Macbook Air or IPad

I am returning to college and I have an I pad one. I am trying to decide will this device suffice. I will only be using it for typing papers . No games or photo shop just yet. Do I need to get a word program ????? And do I need an external keyboard ?????

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  • Best Answer:

    100% get the MacBook Air. The iPad is a very fun device, but you can't have two things open at once, and you have to have a keyboard accessory. No iPad keyboard has ever come close to the full keyboard on the MacBook Air, and when you are doing a lot of writing, its great to have research open on half the screen, and your document open on the other. The iPad isn't compatible with Microsoft Word, but uses Apple's Pages program. The MacBook air can run Microsoft Word.

    • Answered by Geoffrey C from Springfield
    • Jul 29, 2012
  • You've come to a good place to ask this, Michelle. Your iPad will suffice for any productivity that happens on your device. Also, a program called Pages edits documents professionally on the iPad itself. It can also print from an AirPrint-Enabled printer over Wi-Fi. And, you don't need an external keyboard for your iPad. However, it makes typing faster rather than using the on-screen keyboard. The Apple Wireless Keyboard will work with your device perfectly over Bluetooth connection, so it's portable. Your iPad will be a great tool to use in your studies. Thanks for using Apple Support Forums!

    • Answered by Glenn S from Bartow
    • Nov 18, 2013