At the end of 2012 I began testing an Apple Ipad with GIS Roam for pulling soil samples. Initial testing indicated that this platform and software is every-bit as good for GPS directed soil sampling and mapping as Farm Works or SMS.
There are several things I really like about the Ipad for this application. Fist it is very small and light so it doesn’t bounce around on the ATV while sampling rough fields. Second it has a very readable screen in bright light conditions. But most important I can display the areal images as backgrounds while I am sampling. This isn’t new, but with the cellular turned on, I can zoom in and out on the areal photos as well as see road maps etc.
GIS Roam is a great little program for the soil sampling. It allows you to do most of the same field mapping features as the other ag specific programs do and you can import and export shape files. The ability to import and export files comes with the addition of a purchased module or add on program. However GIS Roam itself is FREE and the module is only $10.
I will try to post more info on testing this program as I get back in the fields here in the next month and follow up on some of the mapping will do with it and show some screen shots.