I really suggest the MacBook if you want to do email or post to a forum., etc.
An iPad can be a little cumbersome when you are being charged for every minute you are connected. It is better to be able to download your email, read it offline and then reconnect to send your replies.
I don't think you can do that on an iPad.
I am the editor, but I also speculate, ask questions and play devil's advocate. I reserve the right to change my mind.