MacBook Air (Late/Fall 2010 Model)

This Saturday, 13 August 2011, I picked up a MacBook Air 13.3” 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo 256GB SSD 2GB via Craigslist. Bought it from a good guy. It’s super clean and still has six months of warranty. I plan to add AppleCare to it to extend it two and a half years. My biggest concern would be an SSD failure.

This thing is fast. Last week, my cousin showed me his new/used MacBook Air (same specs but 4GB of RAM in his) and I was instantly in love. I’d seen them at the Apple Store and loved the 13.3” models while hating the 11.6” models. But seeing it next to my Mac, running apps and seeing how fast it is really sold me on it. So I started looking for one on Craigslist right away. I’d given up hope of finding one at a price that made it worth it to me to not just upgrade to a new i5 model to get that hyperthreading goodness.

I offered him $875 (asking $1100) and he accepted. I think it was a fair price all around. My cousin got his for $960 a few weeks ago (right before the new i5/i7 models were announced), so my price was on par with that.

Boy, this thing is fast.

I ran the OS X Snow Leopard Migration Assistant on this Mac and my old MacBook Pro 15.4” 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo 500GB HDD 3GB and — voila! — two days later, it was done, at about 8:05am this morning.

Things are working really well on it so far.

I consider this to be actually a very conservative purchase. My old MacBook Pro (three-plus years old now) was getting very slow (probably in need of an OS wipe after upgrading it from Tiger -> Leopard -> Snow Leopard). Putting an SSD in there troubled me because if it failed, it’d take a bunch of work to pull it out. And every time I’d take it apart (to install or remove), I’d risk breaking the computer each time. Plus the hassle. Plus if I had to send a broken SSD back to the manufacturer, I’d want to leave the MacBook Pro in pieces for weeks waiting for the repaired SSd and I don’t really have a safe place for that (kid-proof) in my home.

So I consider this upgrade a measured decision that I’m really happy with.

 

Update: It’s Tuesday, 4 October 2011. I’ve been using my MacBook Air regularly since I got it. It has completely replaced my MacBook Pro. I’m very happy.

+iPad 2 32GB 3G AT&T

Someone came to the office today and said they had just bought themselves an iPad 2 3G AT&T at Best Buy today and that they had one or more in stock still. So I called and they had two. So I ran over and bought one.

I had one on order from Apple but it wasn’t scheduled to ship until 25 April.

I went to the Apple Store last weekend (a few days ago) to get an iPad but they only had white Verizon iPads in stock. No, thanks. I read that AT&T’s 3G network is considerably faster than Verizon’s and that AT&T’s network technology has room to speed up where as Verizon’s CDMA network is running at its maximum speed already.

Damaged iPads
There’s a little more to this. The first iPad I bought today had scratches on its back. (It was not an open box model.) I noticed on the drive home so I turned around immediately and had Best Buy replace it with the other one. The replacement also has at least two vertical scratches on its back but they’re not ugly like the scratches on the first one. These scratches are not obvious, so no big deal. But scratches on the back of a $700 aluminum computer from Apple are a real surprise.

-iPad 1 32GB Wi-Fi

I sold my iPad to a friend last night. He was going on the road and needed something portable. Looks like the iPad will be a great fit, and it was exactly what he’d wanted (but hadn’t hoped to get). I ate some cash selling it but I don’t mind at all. It was a good transaction at a good time.

I’m sure I’ll get an iPad 2 at some point, but I don’t know if it’ll be this weekend or weeks or months from now.

When I told my five-year-old daughter I was selling it, she instantly replied, “No more puzzles?” She uses a jigsaw puzzle app on it (not the loser NatGeo puzzle app).