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Old 01-18-2013, 10:38 PM   #15
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I like my laptop, but we won't be making our maiden voyage until sometime this spring so I'm only speaking from car trip experience.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:49 PM   #16
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I'd choose an iPad. We have an iMac at home, an HP laptop, an iPad, and a couple iPhones. Unless you need se capability of an application that will only run on a computer-- such As photoshop, excel, or the like, the iPad does most everything you'll need, even printing using AirPrint.

Very simple to use and a lot of really cool apps, many of which you never knew you needed.
Seriously! I HATE my ipad, limited pictures and memory for such, every time i try to access a video ie flash it won't play it.... And you need a printer that supports AirPrint. Many of the TV shows I watch aren't supported. I'll take my Dell laptop anyday.....
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:14 PM   #17
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Laptops are so versatile, it's hard to think of not having one available. Of course, it depends on your interests and activities.

In the car, we use Nuvi GPS for nav, and we use a 3G Android tablet for looking up camp sites, geographic tidbits, amusements, local sights, settling arguments, and so on!
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:50 PM   #18
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Hi, we don't have an I-pad or a smart phone; We have a dumb phone. We bring our lap top or net book so I can document and post "Bob and Lee's random trip" on this forum.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:51 PM   #19
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We travel with: MacBook Pro, iPad & iPhone5.....we tether to the iPhone "hotspot" over 4G...when/ where service is available. Works well on the road to access RV sites, rest stops, road cams and the like. Love that they are all compatible....
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:06 AM   #20
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:20 AM   #21
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We travel with a 17-inch laptop, netbook, Kindle Fire, portable router, Millenicom MiFi, cellular amplifier (for MiFi), external antenna, portable GPS and two cell phones. We don't use the netbook frequently, but all of the other devices are used daily.

With today's advanced technology, there's no reason one has to be off-line while on the road; unless, of course, there's no cell service...
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We travel with a 17-inch laptop, netbook, Kindle Fire, portable router, Millenicom MiFi, cellular amplifier (for MiFi), external antenna, portable GPS and two cell phones. We don't use the netbook frequently, but all of the other devices are used daily.

With today's advanced technology, there's no reason one has to be off-line while on the road; unless, of course, there's no cell service...
I recall reading somewhere else about your MiFi setup. Does the amplifier/antenna get you coverage in non-coverage areas? In other words, whats the basic effectiveness? Can you quantify it somehow? It sounds interesting.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:51 AM   #23
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If you get one with data service included, take the iPad. If not, you can do what I do, and use a smartphone, turn it into a wi-fi hotspot, and use the iPad to do any internet stuff.
Yup, the simplest and best.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:57 PM   #24
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With a cell phone-frequency amplifier, a weak or intermittent signal is amplified to where it is usable. However, if there is absolutely no cell signal present, it won't help.

You can save some money by just using an external antenna, which helps quite a bit by itself. While the amplifier can pull in really weak signals, we have found that in most of the remote areas where we boondock, we are so far out that there is no signal at all.

An amplifier would probably be most useful in fringe areas where a weak signal is present with an antenna, but it is still not quite strong enough to reliably connect.
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We take the laptop. I like to keep a journal and pull pictures off the camera. Also nice to watch dvd on in the evening. Of course if we were limited to one piece of tech it would be the phone for emergencies, but the laptop would be my choice as part of the relaxing and having fun experience!
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He has: Android Razr Max and Razr M, Nexus 7 tablet and a Dell E6430 laptop, the all travel with.

She has: iPhone, iPad (with 4G) and an iMac Airbook, they all travel with.

Doubt we could choose just one. But if I did it would have to be the phone, the pads and laptops can't do phone service very well.

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Surface tablet (windows 8). Best of both worlds.
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