Ipad as computer replacement?

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  1. cdf3

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    Not on my job. No one can get a 3G/4G signal. It's either 1x or no service at all.


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  2. dhewson777

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    A shame. I know that in some places, modern 3G is dodgy the best of times.

    At work, our network was set up before wifi was a big deal, so everything is ethernet. I brought in my old wifi router from before I upgraded to cable (with a new wireless router). I set it up so now staff with iPhones and iPads, plus the boss with his windows 7 laptop can connect wirelessly.

    I guess it just depends on how strict an IT policy your workplace has.
     
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    Have you seen this thread on how to set up your own personal cloud storage?
    http://www.ipadforums.net/network-attached-storage-nas/74006-personal-cloud-storage.html
     
  4. elau

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    I find the iPad can do more than I ever imagine. I first thought it is a toy but lately it is my primary work horse. I love the fact I can take notes in meetings and pictures too. And they all neatly organized in the Evernote (that I primary use) without me doing a thing is just great. I have not even opened my company's laptop in a month. With the right applications, I am a firm believer this tablet can easily replace my laptop. And by the way, I am a Computer Telephony Integration engineer and for me to use the iPad for my work means no easy task.
     
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    Onlive Desktop and a solid wifi/4g connection. Use word directly and get a ultra thin keyboard.
     
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    For school there are two issues, in class device and course work device. For an in class device an IPad is idea, Long battery life, light weight, small form factor and Internet ready. note taking is a breeze either by screen keyboard, external kb, or by stylus. And the browser is good enough for better than 90% of what you may need (in my current on line course there is one page that will just not format in a useable way). One note I would make is if you decide to go with an external kb, shop around and get a good one. The two I bought, though easy to carry are a pain to type on. Get one you can use an will love you long time.

    For class work, it may suffice for lower division undergrad work. Pages is fine for Papers and I have found many high end calculators for all you math and science needs. My degree was very technical and many of the applications I needed were not available on the IPad, at least not to the complexity needed. Also I found pages lacking for term papers. Though you could do them you had to jump through hoops to get the right formatting (new formatting standards bring adopted by many schools are making that less of a hassle).

    Numbers I have found lacking even for simple spread sheets.

    Flash, want to avoid any religious debate here but one set of classes I use require Flash. So IPad is useless for those classes. They are on line courses.

    For upper division work and graduate work a desk top/laptop is required. Unfortunately a Win pc is need many times.
     
  7. JockeyStrap

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    my ipad has completely replaced my laptop, for what i was using the laptop for, i can do it more quickly on the ipad, so i sold the laptop
     
  8. quake5254

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    There are still a lot of things I can do with a laptop over iPad.
     
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    Yes. What you need to do is to set up a "server" on your desktop machine for a popular file sharing protocol such as FTP or WebDAV. Following that, you can install an iOS client. WebDAVNav+, for example, can be used for a WebDAV server. A little Googling should show you how to set one up. If you need to transfer files only from your desktop to your iPad, an app like Air Ransfer Pro will do the job nicely. Also consider GoodReader which will connect to many kind of servers.
     
  10. HappyPelican

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    I very rarely use my laptop anymore. I've found I'm able to do about 98% of what I need on my iPad. There are two websites I use which require me to use my laptop because for some odd reason, the bill pay screen I need simply won't open on my iPad and unfortunately I have to pay my bills:D
     

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