iPad or Mac Air if $$$ Not an Issue?

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Michael G. Halpern | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Jul 16 2011 1:32 PM

Logos Bible Software being the primary usage, which platform would you choose, and why, if money wasn't an issue?

I have two basic, but equal concerns:  Using LBS in a portable fashion and reading through the hundreds of books (cover-to-cover) that I own.

I use an iMac at home primarily for study, but need portability for church, Bible study groups, etc.  I also anticipate purchasing an iPhone 5 by the years end, which allows me a quick and easy access to God's Word, but not so much to using multiple resources as I do in home church and group Bible study.  I've been using an Acer Netbook, but it is excruciatingly painfully slow.

I would love to hear from any and all, but especially those who might be using both, the iPad and a Mac Air.

Please add any additional thoughts you may have that I should consider as I pursue this purchase.

Thank you,


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Paul N | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 16 2011 1:57 PM

I'll post on the other thread


(...I've always wanted to to that! Stick out tongue)

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Greg Masone | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 16 2011 2:06 PM

Paul Newsome:

Ill post on the other thread...



(I've always wanted to do that! Stick out tongue)

I see what you did there Hmm

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Frank Sauer | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 16 2011 2:12 PM


I'm an unbiased opinion because I own neither and really am not a Mac fan...

So for your question: Since the question includes money not being an issue... Always go for the more powerful system, you can do a lot more with it.

If you were just looking for something that is portable the IPAD would be your best option, but IMHO is overpriced as are many Android tablets... I'm personally waiting for the tablet price to drop sharply, which it will and not to far off...

As for the Acer Netbook.... Logos was not created to run on netbooks of today's standards, they are great for a purpose, but right now Logos is not one of them. I have Libronix running on one and it is still slow.

So overall you have to decide what you want to do in these areas:

1 - Do I really want a Mac Product without doubt: If so:

A. I can replace the Netbook and run Logos with a Mac as well as having much more storage and power with the Mac Air.

B. I can keep the netbook and go with the portability of the IPad which lacks a lot of power and storage in comparison.

If you are not dead set on Mac you can always investigate a much lower cost pc laptop that will smoke Logos 4 and have the best power and storage buy....

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 16 2011 3:22 PM

Observation: Logos 4 on Mac and PC has more features than iPad application (including opening more than 2 resources).  For reading, iPad is very usable.

Rumor: MacBook Air refresh next week => http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/07/14/apples_macbook_air_refresh_may_boost_ram_ssd_specs.html

Recent thread Best computer to run Logos 4 includes Logos 4 Mac and PC discussion (Apple currently has premium pricing for 15" and 17" MacBook Pro laptops; not know what to expect with model refreshes next week).

Have been using an iPad in church services: usually "The NET Bible" (footnotes) and UBS handbook open while listening to sermon.  Personally plan to try 17" Dell laptop in church services while waiting for iPad with higher resolution display => http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/07/07/apple_again_rumored_to_grow_ipad_family_with_hd_model_and_pro_apps.html

Note: Apple shipping delay for ordering new iPad 2 has dropped to: 1-3 business days => http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad/select

Keep Smiling Smile

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Paul Williamson | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 16 2011 8:37 PM

Hi Michael - I have a MacBook Pro and an iPad.

Basically the iPad is great for reading books, much easier than on the Macbook, but it is not so great for doing in-depth studies and e.g. drawing from many sources to prepare a bible study or presentation.

The Macbook is great for heavy duty comparison and study, but not so good for reading "a book".

I would imagine the MacBook Air would parallel the MacBook - better for preparing studies and in depth work, but less good for straight book reading.

Since getting the iPad I now leave my MacBook Pro at work during the week - it only comes home at the weekend and is now a moveable desktop. The iPad works great for browsing, reading and light-weight writing, but I would not want to write a full talk on it, and even devloping a PowerPoint presentation is very tedious on the iPad (Keynote is easier though).

So a machine with grunt and keyboard for "creation", and iPad for reading and browsing.

My Macbook Pro is nearly 5 years old and due for replacement but from my experience it's not "iPad or Macbook Air" so much as Macbook Pro, iMac or Macbook Air - the iPad and Macbook Air don't really sit in the same space.

Hope that helps and interested in others experience / opinions.


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Robert Mullen | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jul 17 2011 7:00 AM


I have both devices and would say if your primary purpose is book reading and study the iPad is probably the best option IF you are not going to want to take notes or do advanced searches. If you do the MBA is a better options. The devices are similar in size although the MBA is just big enough to become a little bit of a problem in some situations. Here are the differences I see:

  1. Cost. Not an issue for you but is for many,
  2. Power on time. The MBA comes on fast for a laptop but not as fast as the instant on iPad. If you need to open Logos fast you can also add the startup time of L4 which is longer on the MBA.
  3. Size. The iPad is close to book size and can be carried without being a distraction. Not so much for the MBA. Also consider opening the lid on a laptop means you need a lap or a table to prop it up for your work. The iPad can be held in one hand (leaving your other one free for something important like a cup of coffee.) Smile
  4. Input. The on screen keyboard on the iPad is acceptable but having a full keyboard on the MBA is better for any real work.
  5. Full L4. If you need notes, clippings, layouts, and anything more than trivial searches you need L4 and your only option is the MBA.

In the end, you have to decide which features you want. As a reader, simple searcher, and basic resource tool the iPad versions portability is hard to top. If you need to do anything more advanced you will want the MBA.

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lostlogik | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 18 2011 1:38 PM

Is it too obvious to say "if money's no object, then why not both"? I have a MB and an iPad and since getting the iPad I rarely use the MB. The portability and ease and speed of use make it my primary computer. Ok, for "heavy" stuff I still use the MB but the iPad is what I take to church and use out and about and around the house.

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