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The newly refreshed Macbook Air is the best laptop Apple has ever devised for students. Even the lowest end model, with its paltry (by current standards) 2GB of RAM, would be fine for most students I know. Add the Air’s ridiculously fast SSD into the mix, and you’ve got a seriously slick machine.

But wait, what other Apple product is impossibly thin, has flash-based storage, and is super fast? The iPad, of course.

In many ways, the iPad seems unstoppable: its stable of professional, beautifully designed apps grows by the day, its iOS operating system gets more efficient and productive with every update, and its hardware is way ahead of competitors.

At half the price of the MacBook Air, the iPad suddenly seems like a more than capable option for a cash-strapped student. But could it really serve as a student’s only computer?


Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at PockeySoft! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Dave Gerhart
Kristin M.
Nicholas Lim
Tomas Williams
Paul de Medeiros
Nathan Wright

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

A few weeks ago we reviewed the superb UPAD, and I’m delighted to announce that we now have 10 promo codes to give away!

UPAD is a very comprehensive writing app, that allows you to use handwriting on the iPad while taking notes, annotating PDFs and even scribbling on images. In her review, Julia Altermann commented how:

If you are looking for a pretty much perfect all-rounder, that is not just good but excellent at everything it does, UPAD is the right app for you.

How do you get the chance to win one of the copies we have to give away? Here’s how…

How To Enter

Entering the competition is really simple – all you need to do is leave a comment on the post. That’s it! Let us know why you’d like to win, tell us a funny story, or describe the feature you’re most excited about using!

There are handwriting apps and there are handwriting apps. Some of the best we’ve introduced in our series already, but then there is UPAD.

Of course, your personal style of note taking will decide which app will fit you best, but UPAD has such an amazing feature set that it will be hard to find a user that can’t incorporate it into their workflow.