I'm 17 and will be going in to my senior year in high school in a few months. I am considering the iPad as a possible solution to taking notes, writing papers, etc as I finish up high school and start attending the local community college.
I have an iPod Touch and I'm quite happy with it; however, I don't know if I should even be considering an iPad as a viable alternative to a laptop or notebook computer. What are things I need to consider further in terms of school usage/flexibility?
asked Jun 24 '10 at 15:19
There are a few things you should know about the ipad before getting one.
The battery is not user replaceable so when it no longer holds a charge, you will have to pay apple an arm and a leg for a new battery.
You cant type long messages on it
Wifi range is not very good compared to other wifi enabled mobile devices.
Apple is quick to drop support for old devices so when the next gen ipad comes out, support for older ones is already in the process of committing seppuku.
Ipad apps are generally more expensive even though they are not really any harder to make (it is more based on if you can afford an ipad then you can afford more expensive programs )
You are better off getting a laptop. especially if you are on a tight budget.
I helped a few friends who were starting college get a laptop and for the dorm room, a monitor, keyboard and mouse, and some speakers. so when they come back from school, they connect the laptop to the rest of the equipment and they can get a decent desktop experience.
For the price of an ipad, you can get a laptop that has a bigger screen, actual keyboard a screen that wont be obstructed with millions of finger smudges, USB ports, the ability to run the OS you want, including the mac OS if you are willing to spend the day installing it, and best of all, more memory and a CPU thats vastly faster.
answered Jun 24 '10 at 17:22
I would wait until the newer gen comes out later this year if you can
answered Jun 24 '10 at 16:11
Well the IPad could be considered as the apple notepad. I haven’t got one but from user reviews they are great for taking notes (a process in all my school life I have never done) and also for storing data are typing up quick pieces of work.
I would personally stick to the best laptop/netbook for you price for school work as the IPad needs apps to run and if you are used to a windows environment with office I don’t believe it is supported. Macbook or Macbook pro would be more suited however most students like me can only dream of having such nice things. I run Dell's and have never looked back, I think they are great and customer service for broke parts is good to. Since being in school/ collage it will get knocked and bumped around a good customer service is important.
My opinion you may get an Ipad and love it or you may hate it, just like marmite. GoodLuck
answered Jun 24 '10 at 15:26
I have an iPad myself. My God, it is great for taking notes! I suggest taking a bluetooth keyboard or keyboard dock with you if you are going to be typing long term, but it is still fine if you do not have a keyboard.
answered Jun 24 '10 at 16:17
That it'll mature a lot in the next iteration and that you might regret it
answered Jun 28 '10 at 22:03
In my opinion, long-term, I believe most people will regret buying the first generation iPad because of the fact that the next gen will be along shortly with a plethora of new features for a couple of hundred dollars less. Right now I just don't personally feel like the utility is there for the purchase to be worth the relatively steep price.
answered Jun 28 '10 at 23:11