(Closed) Should I get an iPad?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
1083 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
2633 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
1459 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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 Boyfriend or Best Friend 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
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@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
1360 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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 # 10
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@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
5242 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
1069 posts
Bumble bee

I got an iPad for my birthday last August and I love it! It was definitely worth it.

Post # 13
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
1849 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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).

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