Hi everyone! My name is Kate and I am new to the site. I came across this website as I was googling reviews of the iPad. I hope you guys can help me!
I have been considering purchasing an iPad since they were released. I absolutely LOVE the entertainment aspect of the device. If I was just buying it for that - I would've had an iPad years ago.. but ...
I am a graduate student, so spending 1000 bucks on something that cannot aid me in my studies is out of the question. Several friends in other programs say the iPad is a great tool to have, but I remain skeptical. I'm hoping someone can answer my many questions!
Can the iPad completely replace hard-copy textbooks? Are most textbooks available in e-format and how do I go about finding them? When I purchase an etextbook, do I also have the choice of printing a hard copy? Is the highlight function on the iPad enough to replace an ink highlighter? Am I able to place notes on articles as I am reading them on the iPad?
Can I take effective notes during class on the iPad using a stylus or wireless keyboard? (I am SO tired of lugging my 17 inch laptop to and from) And after I take the notes, can I email them to myself or should I send them to the cloud? Or both? How easy is it to do this? (One of my main worries is lack of USB port)
I will not be using the iPad for research - I have a dedicated PC (I begged and BEGGED for a Mac..to no avail.) in my office for that - but I would like the ability to type papers and create presentations on the iPad. Is this possible?
I'm also worried about the transition from hard copy to electronic. I would like to to leave my laptop @ home everyday. Although it will make porting everything around MUCH easier, I'm concerned with the 'learning curve'. Is it an easy transition? I've been so successful with pen & paper.. but I really feel I need to become more technologically savy to prepare for my career.
I'm sorry for the ridiculous amount of questions - but as I've read through other postings - you guys are the most well-informed group of iPad owners I've come across! Thank you in advance for any and all advice you can give me! (I would've gone to an Apple store, but unfortunately the closest one is over 100 miles away. Plus, I figured I'd get some honest answers here!)