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Hey all just looking for some information. Looking at buying an iPad Air 2. I know I can download Microsoft office and excel which is ideal for my UNI work. Anyway what I'm wondering is it simple to g…
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
Hey all just looking for some information. Looking at buying an iPad Air 2. I know I can download Microsoft office and excel which is ideal for my UNI work. Anyway what I'm wondering is it simple to get a USB device? So I could link in a USB pen with all my work on it, transfer and save etc? Also for linking up to a wired printer to print?

Tablet is ideal for me due to portability etc wasn't to interested in laptops/net books anymore.

Appreciate all responses thanks.
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
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#1
iPads/Apple doesn't do USB, unless you buy a fancy expensive addition, but even still I don't think iPads support USB.
#2
It sounds so simple. But, alas, no.

There is a usb adapter available but that is just to connect a camera / transfer pictures. You would need wireless storage & a wireless printer to be able to just use the ipad.

Once again it's apple's way or the highway
#3
If you install googleDrive, Dropbox, skydrive etc then you can save everything in the cloud and can access them directly on your ipad.
#4
paul1005's answer is probably the best way to go. Plus everything is more safer online (or is it?) and no need to worry about losing tiny USB drives or leaving it plugged in at uni computers.

Edited By: Jakirrr21 on Dec 02, 2014 18:12
#5
I would not buy an iPad for uni work. Sure, get a tablet for playing around with or to complement your laptop as a second screen (e-books and such) but sitting in the library with a tiny screen trying to use the touch screen on a watered down version of Office will not be easy. Whether you're interested in them or not, a bigger screen, full keyboard and Windows will be a lot easier to use.
#6
Thanks for the replies. Essentially was after this due to having a play around in apple store and quite liked it it's a nice size, convienent for me and aside UNi work also for holiday, travel etc. A laptop I'm not fond of in all honesty and I can buy an external keyboard if need be for the tablet no?

Paul that is interesting, are these apps that can be downloaded? And essentially easy enough to save to an account or server?

In regards to the USB I've read apple released an istick?

Thanks
#7
I'm just speaking from experience. I never saw anyone on campus using a tablet to do work on. It just seems a little silly to buy something for doing work on that has limited storage, needs an internet connection to do most things, especially if you're going down the Dropbox/Google Drive route. The cheapest iPad Air 2 is around £400. You could get a decent laptop for £300 and then save a little longer for an iPad. I don't have anything against Apple, but I do think there are better ways to go, other than spending £400 on something you obviously weren't sure about buying because you came here to ask questions you wouldn't need to ask if you got a laptop. Ask any past student and chances are they wouldn't have traded their laptop for an iPad. I'm not trying to be mean but it would be a shame to let someone spend £400 on something that will make life that little more difficult at uni.
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SK07
Paul that is interesting, are these apps that can be downloaded? And essentially easy enough to save to an account or server?

In regards to the USB I've read apple released an istick?

Yep official apps from Google, Microsoft etc. really easy to use and you can also retrieve anything saved on any other pc or Mac if your not with your iPad. Just go to the website and log in. There are also loads of 3rd party apps to encrypt your data that you upload if your concerned about privacy.

I have an iPad air 2 and love it. But as others have said, a laptop with a full keyboard may be better as typing long documents does get a bit frustrating after a while. You can get Bluetooth keyboard cases, I haven't used one but heard from others they're good so may be worth looking at them?

Not heard of an istick, there are adapters you can get from eBay, but from my experience they're not great and don't really work very well.
#9
tablets have very limited work use and is best for browsing really.
for uni work you need a laptop.
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paul1005
SK07
Paul that is interesting, are these apps that can be downloaded? And essentially easy enough to save to an account or server?

In regards to the USB I've read apple released an istick?

Yep official apps from Google, Microsoft etc. really easy to use and you can also retrieve anything saved on any other pc or Mac if your not with your iPad. Just go to the website and log in. There are also loads of 3rd party apps to encrypt your data that you upload if your concerned about privacy.

I have an iPad air 2 and love it. But as others have said, a laptop with a full keyboard may be better as typing long documents does get a bit frustrating after a while. You can get Bluetooth keyboard cases, I haven't used one but heard from others they're good so may be worth looking at them?

Not heard of an istick, there are adapters you can get from eBay, but from my experience they're not great and don't really work very well.


Not to sure what to do now! Thanks for the info though. Would prefer a tablet not just for UNi work but everything in general, not a big fan of laptops as a rule! If I can store the files that's fine. The I stick is apples version of USB , expensive but check it out! See what you think maybe a 3rd party is better?
#11
Buy the iPad but with cellular otherwise its just a waste of money. Get the 3 plan with 1gb of data for £7.5 it will be enough for office docs. Get office 365 university. £60 you will get 4 years of subscription just you have to confirm your university email address. This is it.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/university/
#12
What about an asus transformer book? You get the best of both worlds keyboard for work and a detachable tablet screen for everything else?

Not trying to put you off the iPad as they are great bits of kit, but I think you'll need a keyboard of some description to do trying of any real length.
#13
The office 365 info was helpful thanks Seems pretty straight forward! In regards to the cellular version is it possible to teather with mobile data? I'm with free already on an unlimited data plan.

Checked out the asus transformer looks a good piece of kit so not sure what to do! For the keyboard I don't mind picking one up seen them on eBay Bluetooth versions but in terms if responsiveness? Thanks.
#14
If its on 3 you have 2 or 4 gigs it could work but you making your life a bit complicated. The point is to be as simple ad possible with the iPad. A keyboard will also be a bog benefit. It becomes a handy laptop, but the cheap keyboards are not the solution. Apple or logitech. Nothing else. And couple of quid for protective cover (no point of expensive ones as they not contribute for your productivity).
#15
Milev
If its on 3 you have 2 or 4 gigs it could work but you making your life a bit complicated. The point is to be as simple ad possible with the iPad. A keyboard will also be a bog benefit. It becomes a handy laptop, but the cheap keyboards are not the solution. Apple or logitech. Nothing else. And couple of quid for protective cover (no point of expensive ones as they not contribute for your productivity).

my lifeproof case allows me to use ipad in the bath. :) not essential i know but very good with moviebox
#16
Windows Surface with keyboard, then you could just plug in a USB stick as it's already running a full on version of Windows anyway so no worries there. Then if you want the tablet part you just detach it from the keyboard :-)

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