How well does the iPad work for word processing?

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  1. mattygmk

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    I'm in the market for a nice, light netbook, and I've been wondering if it might be worth spending the extra money on an iPad instead. What I'd be using it for mostly is writing, though. I use Google Docs anyway, so I don't need a full-featured word processor, and of course I'd get a plug-in physical keyboard.

    So my question is, how well does Google Docs work on the iPad? Is it as quick and easy to use as on a PC?
     
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    even with a keyboard attachment, you will be missing some keys etc, plus without a mouse, navigating will be slightly slower, but once you get fully used to it, you will be able to type etc pretty quick

    I rarely do stuff on the MacBook or laptop nowadays.
     
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    Same here, I'm a typist and I find the more you use the keyboard the faster you get but if you really miss your keyboard, I have an Apple Bluetooth keyboard which I use if I have a lot of typing to do.

    from Somerset UK on my iPad using IPF app
     
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    Docs to go and pages are good options as well. Plus with an iPad you can do so much more :)
     
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    I write quite a bit on the iPad, mostly on the go. So I use the onscreen keyboard and have gotten quite used to it.

    I am using Pages so I do not know how well Google Docs works.
     
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    Word Processing...Get a Netbook

    I have both. If I had to write a term paper or long report with footnotes, etc...there is no choice. Netbook all the way. I don't believe an iPad does MORE than a netbook as some have written. It is fun. Lots of neat apps. But it is no word processor. And netbooks are going for $219 Acer One at Target. $199 Gateway at BestBuy. At these prices, why not buy both an iPad and Netbook!
     
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    u may find it beneficial to purchas the bluetooth keyboard if ur gona do alot of word processing. right now i have a netbook and i dont even use it anymore almost collecting dust. although i dont have an Ipad just yet i been using my friends alot lately and i know that when i get it, i will use it more than the netbook. put some money towards the keyboard and see where it takes you.
     
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    The iPad is unbeatable as an ultra-portable research/reference tool and as a display, but for volume inputting such as writing you would do better to use a laptop or equivalent.
     
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    Get a netbook

    A decent netbook will cost less than an iPad.

    iPad is good for content consumption but not at content creation.

    If your documents are usually less than 5-10 pages (and mostly text), you probably manage ok with iPad. Anything more than that, consider a device with proper keyboard.

    Also note the point that none of iPad word processor (paid ones) are 100% compatible with Microsoft Office.

    You will always find that you're tweaking formatting on desktop later.
     
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    I agree, iPad is amazing but for document editing you might want to consider a laptop:D
     
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    Pages and Apple bluetooth keyboard work fine

    BUT now you have something as large as a netbook. Why not get a netbook to begin with?
     
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    Ahh! I'm sure OP won't be writing all the time, you are forgetting addiction!

    from Somerset UK on my iPad using IPF app
     
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    If you want to produce simple documents, letters, even brochures, fine. Pages is pretty, if a bit unintuitive. Documents to go, Quickoffice and Office2 HD are all ok for opening and editing relatively simple documents. As a business tool where, inevitably you will be trying to work with Microsoft documents forget it. And for anything longer than this post a keyboard is a must. The apple Bluetooth keyboard is superb. No until google docs or Microsoft docs work on it this is not a great business tool.
     

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