As a forester on Canada’s west coast I have found that when selecting a tablet for field use there are a 4 important considerations.
I have been using an iPad for forestry field work for more than four years now – iPad, iPad 3 and now an iPad Air 2. For most of that time I have relied on the GPS unit built into the iPad for navigation and for the capture of spatial data.
Earlier this year I was introduced to some rugged phone and iPad cases made by Snow Lizard. The cases are ruggedized, waterproof, and best of all have a battery built into the case! Below I have described my experience with using their iPhone 4S case and an iPad 4th Generation case.
I have had many clients and colleagues ask what is the accuracy and reliability of the GPS receiver that is built into a tablet computer and what can be done to improve on this? Recently I did some digging to find out what options are available.
This can be a very challenging question to answer. You will likely know the answer after you have used a tablet computer for several months. And just to make things really challenging whatever you choose will not be the best option in a year because of advances in technology!