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    I will be starting grad school this fall and have a question. How easy is it to use an iPad for notes using Notability during lecture and using a PC laptop for other projects? Will I run into issues getting my notes placed on my laptop for studying later? I'm not opposed to purchasing a Macbook Pro but was interested in everyone's thoughts on the usability and practicality of using these two together.
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    Is Notability a cloud service like Evernote? If it is, then you shouldn't have problems accessing your notes on a laptop. Also, I dont know how fast you are in typing out notes on a touchscreen going by the speed of a lecture, so if it's an issue then the only problem you'd have is choosing what kinda bluetooth keyboard you wanna get.

    When it comes down to it, it comes down to what's practical for you when making the purchase. Buy a MacBook while you already have a good working laptop? Or an iPad since you already have a laptop
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    Notability is a notes application. I'm assuming I will be able to upload the notes to iCloud. What I'm concerned about is ease of interaction between the two. I don't want to have notes on my iPad that I can only view there and not on a laptop.
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    I love Notability and it is very easy to use. As for transferring your notes to your PC laptop, it's as easy as uploading from Notability to your Dropbox and then downloading them on your PC laptop or other device. You can read a review
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    Quote Originally Posted by southpawmedic View Post
    Notability is a notes application. I'm assuming I will be able to upload the notes to iCloud. What I'm concerned about is ease of interaction between the two. I don't want to have notes on my iPad that I can only view there and not on a laptop.
    It's all about how easy it is to look at the notes on iCloud while on a laptop. Personally, I use Evernote and login to my account to access my notes on a PC. Everything syncs from everywhere. The Google Chrome browser even has a plug-in to install an Evernote app.
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    I used my iPad (w/Notability) during my grad school; sync'd everything with Dropbox. No issues. As the year progressed, I did find it just a bit easier to use my laptop, and use Notability's audio record feature. IMO it's situations like this where programs like Evernote shine, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    I love Notability and it is very easy to use. As for transferring your notes to your PC laptop, it's as easy as uploading from Notability to your Dropbox and then downloading them on your PC laptop or other device. You can read a review
    In your opinion, would this be practical? Or would it be smarter just to spring for a MBP?
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    Thanks much everyone. I may just purchase the cheaper laptop instead of a MBP and use it in conjunction with an iPad. That would save me a few hundred.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southpawmedic View Post
    Thanks much everyone. I may just purchase the cheaper laptop instead of a MBP and use it in conjunction with an iPad. That would save me a few hundred.
    That is the 'smart' thing to do, in my opinion. Take care and good luck.
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    Thanks everyone for the help! Makes my transition to the Apple ecosystem much easier
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    Definitely cheaper to get Notability and use a pc. I take notes on my iPad using Notability during meetings, and just email my Notability notes to other committee members and it makes it great for everyone. I can even go back and delete me doodles prior to emailing.
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    I am a big pc person and just bought an iPad. I use OneNote it part of the ms office suite and it is a free app and you get 7-25gb free space on ms sky drive depending on when you sign up. Or you can use cloudon, it has office builtin and it's free and you can sync it to box.net (free 5gb)

    If you are wanting to only use iCloud I am not sure if cloudon works with that or what other tools you could use

    I hope that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southpawmedic View Post
    In your opinion, would this be practical? Or would it be smarter just to spring for a MBP?
    I'm sorry for just now seeing this post. Anyway, to answer your question: Yes, it is practical especially If you already have an iPad, Notability and cloud service. The only thing you may need is a Bluetooth keyboard to type on and even if you didn't have the aforementioned items, purchasing them is still cheaper than buying a MacBook Pro.


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    Thank you everyone. I'll be purchasing a laptop for school and waiting until I"m making the "big bucks" to splurge on the MBP. Now to decide which laptop to buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southpawmedic View Post
    Thank you everyone. I'll be purchasing a laptop for school and waiting until I"m making the "big bucks" to splurge on the MBP. Now to decide which laptop to buy.
    You're very welcome. Take care and good luck on your search for a new laptop.


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    Lenovo makes a good one. Lots of the others are full of junkware... Personally I'd get a custom build without any of the extra junk.


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