Writing reports in the field - Laptop or PDA?
Some folks love the PDA solution,¬† There is no denying its convenience¬† and with our Horizon report writing software, it¬†is fast and easy to use.¬†
¬†However, it looks to us like compact laptops are taking over the market, and are priced as competitively as PDAs.¬† There seems to be more research and development and¬†considerably more product¬†choice in the netbook (compact laptops) space than PDAs.The full Windows operating system, more power and storage, and convenience of a full keypad appeal to many.
The laptop version of Horizon has an abundance of convenient features including
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Fast syncs
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Flexible zoom and font size setups
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Data entry screens that are very similar to the web screens
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Quick data entry and editing through Quick View/Edit
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† A wonderful photo management system
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The ability to create a PDF¬†preview quickly
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† A better looking report output than the PDA
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† A much nicer work order interface than the PDA
Looking to the future,¬†our efforts are going to focus on development of the laptop version, becauuse that’s where we see the world going.
¬†There are no wrong choices,¬† as long as you have all the information you need to make the right decision for your business.