Is an iPad a good choice for someone who writes a lot?

Christopher Nerney

My wife needs a new computer and is considering getting an iPad instead of another laptop. She does a lot of writing and wonders whether a tablet is the way to go. She knows she can attach a physical keyboard, but doesn't like the small one she tried at Best Buy. Is it easy to get used to a virtual keyboard? (That also probably would be pretty cramped.) Any advice is welcome.

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Fairtradeworks1_tw1147732921
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Apple makes an external keyboard thats the same size as there standard issued keyboard for there iMac's, Mac Pro Users + it's 100% Wireless and connects to the iPad or iPad Mini via Bluetooth.

 

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC184LL/B/apple-wireless-keyboard-english

 

Apple Wireless Keyboard for iPad

Christopher Nerney

  Thanks, Fairtradeworks!
jack12
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The problem I have writing on tablets is the on-screen keyboard just can't compete with a physical keyboard that offers solid tactile feedback. It is just too easy to make an error on a touch screen where I rarely would with a keyboard. For short pieces, this is not a serious issue, but it becomes an annoyance that increases exponentially for me the longer I type. There is no way I could ever type as quickly on a virtual keyboard as I can on a physical keyboard, incidentially. 

 

You can add a keyboard, as suggested by the previous poster. If you get a good one with physical keys (not the membrane kind), it negates much of the problem. However, at this point, if you carry the keyboard around all the time, you have essentially created a mini-laptop (or perhaps more accurately a netbook) with a small touchscreen and no mouse, which to me kind of defeats the purpose.

 

On a  more positive note, there are things such as the very nice but relatively small display, as well as some workable word processing software, including Documents to Go.  

 

So, is an iPad a good choice for doing a lot of writing? I suppose I would say it is an ok choice, but compromised.  Then again, maybe I'm just getting old and set in my ways. 

jimlynch
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She'd be better off with a Macbook instead. I love my iPad, but it's not good for writing unless you use an external bluetooth keyboard. And by that point you're headed into laptop territory if you have to carry the keyboard around with you.

I have a Macbook Pro 13 inch. It's a great writing machine. It's very light to carry, and it gives me a full keyboard and the ability to run desktop apps. I'd recommend checking one out.

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