Hmm, it depends on the situation. I think it is the perfect supplementary tool for students with a main computer that is used for heavy loads of typing. The iPad can be taken out and about for 'light' work and then synced back to the main computer to be continued. That is what I intend to use mine for at least.
I'd have to agree with this. A college student isn't going to carry around the iPad and an external keyboard. That rather defeats the purpose of having a small, thin device. Handwriting recognition isn't exactly practical on any portable platform so it's not really a consideration.No. It has no handwriting recognition and it's difficult to type on,
That is a valid point. What happens when your buddy has a flash drive with files to give to you and you're standing there with the iPad? It would all need to be done with email and that's not practical when dealing with large files. Sure, people will claim workarounds like iDisk or DropBox but that's just accommodating the device.it is very limited considering the needs of some students (no option to install Windows, no CD support,
Microsoft has already stated they intend to release Word for the iPad.no Word document editing support
This is only of my big complaints. How does someone print? I've seen fanboi comments here saying they were going to get rid of their notebook and use the iPad as their primary computer. That's ridiculous. You can't print and how do you ever back up your device if this is your primary computer?no option to connect a printer or any USB device)
Good point. Most students are getting graduation presents of a laptop or it's bundled into their tuition. This is a luxury expense.and most students can't afford to own both a decent computer and an iPad.
really depends on your major and what else you have at your disposal. If you live in the dorms and have computer lab access to print from, and most of your use is simply typing up papers and using non-flash websites for homework, then yes.
I see your point, but in the end, school bookstores do the same thing. Student pays $150 in the beginning of the semester and only gets back $50. I've always thought of it as paying $100 to rent the book.What I have problems with is the textbook transition to ebooks. The ebooks are being sold at a reduced cost but textbook publishers are putting expiration dates on the books. You have to pay to renew the books if you want to continue using them. In the end, you're just renting the books from the publisher and they evaporate on the expiration date. In doing so, the publishers have eliminated the secondary book market where the student could sell their books to recover some money. That's not possible anymore. It's more money in the pockets of the publisher for a non-tangible item. They get to force the next student to rent the book as well.
I'm sure someone is going to say they still have the option of buying the book but a local college forces nursing students to purchase an iPod Touch or an iPhone and then buy reference ebooks such as drug references. There is no choice. Because they expire they don't even have access to the drug references once they graduate unless they want to continue renting them. They'd have to switch to epocrates.
No. It has no handwriting recognition and it's difficult to type on, it is very limited considering the needs of some students (no option to install Windows, no CD support, no Word document editing support, no option to connect a printer or any USB device) and most students can't afford to own both a decent computer and an iPad.
Chemistry student != all students, let alone all scientists!I can't see it being very useful, and I say that as a chemistry undergraduate.
Making notes in lectures may be a possible for arts students, but I can't see it working for scientists. Even full-blown pages would be useless as you need dozens of mathematical symbols and the greek alphabet. Some lectures I have literally just written equations for the whole hour. Plus I'm guessing(!) it would be slower to use the one screen keyboard than to use a pen.
Text books in ebook format wouldn't be great either. I just keep mine in my room, never needing to carry them. When doing tutorial work you need multiple text books open as well as lecture notes and a website (read wikipedia). People may overlook how important 'flicking through' a text book is. After using them a lot you can say "I think the Sn2 reactions are around page X" and simply flick through. Much quicker than going to the contents of an ebook.
It won't run most of the software a science student would need. I often use ChemOffice, OriginPro, EndNote etc.
I have a MacBook which sits at my desk and an iPod Touch that allows me to surf the web and check emails away from my house. I can't see how owning an iPad would make my life any easier.
(As an entertainment device I think it might be ok, but just like the AppleTV the iPad is almost a great device, let down by a couple of shortcomings, that could be easily fixed by Apple!)
Chemistry student != all students, let alone all scientists!
Get all your pdfs on the device. get your textbook in their too. What's hard about getting greek alphabet? Or making equations?
If you want freehand -get a stylus and Evernote.
Going - "i think the Sn2 reactions are somewhere here" is likely slower than hitting Search and typing "sn2".
This is exactly what I'm talking about. You can't touch type with a glass surface. You always need to see what you're typing. Very distracting and, as mentioned above, completely impractical for any form of sciences and engineer formulas. The speed of formula entry would be awful.You'd have to type with your hands hovering above the virtual keyboard while you hunt-and-peck for fifty minutes. You will have to lean over and look directly down at the desktop to see the screen in order to type, taking your attention away from the board/professor.