Ever since the iPad was released they’ve grown in popularity and you can now see them everywhere you go. Slowly they are getting better and better as the years go on, but are they at the stage yet where they can deal with everything a laptop can? You might be getting some requests as Christmas approaches because your child will tell you they want it for studying. It seems like a good reason for wanting a new computer and I’m sure you don’t want to let your child down.
On the other hand, I’m sure you don’t want to arm them with something that’s not up to the job. What if they can’t keep up with all the other kids who have laptops? Laptops have been around for a while and we know how good they are. Let’s see the 6 main reasons why you should hold off on getting them an iPad at the moment if they plan on using it for their studies.
It’s too expensive
Money doesn’t grow on trees, or so the saying goes. Even if you went for the cheapest option you would still be paying much more than it would cost for a solid laptop. When you think about speed and storage space you are getting much more for your money with a laptop, plus they will last a long time. Apple comes out with new versions of the iPad every year and you can already guess what they’ll want when next year comes around.
It’s not great for writing or note-taking
When your kid is sitting in a lecture you can’t expect them to type everything if they’re doing it on an iPad screen. That’s impossible for anyone. Even if they use a keyboard attachment it’s not a better quality than a laptop keyboard. Then you come to actually writing essays. When you’re writing huge essays with a tablet it’s not ideal. Eventually they’ll be desperate for a proper keyboard. Could choosing something stylish come back to haunt them?
It’s a nice target
Everyone is walking around with laptops and unless you have the newest MacBook Air you’re not going to catch the attention of thieves unless you do something stupid. That all changes when an iPad is involved. They are much more attractive to thieves and your kid might not have it for very long if they’re not careful. Sometimes it takes the pressure off students when they don’t have to look over their shoulder all the time.
It’s very distracting
How is anyone supposed to concentrate on their studies when they have access to over 275,000 apps? Even the most dedicated student in the world would have a hard time sticking to a rigid study plan. You should have a good idea of what they are like now. Are they always on their phone? Just wait until they have access to great Twitter and Facebook apps then see how much attention they pay in class.
They need to make friends
The iPad is like an unhealthier version of a Smartphone. Eventually they will spend too much time on it and will stop speaking to people. You’d be surprised by the amount of people who sit staring into their iPad as if they are under a spell. If they don’t have this distraction they will be free to walk without their head facing downwards. It’s not like they’ll walk along trying to play with a laptop.
They’ll end up wanting both
After they’ve had their fun with an iPad they will decide they need both. They can keep their iPad for playing around with, but all the work should be done on a laptop because it’s much easier. That means you’ve spent all that money on a toy. A very nice toy, but still something that’s ultimately going to get used for Twitter and Facebook. It would save you time and money if you just got them a laptop to begin with. Tell them to get a job and pay for an iPad with their own money.