Can iPad replace laptop for high school student??

Discussion in 'iPad' started by AJ.G, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. AJ.G macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    i know there are a lot of threads on these forums with people asking about whether or not they should buy on ipad or wait for this and that,
    but i havent really found any posts asking if an ipad can replace a laptop,
    i noticed people are always asking "what are your needs for an ipad?"
    so im a high school student, and so ill need internet (which i heard is good on ipad)
    then i need iwork- numbers, pages, keynotes

    i have a few questions- is emailing, say, an essay, to a teacher who runs windows on their computer practical, as in can they open it, edit it, send it back to me, and i can open it on my ipad.

    keyntoe isnt a problem cuz i can connect with a cable to the school smartboards for presenting,

    but is numbers interface easy? is it like excel or numbers on mac?

    then im wondering if typing is easy to use... or will i be needing a Bluetooth keyboard??

    so back to my question... can i use an ipad, to do all those, basically erasing the need of my macbook.

    also- a bit off topic, but out of curiosity, are you guys finding the ipads ergonomics good for day-to-day use?

    thanks in advance

  2. BudgetBaby macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    With spelling, punctuation and grammar like that, I think which computer to take to school is the least of your worries.
  3. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    Gotta love that. Here is to hoping high school will help you search better.

    Anyway, best bet is to go and play with it at Best buy or the Apple store. No one is you. No one can tell you if it will be good for you. You'll just come back in here and say you guys said this and its not so blah blah....

    Lastly, honestly, was the Numbers question serious? If Apple made Numbers, and Microsoft made Excel, what do you think Apple's iPad Numbers is more like? Better get that straight before you take your SAT's.
  4. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    The best answer is no. The iPad was not built to replace a laptop. While desktops are no longer needed due to advances in power, the iPad doesn't compete in that space.

    Instead, it is ment as a go between device. Between the laptop and smartphone. It excels at consumption, but is sub-adequate for creation. Sure you can write and email, but there will be a time you need more, and will have to revert to a more capable device.
  5. AppleKash macrumors 6502


    Jun 27, 2009
    South Texas
    Jeez the guy is asking for advice you dont have to resort to insults. Seriously.

    Zazoh: I completely agree with you, however pages is quite adequate for word documentation along with a wireless keyboard. But you are right def. Not a replacement for a laptop.

    Pages: really good and you can send the document to your teacher and they should easily be able to open it with out any problems on a pc. Because pages gives you the option of sending it as a PDF, .doc (for win) or pages (for Mac). With a .doc file the teacher can easily edit and send back. I found that a wireless keyboard is a must if you're looking to compose an essay.

    Numbers: I found it to be pretty good for composing spreadsheets but the issue of being able to edit on a pc is tricky. Now you can send the file as a PDF (from the iPad) and you're teacher can easily view. To edit she would need numbers or she or he would have to convert the PDF into a excel file for pc viewing. Not very fun....

    If you can afford a laptop and an iPad you'll be well suited. If you must choose between the two a laptop is essential for high school. Zazoh is on the money- iPad: great at consumption but still rough around the edges with regards to production. But not bad actually....I hope it's getting there.

    iPad design seems to be great for everyday use for sure. But a case, espescially a book stand case is a're correct minus flash the iPad is quite amazing for the internet.
  6. AJ.G thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Thanks for the replies guys...
    I think im gonna stick to my macbook for now,
    Maybe get the ipad to mess about,
    Or as you said a "between" device.

    Thanks again.

  7. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    If you are an iphone typing pro, you are not going to have a problem typing on the iPad. You may not be able to type as fast on it as you do the basic keyboard(does come close), but the fact that you can take the iPad literally everywhere and work from it, probably will make up for that. And in my opinion, keynote for presentations on the iPad kills PowerPoint on any PC. the way apple has implemented this thing is years ahead of anything else. Trying it out at best buy would be somewhatbof a help, but make sure you spend at least 30 minutes trying it out. 5-15 min won't do it justice.

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