Laptop Or I Pad

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Mark D.'s Comment
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Just curious if any of you Guys or Gals bring a laptop computer or I pad along with you??? Do most of the Truck Stops have Wi Fi or do most of you just use a smart phone? Also kind of curious to hear other wants or must haves that you all bring with you. I know space is quite limited so I would be interested to hear from some of you on the above. Thanks, Mark

Dutch's Comment
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I am curious about this topic as well Mark. I had considered buying a small cigarette lighter inverter, but I thought some of the companies might already have them installed in the trucks.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I take my laptop on the road with me. Ipads are good but can be very limited compared to a laptop.

Most truck stops have WiFi but with hundreds of trucks at the same truck stop using the same connection its super slow and not to mention the risk of someone getting into your computer through the unsecured connection can be pretty high.

I use Verizon and have my own WiFi that I carry with me. Stronger and more secure signal plus I rarely have a place where I do not have signal.

Mark D.'s Comment
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Guy has, thanks for the info, so you're getting your Wi-Fi through your cell carrier, Verizon? We have T-Mobile for our mobile carry at this time. I will have to research their Internet options. Thanks again, Mark.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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You know, laptop vs iPad is a tough one. The biggest thing is you have a trillion apps for the iPad that you won't be able to run on a laptop, and you can always get a keyboard for your iPad.

But you'll likely want to use AT&T or Verizon's service for internet. They have the largest networks. The wi-fi out there is mostly junk, and you won't be in range of any wi-fi a lot of the time so you'll want to use the cell networks for internet.

Fuddruckers's Comment
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To me, a laptop is worth the weight and space, I find that that there is alot more that you can do with it vs a tablet be it apple or other, they are correct in that truck stop wifi is awful, and it costs alot more than its worth, if you like silly apps, then go with a tablet, if your more technically inclined I would get a laptop and invest in a ALFA adapter http://www.data-alliance.net/servlet/-strse-158/Alfa-AWUS036NH-2000mW-1000mW/Detail. youll be surprised what you can pickup at some shippers anf receivers, and most McDonald's have free wifi well as alot of chain restaurants, that you could easily get signal from your truck in the parking lot of a walmart. but thats just me.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I say laptop by far. I have video games on my laptop, movies, everything to entertain me. And a 17.3" screen to compliment it all. Just be careful on where you put it when you drive. I accidentally put my laptop on the flat surface on top of my cabinets and the bumps cracked my screen!

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