The iPad has taken the world by storm with three million sold in just 80 days. The iPad is a very sleek and stylish, but can it really replace your laptop when traveling? Can it really help you be productive or is it just another cool gadget that you won’t really use? We at HouseCall believe it can be an extremely useful device and have pulled together some key ways it can enhance your mobile productivity.
1. Battery life – no matter what we do to the iPad we can’t drain the battery in under 6 hours. The average length of time the iPad can go without a charge is 10 hours. With 10 hours of runtime you can expect to work all day from the iPad and not worry about finding a power outlet. Lets see your laptop do that.
2. Size/Weight – at 9.56 inches by 7.47 inches and a total weight of 1.5 pounds, the iPad is extremely portable. Put it in your bag, purse, executive binder or simply carry it in your hand and it goes with you everywhere. Pull it out and you have access to nearly everything you would on a laptop. No more heavy laptop bag means you can move much faster from place to place.
3. Internet Connectivity – depending on how much you want to rely on wifi hotspots you can choose either a wifi only or 3G iPad. The 3G iPad guarantees you internet service anywhere AT&T’s network is available allowing you to receive email, browse the web, and download content on the fly. Either way, the internet browsing experience on the iPad is better than any other touch screen device we have ever used and the quick access to email on a large screen is extremely handy.
4. Apps – Applications are where the iPad really excels. The Apple App store contains thousands of iPad apps that allow you to do anything from view the latest news from the New York Times or AP to remotely controlling your desktop computer at home. Whether you need to edit a document on the fly, browse your Google Docs, view a Cisco WebEx meeting, keep up with the news, book airline flights, listen to music, watch TV shows, stream Netflix, map your way to your next meeting, or any number of other things, there is most likely an iPad app specifically designed for your task. Many of these apps are free, but of the apps that cost money the average price is about $4. For a great list of iPad apps check out Gizmodo’s Essential iPad Apps.
Have more questions about the iPad or want to purchase one? Talk to your Solvere One Systems Administrator for all your iPad needs.