Quick Question: On which device do you prefer to blog?

I am considering whether I should buy an Apple laptop as an early retirement present for myself. At first, I was thinking of the MacBook Air, but now I see that the iPad Pro, which has an attachable full-size keyboard, would be comparable in price with more power and portability…

I’ve used a Dell laptop, an iPad Mini, and my phone (of all crazy things to blog on), but I would truly value your opinion.

So speak to me, friends. What do you use? And, are you happy with it?

41 thoughts on “Quick Question: On which device do you prefer to blog?”

    1. Lucky you to have a full-size wide Mac! I haven’t wanted to sink that much money into a device (and consequently have several less effective devices instead of one good one). I’m leaning toward an iPad, but I’ll let you know. Thanks!

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  1. I have a MacBook Air. I use Windows and MS at work and only Mac at home. I like my laptop better than an iPad. I never blog using the phone because something strange always happens and my fingers are always pushing the wrong buttons. Just to let you know, however, I enjoy using my work computer at lunch and after work with its full screen for blogging. Better than anything else.

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    1. I’m terribly fond of my computer at work, too, which ironically enough is an HP Compaq. All my teaching career we have used Microsoft, so even thinking of Mac is out of the box for me. But, I’ve loved my iPhone, and I love the camera which I use for blogging. Yet the keyboard is not to be underestimated…I’ll think of you at lunch time! 😉

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  2. I’ve always used my laptop (first a Lenovo, now an Asus) for blogging, though it’s kinda big and heavy compared to the Macbooks. I’ve also considered buying a Macbook, simply because it just seems so much easier to carry around, but I can’t get used to the Apple operating system :/ The iPad sounds like a nice idea as well, but I guess you should consider what else you’d like to do with it apart from blogging, compare their specs and then make your decision 🙂

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    1. Did you speak with my husband? 🙂 This is EXACTLY how he feels; he has always been fond of Microsoft, and scorned Apple; he thinks I should buy a Microsoft laptop (or Surface Pro) for the price and efficiency. Thank you so much for the comparison link you left below. I looked at it, and now my decision is that much more complicated. No, seriously, thank you for your input.

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      1. I’m an Android fan when it comes to phone altho my work phone is an IPhone (had no choice, dislike it immensely). But I use at home a Lenova Yoga 720 13.3″ 2 in 1 (Copper) which runs on Windows 10 it’s powerful, fast & has full Microsoft programmes
        https://www3.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/yoga/700-series/Yoga-720-13/p/88YG7000827?cid=gb:sem|se|google|298659770308|UK+-+Branded+-+Yoga+720+-+B|G+-+UK+-+EMEA+-+Lenovo+-+PS+-+B+-+Laptop+-+Yoga+-+700+Series|668786545&s_kwcid=AL!4309!3!249718829957!b!!g!!%2Byoga%20%2B720&ef_id=WWjhPAAAAcqRZLd-:20180405163046:s
        But didn’t know if you have them in the US, so thought for what you want for Blogging etc the Surface would work can be a laptop for Blogging & a tablet for other stuff.

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    1. Your opinion is especially helpful as you work in the computer industry. My husband is the IT director for our county, and he very much likes the laptop idea as well, and of course, low maintenance is key.

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  3. I’ve used my phone a couple of times to blog and also my old iPad but mostly use a chromebook book I’m just looking to replace mine with another Chromebook it’s fast doesn’t need anti virus and for me does all I need for a laptop

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    1. The children in my class each have a Chromebook purchased by the school for their use. They are remarkably effective, and quite inexpensive, comparatively, and the children are able to produce gorgeous products using Google (Drive, Slides, etc.) The only hard part about the iPad is the difficulty I’m expecting to encounter in terms of a keyboard. Or, lake thereof. My thumbs are only so fast…(p.s. thanks for the follow. 😉

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    1. How brave you are to carry it around! I am certain it can do anything at all we might ask of it, but the weight is one of the things I’m considering. As we plan a trip to Japan in October, and I want to take excellent pictures, the MacBook just might prove to be too heavy. Glad for your opinion!

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  4. I do some things on my laptop, some on a tablet, mainly because I find different tasks work well in different degrees on each device.

    Most of the image editing I do of public domain images is much easier to get done (and keep organized) on my tablet, because I use a handful of simple, lightweight apps that let me do just about everything I need to do. I also like drafting in the WordPress app better than editing on the laptop—everything just takes too long to boot up, and I like the spontaneity of being able to just click the power button and immediately put down my thoughts.

    The problem is, lot of things (particularly websites) don’t work that well in web browser apps, or are finicky to work with. Adding quotes and links, for example, is a pain. For these moee complicated tasks, I use the laptop.

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    1. I have read online that people have had trouble with the tablet and WordPress. I don’t want to run into time constraints (my old iPad mini constantly reloads the page!). Apple is saying that this new iPad Pro is capable of having several screens open at once; maybe they’ve improved the functionality of their devices. Technology, after all, only seems to be getting better. But, I can see the benefit of using the laptop for ease between applications. (And the keyboard itself!)

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    1. See? I’m so equivocated! I hope it will be helpful to hear from the Apple sales people themselves this afternoon, although probably they can’t be too objective as their purpose is to sell. They’re not going to direct me to a Microsoft device, for example, but hopefully they can clarify between the iPad and the MacBook.

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  5. I blog on my Dell laptop – its my go-to for everything. I hardly use my smartphone for anything – just phone calls or some texts. I like the idea of an iPad and that one you mentioned sounds pretty cool. I’m sure whichever you pick will work out great 🙂

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    1. I used my Dell laptop since I began blogging; I used it so much, in fact, that almost all of the keys had “lost” the imprint of the letters. And, it wouldn’t even turn on after about ten years. I guess it gave its life to a worthy cause. However, now I’m wondering if it’s just too heavy. I ‘m thinking of replacing it with something lighter. xo

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    1. The WordPress app has made it so easy to blog on one’s phone! I don’t get the full screen, or the ease of a keyboard, but I have been using my phone to blog for (cough embarrassingly) years. 🙂

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  6. I use a 10″ Kindle to blog, I have a hp laptop rarely used. I also have 2 other Kindle 6″ and 7″ mostly for their affordable price. I do like Kindle, never have me problems.
    The iPad Pro sounds nice with it’s detachable keyboard.
    You deserve to spoil yourself my friend 😊

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    1. Yay, a kindle! So you are thinking of what I am thinking: light and easy and portable. How do you find the keyboard, Sylvie? Is it manageable for typing?

      And, thank you for the “deserve to spoil myself” part. Maybe it is time. xxoo

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  7. I have a Macbook and can’t say enough good things about it. It’s is awesome even though mine is now pretty old. I’ve been debating on getting the new iPad but blogging on a tablet is not something I enjoy. My son got a brand new Macbook, the smaller one and loves it. It’s so compact.

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    1. Ah, compact sounds ideal! I am nervous about being committed to a tablet, because while it is light and portable, I can’t envision myself blogging so easily…

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  8. I have a Macbook Air at home and a full-size desktop at work. I much prefer the desktop with standard keyboard for writing. The Macbook Air is really fantastic in almost every way–much more reliable, better battery, and fewer problems as compared to every single (many!) PCs I had before it. Its screen and keyboard are just too small for me to be comfortable, though. If I could afford it, I would upgrade to Macbook Pro, but I saw your reply above re: traveling and I think that the size/weight (and cost, considering potential damage or theft) are all valid concerns.

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    1. Thanks for your input on the MacBook Air!! I’m glad to have ideas from people who really have them, really use them. The reviews on Apple’s Smart keyboard are NOT good, and that concerns me quite a bit. I can see that the standard keyboard, and standard laptop, definitely has its benefits. Oh, that we could all be together in person for a discussion and hands-on activity! I’ve said that many times for books, and now I’m extrapolating… 🙂

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  9. I’m new to blogging, like a few weeks old new! I splurged last year and bought iPad Pro 10.5”, Apple’s keyboard, and Apple Pencil for my 60th BD.

    I’ve had an iPhone for years, so it was a natural step for me. I use MS office at work. I have an HP laptop that I haven’t used since I bought my iPad Pro.

    For me personally, I absolutely love the keyboard as it folds up easily and is so light weight. I tried the Logic keyboard because of it’s ability to protect the iPad and the lighted keyboard. But it was extremely heavy. I now pop my iPad in my purse and off I go. That’s been the best part, portability. I did put a clear protective case on the back I purchased on Amazon.

    Honestly, I only use my work laptop when I’m working from home. Otherwise, it’s my iPad or iPhone.

    Looking forward to seeing what you decide. Happy retirement too! I’m still a few years away from that day. 😊

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    1. Thanks for your informative comment, Debbie. I ended up buying an iPad for its portability, and for awhile I wondered if I should have purchased the laptop instead. But, I have great peace coming into the living room with my iPad tucked under my arm and opening it easily to anything I want.

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