9.7 iPad Pro big enough for note taking?

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  1. JangoCG macrumors newbie

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    Hello
    I'm cs student and I want to go full digital and replace all my papers. I will use my iPad only for note taking. I always carry my laptop with me anyway. I'm worried that I can't fit in long equations or longer sentences on the iPad Pro in portait mode. Is it possible, to just write everything in landscape mode and then switch to portait mode to read them? I've already red every thread on this forum about note taking but I'm still not sure.
    I just ordered the 9.7 iPad but I'm thinking about canceling the order and getting the 12.9 iPad. But since I'm a student, 200€ is a lot for me and I'm not sure if its worth getting the 12.9 one. I just don't want to get the 9.7 iPad and then realize in class that i actually can't use it and I just wasted 650€ because note taking is realy the only reason I want to get one.
     
  2. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    I use my 9.7 iPad Pro for lectures and classes and it is working perfectly for me. I would, however, recommend a good note taking app and perhaps a good notes management app - I'm using Documents, by Readdle, as a file manager and Notability for taking notes. readdress also has some good apps for working with .pdf files.
     
  3. JangoCG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would you mind posting some screenshotes of your notes? Especially notes of a full page with longer sentences or equations.
    thank you in advance
     
  4. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    One of the many threads discussing note taking apps includes screen shots from multiple apps from people in numerous fields. You should look for that one.
     
  5. ardchoille50, Dec 18, 2016
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    ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    I have created a quick note from the text copied from Wikipedia that shows different fonts, sizes, etc. But, I don't know how to do any equations, my degree program doesn't require much math. This screenshot was taken within the Notability app and I'm almost positive it has handwriting capability.


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    Keep in mind that Notability is just one of the better notes apps, you might want to spend some time in the App Store and see what you can find to meet your needs.

    Here is a link to Notability on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notability/id360593530?mt=8
     
  6. JangoCG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've already been through that thead with over 160 replies. But most of the handwritten notes where taken on an 12.9 iPad pro or some super short notes
    @Ardchoile thank you but I'm looking for handwritten notes. Are you taking notes with the type Cover ?
     
  7. jeremiah256 macrumors 6502a

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    Quick equation.

    Edit:
    From my iPad Pro 9.7", also using Notability. Notes were written by zooming in and writing in landscape mode with graph paper on during note taking, but removed for readability afterwards.
     

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  8. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    I use the 9.7 and Notes Plus. I use it in landscape with a graph paper background.
     
  9. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    No, I'm typing on the built-in keyboard. I don't own the Smart Keyboard or Apple Pencil. Sorry about that. I did find out, though, that Notability does have handwriting capability. I wonder if you would benefit from going into a store and playing around with both sizes of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. I believe this would give you much more information than you could find here.
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    Thank you for that wonderful example of handwritten equations in Notability.
     
  10. jeremiah256 macrumors 6502a

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    No problem - as a retired OS/B440 (lord, help me) taking advantage of my GI Bill, I think the iPad Pro 9.7" is a great companion device, regardless of what you are using as your primary computer.

    Many use the phrase, "consumption device" as almost an insult, but even if you don't buy an iPad Pro to create notes, any decent tablet used to read your text books, review your notes, do research (get the app 'Paper'), review team projects on the go, etc, is priceless. A tablet allows you to take screenshots (if in eBook format) or scans (I use Scan Pro or Office Lens with hard copy textbooks) of pages in your textbook, then annotate and arrange them in your note taking app (experiment to decide which works best), along with the professor's handouts. I finished a MS with a MBP and an Android tablet as my consumption device. That tablet, much more limited when compared to an iPad Pro, made my workload much easier to handle.
     
  11. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

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    I had the same question the other day and thought this video was helpful...

     
  12. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    Whoa, OS.. as in Operations Specialist? Small world!

    Indeed, I'm now wondering how I got along without an iPad Pro until now.. a truly amazing device.

    Ah, found Paper by FiftyThree. Looks interesting and I'll give it a try today. Thanks again.
     
  13. jeremiah256 macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, 24 years. Oh, and I made a mistake. Although I also have Paper by 53, the actual app I should have recommended for research is Pocket. It's a notebook for your web browser.
     
  14. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    Ah, Pocket, nice app.. been using that one for a while now.
     
  15. alecgold macrumors 65816

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    Don't forget to look at Nebo. Handwriting app that is still in beta imho, but bloody brilliant, but it also got a really good formula editor that even can solve simple equations, so it's really nice. And it has an editor for diagrams/flowchart.

    I started a law study last college year and all our books where digital ($200 per year) or on paper (around $800 per half year). So with the price difference I could pay the iPad without any guilt. The iPad was so good, I use it every day, all day, work, study, everything. I work as a consultant and it's so much better not having a wall between your client and yourself. And I can easily let my clients read documents, sign power of attorney, read and sign contracts. Works bloody wel.

    For my study I read the books on the 9.7 while writing on the 12.9 and having a law bundle next to me to mark the articles. We still can't do our exams digital, so you need to use paper law books.

    But as I use the 12.9 in portrait as a A4 pad and the 9.7 is in landscape just as wide as the 12.9 in portrait, so you could get a long way with writing on the 9.7. The 12.9 also has a full size keyboard which is nice, but the 9.7's keyboard does work in a pinch. I personally can't write long essays on it without many typo's. YMMV, some are able to touch-type all day on it.
     

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