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    Ipad as computer replacement?

    First of all, sorry for asking this age-old question again, but I need some personal specifics.

    I am going to college and current netbook is breaking down ( HP Mini 100-1000, great first pc ) so I need some info on what to do next. I hate Windows and android so I want to go Mac or iDevice. I was considering three things;

    1. A Mac Mini, and just hang in there with the HP

    2. An iPad, with a potential wireless keyboard

    3. A MacBook air, I love the portability!

    I know most of you will say iPad but if anyone has experience with two or all, what would you recommend?



    Also, first post so be nice!😊

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    Welcome to the forum.

    My guess is you'll need a little more horsepower for your studies than what an iPad will provide. Unless your computing needs are purely recreational. Air does outgun the iPad and many desktops.

    Apple just cut the price of Mac Air by $100 U.S., plus there's a hardware upgrade.

    But if usage is all play, I vote iPad for its wonderful touch screen and operating simplicity.

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    Purely price-wise, I've already had a nudge to the iPad. USB connectivity can be done with the Camera Connection Kit and betters life is amazing. Might go iPad, I think.

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    I used iPad for all my studies. You can even get some college books in digital form through iBooks which made carrying it around to class much more convenient. Plus I had some games on there to pass the time too. I got the 64gb + 3G never looked back.


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    Be careful of the camera connection. I have one for my iPad 3 . It's typical Apple junk. It will only open pictures no files. On top of that the SD connector will only open pictures that have not been modified in any way. Not even just transferred. Apple was afraid they may miss a nickel of your money. Another thing I noticed the USB connection would only work with my small drives I get a too much power warning.
    Be warned the iPad is basically a toy it's by no means a laptop replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bw53
    Be careful of the camera connection. I have one for my iPad 3 . It's typical Apple junk. It will only open pictures no files. On top of that the SD connector will only open pictures that have not been modified in any way. Not even just transferred. Apple was afraid they may miss a nickel of your money. Another thing I noticed the USB connection would only work with my small drives I get a too much power warning.
    Be warned the iPad is basically a toy it's by no means a laptop replacement.
    It's not just a toy if you get the right apps and accessories. No need to be misleading with your own opinions.
    Sent from my White iPad 4.

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    I would not rely on an iPad by itself for study. It would be great in the classroom environment for noting taking, etc. but I still reckon you need a PC/Mac is some shape or form for the heavy duty assignments, thesis, etc.
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    Yes, I have windows PCs as well! (too many to list)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoonlitSonata

    It's not just a toy if you get the right apps and accessories. No need to be misleading with your own opinions.
    Oh really. Please tell me the proper accessory to open an excel spreadsheet from the USB drive. I'm waiting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bw53

    Oh really. Please tell me the proper accessory to open an excel spreadsheet from the USB drive. I'm waiting
    Email it to yourself, open it with Numbers.
    Sent from my White iPad 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoonlitSonata

    Email it to yourself, open it with Numbers.
    LOL. is that what I ask? Even that way is a pain and it better be a very simple spreadsheet


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