iPad you didn’t have me at “hello” BUT….

I am fortunate enough to have a job working for a technology company.  Why is that a fortunate position to be in?  Well for starters I love technology.  We also get to play around with latest and greatest gadgets while still doing our jobs.

One of those gadgets is the Apple iPad.  We have several in the office and because Nxtbook Media has both a Newsstand App and offers our clients a Branded App, I get the chance to use the iPad almost every day at work.

I must admit when I first used the iPad I wasn’t impressed.  I thought it was  nothing more than a big cell phone that would  never replace the laptop or desktop PC.  I even  remarked to coworkers that I can see the iPad being  an awesome toy to get on my social media sites and  to check emails quickly, but it will never be a  production tool.  I would never be able to JUST use that thing for my job.

Although I still don’t think that the iPad could replace my desktop PC, I do   see a very valuable production tool  and not just a toy anymore.

It all happened last week when I was in a meeting with my fellow Account Managers at Nxtbook.  I am sitting there before the meeting thinking about how I have at least four physical tablets full of various notes from hundreds of meetings.  If I had to locate anything from any of those meetings it could very easily take me 10 to 20 minutes of searching to find what I am looking for.

Then as the meeting begins I notice that two of my coworkers have said bye bye to paper and are using their iPads to take notes during the meeting. A little lightbulb went off in my head.  I thought, WOW , how cool is that.  Take notes for everything (except maybe phone calls with clients) and have all of those notes easily located in folders on the iPad to access via the cloud, email or print at a moments notice.

I don’t know how many of you have actually used an iPad yet, but keep in mind it does take some time to teach yourself how to type quickly on the touchscreen, but come to think of it, it took some time to learn to type on a PC keyboard too and I am doing just fine with that, so I don’t see this being much of an obstactle.

I realize this isn’t the most interesting blog post, but I am hoping to at least get some comments from those of you that have either used the iPad or even better yet, own one and use it at work to perform certain tasks.  I don’t see myself owning one anytime soon, but I do plan on purchasing a tablet (not necessarily an iPad) in the next year.

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3 thoughts on “iPad you didn’t have me at “hello” BUT….

  1. I still am of the persuasion that the iPad isn’t a terribly serious machine after having owned one for 8 months. However, the things it does do, it does really well. I’m constantly finding new ways to use it…. it’s just not usually serious things I’m doing with it. Fun Fun Fun.

  2. I too didn’t see where the iPad would fit into my workflow and I honestly still don’t. I think there are a couple reasons for this but the main two are…

    a.) I already carry my Macbook Pro with me to and from work so I can import, edit and upload photos whenever I get free time. I don’t spend much time on the computer without some kind of editing software running and the iPad would just encourage me to spend more time screwing around without actually getting anything done.

    b.) Taking notes digitally on the iPad is pretty great but it requires you to have the iPad with you to take those notes. Maybe you leave work and think about something that you would like to add to one of those notes as you’re driving home. Maybe you get a really cool idea that you would like to create a note for while you’re out shopping. I don’t own any parachute pants so the iPad would probably not be on me at those times. I’m a creative and there’s no telling when things are going to pop into my head. Enter the iPhone. It can run a large percentage of the Apps that the iPad can and it can run a larger percentage of apps that the iPad can’t. It’s with me 100% of the time and I enter notes and ideas into it a lot because it fits in my pocket. Plus, I imagine that I can probably type 3 or 4 times faster on my phone than the average iPad typer will ever type.

    I mainly use AwesomeNote which has been available for the iPhone for a while now and is finally available for the iPad as well. It really makes my life easier and keeps me organized. I can take photos of things that I see and attach them to a note for inspiration, etc. It’s a really great app. Perfect for creatives like me.

    So those are my two main reasons why I really don’t see the iPad fitting into my workflow. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself : ) It seems like both of them may become much less relevant if the dual camera and ilife in iPad2 rumors are true.

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