10 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2012 6:05 PM by Skydiver119
jacquelinet16 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm looking into getting the new ipad to use primarily as a laptop.. i would be doing alot of word processing, keynote presentations and the odd imovie. i'm planning on keeping my current laptop if needed but hoping to use it sparingly.. so would the new ipad be able to satisify my needs?


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  • 1. Re: Can the 64gb iPad with Retina Display replace a laptop?
    Andrei_O Level 2 Level 2 (415 points)

    Yes. If you invest in a bluetooth keyboard. I recommend the Logitech ultrathin keyboard cover for iPad. Blends well with the latest iPad but also works with the 2nd 3rd 4th generation.

  • 2. Re: Can the 64gb iPad with Retina Display replace a laptop?
    jacquelinet16 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i was looking into that as well.. would i be better of geting the 64gb over the 32?

  • 3. Re: Can the 64gb iPad with Retina Display replace a laptop?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,495 points)

    If you can afford it, yes. You cannot add storage later to an iPad.

  • 4. Re: Can the 64gb iPad with Retina Display replace a laptop?
    Andrei_O Level 2 Level 2 (415 points)

    jacquelinet16 wrote:

     

    i was looking into that as well.. would i be better of geting the 64gb over the 32?

    Yes go for 64GB and a keyboard.

  • 5. Re: Can the 64gb iPad with Retina Display replace a laptop?
    jacquelinet16 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    are there any word processing apps like microsoft word? and what are some good apps in regards to spreadsheets and accounting programs

  • 6. Re: Can the 64gb iPad with Retina Display replace a laptop?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,495 points)

    There are apps like Documents to Go, Quickoffice, etc. that can work with Office files. Apple makes Pages that you can use for word processing and you can import and export to Word formats. They also have a spreadsheet called Numbers.

     

    As for accounting programs that depends what you are looking for as the term is too broad to answer you.

  • 7. Re: Can the 64gb iPad with Retina Display replace a laptop?
    appleuser1322 Level 3 Level 3 (670 points)

    You might want to research this subject a liitle more if you want to use it to replace your laptop. Ios apps are not as fully loaded as apps for laptops, and even if you use ios apps on your laptop, if you are communicating with and sending a pages/number document to co-workers, formatting, etc., could be interrupted.

     

    There are apps like Microsoft word and excel (for example - pages for documents, numbers for exccel,) etc., but again, they are not perfect matches and Microsoft does not make an ios version of office or any part of it.

     

    It might work, but I still suggest you really look into it as best you can. Try googling "can a laptop replace an ipad ?".

     

    At least when college students ask that question on here, most tell them that a laptop cannot be replaced by an ipad.

     

    Also, most suggest you get as much space as you can afford. You cannot upgrade that.

     

    Hope this helps.

     

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  • 8. Re: Can the 64gb iPad with Retina Display replace a laptop?
    bdubz87 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    It really depends on exactly what you intend to do on it. Browsing the web, checking emails, word precessing etc are all fine on an iPad, but you couldn't do other things well like edit multimedia or write code. For the uses you have described an iPad would probably be great, and actually better than a laptop in my opinion.

  • 9. Re: Can the 64gb iPad with Retina Display replace a laptop?
    G3gator Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

    My wife tried it for a little while. She is a college teacher who uses spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software extensively. She loves her iPad (Gen 3), but decided she needed a laptop and bought a MacBook Air. She still uses the iPad for reading, surfing, e-mail, etc.

  • 10. Re: Can the 64gb iPad with Retina Display replace a laptop?
    Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (21,245 points)

    I can go for days without using my computer. However, there is a lot that hte iPad just can't do, or can't do well (it was created to be a data consumer, not a data creator, so you have to be prepared to find work arounds or tweaks to do what you want to do)

     

    If you don't have or keep your laptop, then you're going to be dependant upon cloud services to back your info up. I may sound paranoid, but I really don't like trusting a third party with my data. You may not share my issues but if you don't have a local backup, then you will need something.

     

    Also, as noted, all apps are skinnied down versions of their original programs. I use Documents to Go, and it does just fine for basic typing, etc, but there isn't any support for in depth formatting or complicated formulas in excel. So you need to decide if the basic functions will do what you need them to do.

     

    Even with 64 gig, for example, if you take photos, you're not really going to be able to backup your images etc.

     

    If I were making declarations....a good short term replacement, a good travel companion, but I'd only consider it a permanent replacement for a person that really does nothing beyond e-mail and the occasional e-book reading.