Ipad as computer replacement?

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  1. 098225001
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    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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    It's not just a toy if you get the right apps and accessories. No need to be misleading with your own opinions. ;)
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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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    Oh really. Please tell me the proper accessory to open an excel spreadsheet from the USB drive. I'm waiting
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    Email it to yourself, open it with Numbers.
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    LOL. is that what I ask? Even that way is a pain and it better be a very simple spreadsheet
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    USB transfer, whilst handy and useful is being overrun by a plethora of cloud based storage options. With these, a piece of cake! You could say USB is so 2010 :)
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    Again LOL. you can tell I'm not all caught up in the Apple religion. Set up iCloud what a joke. Where's everything. Oh you can't see it but it's there. Floating up there with Steve
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    I don't touch iCloud. I'm talking more practical cloud storage like Dropbox, for example. No tie in with Apple whatsoever and cross format friendly.
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    Sorry, I meant to say copy it to your 1.44mb floppy diskette and open it in Lotus 123.
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    Great idea. I'll use my one button mouse while I'm at it
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    Actually I really like my iPad. It's great for reading and watching video, movies and even TV. The display is beautiful. The main reason I bought it. I'm getting used to the operating system but it still seems more difficult than it should be. It can't handle complex spreadsheets and drags down with large PDFs. But that's all okay I'll use it for what it does best.
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    There are definite limitations in file management, but this in my opinion is great, it limits virus infections, offers better security for the individual using the device (normal people) who in most cases are clueless on how to copy and move files on a pc never mind a mobile device, using Dropbox is a great way to manage files from any platform to a mobile device, storing large amounts of data on an iPad is senseless, it was never designed to handle complex spread sheets due to screen size, although I have opened mine with no issues, as for PDF, I actually can do more with PDF management and editing at a lower cost than adobe acrobat on my ipad1, if someone sends me a doc in PDF , I can fill it in extract pages , add pages and even sign the doc or get a client to sign, with a newer iPad you can even scan a page and add it to an existing PDF document, I currently do 98% of all my business admin on the iPad.
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    i'd suggest an MBA would be the best bet. Highly portable and long battery life and you can hammer out long documents easier.
    The return to school offer isn't bad either.

    I am about to spring for an air over the next couple of months. I do have an iPad and the external keyboard and whilst it's good, I only use it for meeting notes I this respect.

    iPad is great for so many things but as a sole item for student I would say a MacBook is a better bet.
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    The iPad is rather slow and limited to be your only option. It has its place (I'm using mine now), and love it for the size and "instant on", but it pales in comparison to anything more than a net book.

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