iPad as a semi-notebook

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Michael CM1, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    This may have been sorta answered before, but I'm going at a slightly different angle.

    I had a MBP for about 4 years before it died. Deciding I didn't need more portability than my iPhone offered, I went with an iMac for the extra power and super-duper display.

    Well, now a reason for me to have a notebook is back and another may be in the near future. This soccer team I used to cover has returned from the dead. Before, I used my MBP to cover games and send stories in via WiFi -- when it worked there -- or over a cable.

    Here's my question to you owners. I know that with an iPad you can use the BT wireless keyboard, which came with my iMac. Someone I work with uses his like that with the Pages app and loves it. But what I want to know is whether I can take my iPad to a game, flip it to landscape and pretty much have Pages about like you would on a MacBook. Can I create two documents open side-by-side? Does it work in landscape mode? Can I send my work via e-mail? We may be using a new submission system that's Web-based at the time, so the last point may not matter. But I'm still interested in such first-person experience.

    I'm also looking into getting a decent telescope. A lot of these decent ones allow picture-taking and I think even hookups to computers. Does anybody have one of these (I'm looking at the Celestron NexStar line) and know what usefulness there is?

    When I get an iPad, I'm probably going to go with the Verizon MiFi deal. That way if I can get a signal at the place where we do observations, I could share my connection with a few other people. I can also let my dad use it for his iPad when he and my mom travel instead of a device that is limited to just one iPad.

    Thanks for all the input, folks!
  2. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    Search could be your friend.

    In pages you can have many documents open but switching between them isn't superfast. You can switch quite fast between pages and safari, so that's nice. But the wireless keyboard doesn't have a homebutton, so you'll need to touch the homebutton on the ipad time and again. The solution could be the Zaggmate which has a homebutton, and although I have ordered one, I haven't seen/read much day to day usage. The price is quite steep at $100, but I'm not entirely sure about the quality.
  3. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009

    At $100 I think its a bargain when you look at how much apple charges for a bluetooth keyboard and the zagg one is a stand, keyboard, and aluminum case all in one. I haven't ordered one but would consider it. I am also considering selling the ipad and getting a white macbook instead. The iPad is nice but I do miss the functionality of OSX
  4. addaminsane macrumors member


    Apr 23, 2009
    it seems like the only reason for you to go for the ipad with your specific purpose of covering games is the mi-fi...and the fact that you want an ipad ;)

    I would think it will be awkard to try to prop the ipad up in a game setting in order to type unless you are sitting in some booth or something.
  5. EggrollShop macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2009
    I would just recommend getting an 11" Macbook Air. Seems like that would fit your needs a lot better than an iPad would. Sure it's a bit more money but in your case it'll be worth it.
  6. addaminsane macrumors member


    Apr 23, 2009
    macbook air doesn't have the mi fi he was specifically mentioning and costs a significant amount more than an ipad.
  7. mikelegacy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    You can get mifi for the Air tho? It has an airport am I right? It just sucks that if you aren't buying the mifi device for the iPad you are contracted I believe. Which you aren't on the iPad offer I don't believe.
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    MiFi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MiFi

    And yes, the Air does cost a bit more, but an Air + MiFi would do what the OP wants to do. I think iPad + bluetooth keyboard just doesn't work "in the field" -- where do you prop the iPad so you can type on the keyboard? And if you are going to get one of those cases with a keyboard built-in, might as well go for the "real" thing and get an Air. Right now, anyone who needs keyboards is better off with an Air. The iPad is for people who DON'T WANT a keyboard.
  9. solaris7 macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2008
    Seriously dude, seriously? I don't see how your question is different from the billion other questions about this topic.....

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