Ipad keyboard or macbook..
This is a discussion on Ipad keyboard or macbook.. within the iPad General Discussions forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; I don't quite understand the very last post (other than I'm sure it doesn't belong in this particular thread), but back to keyboards, etc...
I don't quite understand the very last post (other than I'm sure it doesn't belong in this particular thread), but back to keyboards, etc...
I have the Apple Wireless Keyboard, and it's a really fine piece of equipment and sized well to match the trimmness of the iPad. It stows well in a soft-case that I got, which is just big enough to fit the iPad too. I also have a Bluetooth travel mouse and use both of these daily.
I'll say, however, that the BTStack software leaves quite a bit to be desired. The stack and the two "selector" modules (BTStack Keyboard and BTStack Mouse) are unreliable, in that it is a pain to get them going and connected - requiring a VERY SPECIFIC sequence of steps to make it all work together. The BTStack crashes constantly (either just suddenly while working or if leaving the iPad alone for a while, then coming back). I have Insomnia, a program which disallows background programs to go to sleep while it's running, and that seems to help some.
In spite of the above short comings, the addition of a keyboard, mouse, and little stand for the Ipad (I have one called the Compass - really nice unit) makes for a great little laptop (or desktop) substitute. There are postitives and negatives - about the same with any other manner of trying to accomplish what you want to do.
I should mention that the iPads internal Bluetooth stack and the external keyboard REALLY play well together - but.... if you want a mouse, you gotta go the whole route with the BTStack software and modules, disabling the internal (native) bluetooth stack altogether. And, the keyboard functioning is not as good with the BTStack module as it is with the iPads native stack.
There is the alternative of having the MackBook Air (think that's what has been mentioned here), but for me, I already have the iPad, I love it, and I'm going to make the best of it. I could afford to purchase a MacBook, but it's just silly to have so many ditties that only get used part of the time.
So there's a view from another perspective, which might help some. Good luck deciding what to do.
Last edited by Bingoldsby; 08-30-2011 at 11:44 AM.
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08-30-2011 11:31 AM
Funny, I had a WHOLE BUNCH OF STUFF written in my previous reply, but to me, that reply is just completely blank. Anyone else see anything?? When I do an "EDIT" on the post, it's all there.
I'd hate to have it lost - for whatever reason - and don't have the ambition right now to recreate it.
(( EDIT )) Ok, viewing the thread on a webpage shows all I wrote above. It's just through the Ipad Forums App, that it doesn't show up. That has happened to me before this also. I feel better now.
Brian - Sent from my iPad using iPF
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