Should I buy an ipad? pros/cons

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  1. runeleather

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    What are the pros/cons to owning an ipad (versus a small laptop)? I'm considering buying some type of laptop for school use. Thanks!
     
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    You are going to need a computer to use an iPad. If you do not have one, you will need at least a desktop no matter how you look at it. On the bright side, a original iPad can be had from AT&T for a decent savings. Enough that you might be able to get both.
     
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    I do have a computer... I have an old laptop that I want to replace as well as a desktop.
     
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    The pros as I see it is the following,, ease of use! A laptop you have to wait until u can use it after you turn it on, it gets " heavy" after a while it gets pretty warm if yo have it on your lap, it's hard to get " comfortable " with a laptop,, especially if yo are like me,, I like to lay down in the sofa in front of the tv,,:),, with the iPad it's more like picking up a book or a magazine,, it's instant on,,doesn't get warm and it's just very convenient,,:)
     
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    Honestly, nobody can describe the iPad experience. Which is why so many people keep saying it's "magical". Literally a completely different experience from anything else. My best recommendation is getting close with someone else who had an iPad and fooling around with it. Ruhr now, I have a MacBook, a net book, and a 1st generation iPad. iPad is, by far, a ridiculously easy experience compared to any kind of laptop use. Especially at school. Carrying it around, whipping it out to look something up real quick or get a quick look at the calendar. And professors (mine anyway) are far less annoyed because you aren't "hiding" behind a laptop.

    Your choice, it's important to know that you can make it work with iPad before buying. And DEFINITELY make sure you go to all the app forums and get the best apps for your money, especially for school.
     
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    A big pro for me rather than a laptop or net book is all the apps that are available.
    And there are so many helpful and entertaining free apps.
    Also the battery life is amazing.
    I only use my MacBook for editing and designing these days since I got my iPad
     
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    Pluses:

    Ease of use. I can use the iPad lying in bed, just as easily as I can read a book. I can travel with it very easily as well.

    The battery. Some laptops match it, but most don't. This is quite a plus in my opinion.

    The screen - it's so much better than that of most computers. This again is crucial if you plan to read many books or watch many movies.

    The apps - so many, and most of them are free or nearly so.

    The minuses

    Some videos and other things are inaccessible because they require Flash.

    It isn't ideal forvword processing, though some apps (Pages) make it okay for basic word processing.

    No USB.

    For my needs and wants, the pluses greatly outweigh the minuses. Moreover, I am using the iPad 1, the new version is even lighter and slimmer.
     
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    There are some really great descriptions of the iPad 'experience' in this thread - many thanks. Some of you guys should work for Apple PR!!

    Tim
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    What are your expectations and needs as well as wants?
     
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    Pros: portable and idiot proof, longer battery life than most if not all netbook
    Cons: unless you're in a 3G or wifi deadzone, other than that I can't really think of anything.

    If you're able to afford then get both a MacBook air 11" and an iPad 3G.

    Sent from my iPad using iPF
     

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