Post # 1
I’m wondering if anyone has an iPad or tablet and would recommend getting one.
I do a lot of online reading (10+ hours) for school, and thought that maybe if I had a tablet, I might be more inclined to take that with me to places than my laptop. I’m also going to be taking classes during my honeymoon (they’re online courses), and don’t want to carry my laptop around.I also thought maybe the wifi is better, like with iPhones.
But is it worth the price? Would you really buy a tablet if you had perfectly good, working laptop computer? Are there any pro’s besides the size/portability?
And even if I had one, I’d probably still do all my writing/typing on my laptop.
Thanks for any advice!
Post # 3
I bought an Ipad in September and am SO glad I did! It’s so worth it…as a student I use it everywhere! I downloaded an app called “Noteability” highly recommend it.
Post # 4
I absolutely love my iPad. When I go on vacation I take my iPad with me, not my laptop. It’s lighter, less bulky, and does everything my laptop does. Definitely recommend it!
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
So worth it! I havea Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″, so I can’t comment much on an iPad, but I love*love*love my tablet!
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2017 - Bristol zoo
I would recommend a tablet, just not an ipad 🙂 Apple products can be severly limited in software, support and are generally overpriced (for the tablet itself and extra bits you might need). (My BF has an Ipad that he hates so I’m not just being anti-apple for the fun of it :3)
Tablets in general can be super useful and I think one would definately suit your needs. Have fun choosing ^^
Post # 7
@everyheart: If you can access electronic versions of your textbooks/reading on the iPad, then that is worth the investment itself. Who wants to lug around a billion heavy textbooks (and risk back problems in the process)? Just make sure that your online courses have either an iPad app or are Apple/iPad compatible. Check your school’s IT/MIS department if you don’t know where to get this info/are not tech savvy.
Also, for the writing/typing portion of it, I believe that you can get a keyboard for your iPad as well. I believe they are around $30 on Amazon. That’s something I will look into as well (I have an iPad 3).
lauraashley09: Thank you for the “Noteability” app recommendation! I will have to try it.
Post # 8
YES!!!! I am obssessed with mine! As a PP said they are limited, but if you are pretty good with computers you can jailbreak it, but it voids the warranty for it so be careful with what you do! I love mine, and use it for everything!
Post # 9
Wow, all signs point to yes! Thanks for the feedback!
Post # 10
@everyheart: I bought an off brand andriod tablet . I absolutely love it! I take it to school with me and everything. My sister got an ipad and paid over $600 for hers, she loves hers. I paid with shipping included $150 for mine.
I would just really research it and get an off brand to save you some money.
But yes, it’s the best money I’ve spent for school. VERY glad I did it
Post # 11
My ipad is the new love of my life lol joking but fiance says I now pay more attention to it than him even though he is the one that got it for me. I love it so much and it is so easy to surf the net on and have pictures on and carry around with you cause it is so light. The only thing I dislike is typing on the keypad as it is very time consuming and I would rather a keyboard and also Ipad doesnt support flash videos so that kinda sucks also
Post # 12
I got an iPad for my birthday last August and I love it! It was definitely worth it.
Post # 13
Couldn’t do without mine now. I have a MacBook too but never take it anywhere because the iPad is just so much more convenient.
Post # 14
The answer to this question is always YES haha. I love my iPad and use it constantly for everything!
ETA: Make sure you get the Puffin browser app. Then you can access any flash site!
Post # 15
I can barely describe how disappointed I was when I got an iPad for the same reason as you (to get things done for college, not to play games and browse the internet) and realized how much of a toy it really is. Thankfully I didn’t pay for it, my mom gave me hers for free. If I had paid, it would definitely be a huge mistake. As soon as I can afford a Macbook air to avoid having to lug my macbook pro around, the iPad is going back to mom. I just can’t wrap my mind around how much they cost in proportion to how little it can do, though this may also have something to do with me being an android device user. I will say too that everyone I’ve talked to who also has an iPad and attempts to use for school work (this includes students and professors I work for) told me they feel the same way and thus barely use their iPads.
My best guess is that it totally depends on how much you expect it to be able to do, but keep your expectations low. Reading and annotating PDFs is about the only thing it can help me with for school, so it might still suit you well. I suspect trying to use an iPad to take an online course may eventually result in a shattered iPad.
Post # 16
I have owned an iPad for about a year. I use mine mainly for work-related purposes. I work in a school providing speech therapy and my students love the iPad. I use educational apps geared towards my profession in addition to those fun, angry bird type apps for reinforcement purposes. I like to think outside of the box as a way to motivate- it has that “cool factor”. When I use my iPad for personal use, I use imessages, facetime, a few gaming and fitness apps, and social networking. I have not yet used the iPad for reading purposes, but as a student, I would see how valuable it could be (i.e. using notepad/dropbox to take notes and study while waiting for a friend, at coffee shop, waiting for class to begin etc).