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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:12 AM   #1
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Which iPad Best for Work Situation

I work for a water, fire, and mold restoration/reconstruction company. Our corporate headquarters is developing an app that will run on iPads for our technicians to use in the field. I am trying to decide which iPad would be best, the full size or the mini. Would like opinions from some people who own both, or one or the other. Below, I have listed the primary functions it will be used for. Thanks for any feedback.

- taking photos of rooms we are working in to document file
- loading contracts that insurance companies want signed for homeowner to look over and sign
- scanning credit card or photographing checks for payment
- providing directions to next stop to crew as well as tracking of crews
- filling out of scope sheets for job
- barcode scanning equipment used on site to track inventory
- sketching room measurements
- making job file notes and entering humidity and moisture content amounts for job file documentation
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 12:00 PM   #2
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The iPad mini since it sounds like they'll be carrying them around most of the time. And they're a handy size.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 01:45 PM   #3
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The mini is probably the best since it's a lot lighter. The full sized iPad would be better for image editing or longer writing.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 02:41 PM   #4
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All your needs can be done on either iPad. It's now up to screen size or portability. Why don't you survey your employees to see what they prefer?
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 04:19 PM   #5
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I agree. Get a few of each and have your employees try both out? Though it seems the mini might be more preferable. Both even have the same camera, though I doubt the iPad's capabilities as a document scanner. Never got it to work properly as one.
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