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.