1. Vic Rivera's Avatar
    I'm looking to purchase an Ipad for college , in stead of a laptop.

    Any thoughts on this idea?
    02-14-2015 10:45 PM
  2. Reparkable's Avatar
    What are your thoughts more importantly?
    Just_Me_D likes this.
    02-14-2015 10:59 PM
  3. MarkY3130's Avatar
    I wouldn't do it. I use an iPad at work for a lot of things, but there are still a lot of things that either the iPad can't do, or that are much easier on a laptop. I think you'll hold yourself back some by only having an iPad. Now an iPad coupled with a desktop computer back at the dorms or whatever may work. I'd recommend a laptop if it's an either or conversation.
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    02-14-2015 11:01 PM
  4. Algus's Avatar
    You will want to get a keyboard cover of some sort so you can type homework assignments. Depending on what your major is, you should be fine. Your school surely has a computer lab and will furnish you with a school email address if you need to get your work on school computers to print physical copies.

    iPads are kind of annoying without a home computer to control them though. If you go this route, I would recommend a Windows or Android tablet instead.
    02-14-2015 11:10 PM
  5. Vic Rivera's Avatar
    What are your thoughts more importantly?
    I just need portability and carrying around a laptop just seems to be a hassle for me.
    02-15-2015 07:30 AM
  6. SwitchBeach's Avatar
    More importantly YOU need to answer what tasks and functions you are going to need to do with either a tablet or laptop in college.

    Then figure out what device best meets those needs.
    TechnologyTwitt likes this.
    02-15-2015 08:10 AM
  7. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I just need portability and carrying around a laptop just seems to be a hassle for me.
    A MacBook Air, especially the 11", isn't all that much bigger or heavier than an iPad and more versatile.
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    02-15-2015 08:21 AM
  8. doctordwaynewilliams's Avatar
    I get along just fine without a laptop. I have used a Chromebook, but my iPad Air is a lot more capable. For my computing needs, an iPad Air with a bluetooth keyboard is all I need and then some. I haven't run into any situation where I felt like my iPad Air was lacking.


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    02-15-2015 11:02 AM
  9. Trees's Avatar
    Be sure that an iPad can run the apps you need while in class and on campus; and that whatever Bluetooth case you buy can fully support the iPad such that you can type on it and use it just like a laptop. Don't need flimsy case that falls off or slides down when putting pressure on it during typing or use.

    If not, I'd go for a MacBook Air 11" as Karenkcoulter said, or look at a Surface 3 (laptop/tablet). The Surface has the additional capability with the pen, so may be useful for writing on digital stuff, annotating PDFs, class notes, note taking. Certainly there are pens for iPad. Just a matter of how much extra stuff you'll need to get for an iPad to be equivalently functional/capable compared to a small laptop or Surface 3.

    If it were me, I'd go for a Surface 3, MacBook Air 11'', or similarly sized/spec'd Windows laptop. This ensures greater flexibility, app and peripheral compatibility; and as Marky noted above - you could dock it with a large monitor, full size keyboard and mouse back at home. As a bonus, if you get a decently spec'd laptop/Surface 3; then you only need one computing device - not two. Something to consider for the college budget if that's a factor for you.
    02-15-2015 11:35 AM
  10. Flow39's Avatar
    I would say a MacBook because it is much more productive than an iPad for school purposes. If you could get both, that would be even better because they each have their advantages and disadvantages.
    02-15-2015 03:56 PM
  11. doctordwaynewilliams's Avatar
    I would say a MacBook because it is much more productive than an iPad for school purposes. If you could get both, that would be even better because they each have their advantages and disadvantages.
    MacBooks are very expensive though. If you can get away with an iPad with a bluetooth keyboard, it would be a much cheaper alternative.


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    02-15-2015 07:30 PM
  12. Vic Rivera's Avatar
    I just got back from the Apple Store. MacBook are very expensive, wow.

    Even though I did love the MacBook, I think I'll have to go with iPad for now.
    02-15-2015 08:18 PM
  13. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I get along just fine without a laptop. I have used a Chromebook, but my iPad Air is a lot more capable. For my computing needs, an iPad Air with a bluetooth keyboard is all I need and then some. I haven't run into any situation where I felt like my iPad Air was lacking.


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    Don't forget about an AirPrint compatible printer to go along with the iPad and the Bluetooth keyboard...
    02-15-2015 08:34 PM
  14. SWFLFFPM's Avatar
    This may help:
    http://forums.imore.com/macbook-air/...d-air-buy.html

    I posted some pics comparing the iPad and MBA.
    02-15-2015 09:59 PM
  15. natasftw's Avatar
    I see you've already made your purchase. Unless you're working in engineering, you made the right choice. Get a note taking app. This will help with keeping all of your notes in one place. I made a habit of getting ebooks so I could carry all of my books with me to class without the added weight.

    If you need to do any coding, you're going to want an actual computer though over a tablet.
    02-15-2015 11:09 PM
  16. Blackberry-Prince's Avatar
    I'm looking to purchase an Ipad for college , in stead of a laptop.

    Any thoughts on this idea?
    Go for a Macbook Pro. Ipads dont have some stuff Mac has
    02-16-2015 06:02 AM
  17. doctordwaynewilliams's Avatar
    Go for a Macbook Pro. Ipads dont have some stuff Mac has
    Yeah, but the OP said he doesn't have the funds for that.


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    02-16-2015 06:14 AM
  18. Blackberry-Prince's Avatar
    Yeah, but the OP said he doesn't have the funds for that.


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    Hmm maybe missed that one. Then its better if he goes for an Ipad (Air preferably)
    02-16-2015 06:35 AM
  19. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I would really do the MacBook.
    02-16-2015 05:32 PM
  20. hearmeoutx's Avatar
    I initially bought an iPad thinking it would be perfect for college. Truth is, a lot of professors don't let you use tablets or computers in class. They want your undivided attention and they feel like if you are on your computer they won't have it.

    I did end up purchasing a MacBook Air to use for school which I ended up using more than my iPad. I thought the iPad would be perfect because I figured school books would be cheaper on there. Wrong. They were the same or more to rent or buy for the iPad. Plus a lot of bookstores partner with Barnes and Noble so it isn't possible to rent for the iPad.

    I would go with the laptop over the iPad but that is personally just me. I did use my iPad a lot for research while using my MBA to type papers so the combo of the two was perfect for me.
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    02-16-2015 05:56 PM
  21. heyyitsmesusan's Avatar
    A Macbook for sure. I have an iPad with a keyboard case and as convenient as it is, I find it much more difficult to do normal things on there that you'd do on a regular laptop. It's much easier to multitask on a laptop, so definitely go for the MB. An air would be good if you don't wanna spend money on the Pro.
    02-16-2015 06:12 PM
  22. AngryPerson's Avatar
    Don't do it. The iPad is far from a MacBook replacement
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    02-16-2015 06:13 PM
  23. Premium1's Avatar
    I would say a laptop, depending on what your usage is going to be. I know there will most likely be lots of typing, and unless you want to trudge to the computer lab everytime you have a paper or something to type, the macbook will last, and be able to do more, and should easily last throughout college and longer if you take good care of it.
    02-16-2015 07:32 PM
  24. A895's Avatar
    Get the iPad. A lot of colleges have full on desktops or iMacs running OS X to running Windows. My college has iMacs everywhere, you literally can walk into the A Building on campus and like 10-12 iMacs you can use to do work. In class in particular, a tablet can be used for digital textbooks, and any relevant class materials. For example, I buy most of my books on Kindle, so I can have a lighter workload devoid of carrying books. I currently am still shopping around for a tablet, but if I need to I can pull up my entire History book on my phone.

    A tablet would not only be good for books, it would be good for putting down assignments and calender events, and reminders and have them synced to your phone. Touch screen interface is so much easier for navigation than unfolding and typing up what you need to do as well. But this all is dependent on you getting out of your pj's and going somewhere to do your work. Then again, with a Bluetooth keyboard, you can type up your essays in Microsoft word or Apples iWork suite.

    I would put it like this, if your school has long library hours with open access to desktop computers, then get the iPad, if your school doesn't get a Macbook Air 11. But on that same vein, some students encounter problems running certain software for classes, for example macbooks aren't the best for stuff like Myitlab as office sill hasn't been updated for Mac OS X.

    In your case, since you mentioned funds, I would get the iPad. Safest bet and you can get a keyboard case or bluetooth case anywhere to do some work if you want or need to.
    02-16-2015 08:14 PM
  25. metalchick719's Avatar
    MacBook all the way. There's so much more you can do with a laptop than you can do with a tablet.
    02-16-2015 08:44 PM
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