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Old Jan 22, 2013, 05:13 PM   #1
sahni130
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Do I need an iPad for education?

Hello, everyone!

There are many threads similar to this one already that have helped me quite a bit but I am still confused. Also, forgive my grammatical and organizational errors as i'm writing this in a hurry as class is about to start.

My predicament is this: I've wanted an iPad since the introduction of the first generation back in 2010. However, I never could find a good justification of spending upwards of $700-800 on one as I've always had an iPhone or an iPod touch to play around with apps and whatnot. However, this semester it turns out that all of the books I need are available electronically as PDFs or viewable view websites, etc.

Due to my high grades, my college is paid for thanks to the HOPE scholarship and they'll even pitch in a couple hundred dollars for books. So basically I can use the book money and money that I have earned from my job to purchase an iPad and the electronic versions of the books. I would like to spend less than 500 and I don't mind buying refurbished.

Ideally, I think the iPad mini might suit me better, but if I can find a 4th gen or 3rd gen 9.7 inch retina version in my price range, I'm willing to consider that as well. The pros of having an iPad would be that I can have access to all of my books in one light package verus having to carry all of my books with me. The downside would be that this choice would be more expensive than just buying the hard copies.

I carry my Mbp 13 and my iPhone 5 to school with me everyday and I usually don't even fire up my mbp because I tend to "multitask"-- you know, facebook, youtube, etc.... and I would probably not accomplish much. I don't really use many apps besides the usual (fb, snapchat, twitter, youtube, google maps, instagram) but I figure that with the added screen real estate of the iPad I would probably find more uses for it. I would most likely get the 16GB version because I don't plan on storing my music or many photos on it. It'd predominantly be used for reading books, the aforementioned apps, and web-browsing. I don't play games or have any large apps at the moment either.

I'm leaning more towards the mini because I like it's weight and footprint, though I like bigger screen better. Retina really isn't a deal-breaker but it sure is nice to have. So, what would you do?

Sincerely,
Jay
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