When we use iPad's in the field for mobile mapping, GIS, GPS and data
collection, these are the specifications and accessories we go for and
why. All in the setup as suggested is about $1100. The Lifepoof set up is submersible and waterproof, whereas the Otterbox is not. We've found them to be
reasonably robust in the field so far.
- iPad Wi-FI + Cellular Model 64 GB ($829 Retail)
- Third generation OR LATER - for the better display and faster processor.
- Wi-Fi + 4G Cellular
- THIS IS CRITICAL! Even if you don't subscribe to a cellular provider
and use the iPad as a phone, you MUST have the 4G Cellular to get the
on-board GPS and GLONASS Location Services (see here for specifications)
GB - Although the 16 GB and 32 GB models are $100 and $200 cheaper
respectively, the extra storage for the GIS applications is well worth
the extra money
For accessories, we have had good luck with the following:
- A Pelican Case for protection during transport. We use the 1450 and it also fits the cables, charger, and other accessories. (You can pick these up in Hyrum at QuickPro).
We do not typically take the case with us during data collection, but
in between sites and getting to the site (especially by boat) this is
- Otterbox Utility Series Latch ($49.95) - For functionality and protection during data collection
- Latch with adjustable hand strap: The Latch fits onto a
tablet by itself and when it is protected by the Defender Series or
Commuter Series cases. The padded strap is adjustable for a comfortable
fit on all hand sizes.
- Adjustable elastic strap:: This
wide elastic strap with heavy duty Velcro secures the tablet to your leg
while sitting or kneeling on one leg. It is also doubles as a fixture
for strapping the tablet to the back of a car seat headrest.
- Accessory storage bag: This versatile feature keeps all of your straps neatly stored in one place. It also doubles as a stand for the tablet.
- Adjustable lanyard:
The lanyard attaches to the corners on the back of the Latch and can be
adjusted to your desired length to hang the tablet in either landscape
or portrait orientation.
- S-biner utility clip: Attach the
clip to the loop strap on the back side of the Latch and then clip it
to your belt to keep the tablet secure while you walk and maneuver
between work sites.
- Screen cover: This lightweight cover
provides momentary protection from the elements. This shield is not
waterproof, but provides quick coverage from unexpected weather.
- LifeProof nüüd case - ($149.95) A waterproof, dustproof slick alternative to the Defender case!
- Otterbox New iPad Series Defender Case ($89.95) - This
protects the iPad reasonably well while maintaining its functionality. A
must for in the field. Note this does NOT make the iPad waterproof.
- Cleaning Cloth and Spray (e.g. Klear Screen iKlear iPod, iBook & PowerBook Cleaning Kit) - These
screens get disgusting after a bit of use, keep them clean but NEVER
spray any liquid directly on iPad. Spray on cloth and then wipe. Only
use a soft, lint-free cloth. Abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, and
similar items may cause damage to the screen and ports.
- Zagg invisible Shield - is a very nice anti-glare cover that fits underneath the Defender Case and cuts down glare considerably. If you use it on its own, its a good protector for the screen.