The IPad is still the hottest new gadget, but reality seems to be setting in among business owners and employees who sought to take business applications to the next level with the IPad.
The IPad is a vast improvement over the netbook. As someone who works from home, I saw immediately that the netbook didn’t have the power to do the work I needed. In my opinion, it was an oversized Blackberry. That may be beneficial to those who need to check emails and stats quickly and easily on the go, but running business applications and compiling comprehensive data is out of the question on most netbooks.
The IPad is a sexy new tool for business, but does is the price tag worth the productivity it will bring to your business?
If all you need is mobile connectivity for emails, the ability to contact with clients and business partners, and tracking small bits of news and data the IPad is probably not the business tool you need. That’s not to say it doesn’t look good, but if you do not need the specific features that the IPad has to offer, why not wait for the next surge of portable computers that will have more applications to fit your business needs. Until then, stick with your laptop or netbook.
Business men and women who benefit most from the IPad are those who can use the sleek, compact technology to have dramatic and interactive presentations at the touch of a finger.
If your business calls for a portfolio, the IPad is a great place to store it and show it off. The IPad is a great business presentation tool for photographs, designs, and other presentations. The one drawback is that it does not have Flash, but it can still provide an easy, handy, high-tech way to impress clients and potential business customers.
The IPad will help facilitate business meetings, but beyond that, its business purposes at this point are limited. I anticipate that now that the IPad has been released Apple will work on enhancing its potential as a business tool.
Until then, unless you are in sales or marketing, I recommend you not make the trendy jump to IPad. There has to be something more powerful for business applications in the pipeline than an overgrown, overpriced iPhone.