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My work wants to buy me a laptop or an iPad to use for work. I have a laptop already and so I know how they work and everything and know how to choose a good one if we go the laptop direction. I have never used an iPad, so I'm a little apprehensive about going that direction, but the boss is really into the idea of using the Facetime app instead of talking on the phone, and so they're kind of pushing the iPad option. I'd be fine with that or just Skype on a laptop but the boss is elderly and teaching a new app is always an adventure so it'd be good to stick with Facetime, what they know.
Does anyone have any opinion on the iPad's viability as a work platform? I'd be using it for internet, word processing, taking and editing pictures, fairly basic stuff, but I'm a little concerned about whether it can really be relied upon day in and day out as a work platform. I'd probably end up having to have my personal laptop with me pretty often to use along with it so the iPad needn't be completely prepared to stand alone. My other concern is that I'll be working for the next several months in a rural area, and 4G will be non-existent and wi-fi rarer than I'd like. Will the iPad still be useful in such situations?
Anyways, I'd like to hear anyone's thoughts on whether the iPad would be a reliable replacement for a laptop in work situations. Thanks!