With over 8 million sold in 2010, there is no doubt about it, the Apple iPad is one of the hottest tablets to hit the market. When the Apple iPad came to the market, many businessmen had second thoughts of using it for business because of its failed abilities to do some functions that you would find on a laptop. However, with the technology changing everyday, a lot of businessmen have decided to invest in the iPad. One of the main reasons for this change of heart is the ability to add special apps to the iPad. Everyday there are new apps being created to keep up with the business world.
Why The iPad Tablet and Not A Laptop
There are a number of reasons why more and more business men and women are turning to the iPad for daily business instead of the more traditional laptop. The main reason being the size and weight of the iPad. Business people who have to travel daily prefer to carry an iPad around or similar tablet instead of a laptop. The iPad tablet weighs a measly pound and a half, while a laptop weighs closer to six pounds. The size of the iPad is roughly 8x10, while most laptops have either a 10,14, 17, or 19 inch screen and are generally over an inch thick. The next reason why more business people are choosing the iPad over laptops is the presentation features the iPad offers. With the iPad, you can use it to conduct independent presentations without needing a projector. With the iPad you can use it as a whiteboard and draw out ideas in meetings, or while you are brainstorming you can use it as a whiteboard and email your ideas to your colleagues.
The next reason is the incredible battery life of the iPad pose to the life of a laptop battery. The main complaint of most business people who use laptops is the battery life. Most people who use laptops daily will sometimes carry a second battery. With the iPad, you can go a few days without charging the battery.
The last main reason and biggest reason of all are the applications that are available for the iPad. With over 200,000 apps and new ones being developed daily, you can do more on an iPad tablet then you could with the traditional laptop. Plus, the apps are cheaper to having to buy certain software for the laptop. Some of the most popular apps for the iPad tablet for businesses are the iWork Suit, Evernote, Webex, and Bento. With these four features, a small business owner could practically run their business from their iPad.
The iWork suite is three apps in one. You have the pages, numbers and keynote. The pages are a powerful word tool, the numbers are a spreadsheet application, and the keynote is a presentation app.
The Evernote app is a note taking app that lets you tag videos, photo's and text. It then stores it in a syncing database for easy searching when you need it. Everything you tag goes into the cloud.
The Webex is an app for meeting online or for holding online presentations. This is similar to GoToMeeting. You will need a Webex membership to hold a meeting, but do not need one to join a meeting.
The Bento iPad app is used for everyday business from inventory monitoring to tracking your expenses. This app comes with 25 built in templates.
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