Iphone or Ipad?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lklemmins, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. lklemmins macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012
    So I am going to college soon, and I am wondering what would be the most effective option, An Ipad, or an Iphone 4s? Some things id like to know are, which one is most effective for studies, can i take notes on them, and which is more affordable..:confused:
  2. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    An iPhone is.. Well an iPhone. The iPad would be better suited for what you want with its bigger screen and what not.
  3. antseg macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2012
    New Jersey
    Are you subsidizing a laptop?

    You won't be able to take notes on an iPhone but you can record lectures if you sit close enough. I did this early on and it was pretty successful.

    However you can use an iPad to take notes and it'll be an effective device. I personally did not like it (I got a case with a keyboard as well, but was more of a laptop guy), but I know people who do use the iPad and enjoy it.

    My favorite combo is an iPhone to record lectures and a laptop to take notes (and using the recording in case I miss something), but if you don't have a laptop I'd go with iPad.

    Obviously the iPhone is much more than just a note-taking tool, but I'm just going off the information you talked about. Price will be determined by your plan, what size device you want, etc.

    Lastly, and most importantly, I'd get a laptop over either of these devices. Even if it is a PC, that's significantly more useful than an iPad or iPhone.
  4. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    iPad is essentially a big iPhone. It will probably be better for studying and keeping you occupied in your off time. However a laptop will be a much better option.
  5. ninjaw95 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2011
    buy a laptop for $500 instead of an iPad... seriously you can do so much more with a laptop.
    just my opinion :D
  6. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    I'd do the iPad. You can use it as a phone too - download Textfree.
  7. quietstormSD macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I would say an iPad if you want help with your studies. It would be even better if you have campus that has WIFI across the whole campus. But like some others said, for school, I would get a laptop. 500 for a nice quality PC, it'll go a long way.
  8. lklemmins thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012
    I do have a laptop, its an asus, and if you know them then you know that they are hefty to carry around. I will check out the Ipad then, and i am interested in being able to record lectures. Thank you guys :D
  9. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
  10. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    This decision is entirely up to you and your needs, but I just wanted to share that, in my opinion, iOS is far superior on the iPad than on the iPhone. In fact, after using it on the iPad, it's made me realize how poorly represented iOS is on the iPhone.

    On the larger screen, iOS is fully realized, and is more natural and intuitive. On the iPad everything is spaced out and the apps don't feel cramped like they do on the small iPhone screen. Mail is easier to navigate and use. Safari is also infinitely better (I can't believe it takes at least 3 steps to switch between tabs on the iPhone Safari.). Switching between apps is easier too thanks to gestures. And the keyboard feels way more responsive on the iPad, maybe thanks to the bigger keys, or the fact that the keyboard offers the option to split into two sides. There are many other examples.

    I didn't realize iOS' full potential until I got the iPad. Take that for what it's worth.
  11. Obese Lobsters macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2010
  12. taedouni macrumors 65816

    Jun 7, 2011
    Honestly you should get an iPhone. An iPad is not needed for college. I never use it for school. What you need for school is a nice sturdy Macbook Pro. An iPad is a luxurious item, an iPhone is something that you should get before an iPad.
  13. ap3604, Mar 21, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2012
  14. throAU macrumors 601


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia

    Really? You don't know whether you need/want a phone or a tablet for your own personal use? How did you figure out how to get into college?
  15. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    If it's for college, then you should really consider an iPad. And as for affordability, that's fairly obvious, iPad.
  16. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    While you could technically take notes on an iphone, it's better used to record lectures as mentioned earlier.
    If you get the ipad, get a keyboard to go along with it. There are some keyboard-case combos. You should make sure that the battery on the keyboard will last. Andy Ihnatko has reviewed some keyboard-case combos. Since he composes articles on his ipad-keyboard combo, he'd probably be good for the typing pov.
    Since you already have a laptop, you can easily mail your notes on the ipad to yourself, so you can read it on your computer at your dorm. You may however choose to read it on the ipad, because it would let you study uninterrupted.
  17. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    You need both. :D

    I think the iPhone battery will hinder you through the day
  18. mushed macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2012
    North East England.
    Depending on what is affordable I agree, I use both for different things.
  19. lklemmins thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012
    I don't spend lot of time on my current phone as it I and I am most interested in things that will help me in college rather then personal use
  20. thefreeagent macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2010
    New Mexico
    As a grad student, I can absolutely recommend (even encourage) you to get an iPad. It rocks! Seriously though, it's one of the most useful devices that I've ever encountered for students, and I don't ever want to be without one again. I seriously doubt you'll regret it if you get one....probably you'll wish you'd done it sooner! Regardless, good luck with your decision.
  21. RolandNights macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2011
    What's your major going to be? Or rather, what majors are you considering? I only ask this because maybe people can have an idea of how either the iPad or the iPhone may be better in helping you study and be productive. For example, specific apps, real-life uses, etc.
  22. Almy macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2008
    If you don't get an iPhone what cell plan will you have? Because the iPad will be way cheaper if you have a low cost monthly cell bill.
  23. Benson11 macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2012
    You may use iPhone. I have been using it for six months. It is really so much cool phone.:):):)
  24. lklemmins thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012
    I am going to study computers
  25. cshel24 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2012
    Depends on how much money you can spend, if money isn't an issue...in which case both. An iPhone is a phone, the iPad is more fitting for reading, web surfing etc... Yes you can do the same stuff on the phone, but the screen can get annoying because it is just too small. On the other hand, if you need a phone, the iPad isn't going to be any help.

    If money is truly tight, a cheap laptop is probably the way to go. Either way you will still need a phone. Maybe cheap laptop and iPhone?

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