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What is best for a nursing student: iPad, Android tablet or laptop?

My wife is going into a nursing program and I would like to get her a computing device but I’m not sure which one is best for her. I’m thinking either an iPad, an Android tablet or a laptop. Which would be more beneficial for someone that is mediocre on technology?

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    Le Byte
    Posted 3 years ago

    I’d have to say a laptop would be best. (preferably a MacBook Pro)

    Second – Android tablet.

      Fezzes are cool.
      Posted 3 years ago

      Laptop, because it has USB slots, a disk drive, SD slot and such that iPads and Android tablets don’t have. If she wants something lightweight, opt for a netbook ;D

        Jeff
        Posted 3 years ago

        I work for a huge hospital network based in Pittsburgh that has locations in many different locales including overseas. I am not aware of not a single clinical software application that runs on something other than Windows. Yes, the IPad and Android tablet may claim to be Windows compatible but they are not. Many clinicians in my organization have used non-Windows products, primarily Apple devices, only to have to change.

        Understand that I am NOT endorsing Windows in any way. I am simply stating the way it is.

          Spencer
          Posted 3 years ago

          Definatley get the iPad!

          It’s an unbelievably cool product! I’ve had it for a week now, and it has exceeded my expectations in every area but one. It is such a pleasurable experience to hold it and interact with the machine. It is a very intuitive, tactile, and personalinteraction with the web.

          Having a touch screen to interact with the web is a very different experience than using a mouse.
          It is NOT supposed to be a netbook, so reviews which compare what it doesn’t have, miss the point.
          This is a whole new computing device to accomplish perhaps 80% of what most people use computers for for all the basic uses (email, web surfing, music, movies (the Netflix app rocks!), games, ebook, magazine reading (Zinio is great), and the news (the USA Today app is a joy to use) it is great.

          I have already been finding myself on my laptop much less often than before.

          The iWork apps are a pleasure to use. The one area that seems to be more convoluted than it should be, is printing. You can’t print directly from it. You have to either email it to yourself, or transfer the file over when you sync with iTunes. But it looks like the 4.0 version of the operating system is going to provide a lot of fixes which people are looking for.

          A few years from now, tablets like this will be everywhere, and those who are on computers are mainly using them for work. I knew the iPad would be a big hit when my 70 old mother, after seeing mine, decided she was going to get one too!

          As for buying them, you’re best bet for the cheapest price is off eBay where i’ve seen them for $170 shipped or on Amazon.com

          I’ve provided links to both below, your choice and best of luck!!

          http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00365F73G?ie=UTF8&tag=yahanswers0e-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00365F73G

            d3flux_91
            Posted 3 years ago

            go for a laptop to have full chunks of icecream

              justmeeh
              Posted 3 years ago

              I’m not tech savvy, but coming from a former nursing student, a laptop will be invaluable in nursing school. With the workload in the program, you can do a lot more and it’s way easier! More functional than the others you mentioned. For example, writing papers, creating presentations, heavy online research, taking notes, adding/running programs (i.e., to study for NCLEX) are just some of the things your wife will be doing while in school. In my program, a lot of work had to be reviewed and completed online as well. The others are nice but a laptop is a must-have! I also had a pda that I used for clinicals and in school as a quick reference, and I purchased a few programs like nursing drug guide, laboratory tests, medical conditions, etc. I also had these programs on my laptop.

            6 comments on “What is best for a nursing student: iPad, Android tablet or laptop?

            1. Le Byte on said:

              I’d have to say a laptop would be best. (preferably a MacBook Pro)

              Second – Android tablet.

            2. Fezzes are cool. on said:

              Laptop, because it has USB slots, a disk drive, SD slot and such that iPads and Android tablets don’t have. If she wants something lightweight, opt for a netbook ;D

            3. Jeff on said:

              I work for a huge hospital network based in Pittsburgh that has locations in many different locales including overseas. I am not aware of not a single clinical software application that runs on something other than Windows. Yes, the IPad and Android tablet may claim to be Windows compatible but they are not. Many clinicians in my organization have used non-Windows products, primarily Apple devices, only to have to change.

              Understand that I am NOT endorsing Windows in any way. I am simply stating the way it is.

            4. Spencer on said:

              Definatley get the iPad!

              It’s an unbelievably cool product! I’ve had it for a week now, and it has exceeded my expectations in every area but one. It is such a pleasurable experience to hold it and interact with the machine. It is a very intuitive, tactile, and personalinteraction with the web.

              Having a touch screen to interact with the web is a very different experience than using a mouse.
              It is NOT supposed to be a netbook, so reviews which compare what it doesn’t have, miss the point.
              This is a whole new computing device to accomplish perhaps 80% of what most people use computers for for all the basic uses (email, web surfing, music, movies (the Netflix app rocks!), games, ebook, magazine reading (Zinio is great), and the news (the USA Today app is a joy to use) it is great.

              I have already been finding myself on my laptop much less often than before.

              The iWork apps are a pleasure to use. The one area that seems to be more convoluted than it should be, is printing. You can’t print directly from it. You have to either email it to yourself, or transfer the file over when you sync with iTunes. But it looks like the 4.0 version of the operating system is going to provide a lot of fixes which people are looking for.

              A few years from now, tablets like this will be everywhere, and those who are on computers are mainly using them for work. I knew the iPad would be a big hit when my 70 old mother, after seeing mine, decided she was going to get one too!

              As for buying them, you’re best bet for the cheapest price is off eBay where i’ve seen them for $170 shipped or on Amazon.com

              I’ve provided links to both below, your choice and best of luck!!

              http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00365F73G?ie=UTF8&tag=yahanswers0e-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00365F73G

            5. d3flux_91 on said:

              go for a laptop to have full chunks of icecream

            6. justmeeh on said:

              I’m not tech savvy, but coming from a former nursing student, a laptop will be invaluable in nursing school. With the workload in the program, you can do a lot more and it’s way easier! More functional than the others you mentioned. For example, writing papers, creating presentations, heavy online research, taking notes, adding/running programs (i.e., to study for NCLEX) are just some of the things your wife will be doing while in school. In my program, a lot of work had to be reviewed and completed online as well. The others are nice but a laptop is a must-have! I also had a pda that I used for clinicals and in school as a quick reference, and I purchased a few programs like nursing drug guide, laboratory tests, medical conditions, etc. I also had these programs on my laptop.

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