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iPads for business – Part 1: Why use an iPad?

There’s no doubt that iPads are here to stay in the business world. They are easy to carry, lightweight and with great battery life they represent a strong choice for anyone who requires a portable device to access web and email on the move.

At Geek-Guru we often get asked whether an iPad makes a good replacement for a laptop. This isn’t always as straight forward to answer as it sounds as they are very different technologies serving different business needs.

In this blog series we aim to answer some of the more common questions, dispel some myths about iPads and offer some advice on how to get the most from them in your business.

What is an iPad?

The Apple iPad is a touch screen tablet device that offers mobile computing functionality in a compact and light weight body. The most important thing to remember is that an iPad is running IOS (Apples own software) and not Windows. This means that it runs apps designed for IOS and can’t run the Microsoft applications that you are probably used to. The most common question that we get asked, by far, is whether an iPad will run Microsoft Office. The answer to this is no but that is not to say there are not comparable word processing or spread sheet applications that will do some (although not all) of what you are used to.

What the iPad does very well is offer a lightweight device to browse the web, access email  and take advantage of numerous other apps to keep in touch and manage business data on the move. As the leading tablet the iPad has a huge number of apps available including many of those you will be used to on your PC or laptop (such as Skype, DropBox etc). This means that many of the things that you previously used a laptop for you can probably do on your iPad.

Whilst it may not be your primary reason for getting one it’s worth saying that the iPad also represents a great entertainment system. All of the major streaming services such as Love Film, Netflix and iPlayer have apps available which means at the device you have used for work can also be used to wind down at the end of the day. Users who work away from home a lot or travel frequently will appreciate the simplicity of having a single device for both work and pleasure.

The benefits in brief

The iPad is a great business tool and excels at the following:

  • Lightweight, easy to carry and excellent battery life when compared to a laptop
  • Perfect for on the road web browsing
  • Comes with tools for email and company messaging
  • Perfect for communications services such as Skype
  • Lightweight document creation (basic word-processing, spreadsheets)
  • A wealth of other apps covering everything from task management to presentations.

With all these benefits you may ask why an iPad would not be good in all circumstances? Check out Part 2 next week where we look at some of the things you can’t do with an iPad and why you may decide a laptop is still the way to go.

Posted on by Tim
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