Ipad?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KPW LawnCare, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. KPW LawnCare

    KPW LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anyone using one for business? Guy at my work has one and I was playing around on it and its pretty bad ass. Seems like it could work good.
     
  2. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    I really wouldn't want one to do business on. You can't download programs on it like you can a laptop or desktop. Sure you can email from it, get online with it, etc...but you can do all that with a cell phone too. I think of ipad as a giant ipod touch.

    If I were to get something to stay in the truck with me for working, I'd go for a tough book, otherwise I'd just put all my programs on my desktop or laptop.
     
  4. Mountain Peak

    Mountain Peak LawnSite Member
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    I looked for ways of having one as well and didn't come up with anything that I don't have on my iphone now. You can't load quickbooks on it to have invoicing, you can run the online version of quickbooks on it if you have the internet access with it and then have a printer in the truck, but I couldn't really see how it would help me be more efficient and effective on my daily route. Still seems to me that the 15 to 20 minutes sitting in front of the computer each night is still faster and cheaper than paying to have the ipad with me.

    They are really cool though, my sister just got one for Christmas and loves it, but she's a teacher and can actually use it daily.
     
  5. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
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    My brother got one for Christmas from his wife. He builds metal buildings, and it works well for him. He has sold 3 jobs in the last week using the picture display showing past jobs he has done while talking to the potential client rather than having them look through a book of pictures.

    He will usually bid around 15 to 20 jobs per week. He showed me he can pull up bids quickly when some one calls him back about a quote instead of having to wait on a laptop to boot up etc. If you were selling landscaping or hardscaping jobs in high volumes if might be beneficial.

    For myself mostly doing maintenance work I don't see an advantage over a laptop.
     
  6. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would just use a laptop. They are much cheaper and more relevant. They have lots of memory and programs like microsoft word are normally on the PC for opening documents.
     
  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Buy a mini laptop with Windows so you can actually run programs that do work.

    Ipad=a giant iPhone without the ability to call someone
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  8. BrendonTW

    BrendonTW LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma City
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    iPads are MUCH more sleek, professional, and simple for showing customers pictures and slideshows. Laptops are a business operational tool, iPads are an amazing sell sheet that has endless possibilities.
     
  9. MOHUSTLER

    MOHUSTLER LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I bought one thinking I would use it and I dont. Everytime I sit down to do work on it, I have my desktop right in front of me. And it can do 50X as much 10 times as fast. I just use it to watch movies and play games on now.
     
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    So there ya have it.
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