iPad Mini as a productivity "tool"???

Discussion in 'iPad Mini Forum' started by islandpar, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. islandpar

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    iPF Noob

    Oct 7, 2013
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    Hey guys,

    I am new to the forum and I would like to ask about your experiences with the iPad mini as a business tool. You see, my current carrier is offering a 64GB iPad mini for my renewal. I own another tablet (he who's brand shall not be mentioned in this forum...) but alas it has outlived its usefulness and is now a legacy model.

    What I saw so far with the mini is that it would suit my personal life well as I read a lot, listen to music, play games, visit forums and social sites, watch videos but I haven't heard of or seen friends or other people using it for productivity purposes.

    Here is some of the "work things" I do with my current tablet:

    1) Plan schedules (calendar is synced to my gmail, and outlook)
    2) Emails (2 business and 2 personal )
    3) To do lists and tracking of projects
    4) View/edit excel sheets and word sheets
    5) View/edit/create powerpoint presentations
    6) Attach the table to an LCD projector or TV for presentations or just to get a bigger screen while editing or typing
    7) Conference calls/ Video conferencing
    8) Record meetings (video or voice)

    Can it connect to an external USB drive as well? As you can see I have no experience with ipads whatsoever and I would appreciate hearing from those who actually use the mini for work.

    I travel a lot and I would like to just carry with me a tablet rather than a laptop and the size of the mini is just right for me. Should I need a bigger screen then I can hook it up to the TV in the hotel room (wired or wireless?)

    Thanks in advance and looking forward to hearing from you.

  2. Somerled

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    iPad Junkie

    Mar 1, 2011
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    With the right apps/adapters, 1-8 is possible, even easy. I do most of those with my iPad on nearly a daily basis.

    External drive - well, yes/no. you can get the camera kit but (without being jailbroken) you can only move photos/videos one way - to the iPad. I have a Seagate Wireless 1TB external drive that I have used very easily to transfer to and from my iPad to the drive. I have used it on one charge for over 6 hours (streaming videos while traveling) and the thing was flawless.

    For traveling and movies, I will not go smaller than the regular iPad. I love the bigger screen. If I were you, go into the store and play with both models. There is nothing better than hands on.

    Another note for traveling - my travel kit has gotten smaller and smaller as the years go on, and now it is pretty muck my iPad, iPhone, BT Keyboard, power adapter (has 2 USB charging slots) and TwelveSouth Compass iPad stand and wifi drive. The nice thing with the drive, when I shoot photos on the iPhone, I can store them on the wifi drive and edit the full sized photos on the iPad. Using the Photo Stream, the images are down-sized.
    #2 Somerled, Oct 8, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2013
  3. Redjupiter

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    Mar 24, 2013
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    Hello Ipar,

    I can't match your exact list but here how I use it (Ipad Mini 32GB Wifi Only):

    1. Goto Meeting, WebEx, Skype and Microsoft Lync for conferences.
    2. Calendars, shared with boss and few employees.
    3. Work emails 1, and personal 5.
    4. A lot of notes (I use Notability most) but I also use reminders,notes and tasks. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/notability/id360593530?mt=8
    5. Camera connection http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MD821ZM/A/lightning-to-usb-camera-adapter?fnode=3a
    6. I have Numbers, Keynote, Pages for presentations, docs etc ... and this Lightning to VGA Adapter - Apple Store (U.S.) to connect to overhead projector.
    7. I use CoPilot when travelling and this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Universal-Bluetooth-Receiver-Wirelessly-Devices/dp/B006M49G80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381248093&sr=8-1&keywords=dual+xgps+150
    . I use Pdf Expert for pdf and annotation. Readdle
    9. ScannerPro to scan docs, receipts, cards, and really anything I wish to keep digitally. Readdle0. DropBox for sharing, Also SkyDrive
    11. Pocket Money for finance, budget and expenses.
    12. Podcasts, and Youtube.
    13. Various others not connected to business
    #3 Redjupiter, Oct 8, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2013

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