Thanks for your answers guys!
Originally Posted by RobM
lucky gf !
Buy the best you can afford.
If just Internet - why not iPad ?
Yeah, but I am as much lucky as she is ;)
Actually she will have to write her master thesis, and her current laptop is very shitty. An Ipad would be great, but not to type, that's why I'm not considering Ipad. Macbook + Pages, that's the way to go for a thesis!
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Yeah, they don't understand what they're looking at. Websites haven't doubled the size of their graphics yet, and so millions of them look almost terrible on a retina display.
It's their fault, not Apple's. You shouldn't fault someone for something over which they have no control.
Having said that, why not the iPad? Too small? It's great for these things.
Where did I fault Apple? I never did! But yeah, I'm asking if the overall internet experience is awful, because I don't have enough money to be a Guinea Pig :)
No Ipad for the reason stated above. If most of the website didn't double their graphics size and have no plan to do so, then why should I buy something I will not enjoy? It's the job of early adopters :)
Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot
So you're thinking of a $2000 MBP ?
I don't think I've ever met a woman that wouldn't rather have a $600 iPad plus a $1400 diamond pendant.
...but then, I like to keep my women happy.
Yeah that's true, the diamond pendant will come in time :)
Originally Posted by Winter
I'd go with the 13" Air Ultimate with 256 GB of storage and CTO 8 GB of RAM or just get an iPad.
Don't go for the retina MBP until Haswell.
I guess the next MBP this year will be the one with Haswell? What will it change, except the longer battery life? The internet experience will get improved till that time you think?
Originally Posted by Marvin
Apple can't easily avoid lower resolution pictures being blurry. As soon as you take images away from a 1:1 mapping, they have to be resampled, which involves averaging pixels. The rMBP has to upscale everything to the highest resolution and then downsample it to the screen resolution. If they used a different sampling method, they could sharpen the images but then it could leave text jagged.
It makes it worse when you see images next to text because the text is really sharp.
On the other hand, the rMBPs use IPS displays with better colors and viewing angles.
The Air is lighter but the rMBP is faster.
I think both of them would be good choices for different reasons. For a basic browsing laptop, I'd go with the Air though. The rMBP would be better for photography and any kind of image processing because of the better quality display and extra performance.
So overall, the rMBP would be a bad choice. An Air gives a great experience, and except for storage capacity it doesn't have any cons. A rMBP, on the other hand, is not just great, but great^3 but have one huge disadvantage: awful internet experience (until a few more years?). Maybe I would go for myself with the rMBP, but for a non-geeky girl I guess the retina would be a disappointment.
Oh, I forgot one thing: I don't plan to buy it before this december 2013! By that time the storage capacity of the Air will be at reasonable price I hope (500$ if you wanna add 500 Gb, I know it's flash but it's just too much, and 256Gb is not very sufficient...), but will the internet change enough to make he retina interesting? Does website already started to double their graphic size? That's the question...