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Old 10-11-2010, 09:35 AM   #1
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iPad on the Road

An iPad is a great device for the road warriors. The Google map function in it is a great way to track your route, better than the GPS units in the car cause you can see the whole route and make adjustments as you go. My wife the navigator, spent a lot of time with it last week (she is a hard core paper map person). But with the browser and internet access she was able to research different routes and camp sites, state parks and things to see as we were on the road. Unlike a "planned" trip we set off on this adventure without a lot of direction after we picked up our new trailer. The iPad was great for that and if charged up can last all day. The down side is that you have to pay for monthly service from ATT which can be $15 or $30 a month. You can turn off the service for the times you aren't on the road and save money and just use the WiFi, which is readily available.
Somehow using the iPad on a trip feels much more like vacation as pulling out a Laptop seems to be like work.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:52 AM   #2
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We use the IPhone much the same way. The downside is the much smaller display, but using it as a phone makes up for it. If we could tether the two I'd get the "pad" in a heartbeat.
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I have tethered my iPad to my iPhone. It works great! I occasionally regret not getting the 3G iPad, but my iPad is almost always somewhere with WiFi. For a better GPS app, try Motion-X GPS or Motion-X Drive. Drive will give you turn by turn direction. GPS is great for route tracking, waypoints, etc. Again, I use this on my iPhone since my iPad has no GPS. It would be killer on the iPad!

Other things I have to make my iPad a little more enjoyable on the trip:

Video Out cable: Allows me to watch video from the iPad's Netflix app on the TV in the trailer or at my destination. In my case, I have one the has the stand AND has a strap to mount the iPad to a headrest in the car for the Kids entertainment.

Bluetooth Keyboard: nothing replaces a real keyboard. Adding this really makes the iPad a near laptop replacement for me.

Case with a stand or a dedicated stand for iPad: Allows iPad to sit on the counter for internet use with the bluetooth keyboard or look pretty using the picture frame mode.

Want to buy: a stereo with bluetooth streaming or an A2DP adapter. It will allow you to stream music directly to the stereo in the car or trailer from the iPad, even with Pandora.
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What kind of cable are you using for video out??

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At the moment, the Apple composite out cable. It works on the iPhone and iPad.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB129LL/B
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At the moment, the Apple composite out cable. It works on the iPhone and iPad.
Thanks. We had a question here at work about someone wanting to do a presentation from an iPad and I wasn't sure what was out there to do that.

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There is a VGA out cable for the iPad, better for presentations:

Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter - Apple Store (U.S.)

I should add, there are distinct limitation on what the VGA adapter will do and with what applications it will work with. Feel free to PM me for more details, I don't want to derail this thread.
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There is a VGA out cable for the iPad, better for presentations:

Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter - Apple Store (U.S.)

I should add, there are distinct limitation on what the VGA adapter will do and with what applications it will work with. Feel free to PM me for more details, I don't want to derail this thread.
As you noted it looks like the limiting factor is the App you are running on the iPad. Lots of low ratings in that regards. I wonder if the limitation is OS based or App based.

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The APPLE STORE at Eaton Centre, Toronto, is open this Canadian Thanksgiving day and I am on my way there to get a 32G WiFi +G3 model.


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Tell me how you tether your ipad to the iPhone. My iPad stopped working on the trip last week, just wouldn't come on. Took it to the Apple Store Sunday and he rebooted it and said that one of the Apps has exhausted the memory. it had to be the Maps App as we were using it along with Safari to look up campsites and track distances. So something to know: Plug your iPad into the power supply (must do). then hold down the top right button and the menu button both at the same time for about 15 seconds. That will force re-boot the iPad and clean out the memory. It was good news cause I thought the car inverter had toasted the power supply.

On another note the new Apple TV should be a streaming device from the iPad so you can wirelessly sent that Netflix video to the TV. At least that's the concept. I guess you could also use an Airport express to send the audio wirelessly to the input on the stereo and make a wireless network in the trailer.
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Rich,

You need to upgrade the iPhone OS to a 4.0+ version on a 3G/3GS. After upgrade you will find the tethering option in the settings section (gear app icon). You can then select to connect device through bluetooth or USB. BT is the option to use with iPad.

You're spot on with the utility of Ipad on the road. My laptop was dead weight on our recent road trip to MN.

The allstays camp & rv app was a good companion app as it plots out useful data like upcoming rest stops, walmarts, truck stops, using the google maps database. Campground listing was kind of limited, but the reststop and truckstop/large service db worked really well.
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Thanks, It's a new iPhone 4 (Ver 4.1). Do you set it in the Bluetooth panel and add it as another devise?

What flat panel and size came with your 2009? Mine has the Sony 15", not HD and connected to the Sony DVD in-dash player by I think Composite video cable. Plus the Sony Wega (state-of-the-art) in 2006 doesn't have a digital tuner in it. I'm thinking of a new 23" Vizio or Samsung super thin LED LCD.
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Rich,

You need to upgrade the iPhone OS to a 4.0+ version on a 3G/3GS. After upgrade you will find the tethering option in the settings section (gear app icon). You can then select to connect device through bluetooth or USB. BT is the option to use with iPad.
AT&T charges an additional $20/month for tethering service on the IPhone. I found this out in the price brochure for the IPhone. My wife's Razor phone battery isn't holding a charge anymore so we are considering switching to the IPhone for us both, but I'm thinking wait 'till Verizon offers them in the spring to see what competition will do to the price and to the nickle and dime stuff that AT&T reams you with.
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Not to hijack the thread, but if you jailbreak the iPhone, you can then set up a tether without the extra $$ for AT&T (I am not sure if you can do this with the new iPhone 4, but you can with a 3 or 3G)
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