1. TechnologyTwitt's Avatar
    Are we just used to it...or is the combination of dictation and on screen keyboard enough?

    I just read this article - citing on of the reasons schools are switching to Chromebook is the lack of a keyboard on an iPad.
    Schools lament shortcomings of Apple's iPad as some opt instead for Chromebooks

    For me personally, I don't miss a keyboard in the least, as I stated above, the combination of dictation and the onscreen keyboard work perfectly, whether it's a multi page document or simple replies.

    How's everyone else feel about it?
    08-07-2014 07:55 AM
  2. rayz336's Avatar
    A keyboard is more convenient and especially in education or business settings where using dictation is not a viable option
    donemt and TechnologyTwitt like this.
    08-07-2014 08:26 AM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    A keyboard can be necessary. For people who cannot speak well or clearly, dictation may not be a viable option. Personally, I use dictation as well as both virtual and physical keyboards with my i-devices. It has always been easier for me to write / type down my thoughts than to speak them. Anyway, that's my two cents...
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    08-07-2014 09:35 AM
  4. freelife2014's Avatar
    Keyboard is a must for me in my daily work
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    09-01-2014 02:35 AM
  5. drchimrichalds's Avatar
    I don't find a keyboard necessary for most of the day to day stuff I do on my iPhone/iPad... but I do find that filling out longer forms or writing longer emails, etc. def make me hop onto my computer for the keyboard. So for that kind of stuff, I could see that it would be useful
    12-03-2014 07:22 PM
  6. Algus's Avatar
    Hmm, I prefer a keyboard but figure I am just part of the old guard. I like the physical feedback of pressing keys over a touch screen and will use them every time if I have an option.

    My kind will be extinct within a generation or so after all the kids that have had tablets since they were in diapers grow up.
    12-03-2014 07:27 PM
  7. cyberpaw's Avatar
    I have gotten to the point where the only time I need a keyboard in when using Excel. Navigating around those little cells can be very time consuming without the tab / arrows on a physical keyboard.
    Last edited by cyberpaw; 12-03-2014 at 11:11 PM.
    12-03-2014 07:37 PM
  8. jclisenby's Avatar
    For working or schoolwork, a keyboard is a big plus. Typing out long papers, doing reports in excel, putting together presentations, all these thing work better with a keyboard and mouse. Ipad is great for 80% of things, but a keyboard and mouse helps sometimes.

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    12-03-2014 07:58 PM
  9. Shawn Schrader's Avatar
    for every article i have read, ive read one stating other where schools are getting ipads.
    12-03-2014 11:03 PM
  10. WeAreAllUnique's Avatar
    A physical keyboard isn't necessary for me. I can type just fine on the screen, however, it is a lot easier to type on a physical keyboard and I'm a lot faster. When I'm at work, I use the bluetooth keyboard. When I'm at home, I use the onscreen keyboard. This has been a good setup for me. But if I didn't have a keyboard, I could get along just fine.

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    02-26-2015 02:12 PM
  11. PortCity79's Avatar
    Yes a keyboard would be needed for education. Typing an email with the onscreen keyboard is fine but typing a report would be brutal and take forever.
    03-07-2015 09:40 PM
  12. rayz336's Avatar
    Not completely necessary but makes things easier when having to type longer strings of text
    03-08-2015 09:12 AM
  13. G1ggs's Avatar
    Not necessary, but you can take everything more easier if you have it.
    03-18-2015 04:23 AM

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