Imho the iPad is the king. If not for work I could arguably get by with just an iPad/no laptop. When either working or lounging at home, iPad is so convenient no matter in bed, on the couch, chair, laying on the carpet, at a desk, sitting at a bar, on the go. That handiness, to me, makes it so great to use. IME something that is easy to use anywhere has a better chance to be productive. But the thing is, while a laptop has slimmer use case IMHO, the use case for it definitely surpasses iPad. What a laptop does it does at the highest level.
I hate to break your bank but an iPhone-MBA-IPad will be the most productive if your college user takes advantage of their interop capabilities.
But whichever device you go with, my two very highest recommendation for a college student are (assuming you will buy Apple): 1, buy the AppleCare+ with theft and damage protection. I rarely buy it but a college student ummm . Second, pay the 99 cents or 1.99 for the iCloud back up space. There will be no “my dog ate my homework” or my mba/iPad was stolen or broke. The iCloud backup will have what ever the student completed and will be accessible from the iPhone to print.
Hi there. Whether or not to buy an iPad for a high school or college student depends on several factors, including the student's needs, budget, and the specific requirements of their educational institution.Consider the student's field of study and the specific requirements of their coursework or Dissertation. Certain majors or specialized programs may require software or tools that are not available on the iPad. For example, if the student needs to run complex engineering software or use programming environments, a traditional laptop or computer may be more suitable. Personally, I adore my iPad, but when I was preparing my dissertation withphd service, we couldn't work with some programs on it and used the Microsoft Surface.