iPad as only computer.. Is it possible

Discussion in 'iPad' started by fjs08, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. fjs08 macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2003
    iPad as only computer.. Is it possible.
    I can see there are keyboards available for the iPad.
    Guess Apple hasn't come out with a Lenovo Yoga or MS Surface type iPad ..yet.
    My biggest quandry would be using spreadsheets, Word files, scanning in documents, etc. and printing.
    Pardon my stupidity on this but can you print from an iPad, and/or scan docs to a scanner, print to .pdf files, etc??
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    while some can and others try to, I would have a hard time limiting myself to an ipad

    imo, it is not quite ready for that state
  3. WhySoSerious macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    no, the ipad can not 100% replace a computer. it's just impossible as of right now.

    however, it can manage your daily life probably pretty well to the point where you won't need to use a computer but merely 1% of the time.

    i have a MBP and ever since i got the iPad, i've only used my MBP to upload a resume on job sites. other than that, my iPad has managed everything else i want out of a computing device.
  4. bab2010 macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2012
    If you are just going to be doing office documents and PDF, then the iPad is capable of handling those tasks pretty much easily. There are tons of apps in the apps store for doing anything and everything with PDF files including putting your signature on a PDF files. The iPad doesn't have a scanner to scan in document except capturing the document using the iPad camera however with an accurate precision. Your captured PDF file can then be uploaded to a PDF app in your iPad for working with. DropBox is available and also integrated with most of the PDF apps so that you can easily share docs with whoever easily. The new iPad is really optimized for office and business but only and only if you can afford the right applications it require.
  5. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    As a teacher, my ipad has completely replaced my school-issued laptop for in-class teaching. I still need my imac at home for prepping my ipad to be school-ready though (mostly transferring of files like digitised textbooks and the like). :)
  6. BFizzzle macrumors 68020


    May 31, 2010
    Austin TX
    its not impossible.
    thats more subjective to your own needs...

    it couldnt replace mine either, but people who just browse the net, email, word processing, etc it most certainly can.
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. For me it is not possible. However, my in-laws, who are in their 80's, have an iPad as their only computer.
  8. Ruffian829 macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2008
    I've replaced my computer with my iPad for 99% of my computer needs- I finished my whole last year of law school with the iPad. But, I did still need to turn on my macbook at times. I needed it when I needed to do some heavy formatting for documents, I found Pages and the like difficult to use for things like that. Anytime I needed to have my class notes up and be typing in another word file I had to get on the computer.
    You can print from the iPad though, works well in my experience.
  9. OlgaJ macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2009
    The ipad could never completely replace my desktop. I work a lot with spreadsheets. I cannot work with complicated spreadsheets on the ipad. I can only look them up.

    There are printers that work from the iPad. There are also scanning apps but I would hate to have to scan a document of more than a couple of pages.
  10. qbricc macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2007
    List your needs to find out

    Web surfing = yes
    Photo storage/editing = yes
    Emails = Yes
    Music/video = yes
    Internet banking = yes
    eBay = yes
    Skype/FaceTime = yes
    Reading ebook = yes
    Typing/twitting = yes
    Note taking = yes
    Playing games = yes

    Most if not all modern tasks can be done on an iPad. The adverage home computer user can make do with a large storage iPad, some tasks are much better on an iPad and some tasks are a bit painful. Hope this helps.
  11. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

    Jun 10, 2007
    Cary, NC
    Sure an iPad could be your only computer IF all the apps you need are IOS apps. There are only two apps that I run on my Mac mini that can not run on my iPad - Quicken and Tax Cut. If I didn't need those two apps, I could easily get a long with just my iPad.
  12. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    As much as I'd like it to be true that an iPad is all I need for everything, it's just not true. I can 100% honestly say that I don't need a laptop anymore and sold my laptop without shedding a tear. But I still need my tower (or hopefully a new Mac Mini pretty soon).

    I don't sync my iPad to iTunes locally anymore--I do all my syncing and backing up on iCloud. But what about all those MPEG files that I home share? What about all those years worth of photos, home movies, etc. that I need to save? What about all the MP3s I didn't get on iTunes? Yes I have iTunes Match, but I would still not want to get rid of my local MP3 library.

    My current situation is that I use my iPad/iPhone for absolutely ALL of my day to day stuff. The tower downstairs is like a media hub for my house, and the 3 TB hard drive I have attached to it is a backup drive that I run an automated back up to every night. In other words, I don't need to actively USE that computer, but I still need it to be there. It almost just acts like a server now.

    EDIT: There is also one application I use that is absolutely NOT available for iOS--only a full blown Windows or Mac machine.
  13. jacg macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2003
    A friend of mine was wondering this. How do you get music into the music app apart from the iTunes Store? If you have some mp3s in Dropbox, you can't "open in Music" can you? Any solutions?
  14. myrtlebee macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2011
    Baltimore-Washington Metro Area
    I've been using it for nearly 2 months now as my primary computer. I have a Mac Mini that I fire up for the occasional site that won't display properly on iPad or when I am doing some serious writing, printing, label making, eBay listing, etc. I guess it depends on your career and usage habits. While I won't say it's impossible to use as an only computer, it comes close to being impossible for most. I will say it is quite possible to use as your primary computer, however.
  15. BFizzzle macrumors 68020


    May 31, 2010
    Austin TX
    i dont think its possible unless his device is jailbroken..
  16. theyooper macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2012
    For the printer part, apple has a pretty great print interface. your going to need a air print compatible printer, i prefer HP. HP has apps that allow you to scan to your ipad and ive found that they work great
  17. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    I have google music and just stream my whole music collection (11k+ songs) whenever I want something not in my iPhone or tablet and it's free. :cool:

    and to answers the OP: only if you are not a heavy user and like to just surf the web, make some docs and talk on skype. Heavy multitasking is possible on the iPad, but cumbersome for day to day.
  18. boomhower macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2011
    Could it be done? Probably but it wouldn't be ideal. When I went on vacation I used my iPad exclusively and it worked out great. But if I didn't have a regular computer to use when I got home for the organization of photos it would have been a nightmare. Music and movie encoding are my other issues.
  19. bob616 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    I sold my Macbook Pro a couple of weeks ago and I've been using my iPad for just about all of my day to day computer tasks. The only time I touch my iMac is to do work on Photoshop and Xcode. I actually prefer to read webpages on the iPad.
  20. marioman38 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    Elk Grove, CA
    I tried it for a year and a half to avoid spending the extra $$ on the Air. Well, I sold the iPad last month and can't express in words how much happier I am with the Air! The iPad can do a lot, but I found I would have to download apps, or find workarounds for things that "just work" with the air. Scanning documents is probably best left to ViewScan on OS X or Win7. Looks like it is possible on iPad though...
  21. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    This is like asking if you could eat every meal with a fork. Of course you "could" do it, but sometimes it might be a self-inflicted nuisance because the right utensil is a spoon.

    My point is, you can but why would you. Also, metaphors are stupid.
  22. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Why not? What makes a laptop so good when checking facebook, reading e-mails and surfing the web. Alot of people are using their mobile phones for that nowadays even.
  23. gescom macrumors regular


    Dec 31, 2007
    Westerville, OH.
    Yeah, I know a coworker that just did a setup at home where they have a iPad keyboard dock setup so when they get home they just drop it in and continue to use it for web/email. These days not so much home use is spent with applications unless you are a gamer.

    The average person would fair well this way. They have been doing this for the last year and the only gripe i have heard was banking but they went with a few apps to do it.
  24. faroZ06, Jul 27, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2012

    faroZ06 macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2009
    The iPad can do all of that except for scanning, which I'm not sure about. Well, you can scan with the camera, but I don't know about using an external scanner.


    It's a simile, not a metaphor. :)


    You can buy songs in iTunes, but music from CDs is impossible without a PC, even if you already have the files ready elsewhere.

    Well, you could actually do all of this with minimal knowledge about UNIX and a Terminal app from Cydia. I'd rather just buy an el cheapo PC and use that to import the music, though.
  25. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    I have a 30GB iPhoto library, a 100GB iTunes library of music and movies. Both are way too big for iPad.

    I shoot video on AVCHD camcorder, create home movies and do projects for kids school and sports and many of these are still burned to DVD.

    I scan all important files into Devonthink, trying to get to paperless.

    For me these are the biggest tasks that still require a traditional computer.

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