Can You Replace Your Laptop Or Netbook With An iPad


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Can You Replace Your Laptop Or Netbook With An iPad

  1. 1. ==== ====Congrats on your new iPad. Go here to learn how to do everything on your ====There were tablets before the iPad, but the runaway success of the Apple release is without adoubt the chief instigator behind an entirely new consumer hardware market slotting in comfortablybetween smartphones and laptops. The iPad offers the best of both platforms while making a fewnotable feature sacrifices; they are not as transportable as your average smartphone and theydont have the program or hardware flexibility that laptops or netbooks do.Still, that has not stopped the iPad-using world from looking for ways to cast aside laptops in favorof tablet computing. We are still not there yet - Apples obstinate refusal to embrace Flash supportis a substantial hindrance, for example - but the dream of an iPad-as-laptop-replacement can beachieved, as well lay out for you now in this tiny primer.The Accessories Youll RequireThe first actual step you ought to take in laptop-ifying your iPad is gathering your necessaryperipherals. A keyboard ought to be thought about essential. Theres multiple options obtainable,including travel case mounts with built-in keyboards which fundamentally give your iPad the formfactor of a netbook.In case you require to go the keyboard case route, the most popular options range between $50and $100 for both first- and second-generation iPads. Alternatively, Apple offers keyboard optionsthat ditch the case but are worth taking a look at. There is an iPad keyboard dock ($69), whichfeatures tablet-specific function keys and the ability to charge as you type. There is also Appleswireless Bluetooth keyboard ($69); in addition to offering the flexibility of Bluetooth support, whichworks with much over your iPad, this keyboard also gets points for being highly transportable andhaving an impressive battery life. There is also no change of a future iPad release not supportingit, since Bluetooth is not likely going to be removed as a feature.The only I/O port on the iPad is its charge point, a proprietary Apple connector, so there is not awhole lot in the way of wired peripheral options. While it is not officially supported, users havediscovered that the iPad Camera Connection Kit - a pair of dongles which connect to the chargeport, adding either an SD card reader or a USB port to the tablet - is lovely for over connectingcameras. While these are unsupported by Apple, the USB dongle will recognize USB keyboards,headsets, microphones and even hubs, in case you require to wire up over tool. The truly fearlesswho go the jailbreak route even have the choice of connecting an outside hard drive, though it is acomplicated install method and it carries a few notable caveats.Of coursework, the iPad is at base a wireless tool, which means you have some peripheral optionsthat dont involve connecting it to anything other than a Wi-Fi network. AirPrint was added with theiOS three.2 update, bringing support for Hewlett-Packards line of Wi-Fi-enabled ePrint printers to
  2. 2. Apple devices. Setup is simple and the functionality is built right in to iOS, meaning it requires noadditional app purchases beyond the printer. Of coursework, theres also apps you can purchasethat expand wireless printing capabilities to other Wi-Fi printers. Print n Share ($8.99) and PrintMagic HD ($4.99) are of the more popular options, both having four-star user ratings in the AppStore.The Apps Youll RequireWhich apps youll require to utilize your iPad as a laptop computer replacement will depend largelyon the kind of work and play you intend to make use of it for. Theres a few baselines thateverybody ought to look to as beginning points, however. Most importantly, youll be wanting aproper suite of office productivity tools: word processor, spreadsheet application and presentationcreator. Apple has its own trio of iWork productivity apps of coursework: Pages (word processor),Numbers (spreadsheets) and Keynote (presentations), which are priced at $9.99 apiece, however,theres options.Documents To Go ($9.99) and its Premium counterpart ($16.99) are popular options, offering thefunctionality of all of Apples productivity apps at a lower cost. The Premium edition adds the abilityto generate PowerPoint presentations (you can only view them in the lower-priced version) andsync with files stored online in places like Google Docs and Dropbox. Both versions support Wi-Fisyncing with a local PC using a third-party application obtainable at no cost from the developer,DataViz. QuickOffice ($14.99) is another, equally popular iWork alternative, offering the samebasic functionality as Docs2Go Premium at a slightly lower cost.You ought to also think about Air Sharing HD ($9.99), which lets you wirelessly connect with adesktop and access your iPad as if it is an outside hard drive. This means simple drag-and-dropfile sharing between desktop and tablet, but that is only a beginning point. Air Sharing HD caninteract with a variety of file formats and perform definite operations the are not otherwise feasible(or need other apps) on the iPad, such as zipping/unzipping files (and browsing through archives),move/copy/paste/rename functions, downloads from URL links and more.Moving away from the laptop computer and onto a more transportable platform, which will at leastoccasionally have its information cleaned for reason or another, youll also require to have somekind of backup in place to protect any work you might do on the iPad. The answer is simple here:Dropbox. It is a free app to start with and a free Dropbox account gives you seven GB to playaround with, which ought to be plenty if you are only worried about backing up documents. Everymonth subscription designs are obtainable for those who need more storage space, but themaximum $9.99 per month for 50 GB of storage is probably way much for your average iPad.Another universal require for office productivity is being able to take comprehensive notes.Evernote is a very popular free app, allowing you to generate text, photograph and audio notes,sync your work with other computers or web destinations and keep everything neatly organized. Ifyou are willing to spend a tiny money, SoundNote ($4.99) is definitely worth the investment. Inaddition to the basic note-taking, the app also including a drawing tool for making speedy sketchesinside your notes as well as an audio recording feature that syncs up what you have written withtimestamps in the sound file.Ironically, the bloggers of the world have the toughest time in the event that they require to
  3. 3. abandon laptops for an iPad. Theres only viable apps for actual walking a blog, and in case youdepend on any CMS that is not WordPress. The WordPress app is free but, as you have probablyguessed, it only works with that platform. BlogPress ($4.99) has more flexibility, playing well with avariety of platforms, but both apps tend to be light on features unless you have got administrativeaccess on the weblog side to set up the proper support. Even then... the functionality tends to be atiny funky, with semi-frequent crashes and cases where basic page elements, such as Categories,cannot be accessed properly. Walking a blog from your iPad is feasible, but not advisable.Theres a selection of free and paid instant messaging apps, such as AIM, IM+, BeejiveIM andMeebo. Same goes for Twitter; TweetDeck is by far the best free option, with a layout that is well-suited to the iPad display, though some prefer Twitterrific. Twittelator gets high marks as the bestof the paid apps, with a great layout and enhanced social media integration features. Rounding outthe basics, youll also probably require to nab some kind of photograph editing app. Photogene($2.99) is an excellent option, as is FX Photograph Studio HD ($1.99). In case you prefer to go thefree route, PhotoPad by ZAGG is the most popular option.To Jailbreak or Not To Jailbreak?As youll learn below, jailbreaking offers a great lots of more options for enhancing the iPadsrange of functions. Apple wont be able to help you if something goes wrong, but performing wontbreak your warranty and a Process Restore by iTunes will bring your tablet back to its factorysettings, ought to you require to bring it in for service. Failure to do so may lead to Apples refusalto service your tool and/or disapproving glaring from the "Geniuses."If a jailbreak is something you require to think about, youll be wanting some level of technicalknowhow and, more importantly, comfort before getting started. The actual method is simple, buttheres other factors to think about. For example, jailbreaks are usually operating or versionsbehind Apples official process updates, so if you are walking the latest iOS version or like to stayconstantly updated, this may not be for you. Over that, when a jailbreak for the latest iOS update isreleased, youll require to first restore your iPad to its factory settings, then apply the Appleupdate, then jailbreak it again. This probably also means youll be doing separate backups, foryour jailbreak apps and your regular apps.Jailbroken AppsYou are taking a look at lots of potential laptop computer power on your tiny Apple tablet here,even without a jailbreak. So why do it at all? More flexibility, of coursework. Apple has beenfriendly about officially and unofficially supporting a variety of USB and Bluetooth keyboards, butthere is no such love at all for mice. iOS is a touch-based interface and there is no code written into its dark depths that allows it to understand how a mouse might be integrated.To receive a mouse up and walking together with your iPad, a jailbreak is necessary, along withan app called BTstack Mouse (free) and a Bluetooth mouse; sorry, no wired or wireless USB mice,for obvious reasons. Setup is simple, though there is a catch: if you are also using a Bluetoothkeyboard, youll require to download a separate jailbreak app, BTstack Keyboard ($5) in order tomake the iPad recognize both devices.Youll also definitely require to select up iFile ($4), a file manager which offers total access to your
  4. 4. iPads hard drive in a setup that resembles Windows Explorer. This is a necessary app for some ofthe more setup-intensive jailbreak activities. be careful; dont go messing with files you dontunderstand or change any settings with clearly marked "screw with this at your peril" warnings.If you have got iFile, youll also probably require to go ahead and set up OpenSSH, which lets youaccess the iPads file process from a desktop. It is a lot like Air Sharing HD, only more flexible...provided you know what you are doing. Again, unless you are all right with following tutorials, dontpursue this route in case you dont know what you are doing.Theres more jailbreak apps to think about that might make your life a tiny simpler. CyDelete (free)lets you quickly and basically remove jailbreak apps in the same way that you would an App Storedownload. Without CyDelete, removing a jailbreak app involves opening Cydia (the jailbreakequivalent of the App Store) and diving through a series of menus. Also think about LockInfo($7.99), an app that lets you personalize the iPads lock screen with widgets like e-mailnotifications and calendar updates.www.ipadcaseuniverse.comArticle Source: ====Congrats on your new iPad. Go here to learn how to do everything on your ====