What can I do with an ipad 2? This is both a technical and personal/relationship question about getting an ipad 2...see below for explanation and question.
I am having a big milestone birthday in a few weeks. Things have not been so great on the personal life or job front for the last couple of years. I have an older sister (17 years older) with whom I have a complicated relationship. Said sister found out that I didn't have anything planned my big day and really wants to get me something fun for my birthday. She wants to get me an ipad.
What's the problem? I just broke down and bought an iphone after several years on the same cheap non-smart trakphone, because while I'm not in a tech field, I am in an area that is becoming increasingly interested in using social media to interact with patrons. I felt like I was getting further and further behind and as a middle aged woman in search of a job, I can't afford to be a luddite, nor do I want to be. The other issue is that I really need a new computer. My current laptop is going on 8 years old, so at some point in the not too distant future, I'm going to have to break down and get a new computer. I just feel that having a new iphone, ipad and laptop is a bit overkill for me. However, given my relationship with my sister and the fact that this is a really nice gesture on her part, I don't want to shut her down and say what I don't need right now is a big, expensive toy. I really need a computer.
I know that ipads can handle basic word processing, slide presentations and spreadsheets, but what are the limitations? Things that I'd like to do or at least try doing, but have been stymied due to the slowness of my home computer, include creating some sort of personal/professional tumblr or other type of website with links to items of interest in my profession and taking online classes such as those offered on udacity.
. Would this be possible using an ipad? I have read this article
about using the ipad (almsot) as a primary computer.
What I'm not particularly interested in are things that I know that the ipad does well, but which will end up costing me money every month (such as streaming netfilx or monthly magazine subscriptions), although I do not mind one time expenses on things like a good wireless keyboard and apps that will help me to do what I want to do and would appreciate suggestions along those lines.