Best iPad For Medical Students in India [2021 Buyer’s Guide]

Do medical students need an iPad?

Medical students don’t really “need” an iPad to start their MBBS journey in a medical college.

However, it can be a great tool for digital note-taking and studying. Being slim, lightweight, and powerful, it’s the perfect gadget to carry around in your backpack.

From the convenience of not having to carry massive textbooks around, to being able to utilise the full potential of a large touch screen, an iPad should essentially be considered as a good investment for medical students.

Here, I’ll be listing down a few solid reasons why you should get an iPad if you’ve just started as a medical student. And then, I will be comparing the current iPad models and helping you decide what’s best for you!

I’ve also listed a few of my favourite apps so stay tuned till the end.

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How do medical students use an iPad?

Note Taking

I was very skeptical about converting to a digital method of note-taking and honestly, I felt I wouldn’t get used to it. But, things changed when I bought my first iPad a few years ago.

Note-taking is the most important reason why a medical student chooses to purchase an iPad and an Apple Pencil.

You’re probably wondering what it’s like and what are the benefits.

With an Apple Pencil, writing definitely feels very different but once you get used to it, there’s no going back.

You will get used to it pretty quickly as the Apple Pencil works brilliantly, it feels like you’re actually writing things down on paper and you get the benefit of having the same information retention as of handwriting.

You’re also saving paper!

Also, the Split Screen feature allows me to watch videos and make notes at the same time.

Another great feature of the Apple Pencil is Searchable Handwriting – which allows you to search what you’ve handwritten.

How does it even identity my scribbles?!

This has allowed me to keep a track of all my notes.

With amazing note-taking apps on the Apple Store, there’s plenty of built-in functionalities to try out and the possibilities are endless.


Reading Textbooks (eBooks)

With an iPad, one can now access all the downloaded PDFs on the go. Convenient and user-oriented features like highlighting and text search are just a cherry on the top.

I love the fact that I no longer have to carry those huge and hefty textbooks around.

No more worrying about whether I brought the right notebook with me or not – it’s all right here.

Also, lots of textbooks are available to download for free on the internet, so you will also be saving a lot of money by not having to purchase a hard copy.

Moreover, you no longer have to worry about losing your textbook or notes, as they can be stored on the cloud.

This handy device gives me access to everything I need.


Watching Videos

YouTube is a life-saver. There are videos on literally anything and everything you ask for!

Be it YouTube or any other platform like Marrow (for PG preparation), watching videos has always helped one understand and correlate with the topics better.

It’s true that one can watch videos on their phones as well. But, the thing is, a larger screen on a tablet helps you to appreciate finer details.

Also, phones can get really distracting by bombarding you with notifications every now and then.

Best iPad for Medical Students in India

Now, let’s discuss what’s best for you.

It doesn’t matter which version of iPad you’re going to purchase, there’s no compromise on quality in any one of them. If it fits your needs and budget, go for it!

I won’t be going into the technical specifications, you can check it out here, on the official Apple website.

1. Apple iPad Pro

Apple iPad Pro is the best and most powerful iPad you can buy right now. If budget is not an issue for you, I’d definitely recommend the iPad Pro. It’s top of the line. In my opinion, a larger screen is better to have because you will have more room for note-taking. You can make the best use of the Split Screen feature as well.

It comes in two variants (depending on the display size), 11-inch version and 12.9-inch version. Prices vary depending on the screen size and storage capacity.

Variants available currently:

  • iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (5th generation) [2021]
  • iPad Pro 11‑inch (3rd generation) [2021]
  • iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (4th generation) [2020]
  • iPad Pro 11‑inch (2nd generation) [2020]

All these 4 models are compatible with the Apple Pencil (2nd generation).

PROS

  • Best in terms of performance
  • ProMotion technology (120 Hz screen refresh rate)
  • 5G capable
  • Bigger screen (multi-tasking is great)
  • Ultra wide front and back camera
  • Supports Thunderbolt/USB 4
  • Up to 2TB
  • Compatible with Apple Pencil (2nd generation)
  • Compatible with Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio

CONS

  • Most expensive version of the iPad series (could’ve been slightly cheaper)
  • Big in size (could be a bummer for some!)

Doesn’t fit into your budget? That’s okay! Two more are waiting in line!

2. Apple iPad Air

Apple iPad Air 4 is a mid-range and budget-friendly iPad. It’s the perfect iPad for an indian medical student, because it provides premium features at a affordable price. The 10.9-inch screen gives plenty of space for note-taking and media consumption, and the A14 Bionic chip provides enough power for anything you need to do during your MBBS course. For medical students in India, it’s the most ideal pick as it packs in Pro-level features at a modest price.

It comes in just one variant, a 10.9-inch version.

Variants available currently:

  • iPad Air (4th generation) [2020]

It is compatible with the Apple Pencil (2nd generation).

PROS

  • Premium features (iPad Pro-like) at a lesser price
  • Up to 256 GB
  • USB C connector
  • Compatible with Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

CONS

  • Not capable of 5G
  • Does not have Face ID

3. Apple iPad (base model)

Apple iPad (8th generation) is the most affordable iPad you can buy right now. At such a good price, it’s a great entry level tablet that covers all your basic needs. Even though it comes last in the list, that doesn’t change the fact that it is an excellent tablet for those that want a reliable device at a lower price.

It comes in just one variant, a 10.2-inch version.

Variants available currently:

  • iPad (8th generation) [2020]

While iPad Pro and iPad Air get all the hype, many people are unaware of the iPad (8th generation), which also supports the Apple pencil (1st generation).

PROS

  • Budget friendly and affordable
  • Up to 128GB
  • Compatible with Apple Pencil (1st generation)
  • Compatible with Smart Keyboard

CONS

  • Not capable of 5G
  • Does not have Face ID
  • Lightning connector (no USB C)
  • Not compatible with Magic Keyboard

Favourite Apps

  • Microsoft OneNote
  • Notability
  • YouTube
  • Anki
  • Medscape
  • WebMD
  • Brainscape
  • Prognosis
  • Human Anatomy Atlas
  • Forest
  • Epocrates

Final Thoughts

In short, the iPad is a valuable device with great potential to make our lives easier and productive.

This purchase is going to aid you throughout the long course of MBBS so choose it wisely!


Good luck Medicoholics! Until next time.

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