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Has 11 years experience.

I put this in general nursing hoping for the most responses.

I might need to invest in a tablet for my LPN-RN program. I have an Iphone, but I'm not very "techie" so I am at a loss. Any suggestions? What do you use?

I'm a student so I would prefer to not have to buy the $500+ Apple Ipad. However, I want something that will be useful and works well, so if I have to pay the big bucks I'll find a way. Thanks.

LoveMyBugs, BSN, CNA, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics.

I got for my son who is in highschool a Microsoft Surface....more affordable than an iPad, it acts as a tablet, but has a removable keyboard so it can work like a desktop as well

AnnieOaklyRN, BSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ED, Pedi Vasc access, Paramedic serving 6 towns.

I say stick with Apple! I tried a surface a few times and they are soon slooooooooooow! Go to a Bestbuy and try some of them out.


I prefer iPad-- Its very user friendly. You can always buy an older model for much less or even refurbished. Since you are already an iPhone user, the iPad interface would be an easy transition.

Don't buy over priced junk, you are just buying the brand anyways. Go with an android tablet like perhaps a Google nexus or something from Samsung for way cheaper and with just as much options and just as quick.


Specializes in Management, Med/Surg, Clinical Trainer. Has 20 years experience.

I second steering away from Apple. Yes they have flashy stuff, but you are paying for the flash. The android items do everything ipads do but at a cheaper price point..AND you are not Tethered to the APPLE store.

Look at Samsung or Google Nexus

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Depends on what you will be using the device for. If it's going to be the primary machine for completing school assignments, this means writing.... so, a practical keypad is needed. I would strongly advise checking with the program to see if there are any specific software or online applications that have to be used. Keep in mind that the device doesn't work by itself, you'll also have to purchase software and possibly some peripherals such as keyboard, DVD drive, external hard drive, etc.

I would actually recommend getting a convertible laptop such as the HP Pavilion 360 (~$350) or something similar. They function as a tablet or laptop - much less expensive than iPads. Keyboard is included. They have multiple USB ports for peripherals & wifi/bluetooth capabilty. You can also purchase peripherals at a fraction of the cost of the Apple devices.


Specializes in Oncology; medical specialty website.

I vote for sticking with Apple. After having awful experiences with both hp and Dell regarding their products breaking down after a short period of time, then having to deal with customer support in India who couldn't speak English comprehensibly, I had enough.

I have no trouble using the iPad's keyboard. I love having a product that is sturdy and dependable. And I love being able to call tech support (usually when I don't know how to do something) and talk to someone who speaks clear English!

This is like the old "Coke v Pepsi" debates.

Whispera, MSN, RN

Specializes in psych, addictions, hospice, education.

I have an IPad and the case has a real keyboard in it. It's very easy to use.

My school requires Microsoft Office programs for assignment completion. My IPad has those but it's very confusing about how to use them as well as how to print from them. I haven't been able to figure either out, and I'm pretty computer-savvy...

I think if I had it to do over, I'd get a Samsung rather than an IPad.

TakeTwoAspirin, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in Peri-op/Sub-Acute ANP.

I have a Nexus 7 which I love. It's not over-priced and is very easy to use. I'm a technophobe myself and if I can use it, anybody can.

blondy2061h, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 15 years experience.

I recommend iPad for the wide variety of excellent apps it has that are helpful in nursing school. I found it to be more user friendly and reliable than cheaper tablets.

Why so much hostility in regards to apple products being Junk/Overpriced? Yes, its a bit on the pricier side but I can honestly say I haven't had an issue that wasn't immediately addressed by Apple. Issues I had were very minor and was easily corrected by online help desk. I have iPad, mac book pro and iPhone--- Way less glitchy than PCs and Droids. If you want flashy then u should go with Driods/Samsung/Nexus as those allow for all sorts of modifications and personalizations. From personal experience my old mac book was good for 6yrs before I purchased my new one. I still have my mac book and use it to store photos. Higher priced? Yes.. but worth it to me since it is dependable and long lasting.

Like another responder said, it all depends what you want the tablet to be used for. If its for quick things like apps an information look up, then yes, go with a tablet. But if you want it for papers, presentations etc, then go with a laptop type device. Yes, iPads and samsung come with keyboards, but the programs are usually not as great as the actual ones provided for laptops.

Hope that helps.

NicuGal, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PACU. Has 30 years experience.

I have an HP 360, no problems. had

office installed on it. It comes

down to personal preference.

My my daughter has a Toshiba and an I Pad at college. She uses the tablet for class (lighter than her laptop) but prefers the laptop for actual work. Her school installs Office for Students on there and she has a program for APA and MLA format. I don't think

Apple has those yet.

TransportJockey, EMT-P

Specializes in Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, C-NPT, FP-C. Has 10 years experience.

I got a Samsung Galaxy 7" tablet from Sprint when I upgraded last year. It's perfect for everything I need and even has 4g connectivity. Small enough to comfortably carry in EMS pants, scrubs, or flight suit.