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    Laptop Replacement?

    Hey guys, I'm new to the site, but love all of the information. I'm planning on getting an iPad 32 gig Wi-Fi in a week. Can it replace my laptop? Mine is 5 years old and needs an updating anyway. I only use it to compose documents and slide show presentations and search the internet. I dont normally download a ton of music or movies. My wife at the same time will get a MacBook Pro.

    Will my needs be met by the iPad or should I plan on taking my wife's laptop to school quite a bit? Thanks for the help.

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    You'll want to get a keyboard with it, and the word processing program you can buy for it is pretty bare bones.

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    Thanks Lucryster,
    I was planning on the wireless keyboard for when Im at home. I notices Pages looks a tad bland, but really how amazing do research papers need to be? The end result always seems to look drab anyway.

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    It depends it will replace a laptop but not a desktop meaning you still need something with the ipad i say dont get the zaggmate because your just turning a very portable device to a laptop and spending 600 for what has limited things

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    If your planning to use the iPad for all of those things it's definitely a possible replacement for a laptop. Ive had mine for about 2 weeks and i have only opened up my laptop to download music or movies for my other Apple Products. Its great for surfing the web and composing documents but i have no experience with its slideshow/keynote abilities. i have typed an outline on it and once i got over the learning curve of Pages i was quite pleased. The only thing is like Lucryster said youre going to want a physical keyboard for projects that require a lot of writing i plan on purchasing one in the next couple of weeks

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    Faulkner, I love my Ipad, but would recommend still having a basic desktop or laptop. The lack of Flash will mean you will miss out on certain content on the web. Also, file management can be cumbersome on the Ipad. With that said, I think there are some good applications for document creation.

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    You wouldn't find any thing close to say "Power Point" to prepare a sophisticated presentation.
    Yes you can find programs to help you out with what I call basic presentation ( I am used to technical very detailed full of illustration kind of slides)

    Also surfing the net - No Flash.
    EMail ? Try to send 4 attachment. a picture a document a voice recording and some other file in one letter.

    Bottom line.
    It can be somewhat a replacement for sales people - not technical people

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    No, its cannot replace a laptop. And you need to have some sort of real computer so that the ipad can function correctly. If the iPad had some USB ports and a basic file manager and one or two other things, then yes it could replace a laptop easily.

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    I have a friend who attends college and seems to have no problem using an iPad for papers, documents, and presentations.

    This is a presentation given from an iPad:

    https://files.me.com/s_bowman/hjtum3.key.zip


    For info on how to use an iPad for productivity at work or school, visit Apple's website:

    Apple - iPad - Powerful presentations at your fingertips.

    Depending on what the needs are of the user, an iPad could replace about 85% of what a laptop can do, more or less. For some, it does everything as a standalone computing device if used with a cloud OS. All depends on how you use it, what your needs are, and how much you know.
    iPad wifi + 3G w/Clear 4G iSpot
    iPad 2 wifi black w/Tan Smart Cover
    Next up.. iPhone 5!

    Mac user.

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    Here is my review as a college student who forced himself to use nothing but the iPad.

    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-revie...ths-later.html

    If you don't want to read all of it, my summary:

    It "works" for most of the things you will need, but it's nowhere near as convenient as a laptop and it all depends what kind of a student you are. I got a MacBook Pro 13" with Microsoft Office loaded and have now been using that at school primarily and it's a much better experience. The new MacBook Pro will last 9 hours doing just regular word processing/presentations and web browsing. Since I got it, I haven't touched my iPad. I still carried my iPad in a bag, so it's not like it's really any more portable than the MacBook Pro and it actually starts up faster than the iPad and opens/switches between programs faster as well.


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