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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterJMelb View Post
    I would never drive around using an iPad or a laptop for directions, that's a recipe for disaster.
    iPad works extremely well for navigation via gps. You just need to mount it in a stable way. I had an arm that mounted to a bolt on the passenger side of my car. The top of the arm held the iPad. Easy to see on long trips (I rarely need nav around town), but easier to use than most phones (that are super large). There is no disaster if you do it right. In the wrong hands, using a phone for nav is a recipe for disaster in the same way using any kind of Nav is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ains View Post
    I have an iPad and my husband needs a new laptop. Is there some reason a laptop is needed over an iPad? Are there things the iPad can't do that the laptop can?
    It depends. Everyone has different needs. For me, when I need a laptop, I need a laptop. Lot of things I do like run Matlab, 4Nec2, etc, that simple won't work on iPad. Also, the iPad is not so great a giving presentations where you want to annotate slides. So, for these things, the laptop is the better solution.

    But if needs are reading email, surfing the web, listening to music, or doing some word processing or other productivity tasks, where you don't need to worry about trading files with others then an iPad with the right keyboard can work well.

    I think one needs to get some experience with an iPad before one can make an intelligent decision. Lots of folks have made the iPad their primary device, so it can definitely be done. But how you do it and how well it works depends on each person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AQ_OC View Post

    iPad works extremely well for navigation via gps. You just need to mount it in a stable way. I had an arm that mounted to a bolt on the passenger side of my car. The top of the arm held the iPad. Easy to see on long trips (I rarely need nav around town), but easier to use than most phones (that are super large). There is no disaster if you do it right. In the wrong hands, using a phone for nav is a recipe for disaster in the same way using any kind of Nav is.
    What he said^.

    I should clarify. My use for GPS is a little unconventional. I use it for locating off road oil and gas leases. The "roads" that lead to them are a mixture of gravel, cut lines and ice roads. Not the kind of places you want to drag a trailer without knowing exactly where you are and where you're going.

    For that reason I contend that the iPad is a serious work tool for me. We are not talking turn by turn guided navigation here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinJS View Post
    What he said^.

    I should clarify. My use for GPS is a little unconventional. I use it for locating off road oil and gas leases. The "roads" that lead to them are a mixture of gravel, cut lines and ice roads. Not the kind of places you want to drag a trailer without knowing exactly where you are and where you're going.

    For that reason I contend that the iPad is a serious work tool for me. We are not talking turn by turn guided navigation here.
    I still prefer a regular standalone GPS for driving; I have three of them, because I keep one each in my two cars and have a spare for travel when I rent cars. My husband uses a standalone GPS, too.

    I like the size, hardiness and convenience of my Garmins for driving. I sometimes use iPads for maps, but usually when I'm not driving and am looking up things for different uses.

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    Hello Ains

    I guess you must be fairly confused by now?

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    Thank you for all the thoughts. I must now agree we need both.


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