iPad without Windows or Mac OS?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by monkeyson, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. monkeyson macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2007
    I'm considering getting an iPad as a present for my parents when it's released in the UK. I think they would love to use it for the web, news and encyclopedia apps, e-mail, photos, books, and watching BBC iPlayer and other videos.

    However... they don't have a Windows PC or Mac (they do have an old PC running Ubuntu which they use for a bit of web browsing and digital photos).

    Do you reckon it's feasible to use an iPad + camera connector kit without easy access to a computer running iTunes?

    I could bring my MacBook round to do the initial setup and install software updates, and perform occasional backups.

    If necessary I could probably set their PC to dual-boot into Windows - but it's taken a while for my mother to feel confident using Firefox on Ubuntu, so I'm hesitant to introduce another completely different desktop OS to her now, and my dad is fairly anti-Microsoft too.
  2. scottlinux macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
    It's not a stand alone device. I'd say look at a different tablet or slate model that is. (HP, or joojoo?)
  3. sanPietro98 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    Without a computer (with iTunes) you'd have no way to backup the device. One drop, coffee spill, or power surge and you'd lose all those photos.
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Assuming you periodically swing by and sync/backup to your macbook, your parents will be fine. The iPad can be a stand-alone device, within reason of course, and it sounds like their needs would be well within reason. If they have a Flickr account, for example, they can back their photos up online. Or you can get them a Mobile Me or some such online system.

    This is what I'm going to do for my Mom, and I live 600 miles from her.
  5. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Yes, as the other posters mentioned it can be a standalone device.
  6. monkeyson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2007
    It's the iPad or nothing, I think - the user interface, industrial design, and software pretty much rule out the other options. (My Dad would be so sad if he got a HP Slate instead of an iPad!)

    And they won't be using it completely standalone - I am nearby with a Mac if they need to sync with iTunes, and they still have the Ubuntu PC for web sites that don't work on the iPad.

    That sounds good. I will certainly be able to back things up every so often, and they treat SD cards like rolls of film - when one is filled up they just buy another. Providing in-app purchases (e.g. iBooks) can be redownloaded it seems that backups won't be a problem.
  7. flyguy206 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2008

    The ipad is a standalone device i have not used my mbp but one time since i got my ipad. But most people would be happy with the and a desktop.
  8. esserdk macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2009
    The photos you already have on the computer you used to transfer over to the iPad. Remember no camera?
  9. ghayenga macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2008
    For photos and notes you could use MobileMe for syncing. Since you won't be taking new photos with this version of the iPad.
  10. undrpsi macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Gastonia, NC
    He said his parents...not his 13 year old cousin...:D
  11. undrpsi macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Gastonia, NC
    Crap...nice one...forgot all about mobile-me. Yeah, he could make that work.
  12. VenusianSky macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2008
    Maybe the photos are on a digital camera that can be imported directly to the iPad using the iPad Camera Connection Kit.
  13. ClaireL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2010
    New Jersey
    I don't even have my net book anymore! My brother is going to let me use one of his laptops but I am doing fantastic with just my iPad!
  14. chriszzz macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2008
    If it was a standalone device it would not have system requirements.

  15. minik macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2007
    Bellevue, WA
    After having an iPad for days, I can safe to say it's a standalone device. The Apple Store employee plugged my iPad at the store and I was all set. True, you want to sync your current stuff from your iTunes library, but it's much easier to access the App Store on the iPad itself.

    Since Saturday, I only used my iMac once. iPad sits in front of me and iPhone 3GS on my side.
  16. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    It won't even work without connecting it to iTunes the first time. After that, you never have to plug it into a computer again if you don't want to.
  17. Timothy macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    This seems like a real opportunity for Apple; they could package a deal between the iPad and MobileMe to create a completely stand alone device and service. Apple could set this up so that you can initiate your iPad through MobileMe and then rely on that for backups.
  18. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Yes, agreed! I definitely see this as the next step for Apple.

    And I'm confident that it might have something to do with that new server farm they opened up.

    I'm thinking about this for my parents as well. The only thing holding me back is the ability to edit PDF documents, which they might have to do from time to time.

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