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farrisrd

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I’m not sure if anyone has posted on this yet, I couldn’t find any posts but maybe my computer is running slow. Does anyone use iPads for inspections? And if so, what are your thoughts and what iPad works really well?
 

Tom Woolford

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I've been using them for over 10 years. I'm on my third one. Currently I'm using the iPad Pro because of my shaky, arthritic hands. I tried using a windows based tablet and was unsatisfied. I'll stay with the iPad for my remaining years. I've used them all from the Mini through the Pro. You'll have to decide which is best. I use Total Mobile.
 
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I did use an IPAD for many years. But I went to a larger IPHONE. The IPHONE has a better camera. I use the IPHONE XR right now. For real large houses I may use an IPAD for the floor plan. But at least at this point I can see the IPHONE sketch well enough. Recently sketched out a 7800sf house on the IPHONE XR.
 

Tom Woolford

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I did use an IPAD for many years. But I went to a larger IPHONE. The IPHONE has a better camera. I use the IPHONE XR right now. For real large houses I may use an IPAD for the floor plan. But at least at this point I can see the IPHONE sketch well enough. Recently sketched out a 7800sf house on the IPHONE XR.

There was a Time I used an HP4700 PDA for data collection and sketching. I was a lot younger then. I'll take the nice, big iPad Pro at this point. :)
 

farrisrd

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I've been using them for over 10 years. I'm on my third one. Currently I'm using the iPad Pro because of my shaky, arthritic hands. I tried using a windows based tablet and was unsatisfied. I'll stay with the iPad for my remaining years. I've used them all from the Mini through the Pro. You'll have to decide which is best. I use Total Mobile.

Awesome!! That’s what I wanted to hear! I’ve heard of some appraisers using them and wasn’t sure to pull the trigger on buying one. My former trainer was really old school and did not like to use anything new other than a pencil and paper. But I’d like to save some costs and go completely paperless. This is one good way that I have thought and will try.
 

farrisrd

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farrisrd

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I did use an IPAD for many years. But I went to a larger IPHONE. The IPHONE has a better camera. I use the IPHONE XR right now. For real large houses I may use an IPAD for the floor plan. But at least at this point I can see the IPHONE sketch well enough. Recently sketched out a 7800sf house on the IPHONE XR.

Thanks for the feedback
 
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Did my first inspection last week with an iPad pro and total mobile.....never looking back. Capturing almost everything you need while onsite is priceless. Once you get back to the office you move right into comps, adjustments, and finishing up the report. I highly recommend taking the time to get used to a tablet and movike software. Even if it's time consuming at first you will save time in the long run.
 

Tom Woolford

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That's what I've been trying to tell people for years. It takes time to get proficient with the "system" and you have to have great quick-lists so there is no typing. I figure I get an extra 2-3 weeks a year with the time savings. But, I've been using it for over 20 years now.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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o there is no typing. I figure I get an extra 2-3 weeks a year with the time savings.
I am assuming that is strictly forms oriented, right? I never figured out how to save any time with a tablet doing narrative reports.
 
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