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I just got accepted to SFSU for Fall 2010 and I am reading all these threads on what I need to buy for school. Almost everyone points out a PDA/Iphone is needed. Anyone using an Ipad or plan to? ... Read More

  1. Visit  Mommaof3 profile page
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    CuriousME,
    Hi there, wondering what brand, size, etc tablet/pc you use? I've seen several of your posts talking about it and I think I must have one! haha.

    Also everyone...I am debating between a BB and the new HTC Evo (Android, from Sprint) any suggestions between the 2? I am starting NS in August and want to be able to download all the helpful apps but still have great functionality with everything else, I currently have the BB Curve and while I love it I want to be sure to get any edge to help me in clinicals/school if at all possible! Thanks.
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    Quote from Mommaof3
    CuriousME,
    Hi there, wondering what brand, size, etc tablet/pc you use? I've seen several of your posts talking about it and I think I must have one! haha.

    Also everyone...I am debating between a BB and the new HTC Evo (Android, from Sprint) any suggestions between the 2? I am starting NS in August and want to be able to download all the helpful apps but still have great functionality with everything else, I currently have the BB Curve and while I love it I want to be sure to get any edge to help me in clinicals/school if at all possible! Thanks.

    I love my Incredible, fwiw. Android rocks.
  3. Visit  carolinapooh profile page
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    Quote from RN2BEin2012
    I have been looking at PDA's and am totally confused on what to get. I don't have a MAC so I'm not even sure I could get the Ipad??

    I have looked at other threads that suggest HP IPAQ2750, Blackberry, etc.

    I know that some people have also said that it depends on what feels right for me. Here's my issue....they all feel weird. lol. I went into best buy, my phone carrier, etc...i'm even more confused then ever.

    I also went onto the howstuffworks.com. Maybe im just technologically braindead or it's all just flying over my head.....

    I would like to get the nursing bundle and prefer to use a pda over a phone because of the possibility that I will not be able to use a smart phone while at clinicals...

    Any suggestions would be great! =o)
    You don't need a Mac to run an iPad, just like you don't need a Mac for an iPod or an iPhone. It will run just fine on a PC.
  4. Visit  carolinapooh profile page
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    Quote from Tasha74
    I just got an ipad love it. I didnt get the 3G version but if you buy a cord that connects to your cell phone you can feed off of your cells 3G network. So far I have downloaded nursing podcasts for my clinical skills. So when im not in lab or just need to refresh steps I use the ipad. I double check all my med calcs on it. It is easy to keep your assignments organized.I have made NR flash cards too. It also has itunes U so I can get helpful skill and lecture videos from different schools.I wouldnt use it in clinicals but it is a good study tool.
    You can't tether with an iPhone yet unless it's unlocked. Just putting that out there for people contemplating an iPhone and an iPad.
  5. Visit  carolinapooh profile page
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    Quote from Anoetos
    The touch keyboard is actually excellent and responsive.

    However, you are exactly right about the multitasking. It's strictly a one at a time deal.

    Also, as awesome as the Pages App is, it's not Word.
    I've owned a Mac since February of 2009 and I honestly can't say I miss Word or Windows. I can save directly to a PDF (awesome) and can save anything as a Word 97 document. I created a presentation in Keynote for some school visits I did and had no problem saving it as a PowerPoint presentation and using it on a PC the school provided for me. There are a couple of things it won't do that Word will but I don't miss them; I just work around them. I don't need antivirus software because OS doesn't have the holes in it Windows does and because it's not as common a platform. I've only ran into a couple of websites that won't work on Safari, and I have Mozilla if I need it. The only annoying thing about a Mac is the lack of Flash (Steve really needs to sort himself out on that one) but I've only run into about three websites (whose names I can't even remember) that I couldn't use at all because of it, and then I just go elsewhere for information.

    I had a PC before and it died after three years. My husband has put THREE hard drives in his HP PC in three years (fortunately all covered by warranty) but that's just ridiculous. I've not had one problem with my Mac to date. Love it. Will never ever go back to PC. You can, however, run Windows on a Mac with no trouble - if you want to spend the $200 Bill wants for it.

    There - I'm off my Mac soapbox.

    I use my iPhone all the time at work; we have access to the Lexi institutional app and really, it gets no better than that. You can also run it on the iPod Touch. AND you can deduct the cost of either as an educational or work expense if you use it for medical apps.
  6. Visit  carolinapooh profile page
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    Quote from reloeh4
    How do u upload nursing software to Blackberry/Iphone?
    For the iPhone you go to iTunes and get the applications. Some are free and some you have to pay for.

    My guess is it's the same for Blackberry, but I don't know anything about them since I don't have one.
  7. Visit  CuriousMe profile page
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    Quote from carolinapooh
    I've owned a Mac since February of 2009 and I honestly can't say I miss Word or Windows. I can save directly to a PDF (awesome) and can save anything as a Word 97 document. I created a presentation in Keynote for some school visits I did and had no problem saving it as a PowerPoint presentation and using it on a PC the school provided for me. There are a couple of things it won't do that Word will but I don't miss them; I just work around them. I don't need antivirus software because OS doesn't have the holes in it Windows does and because it's not as common a platform. I've only ran into a couple of websites that won't work on Safari, and I have Mozilla if I need it. The only annoying thing about a Mac is the lack of Flash (Steve really needs to sort himself out on that one) but I've only run into about three websites (whose names I can't even remember) that I couldn't use at all because of it, and then I just go elsewhere for information.

    I had a PC before and it died after three years. My husband has put THREE hard drives in his HP PC in three years (fortunately all covered by warranty) but that's just ridiculous. I've not had one problem with my Mac to date. Love it. Will never ever go back to PC. You can, however, run Windows on a Mac with no trouble - if you want to spend the $200 Bill wants for it.

    There - I'm off my Mac soapbox.

    I use my iPhone all the time at work; we have access to the Lexi institutional app and really, it gets no better than that. You can also run it on the iPod Touch. AND you can deduct the cost of either as an educational or work expense if you use it for medical apps.
    Very glad you enjoy your Mac so much and that it has served you so well. I do want to point out though, that Macs have hardware failures as well. I'm in a career change from technology to nursing. I have worked in all Mac companies....and we had just as many hardware failures as the PC companies I've worked with.

    Hardware, is hardware, is hardware. The OS is the biggest difference (not speaking design, speaking functionality). Mac's are great and I enjoy them. However, like all tools they have their limitations (as Windows's, or Unix, or Linux, or whatever other OS you can think of does). The key is to figure out what your needs are then to find the tool that best meets your needs.
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    Quote from Mommaof3
    CuriousME,
    Hi there, wondering what brand, size, etc tablet/pc you use? I've seen several of your posts talking about it and I think I must have one! haha.
    I'm using a Thinkpad X61, I know they have newer models than that (X200, X201). It's small, just a 12" screen and light at <4lbs with an eight cell battery.

    It was spendy compared to some other brands out there, but I love having a full featured tablet convertible in such a small package. It goes everywhere with me (academically....I don't take it to clincals). Additionally, as I tend to be hard on things, I love the Thinkpad construction....it's fairly bulletproof.

    Hands down, the tablet is the best tool I've bought for school.
  9. Visit  abweaver profile page
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    Quote from Bob_N_VA
    For starters, I'm a computer guy going back to school for Nursing, so I do have a reasonable perspective on this subject. I bring a netbook with me to class and use it for note taking amost exclusively. It has a 6 cell battery so it can run off the cord for almost 5 hours, you need that much battery power even for 2 classes back to back.

    Most or all the instructors put the notes out in some digital format and I can either get them from the schools website at class or download them in advance and clean them up a bit (you wouldnt believe the funky ways some of them are formatted) so I can add my notes and print out a nice neat copy for my use. I also keep them in a google docs account so I can get to them from anywhere. There are maybe one or two other folks that bring a computer to class, but I do it every day. Its gotten to the point that they always want me to verify something online during the lectures. Even the teachers seem to like it too. I can also upload the electronic study tools that come with the textbooks, that is a handy feature to have in class.

    Now for the IPAD or IPOD or IPHONE. For starters, I agree with the poster that said to wait till the second gen for the IPAD. Let them work the bugs out. What you will also find is that without a dedicated keyboard, it will be pretty hard to take notes on the thing. It's hard enough on a netbook with its tiny keyboard. It's also not optimized for that type of function anyway. It's essentially a supersized Ipod. Even some of the more basic tasks like calendering are not as simple as they would be on a standard PC.

    My wife works in the medical field as well in home health and has been using various types of PDA's starting with a Sharp organizer, then moving into the Palm Pilots early on, then a Sony Clie, and up until recently, a Windows PDA (Dell Axim). She uses it for keeping her schedule, taking short notes and for lookup duties. It has never been a connected device, but it has worked well enough for her. For the last go-around, I got her an Ipod (Iphone without the phone part) and she is using that now for her PDA as well as for the music part. She has had some growing pains with it, but it seems to do the job. There are lots of Apps for it and the Iphone (just as there were for the palm pilots in their day) and they are pretty cheap. Having something you can hang on your belt can come in very handy during clinicals, but I dont see nearly as much utility using it in class. The interface is just too pokey to do lots of data entry and you cant always count on a good wifi connection. If you have a full blown Iphone, then I guess thats fine, but it still doesnt work for alot of what a PC does.

    I may spring for an Ipod when I get much more involved in clinicals if there are some killer apps (say like a PDR lookup tool) that make it worth the cost and time to carry one. In class, the netbook is king and its way cheaper than anything Apple is going to market. I've not owned an E-reader, but from what I see, most of the textbooks that are being used are not available in an electronic format so those won't help much. My last A&P book was also available on the web, that was handy as long as you had wifi connectivity, but at the community college it was extremely hit or miss, mostly miss.


    Hi,

    I hear what you are saying but I have an ipad with skyscape and it is the real deal!! I have the 3g unlimited version and there all all kinds of GREAT nursing apps on the app store.. I plan on using my ipad for note taking in class(which works great!!) and buying an ipod for clinicals.. I know this gets pricy but this way I can fit everything I need for a full day away from home in the front flap of my backback..

    PS.. My ipad works perfect.. There are no bugs from what I can tell and they are releasing the new os soon so don't be afraid.. I LOVE mine...
  10. Visit  CuriousMe profile page
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    Quote from abweaver
    Hi,

    I hear what you are saying but I have an ipad with skyscape and it is the real deal!! I have the 3g unlimited version and there all all kinds of GREAT nursing apps on the app store.. I plan on using my ipad for note taking in class(which works great!!) and buying an ipod for clinicals.. I know this gets pricy but this way I can fit everything I need for a full day away from home in the front flap of my backback..

    PS.. My ipad works perfect.. There are no bugs from what I can tell and they are releasing the new os soon so don't be afraid.. I LOVE mine...
    How are you taking notes on the iPad....my understanding is they don't have a stylus to write with, are you using the virtual keyboard?
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  11. Visit  CraigB-RN profile page
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    I use the blue tooth keyboard for note taking at conferences. I haven't taken the laptop out in over 2 months. LIke the previous poster I use a combination of the iPad and the iPod Touch.
  12. Visit  abweaver profile page
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    Quote from CuriousMe
    How are you taking notes on the iPad....my understanding is they don't have a stylus to write with, are you using the virtual keyboard?
    I use a app called pentastic or something like that and I use a sort of stylus called a pogo scetch...it is a special type pen for the iPad. You can get it at ten one design...

    Yes I use the virtual keyboard for quick things, searching etc... If I need to write a paper I will do that on my home computer..


    Anthony


    PS I read,responded,and viewed this whole thing on my iPad with no problems at all...
  13. Visit  GadgetRN71 profile page
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    I just bought an Ipad today (wi-fi version) and it's pretty cool. There are cases you can get that open like a book, but, I think I'd be nervous that someone would steal it.

    Regarding the wi-fi vs 3G thing, Virgin Mobile just came out with a prepaid mifi system. It's small and you can connect up to 5 devices to it on the go..and there's no plan, you just buy the amount of data you need. I'm going to pick one of these up, for travel and such.

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