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Tablet for college?

AlwysSnnynNYAlwysSnnynNY Registered User Posts: 53 New Member
edited November 2011 in College Computers
I was wondering if I should get a tablet for college instead of a brand new laptop. I would still have my laptop for writing papers and such, but it would be a little clunky to bring to class. I instead was thinking instead of getting a new laptop I should buy a tablet instead, to take notes and such. Is this a good idea? Has anyone tried it.
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Replies to: Tablet for college?

  • vonlostvonlost Super Moderator Posts: 24,110 Super Moderator
    A tablet is great for consuming, poor for composing.
  • AlwysSnnynNYAlwysSnnynNY Registered User Posts: 53 New Member
    but windows 8 is coming out soon and I know that was conceived and designed with tablets in mind, and using One Note with a stylus during class and letting me organize all my notes into separate folders defiantly appeals to me.
  • BrunaHarvardBrunaHarvard Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    I think it's a good idea to use a tablet. I have never tried it, but I looked for tools to make notes and I found a good one that can help you:
    Notes Plus: It's an App available on the App Store, it seems to be really good, I saw a video which shows what you can do with it: "Notes Plus allows mixing handwriting and typed text easily for note taking on iPad. It also allows sound recording while taking notes. It auto detects drawing shapes to make perfect vector drawing shapes. It provides close-up writing mode and a line smoothing algorithm to make hand writing looks like hand writing on paper." You can also use a stylus with it. The video and information about it are here: Notes Plus
    I hope it helps you.
    If I find more information I'll try to write here.
    Good Luck!
  • ALFALF Registered User Posts: 1,142 Senior Member
    I am a college administrator who attends a lot of classes to evaluate teachers. I use an iPad to type notes, in part because it seems less obtrusive than tapping away at the keys on a laptop. I use Apple's 'Pages' application, which is part of the iWork suite, and it works quite well. I use my iPad to write notes, send/receive email, develop simple spreadsheets, view Web sites, edit photos and keep track of appointments/meetings.

    If I were a student, I would seriously consider using an iPad as my classroom computer. This will be an even better choice when the newest iOS comes out next week, and you will then no longer need to tether your iPad to a computer for certain tasks. I also have a wireless keyboard that I use at home or in my office to type lengthier documents. An iPad might be a poor choice if you decide to major in a field that requires the installation and use of specialized software. I have seen some students use applications that allow for typing and drawing, so they can sketch diagrams while they take notes in class.

    I am willing to bet that whoever cites the mantra, "The iPad is only for consuming content, not creating it", has never really used one. I create documents and spreadsheets all day long, edit photos and even update a Web site.

    I have seen promises of future tablets that will run Windows 8, but I would like to see the size and battery life of these. I used to own a tablet that ran Windows XP, but it was thick and heavy, and had poor battery life.
  • vonlostvonlost Super Moderator Posts: 24,110 Super Moderator
    "... "The iPad is only for consuming content, not creating it" ..."

    My one-year-old iPad is my primary CC device, used almost exclusively on the couch. :) I haven't (yet?) developed the skill to touch-type on the soft keyboard; I run downstairs to the office Mac when I need to do serious doc creation. I also haven't tried adding a wireless keyboard, but that would be cumbersome on the couch, and feels like it violates the spirit of an all-in-one tablet computer. ;) Nor have I tried iWork on the iPad; I should!

    I'm delighted with my iPad, glad it can do so much, and glad it does even more for others.
  • DavidbroadDavidbroad Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I have the Viewsonic G Tablet with the TNT G-Harmony custom ROM, and for the money, I think this is the best value out there with a 10.1" screen. Browsing the web on this, with Flash installed and the Dolphin HD browser, is a very nice experience.
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