The current work-flow and expectation of those in higher education and the professional workforce will not accept the exclusive use of an iPad right now. Soon? Maybe. But as Jobs said at D8, people will be/are uneasy of thetransformation away from PCs and therefore will expect and require their existence in the near term. www.viddler.com/simple_on_site/30fe0cca
Having said that... if you can only get one, get the laptop.
I get three Macbook Air 1.6 / Macbook Pro (15) 2.5 4gb ram / Mac Mini 1.5 core solo for work and office.
I purchase iPad for entertainment-loving
The important question to ask is. Do you have antihero computer at home? Either desktop or laptop. If the answer is you alreAdy have one of this, get an iPad it is a great accessory for the classroom and you will find that soon more textbooks and what not will be in digital media. If the answer is no you don't hace a PC or laptop at home, get one otherwise the iPad is virtually useless.
Benefits for students I see. Note taking has made it to the 21st cent. You can record lectures and actually write or type notes at the same time within a couple diff apps. This is amazing for anyone who has a learning disability or is slow with audio processing. Also it's great for on the go work such as PDF editing or word processing, a lot of professors can email you handouts and you can add them as docs so you have paperless copies and don't need a billion extra papers with you. Amazon, barnes and nobble, and zinio all have numerous textbooks and from what iveheard a couple major text publishers are already starting to digitize their newer collections. Though prices may not be drastically cheaper the ease of transport will be huge. Several readers have highlighting, some have in margin writing, page marking ect for those that are mark readers.
Well if you don't have a desktop/laptop to go into your room/apt I don't think the iPad would help you out as much as you would think.
Originally Posted by Xibyn
I use it at work since I'm pretty adept with the keyboard and note app I'm using I take it to every meeting: I don't carry pens anymore (or notebooks for that matter). I would imagine it would be AWESOME to take to class, even more so after the OS update this fall.
There are pdf type apps out there that allow you to highlight, annotate, etc. so if I were a smart college or a green conscious college those thick photocopied readers (or study guides or whatever your school calls them) could just easily be a bunch of pdfs (and it would be easier on the eyes too). But that depends on your school.
Same goes for text books. I don't believe the market has materialized yet. If you're hedging for potential, maybe in 1 - 2 years it'll come. If it does I bet it'll be a boon to college students (and their backs!) :)
Having said that, I believe you need a laptop or desktop for the heavy lifting like term papers and the like, for printing and heavy typing/formatting.
So bottom line if it's a choice between laptop and iPad I agree with posters here I'd opt for the more flexible, if not necessarily classroom friendly, laptop. If you already have something and just want a very mobile and capable device to extend functionality into the classroom or outside your dorm/apt., then the iPad is great, even if textbooks are not out in the market en masse yet.
I completely agree with the other guys. I would highly recommend having a computer, either laptop or desktop in your room, and if you have that, the iPad will be a wonderful addition. But you will need a regular computer for sure, the iPad has it's limitations.
I realize that you will have access to the computers on campus in the computer labs, but I see having your own being mandatory because there are times when you will want to study in your pj's, or write a paper at night when the labs are closed, etc...
If it were me, Id spend a couple hundred bucks on a refurb desktop if you have a monitor or LCD display/television you could use. You could buy a used laptop, but you will find a lot more muscle in a desktop deal. I gave 240 bucks for a dual core intel pc running windows 7, 3 Gigs of ram, and a 500 gig hard drive that I bought for my mother from tiger. It was the complete system except a monitor. It was purchased as a refurb, but was brand new when it arrived, must have been a return.
If your budgets tight I'd get something like that first, and then get an iPad. As a student myself I'm thrilled with all the educational uses, but you will need a regular computer.
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Consider the field you will be studying and the requirements. Some areas will require that you have a specific computer setup. They can also give some good deals if you know where to look.
Also, if you have to buy a computer, seriously consider a MacBook or iMac. Or even a Mini. You will have limited space, and a need to worry about security. The Macs will have a slight nod in those areas. Plus you can run any Window program on a Mac if needed. The big advantage is that when you graduate, the odds are higher that you will still have a usable Mac.
Yes! There's an app for that!
Originally Posted by Xibyn
Okay, I have to add something.... If you have a desktop in the dorm room, apartment or whatever... then an iPad would be fine. My only concern is if you expect to depend on the iPad for everything, it's a bad choice for you. So if you can only have one device, get a laptop (PC/Mac), if you have access to a "regular" computer, get an iPad....
Xibyn, on pricing, and availability, I would strongly urge you to discount or ignore advice from anyone who has not actually gone through a list of requred texts, and compared the price of actual books, compared to digital versions.
Unless they have done that, they are advising, weighted by uninformed prejudices.
Search for some of the posts from SuperBike81 like this one.
Buying his current books, even used, would have cost an average of $120 each.
But he was able to find all his current texts online through CourseSmart, for $55-$60 each.
A couple semesters like that pays for the iPad,
and you get all the other iPad fun on top!
And we are in the early stages of eTexts.
I would recommend a laptop. There are more things you'll use a laptop for than an iPad.