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Old 08-23-2012, 08:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm starting out in university, first year, ted rogers. I want to transition into electronic note taking because, well, I hate the regular mode. Now, since I'm not going into science or engineering, etc, formulas won't be a problem and won't come up too much. If anything, I'll have a paper out, ready incase anything comes up.

Now, I have a fantastic laptop, but the only problem is, well, it's massive. 17 inch screen, and just heavy. I love it, it's a sony, but whenever I had to take it to school my back would ache, and I want to be able to take my electronic to uni every day as I'll be spending most of my day there.

Since I would like to take notes with it, I would need a keyboard, and some note taking software, be it microsoft, or whatever else.

So what would you recommend, with the specifications I just gave. a net book, ultra book, tablet with blue ray keyboard? or any other options really. I know microsoft is coming out with a tablet that's an inbetween of a tablet and ultra book, and it has a built in keyboard, and what not, and it's fantastic from the sounds of it, but it's not coming out until christmas apparantly, and that would probably be in the states. I don't want my entire first year to be spent waiting on it.

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1) Asus Transformer Pad TF300 (Android tablet with keyboard dock)
2) Asus 1225 (11.6" netbook)
3) Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (new Android tablet with good stylus input)

Most I know use Evernote but you can find lots of alternatives to try via google. Just choose the one that works best for you.
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1) Asus Transformer Pad TF300 (Android tablet with keyboard dock)
2) Asus 1225 (11.6" netbook)
3) Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (new Android tablet with good stylus input)

Most I know use Evernote but you can find lots of alternatives to try via google. Just choose the one that works best for you.
would you reccomend a net book over the tablets, or the other way around?
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would you reccomend a net book over the tablets, or the other way around?
tablets are better for the battery life. if you're going to be at uni all day without an outlet its a better option.
if you're going to be typing a lot and using ms word then a laptop is better
I use a tablet for class notes so I don't have to buy or carry textbooks.
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tablets are better for the battery life. if you're going to be at uni all day without an outlet its a better option.
if you're going to be typing a lot and using ms word then a laptop is better
I use a tablet for class notes so I don't have to buy or carry textbooks.
and the app you use to take notes with the tablet, is it satisfactory? if so, what is it? and I'm assuming you have some sort of blue tooth keyboard with it?
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and the app you use to take notes with the tablet, is it satisfactory? if so, what is it? and I'm assuming you have some sort of blue tooth keyboard with it?
i use google docs to take notes (easier to access on multiple computers)
i don't use a bluetooth keyboard because i got used to a touchscreen but if you want one they are around $80
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i use google docs to take notes (easier to access on multiple computers)
i don't use a bluetooth keyboard because i got used to a touchscreen but if you want one they are around $80
is there enough room in a lecture hall for a tablet and a blue tooth keyboard? the google docs are good for notes like word or are there downfalls that you've seen?

sorry I'm asking a lotta questions, this is just an investment and I want to make the right decision
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is there enough room in a lecture hall for a tablet and a blue tooth keyboard? the google docs are good for notes like word or are there downfalls that you've seen?

sorry I'm asking a lotta questions, this is just an investment and I want to make the right decision
the keyboard is attached to the tablet. same size as netbooks.
google docs is basically online notepad. not for essays but good for taking notes.

just get a netbook if you don't want to carry anything heavy. its cheaper than buying a tablet + keyboard.
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the keyboard is attached to the tablet. same size as netbooks.
google docs is basically online notepad. not for essays but good for taking notes.

just get a netbook if you don't want to carry anything heavy. its cheaper than buying a tablet + keyboard.
Would it be wiser to invest in an ultra book now or buy a netbook and then buy an ultra book when my current laptop breaks down?
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I'd get a tablet for the reason of touchscreen notes. With that you can draw any diagrams that the prof writes down in your notes. I saw a guy in my Dynamics class last year use his iPad with an electronic pen, and it seemed to work pretty well.
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I'd get a tablet for the reason of touchscreen notes. With that you can draw any diagrams that the prof writes down in your notes. I saw a guy in my Dynamics class last year use his iPad with an electronic pen, and it seemed to work pretty well.
and there are apps which allow the drawing of the diagram along with it registering typed up notes at the same time?
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I'm not sure, but I'd imagine there are.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:07 PM   #13 (permalink)
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So question about these tablets and their apps. The app, does it let you type up notes, then whenever there's a diagram of some sort, you draw it with the pen? or is it you writing everything like paper notes, just electronically and it being translated into typed up font? If it's the latter, I'd just opt for an ultrabook or netbook, which brings me to the next question.

netbook or ultra book? is the ultrabook worth the investment? a good Ultrabook would cost me around 1200 bucks, while a good netbook would cost me around 400. is it worth it to pay three times as much? is it really that difficult to get used to and use a netbook keyboard?
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so just bought an ultra book, the asus zen series. it's 1500 bucks without the warranty, 1800 after, and after tax 2 grand. My friend bought it a few months ago and then realized he needed a different ultrabook to run programs he needs for his architecture program. he sold it to me at a cut rate price, with the 3 year warranty, for 1200. it's so sexy!
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