Post # 1
So since my currentl laptop is heavy, bulky, and on it’s last leg, my mom offerred to give me money to buy myself a new one as my Christmas present from her. She said I can get any type I want, since she doesn’t use computers at all and wouldn’t know where to start shopping.
I’ve been looking at the iPad and I like that I can basically use it as a kindle and how portable it is and how easy it would be to cart back and forth to work (and in the near future, class).
I don’t do a lot of word processing, however I am planning on going back to school next year for an 8 week career training program. If I’m not mistaken, I can still use a keyboard if I need to, right??
I like having a laptop, but I’m not sure about getting a new one. If I get one, it would have to be really thin and light and I’m also on a tight budget… $500 ish.
Any advice, bees? What do you guys use and what would you reccommend??
Post # 3
My DH has a tablet & a netbook. The netbook is just a little too small, I don’t think his had a cd-rom drive on it either. The tablet is neat, but I don’t know that they would be the best option for classes & such. I don’t know much about the iPad, though. I’ve seen some tablets that can be used with a keyboard, I think it all depends on the model, though.
Sorry, I’m not much help at all, LOL.
Post # 4
Thanks, the thing is I don’t want to base too much of my decision on needing anything for class. I’m only going to be in school 24 hrs/week for 8 weeks and most of it will be hands-on training, so I doubt I’ll be needing very much use of a computer at all. I just thought in case I needed to write a paper or something that I could get a keyboard for an iPad.
Post # 5
I have a desktop, Acer netbook and Nexus 7 tablet. I can’t imagine trying to do much work or writing on my tablet. The Nexus 7 has no expandable storage (though lots of cloud storage apps like Google drive and drop box). Since I got it though, I hardly use my netbook at all. It fits in my purse, and it’s my go to device now.
I personally think iPad is overrated, and the iPad mini is a disappointment. For $500, you could get a different 7″ tablet (I really do love the Nexus 7, and am considering getting a Nexus 10 as well, though I don’t really know why beyond liking gadgets) and still have money left to cover a big chunk of a netbook.
My tablet is great for fun stuff and productivity, but a netbook is far more practical for work and more versatile.
Post # 6
I love love love my iPad. My recommendation would be an iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard. But you won’t be able to do word processing. I’m still waiting for Microsoft to roll out an iPad app for office! If that’s not a concern, I would say iPad all the way. I very rarely use my laptop anymore, but you will portably need one for Microsoft word/excel (if applicable) and other various things.
Post # 7
My husband just bought me the Asus Transformer tf300 for Christmas. I wanted something portable but something I could use for school. The tablet was $300 and the keyboard was $150. The keyboard plugs into the tablet giving it 5 extra hours of battery life and does not have the lag a Bluetooth one would, like you would have with an iPad. Also if you decided you wanted windows you could load the OEM version of windows on it but I’ve used the app on it already to write a few paper and it’s awesome. I’m a huge fan and we did a lot of research before buying. Don’t get me wrong I’m a die hard iPhone lover but the iPad is just to much for as little as it does.
Post # 8
@BlondeMissMolly: My friend said she has a Word app that she downloaded for about $20? Not sure if that’s a thing or not, but I do know there’s a pages app for creating documents.
I’m looking at getting an iPad for work so I don’t need to bring my computer into client meetings or mediations. For OP, I’d look into a tablet with a bluetooth keyboard if you won’t be doing too much doc creation on it. I like iPads (I’m probably getting a mini for it’s size and lower price), but
I’d say to go into a Best Buy or something and get your hands on things to compare. Don’t let them talk you into buying there, but get a feel for the things you like and then do a bit more internet research at home. That way you’ve got all your bases covered 🙂
Post # 9
i have a samsung galaxy note 10.1. looked at ipads but they havr a finite amiunt of storage whereas with this i can add a memory card if i need one. i love it actually but its taking me ages to get used to tyoing with atouch screen and i make a fair few nistakes haha
thr apps ive downloaded so far are pretty good and it does everything i want it to. im now using it mainly to watch styff on netflix haha
i agree with pp, go to best buy and compare them all in person!
Post # 10
I have the Samsung Galaxy Note, like the PP and it’s amazing. I can connect it wirelessly to my laptop, and it has word processing programs. I’ve forgotten assignments for school at home and been able to access them from my Cloud storage or just entirely rewrite them.
Android doesn’t have quite as many apps as Apple does, but it’s a hundred times more useful from my experience.