Purchase help - Notetaking and annotating books

sheareb

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Dec 27, 2009
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Hello, im considering buying an iPAD/IPAD pro to use mainly at work.
I want to be able to organise and take notes / todo lists etc and also have a number of books in iBooks and Kindle which i want to be able to read and annotate/add notes.

The iPAD pro seems to be what most people use but here in the UK the 64GB pro with pencil (totalling the equivalent of $950!!!!) is more that twice the price of a 32GB iPad with something like this:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ciscle-Electronic-Tip-Perfect-Handwriting-Touchscreen/dp/B0713ZRFZR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507844218&sr=8-1&keywords=iPad+pencil

Few questions as i have a hard time justifying the pro given the price difference unless there really are significant usability/productivity gains:
1) if i want a few apps, store some books and annotations I'm thinking that 32gb (26gb free) would be enough?
2) are there any apps/functionality i wouldn't be able to use, given my needs, by going with the normal iPad with the cheaper pencil?
3) IN terms of annotation and note taking, i need to be able to highlight key parts of books and (ideally) bring those together into a single document so I can have a list of key activities with references across multiple books - is that possible?
4) recommendations for best note taking app - organising projects and pages within a project, ideally able to translate written text to typed
5) is MSOffice available for both devices and can they translate written to typed?

all help appreciated!
 
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sorcery

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1. 32Gb is fine for your purpose.
2. Probably. Beware of reflectivity in a well lit room.
3. is a function of the individual app, presumably a PDF reader.
4. Check out MS Onenote for iPad.
https://www.macworld.com/article/2942466/software-productivity/onenote-for-ipad-tips-to-make-you-more-productive.html
https://9to5mac.com/2015/02/19/onenote-for-ipad/
5. Yup and free but read the comments at
http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/iosapps/how-get-microsoft-office-on-ipad-iphone-3452845/
I believe it is free for the 9.8" screen.
 
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sheareb

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Dec 27, 2009
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thanks for the replies so far, i have been using onenote at work recently and found it to be deceptively simple but quite good - albeit our company doesnt permit documents to be sent or shared with non-compliany devices which is a little rubbish.

Ill check out those links!
 
4) recommendations for best note taking app - organising projects and pages within a project, ideally able to translate written text to typed
will onenote translate written text to typed? i havent been able to find that feature on my 9.7 pro.