- 05-17-2010, 08:37 PM #2
Won't Do What A Laptop Will
The answer to "is it good for a grad student" requires the following things considered:
1) Do you have a computer and can you afford another device (not a replacement)?
2) Do want it to access most the web content including flash, java, 85% video content?
3) Do you have extra time to figure out how to make it do what you what?
4) Are you going to create documents and share them?
5) Do you have the money to pay for extra services that are almost required to make this more than a pretty chassis (mobileme, pogo, other cloud services)?
6) Are any of the documents you will have on this proprietary in the form that you don't want to put into the cloud?
iPad != replacement for laptop or desktop or phone
iPad < Laptop or desktop
iPad < most phones
iPad == method of selling MobileMe/iTunes content
- 05-17-2010, 09:25 PM #3
It's quite obvious that the poster WANTS an iPad already, and he wants to know if it would also be suitable to do his schoolwork on.
To the OP, iWork has a few problems with converting to iPad, so as long as you plan to start the files on the iPad it should be fine. Check out some video reviews of the apps to see if they perform exactly as you'd expect. I found them to be quite adequate.
- 05-17-2010, 09:55 PM #4
I can write, read, and send documents with same phone and these docs are shareable between apps on the same phone without sending it elsewhere (sync, mobileme, googledocs,..)
Should you get it then I recommend by both experience and by reading posts at apple discussion that the goodreader is very valuable. And I find that Sundry notes or takenotes are great for general note taking
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- 05-17-2010, 10:03 PM #5
what phone are you using? last I checked there isn't a single phone that officially has flash yet. Google docs doesn't work on the iPad? Really? I'd imagine that will be fixed soon..
My point is that while there are some phones that have more functions than an iPad in a list, I wouldn't say they are "better" and it certainly isn't "most" phones. In fact I'd say it's less than 1% of phones.
- 05-17-2010, 10:19 PM #6
I may have misstated as it seems you feel that I am talking about flash content only. Most video formats are not working on iPad.
I evidently also misstated this I intended to state that googledocs doesn't work. But goodreader is better and does than many. But, why does one need to have the docs on another computer anyway? Why not read it on the unit it was created upon?
I export PDF from pages - I cant read using any reader until I sync, googledoc, pogo, mobileme, email, ...
Actually I don't think I said either of the above things... but misunderstanding can be blamed on the speaker as much as the listener.
And, yes my stats are represented by my geographic location - I see google phones everywhere that there aren't iphones. These two phones are the most common within the circles I know (even the Jack in the Box girl).
So, if one were to remove iphones from the list (they are essentially iPads with a voice plan) then the rest are google phones and these can do all that I stated and more
- 05-17-2010, 11:21 PM #7
You two can take your arguing to PM's...
To the OP, i am using my iPad for my online program with university of Phoenix. There is still a need for a regular pc/Mac about once a week, but generally 95% of my work i can do from myipad. Also, all of my reading that is required is in PDF format. The PDFs pull up fine in preview, and also i have a couple PDF readers I've bought that im deciding what i like...mainly because i can pull from my drop box account. However, if your PDFs are protected, currently the iPad can not handle the unlocking of DRM PDFs.
Hit me up if you need any more, and if I am able to do a video for you to put to YouTube Ill be glad.
- 05-17-2010, 11:52 PM #8
- 05-18-2010, 12:01 AM #9