Can you be an entrepreneur from an Ipad?

by fin
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I put this in the wrong section, but I guess it's about making money online:

I'm just dreaming of my next computer. I was going to get a 13' Mac Air, but for some reason I'm really attracted to the Ipad.

I could see myself sitting in coffee shops and using this. The only problem is typing. My business is based on writing articles. I know you get bluetooth keyboards and that's pretty cool. I would probably have something bigger at home too.

But with the new versions is it possible to write a 1000 word article on an Ipad in about 30 mins, or even just take notes?

I think it would be wicked for just surfing and sending emails.

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  • Profile picture of the author Puta
    I know that the iPad is quite slick looking but it's really nowhere near as effective as a good old laptop for internet marketing. Trust me I have both and typing a 1000 word on an iPad is going to take a LOT longer than a laptop.
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  • Profile picture of the author umamaji
    Yes i will agree with Puta, typing in Ipad is really time consuming, i too have both ipad and laptop, but ipad can be used for entertainment, reading, and internet surfing purposes, it is not a good tool for internet marketing. It will waste your time, and will make you lazy.
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  • Profile picture of the author James.N
    I have a bluetooth keyboard that's built into the case of my iPad and I can type on that just fine. I can type on it with about 90% of the efficiency I can on a regular keyboard I would say. I think the iPad can certainly be used for most of the tasks you need, especially the types of things you'd be doing at a coffee shop.

    If you're trying to figure out whether to get a macbook or ipad thats a tough call. One is a lot more expensive than the other, but one can do more. I think it depends which is more important to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Fletcher
    I have a bluetooth keyboard for mine and it works great. I type *really* fast and it keeps up with me using Pages just fine.

    There's tons of stuff you can't do with it but if you just want to write articles and take notes on it I think you'll like it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    Eh, I'd prefer functionality over what the cool/stylish thing of the moment is. The novelty of the iPad would wear off pretty quickly for me. I'd stick with a laptop, personally.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

      Eh, I'd prefer functionality over what the cool/stylish thing of the moment is. The novelty of the iPad would wear off pretty quickly for me. I'd stick with a laptop, personally.
      This is functionality what I'm going for. Instead of having something on the table and using a little touchpad, I can hold it to my body and touch the whole screen.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Laptop, definitely. Tablets will never completely replace laptops.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      Laptop, definitely. Tablets will never completely replace laptops.
      I would always have a desktop or laptop at home if I was to get an Ipad.
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      • Profile picture of the author robestrong
        It does depend on what you're doing, but I've found using an iPad or iPod to be a huge pain for anything more advanced then sending emails.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    Well, it might be helpful for you in that case fin. I forgot that you tend to work lying down in bed. I'd still wonder how effective writing would be without a keyboard though, and if you go for a bluetooth set, don't you pretty much have a laptop anyways.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

      Well, it might be helpful for you in that case fin. I forgot that you tend to work lying down in bed. I'd still wonder how effective writing would be without a keyboard though, and if you go for a bluetooth set, don't you pretty much have a laptop anyways.
      I think you can buy a case with a keyboard built in. Not sure. I think maybe if you flip it about it will sort of resemble a laptop, but I'm currently looking into it.
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  • Profile picture of the author zapple
    You can do a lot of stuff with an iPad and it's very neat and quick to use for things like Craigslist, email, and yes, typing.

    You miss out on a ton of things you can't even think of right now compared to a computer though. You'll probably struggle with images, moving things around, downloading files and running them and doing exactly what you want with them.

    Go with the Air!
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  • Profile picture of the author apartridge7
    In all fairness the ipad is a superb tool but for writing articles and blogs id try and stay to a computer or laptop. In my experience i end up button bashing and having typos all over the place. lol. Although can you link a keyboard to it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony Gibson
    I'd say go with the air, obviously at the end of the day it is whatever makes you most comfortable and efficient.
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  • Profile picture of the author mizambar
    I asked myself the same question and didn't like the functionality of iPad. They're definitely cool; but it's not the same as creating content on the standard laptop.

    Maybe this will change in a few years from now...
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  • The iPad is a content-consumption device, not a content-creation device, at least not for a daily basis.

    I run my entire business off a Macbook Air 13" and I love it.
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    • Profile picture of the author lukemeister
      I've been using both an iPad and a laptop for a while now, both are pretty useful in their own right - here's some of my opinions regarding what holds the iPad back from making it my main working machine:

      - No file system
      - Need to have an external keyboard for serious typing

      However, the iPad has replaced 70% of what I used to have the laptop for. I use the iPad for all my task/project tracking, sales meetings (it's easy to whip out the iPad and show things off to clients) and notes/brainstorming.

      I break out the laptop when I need to type a lot of stuff or do web development, which isn't too often.

      I think you could be an entrepreneur from only an iPad if you don't need to do a lot of manual work yourself (such as web publishing, development and SEO and stuff). If you are in a position to command others and delegate heavily (mostly coordinating projects), the iPad could possibly be all you need.
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      • Profile picture of the author LloydC
        If you're looking for maximum efficiency, nothing beats a laptop with a small usb mouse(especially for writing and editing).

        As Joe said above, the novelty would wear off pretty fast. I know so many people with Ipads who have a major case of buyers remorse.

        Can you even use a mouse with an ipad?
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    i can do everything i need to do from my ipad. Of course for daily 9-5 type of work I am not sure why you would really want to work from anything other than a normal cpu or laptop. But there are aps to do all the server stuff you want, there are browsers that have flash, you can access your home pc remotely with some aps....

    There just really isn't much I can't do from my ipad, but there is lots of stuff that I do more efficiently on a laptop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Rockstar
    Well, from my experience, not at a 100%, actually I use the iPad to run most of my online businesses, but when it comes down to more technical stuff like editing, codign etc... it's not very useful, but for tracking, sending emails, etc... it's quite useful, there are several apps, I recommend tho. if you need to upload content via FTP and make small edits to your sites use "Gusto" then also use "Evernote", "Wordpress" (obviously) , twitter, facebook, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Litherland
    i think you can manage quite a few things using an ipad like submitting posts, articles, craigslist etc but if trying to do design it might be tricky, i use dreamweaver and wouldn't even attempt on an ipad, wouldn't even know if it supports it. I do like the ipads lighter to carry around but its each to their own i guess.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      I used to use a mouse with my laptop, because the trackpad was so hard to get used to. I do a lot of work with graphics, and when you need to move things just a tiny little bit, it seemed so much easier to do that with a mouse.

      I don't use a mouse anymore. All those things, including small movements, that seemed so hard before are easy to do now that I'm used to the trackpad.

      I don't think the iPad will be any different. The absence of a mouse doesn't bother me at all. I'm used to the trackpad, so a touch screen is little different. I've debated whether or not to get a bluetooth keyboard for it, but the on-screen typing isn't bad at all for me. When you need to switch to numbers or special characters, it can slow you down. But, if you're mainly typing words and punctuation, as you would for most articles, it shouldn't be a problem at all.

      It's just a matter of getting used to it. I can type pretty fast on a keyboard and I can pretty much type just as fast on the iPad's on-screen keyboard.

      Though you might want to turn off autocorrect...
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  • Fin,

    I had the exact same dilemma. The fact that I'm typing this on a MacBook Air tells you something.

    The iPad was tempting because I would have gotten the 4G version, so no worries about WiFi when out and about. But there were too many drawbacks. If you look at iPad ads, the person using it is holding it with one hand and tapping with the other. Awkward.

    My husband has both the original iPad and the iPad 2. (What can I say, I'm unoriginal at buying Christmas gifts.) He usually uses one or the other in bed, propped against his knees, watching aviation videos.

    The way Safari works on the iPad makes me crazy. You open a new window and by default you're in the search bar. WTF? I want to enter a URL, not search for something. If there's a way to change this we've never been able to figure it out.

    As someone else mentioned, the big limitation with the original iPad was that it really only consumes content, not creates it. Apple tried to change that and you can buy add-on apps to make it behave more like a laptop, but apps just mean more overhead.

    fLufF
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    P.S. One thing about the MacBook Air. You know the way it tapers to a knife-edge? Very sleek but don't drop it on your bare foot. That edge is sharp enough to cut skin. Ask me how I know. :-(
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    • Profile picture of the author Nate Simms
      Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

      P.S. One thing about the MacBook Air. You know the way it tapers to a knife-edge? Very sleek but don't drop it on your bare foot. That edge is sharp enough to cut skin. Ask me how I know. :-(
      Glad I am not the only one to experience this. I did not drop mine on my foot, but I received a pseudo papercut nonetheless.
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  • Profile picture of the author hostwindsEvanM
    I think the Ipad would be great if you ever do any presentations. You can walk and talk, and have all of your data/samples handy if you have local clients.
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  • it can be done, what would make the ideal computer if my mac screen could detatch and become a 13 inch ipad that would make it ideal computer!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You could possibly run the customer service part of things from your iPad. It's what i do with my iPhone.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      I'm trying to research if there are any other tablets that could function as a pc. Do you think this would be possible?

      Mac Air is pretty expensive atm and I want to get a pro for the office.

      I'd still like the basic idea of a tablet for coffee shops.

      I've ran out of thanks btw, so I'm not being rude
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      • Originally Posted by fin View Post

        I'm trying to research if there are any other tablets that could function as a pc. Do you think this would be possible?

        Mac Air is pretty expensive atm and I want to get a pro for the office
        If money is an issue, you can get a second hand 11" MBA (which is as portable as an iPad) for $700, which is not that much more expensive than an iPad and it's a REAL computer with a full keyboard, full OSX, etc.

        Seriously man, tablets are a pain for day-by-day content creation. Get a laptop, or even a netbook for $400.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bluestarace
    Get an IPAD if you already have a laptop. It is sooo convenient and light!
    I usually use my iPad for researching the content for my article.

    But for the final draft, I use my laptop.

    You can do pretty much everything on an IPAD, except technical stuff.
    If you have problems with the onscreen keyboard, you can always get a detachable keyboard (but honestly, after a while, you kinda get used to it ). That might give it a PC feel to it. Lol.

    Here are some reviews for the best tablet PC's (not an affiliate link). Just found it on Google.

    MacBook Pro is great, especially if you plan on making videos in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author sethdrebitko
    If you go iPad + macbook pro you have the crazy easy air sync. You could bounce a file your working on over to your iPad head to the coffee shop, and then bounce it back when you get home. If you are looking for a laptop case for the iPad this one is pretty sick CruxCase – CruxLOADED - CruxCase (not affiliate link).
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  • Profile picture of the author Rudy Hermawan
    I use both iPad and laptop.

    If you travel a lot, iPad with keyboard case will be very helpful.

    There are iPad Apps for Wordpress that make it easier to create wordpress blog post besides accessing the wordpress admin using browser. Here is the link : WordPress for iOS

    The iPad battery will last for more than 5 hours for normal working. Reading gmail with iPad is way more better than using my windows laptop.
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  • Profile picture of the author ankur sharma
    why not to go for ultrabook?
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  • Profile picture of the author Baadier Sydow
    I'm facing the exact same dilemna, I need a mobile device and I figure that since I have an iphone I should get the ipad. Though thats probably good marketing on Apple's part. I want to be able to show clients presentations while doing light work about. i dont expect to do any heavy lifting mobile but thats where the doubt creeps in.. what if I need to..
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  • Profile picture of the author Exel
    Technology is not nearly as important in Internet Marketing as we make it to be; however, if your
    business is writing articles and technology is directly influencing your performance you might want
    to make sure you are not hindered in any way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trivum
    You could get something like a Windows 8 Pro Surface tablet -- it comes with a full version of Windows 8 and a keyboard, if I'm not mistaken, but you can also use it as a tablet.

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  • Profile picture of the author julesw
    I think it can do a lot of things, maybe wordpress work can get sticky but for video it's also great.

    I like the video camera on the new ipad - 1080 p, big screen for monitoring what you
    shoot and good for editing - check out the avid studio app.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amy Harrop
    Great thread! My husband and I just bought an iPad we'll be sharing it. We are going away for a extended weekend trip, and have decided to take it and our iPhones instead of a laptop. I figured it will be a good test to see how it works on the road.

    I still can't see doing extended typing on it without a keyboard. We are checking out an area to possibly move to, and plan to use the iPad to video, map routes, take notes, etc. Plus do some of our normal work.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lucy Writes
      I got an iPad a few months ago because I thought it might make it easier for me to do work on the road. It doesn't. That isn't to say I don't think it's a cool little thing, but as far as I can see, it seems made to be used mainly for entertainment. You can keep all of your music, Kindle books, videos, pictures, etc. on there, use it to play games, and to text with your friends. For anything else, I find it very slow and cumbersome to use.

      It's a large, multimedia entertainment device, not really a business tool....at least not that I've been able to discover. But maybe that's because I'm such a PC girl from way back. I'm not familiar with the Mac interface at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gambino
    The iPad is a great machine. It's perfect to browse the web, play games, read ebook, etc. and that's what it's designed to do. Mine has helped me more than once when I was in a crunch and had to do take care of some work on the road. That said, I think it would be a nightmare if anyone tried to use it as a long term substitute for a PC or laptop.
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  • Profile picture of the author fedor50
    Originally Posted by fin View Post

    I put this in the wrong section, but I guess it's about making money online:

    I'm just dreaming of my next computer. I was going to get a 13' Mac Air, but for some reason I'm really attracted to the Ipad.

    I could see myself sitting in coffee shops and using this. The only problem is typing. My business is based on writing articles. I know you get bluetooth keyboards and that's pretty cool. I would probably have something bigger at home too.

    But with the new versions is it possible to write a 1000 word article on an Ipad in about 30 mins, or even just take notes?

    I think it would be wicked for just surfing and sending emails.

    Cheers
    I think if your primary method of making money online is writing articles then the Macbook air is better for you.It's much easier and quicker to type and I think looks more professional
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