Anyone made the switch from Netbook to iPad?
I use a netbook daily (along with iPhone), mainly as a way to carry full records of each project (plans, orders, contracts, spec, etc) almost all in pdf. I use Windows "briefcase" to sync these files to my desktop. My folder organization is critical (a folder for each job, within those a folder each for design, product specs, etc.) I do not have a broadband card, tried it, didn't really use it much for the added cost so turned it in, but having the capability built-in would be nice.
I like the form of the iPad (slim, big screen, touch screen, fast on/off, long batt life) but not sure it can keep my files in the same organized manner I'm used to with Windows and Briefcase. It's also handy to use my bluetooth printer I carry with me when I need to print something out on site. Lastly, I have a contact manager (ACT!) and a custom database in Access for making task lists for each vendor on each project. Can't afford to give those up easily, especially the database. I sync daily and my little routine works quite well, but I'm always looking for ways to speed things up, or eliminate multiple platforms/systems.
Does anyone do anything similar to this? Any help is appreciated.
4phun - you're on the right track.
I am in fact trying to adapt how I work to take advantage of it's capabilities, hence the post soliciting experienced suggestions. The need for printing is for when the numerous subcontractors I have lose their damn prints and I have to print out a copy, or I can print out a task list for them on the spot. Most of these individuals, and a large majority of their organizations (if they even have one) are not big on tech gadgets, so printing is pretty important but not truly mandatory as I've been getting by without it for the last 3 months.
The other thing that concerns me, and there's probably a solution, is I need to keep good records of e-mails as they can someday be considered a legal document if there is a dispute about who said to do something and who is going to pay for it. I use Outlook on my desktop and only check them on iPhone, copying myself if I do send something. I know I could simply use the iPad in the same way but it would be nicer if they could somehow synch without the duplication I'm doing now.
Seems like a horse race right now, for every neat feature of the iPad, seems like I give up a neat feature of the netbook. I suspect within 12 months I'll switch as it matures.
Thanks for any additional comments or solutions offered.