Post # 1
OK, let me preface my request by saying I am an older bee and while I use computers a lot for work (I teach at a local college), I am woefully ignorant about some of the newer devices – which means I do not have a smartphone, iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc. I do not play video games at all. I am not even sure if I know what Android is all about.
However my laptop is failing fast and I wish to replace it. I have been told that I should get an iPad or tablet instead. I started looking at them and there are so many, it makes me dizzy! I mostly want it to cruise the internet, take pics (?) and store them, listen to music and also work on educational presentations. And I do NOT one of those tiny things as my eyesight is getting worse as I age.
I hate to sound ignorant about such things (compared to FH I am a computer genius) but I have to get something soon. Are iPads and tablet basically the same thing? Any recommendations would be really appreciated!
Post # 3
@trueblue14: I may be in the minority but, if you need to work on educational presentations, I would get a laptop. I am an instructor at a community college. I bought a tablet and ended up losing it because I never used it. Way easier to just use my computer. If you want something easier to move around, the new Windows tablet/computer may be your best option?
Post # 4
Macbook pro or air or an iPad if you want a tablet!
Post # 5
@aliavenue: An excellent point. My lab assistant tells me laptops will soon be obsolete and I see many of my students using the iPads or tablets and they look so easy to transport but I have also seen some with these really thin laptops and that may just be the ticket. FH got me a Kindle a few months ago, but I never really use it as accessing the internet with it is really awkward.
Post # 6
If you’re doing a lot of typing you might be better off with a laptop instead. Honesly for the things you use it for you could grab a mid priced one from Walmart or Best Buy (though I’d get one on sale!) and likely be perfectly happy for at least a few years, likely five. Specifically brands like Acer, ASUS, and Toshiba (my favorite!).
If you want a tablet get an iPad. Their success is built on “Here’s this device that works really well and is easy to use”. Even though I love Android for me, I think Apple is great at what they do too.
RE: Android. It’s an operating system (OS) like Windows is an OS, so the version and the device (there are literally thousands) it’s on makes a big difference as to how it performs… like for Windows there’s differences in Windows 98, XP, 7, 8, etc and then even the same version (say 7) will run better on different PCs because of their hardware. Android is an OS for phones and tablets and has a higher learning curve than Apple devices but also a lot more flexibility… but with flexibility comes more possible issues which I’m guessing you don’t want to deal with, nor do you have to worry about the right hardware (device) or version of Android. 🙂