Apple iPad A Work Machine? Survey Says Yes! - HotHardware
Apple iPad A Work Machine? Survey Says Yes!

Apple iPad A Work Machine? Survey Says Yes!

When you think of Apple's iPad, you probably think of a large iPod touch, or maybe a portable e-mail machine for your couch. Or maybe you think of something that you'd love to have if it only supported Flash and Hulu. Or maybe you think it'd be a great replacement for a netbook. But would you consider it seriously for work?

That's the question that a Sybase survey recently asked, and evidently more people than not consider that the iPad would be useful for helping them to get work done. That's sort of amazing to us; one of the biggest issues we saw on the iPad was the inability to multi-task, despite the fact that it has a 1GHz processor. We understand that some light-duty work tasks could be done by using one app at a time, but do you remember how up in arms everyone was when Windows 7 Starter was announced with a 3-app-at-a-time limit? Even 3 at a time got people all sorts of upset, so why is Apple getting a pass here with enabling just one app at a time?



It's possible that the survey pool was simply too small, or the definition of "conducting work" was left to the imagination. According to the survey, over half (52.3%) admitted that they were looking forward to the iPad's ability to help them get work done, with just under half (48.2%) saying they can't wait to watch multi-media on it. Another interesting point was that only 4.4% of those polled were "not familiar" with the device. That's astounding. If you polled a random group of people and asked if they knew about the new Eee PC or MSI motherboard, we're guessing well over 1/4th of those people were be unaware what you were talking about. Apple has clearly done an excellent job marketing the iPad, and while we still aren't convinced that it is really cut out for work, we'll see if the next version of iPhone OS opens up multi-tasking. And then, we just might agree.


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That is because everyone who filled out the survey is an Apple fanatic husband thats trying to talk there wife into letting them buy one. So if they up the "Widespread Perception", of the device, they can then say, Oh yeah I need to get an iPad for work honey, do you think we can fit it in the budget?

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I think it have to have a full OS to consider it ready for work.

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:) lol rapid, if its for work then she would have to let you get it :P but then again, if its really needed for work why doesn't the company pay for it :P lol... BUSTED!

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OK Inspector?

Obviously you have never been married. :P

If you have the company pay for it, then you cant surf all the cool sites. Plus you don't want the company to be doing things like turning on the webcam?

If it is for work then it will end up being a Tax write-off. Either way you still have to check with the wife, so you can use it with peace of mind and relax, then share the fun.

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The inability for a company to load any custom apps makes this a non-starter for actual work use inside a corporation. Put that on top of the lack of multitasking, and this is pretty much the definition of useless for business.

I'd highly recommend anyone considering this for work to look at the Win7 and Linux tablet options before making a mistake.

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I think the people considering this might of been swayed by the hype. Just look how they'll cool they be when they carry this thing around work, only to dump it when the next apple fad comes around.

Seriously, even the earlier tablets released in 2001 could be considered work tablets.

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I think the ipad will most likely be used for gaming just as the itouch is used mainly for gaming (and a lil' music of course xD). I don't see how anyone can do any sort of "work" without a keyboard. And I could imagine that typing on that screen will hurt after awhile. Even though some people might plug in a keyboard, I think it really defeats the purpose of having an ipad altogether. I mean if your gonna rely on having a keyboard with you all the time, why not just have a Macbook Pro?

But one thing I've always wondered is why Apple named it the IPAD. Seriously, they make beautiful products from the Macbook Pro to the iphone yet they couldn't come up with a better name than iPAD. That's pathetic Apple xD.

 

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Who knows, there might be some useful apps.

 

I mentioned this before, but the iPad could be really useful/helpful for other people. It could just be the hype from the Apple camp or just the brand name, but I think it is possible for it to work. Developers gravitate towards Apple because the apps they make will get a lot of exposure. I'm sure there will be apps that can make the iPad useful. Also, we must remember that a majority of consumers are not tech guys like us. So their standards are a lot different. For something to be considered useful for work for guys like us are different than what most people will think is useful for work.

 

I think this is pretty similar when comparing something like netbooks and high-end laptops/desktops in terms of productivity for a tech enthusiast.

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Yep, its just everyone's view and knowledge put in to that view. A average person would find the ipad very useful as its now a bigger itouch! how great you can use the screen better! Smilelol while most of us on this forum think in to all the specs and what it can really do "feature wise".

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RyuGTX:

Who knows, there might be some useful apps.

 

I mentioned this before, but the iPad could be really useful/helpful for other people. It could just be the hype from the Apple camp or just the brand name, but I think it is possible for it to work. Developers gravitate towards Apple because the apps they make will get a lot of exposure. I'm sure there will be apps that can make the iPad useful. Also, we must remember that a majority of consumers are not tech guys like us. So their standards are a lot different. For something to be considered useful for work for guys like us are different than what most people will think is useful for work.

 

I think this is pretty similar when comparing something like netbooks and high-end laptops/desktops in terms of productivity for a tech enthusiast.

What about for special industries like medical or engineering. Will developers create an app for those industries that will be avaliable at the app store?

The amount of jobs varies and the only work thing the iPad seems to do is office-related work.

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