Using iPad as a travel laptop replacement?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mikegoldnj, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. mikegoldnj macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2005
    Anyone using an iPad as a lightweight, traveling laptop replacement?

    My company gives us large, heavy Dell laptops to use in office and when traveling. Is it feasible to use the iPad to work on occasional word docs or spreadsheets and to connect to company network via citrix?
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I'm going to test it out for the first time this weekend. For the past 4 years, a MacBook Air has been my travel machine of choice (and that certainly would work for the tasks you describe). This weekend, I'll leave the Air at home and see how an iPad works. iWork is a decent in-a-pinch substitute for basic Word documents. I have not used Citrix, but the iPad should work about as well as any other web browser.
  3. boltjames macrumors 601


    May 2, 2010
    That's what it's for! I haven't used a notebook since May 2010 and you're talking to someone who was inseparable from his various laptops since 1996.

    For me, I'm not creating much in Word or Excel so I use it just to read docs and spreadsheets, email, and various web uses. Just went to 6 cities in 4 weeks, didn't miss my laptop one iota.

  4. number84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2011
    Our company laptops are so locked down I wouldn't be able to replace it with an iPad. But don't think I would want to either. I guess depends what you do for a living and if you could get away with. I'd still (and have) travel with both.
  5. mrkjsn macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2010
    I spent the weekend and today using my iPad 3 as my main computer but I do have to admit, I've been cheating. I'm using the iPad 3 to log on to my laptop via iTeleport. I spend most of my time answering emails and dictation has been a game changer for me.
  6. Archer1440 Suspended


    Mar 10, 2012
    Yes, particularly with a wireless keyboard. I'm a senior product engineer who flies 200,000 miles a year or so and I will NEVER carry my issued "thin and light" Dell laptop again if I can help it. I even keep my Autocad DWG's in the cloud and use them with the Autodesk app. Between Dropbox and other connectivity solutions there's no need for more when traveling.
  7. mikegoldnj thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2005
    Our company machines are also locked down. If I have the company laptop, I can log into the VPN and it is as if I'm in the office. Our firm won't allow VPN access on any non-company owned machines, therefore, I have to access via Citrix.
  8. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2009
    I did it when I went on vacation after buying the iPad 1. Though I've since purchased a MacBook Air too. But I use the iPad mostly, and it's definitely better than it was back then.
  9. mikegoldnj thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2005
    The MacBook Air is my other choice but if I could use the iPad, bluetooth keyboard, and a Verizon hotspot I could probably be happy too.

    I guess the obvious problems would be if I had to access a CD or DVD, or data on a USB flash drive from a client.
  10. jw6961 macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2010
    I'd really like to just take my iPad on the road when I have to travel, but can you add attachments to emails on the iPad using something like Logmein or Dropbox? If so, how?

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