To Air or Not to Air
Yesterday, Apple announced the new MacBook Air line of laptops, and I am not impressed.
Before I go on, I need to clarify that I am a Mac Geek. I have an iPhone, iPad, iMac & MacBook Pro. I upgrade every time they release a new version even if that means paying $700 for my iPhone. Except when it comes to the MacBook Air. I have not figured out what Apple wants me to do with it.
Starting at $999 for the 64 GB flash storage, 2 GB, 1.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor Air does not excite me. Looking at the other laptops in the MacBook line, for $999, I can get a 250 GB hard drive, 2 GB DDR3 memory and a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (and you get a DVD/CD drive).
What does the Air have that the other MacBooks don't? It is small, fits it in a 9x12 envelope and weighs 2.3 lbs compared to the whopping 4.7 lbs of the more powerful MacBook. If weight is really the issue, then I think the 1.6 lb iPad is a better buy.
The small drive on the Air would be filled up with the software I use and I would never be able to transfer all the video and pictures I take when on vacation or at a conference to the MacBook Air. I would need to have a MacBook Pro for that.
Maybe I'm supposed to watch movies on the MacBook Air? There is no DVD drive which means I have to load the movies before I leave the house. With the iPad 3G, I can watch Hulu and Netflix no matter where I am.
The Air is good if all you do is blog, email and watch a few shows that are downloaded in advance. But, what if the Air had 3G? When I'm out on a daily basis, I'm not writing up major proposals or doing graphics. I'm checking email and doing minor things. The Air is good for portability except for no 3G. My point being, if you are going to make something for portability, then add 3G.