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Hey, im a student and i would like to buy an iPad (or something similar). Mostly I will be using it for email, reading on-the-go and typing essays (w/ bluetooth keyboard). I really like the Kindle because it uses black and white e-ink and it doesn't support games --I think it will be less distracting to me (not interested in games). However, I don't know if I can type my essay papers on it, save documents, connect to a wireless printer, or use email.

I really dont know the market very well for these new things. What is the difference between tablet and iPad? ereader and tablet? Is the iPad a combination of both? What is the best for me if im not interested in games and videos. I don't have any O.S. preferences.

I would like something that i can rely on that is simple to use also, because apple has a very reliable customer service --im leaning toward an ipad.

Thanks for reading!

asked Feb 16 '12 at 14:09

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E-Book: An eBook is a simple mobile device that allows users to read and store electronic content such as books on their device. Most eBook readers are small in size and are about the size of a paperback book while being incredibly slim and portable. The eBook reader is well known for its long battery life and E Ink technology that makes the display look like a normal page in a book.

Tablet: Tablets are basicly mini computers that allow users to perform computing tasks edit and create office documents, presentations and emails, you can connect to social networks, read electronic books and content, listen and watch media files, surf the internet and play games, etc.. without needing your computer. The tablet computer is ideal for users who need access to computer related information on a regular basis or just want something that is light and convenient and enjoy being connected at all times

An iPad is a line within the tablet market.

For your situation, you will want a tablet. It just depends on which OS you want to go, iOS or Android. The mobile OS will shift your decision between tablets.

answered Feb 16 '12 at 19:04

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I personally would say that currently when it comes to education, the iPad is the only choice!

The iBooks store with the ever increasing amount of Text books, the great apps such as Pages, Numbers, Keynote, evernote etc all make it an easy decision imo.

If I was going to school today it would be the only choice, even if it meant saving a little longer.

Sure Android devs will catch up, but I think it won't be for a while. .Lets face it they still haven't really caught up with the first gen iPad yet :)

answered Feb 17 '12 at 12:02

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Lee Wood

You can't type papers on an e-reader so thats out. An iPad is a tablet so get a tablet. Which one depends on your price range. as far as not wanting videos or games as a distraction just don't download them so they won't be there to entice you. luckily not having those things will allow you to get the tablet with the least amount of memory though. It also allowed you to not need the processing power of newer tablets. I use my iPad in the way you're describing here; for school, no games, email, looking at papers, etc. It works really well and doesn't lag or anything for what i use it for. So I would recommend getting the original 16GB iPad for what you need it for. Im sure you can find one for under $300. Look on Apples website for a refurb though because they do lots of testing. So for buying an older product that will be your most reliable route.

answered Feb 18 '12 at 10:55

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edited Feb 18 '12 at 10:57

I'd say the iPad because you can do a lot of things on it like type your eassay, emailing, play games, surf the internet, connect to virtual computers, ect.

answered Feb 18 '12 at 11:55

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I vote iPad. You can type your papers on it, you can load text books on it, you can look stuff up on it, its the only way to go.

answered Feb 19 '12 at 00:49

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