re a professional with a demanding use for your computer. If hardware and software can be used in your workflow to finish your work, you presumably already know that.
The complete version of Photoshop is one of the iPad’s analogues to desktop software, however the majority lack the same features. The iPad is a touch-first device, thus everything is made to be interacted with using your fingers rather than a mouse and keyboard, which limits the level of granular control that is possible.