I had a question about which laptop/tablet to use.
I'm currently rocking a 2 year old Dell, and I've recently upgraded to an Alienware m11x. I am a gamer, but I also need something that'll provide me substantial battery life (I get about 2.5 hours nowadays). The games I currently play and will be playing in the future (DoTA, DoTA 2, SCII/expansions, HL3 (lol?)) are completely within the bounds of my current Dell (SCII on low settings however) and I don't anticipate buying any other games except those I mentioned above.
My dilemma is whether to purchase an iPad 2 (w/bluetooth keyboard), which will give me some quality apps, extreme portabiliy (lightweight + battery life), or to keep the Alienware. The price difference would be $700 vs. $550 (iPad). Storage probably wouldn't be too much of an issue, considering I'd get a 32GB (primarily for the apps, as I only have 6GB of music) + dropbox on the iPad. If I really needed to save some money, I'd get the 16GB and skip music on the iPad entirely and only use it as an internet device + Google docs in class (unless there is an Office for iPad solution...not interested in the Apple versions or OpenOffice).
The Alienware is sexy, but I'm concerned that an 11.6" screen as my primary laptop (I would sell the Dell if I keep it) would be difficult to manage for law school work/exams. Battery life probably wouldn't be as good as that of the iPad (?).
I'm also worried about any potential software issues with the iPad. Has anyone that's currently attending had to utilize flash based (or other) software as a daily use program in class (or at home) that they feel may be compromised on an iOS software device? Obviously if I kept the iPad, I would keep the Dell and could bring it on exam days if necessary (since a lot of schools are testing on computers).
Your suggestions are much appreciated.
Gaming specs and good battery life aren't something you're really going to find together.
I'd say if you don't need to game on the go then build yourself a desktop (which is fairly cheap), return your Alienware (if you can get a full refund), and keep your 2 year old Dell for (assuming it has the sufficient battery life you desire) for notetaking and exams. If the 2 year old Dell doesn't have the battery life you want then upgrade to an portable/ultraportable laptop that does get the life you want (something like an ASUS UL series/U series or similar).
With the iPad you can word process (whether it is with Apple's own app or something like DocumentsToGo), but I really just don't see using an iPad plus bluetooth keyboard to be the most efficient solution in the world especially considering the amount of time you are going to spend typing notes on it. There is no MS Office app for iOS and I haven't heard of one in the pipes.