iPad for Business Use (for my boss)

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  1. hk1

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    My boss wants to know if he could possibly benefit from having an iPad for business trips. He'd like something small and light weight so that's the reason we're looking into the iPad. I have to be honest and say that he's a very intelligent person but not overly tech savvy and not likely to invest a lot of time in learning how to run one of these machines. Once he does learn how to do something he usually just sticks with that product/method because he doesn't like to invest a lot of time into learning new technology.

    Here's what he wants to use the iPad for:
    Exchange Email (he's accustomed to using Outlook)
    Remote Access into his Workstation (he uses RDP right now)
    Web Browsing
    eBook Reader

    I don't think he'll be using it at all for music, movies, or social networking.

    So I guess my question is, looking at what he wants to do on the iPad, do you think there are ways in which he will benefit from the iPad?
     
  2. MoonlitSonata

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    The iPad is so much more than he's looking for, IMO.

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  3. HedgeHogLuvva

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    Probably better off with a windows tablet pc instead
     
  4. CptChaos

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    Several things work right of the bat : email and web browsing - something the iPad was made for.

    Using iBook (or Stanza or another app) he can read epub books and pdf files, so that is taken care of as well.

    You should check out Mocha (Remote Desktop (RDP) for iPhone and iPad - Download Free Lite Version. RDP for easy access to a Windows PC) for his remote access to his "workstation"( assume it is a PC).

    I would venture to guess that using an iPad will work and is well suited for those who just wants to get things done without too much hassle (the downside is that there will be limits to how far the performance will go).
     
  5. otacon

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    In the OPs case I'd look into a netbook. Tablets running Windows are not ready for prime time yet IMO mainly because Windows isn't optimized for a tablet. I have an HP DM1 netbook and it's great for traveling. I still do a lot of things on my iPad2 on the road but for Outlook and VPN stuff I fire up the netbook. I have my work email setup on my ipad though and it works fine. When Microsoft comes out with Windows optimized for a tablet I'll buy one but that's not going to happen until Microsoft comes out with their own tablet.
     
  6. ercsliberty

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    i use it for work too:
    1. Exchange Email (he's accustomed to using Outlook)*** works like a charm with godaddy exchange server
    2. Remote Access into his Workstation (he uses RDP right now)***try splashtop, its amazing
    3. Web Browsing*** built in browser is great and if flash is needed, use splashtop to log into your desktop and use IE
    4.eBook Reader*** planty out there

    ipad has A LOT of apps for business
     
  7. tzimisce

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    I use the iPad now for all of the above, plus it has the advantage of mobility (portable and long battery life) - so yes.
     
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    I use my ipad2 for everything listed (I use SplashTop etc) but I do agree with the posters saying he might be better off with a netbook. A netbook is a LOT cheaper (I bought an EeePC on sale for work last week with windows 7 pro for $199.00) and that little netbook will easily handle everything the op asked for.
     
  9. MR1

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    I have a netbook and an iPad. I highly recommend the iPad for your boss.
     
  10. donka

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    If one of his uses is RDP into his workstation then I think the iPad is the perfect device for him. Any heavy lifting or flash requirements can be met with his workstation remotely using one of the many RDP or equivelant appsand the iPad will deal with everything else just fine.
    The only other consideration is how much typing is he likely to be doing e.g. is he mostly reading emails or composing long emails?? If he is doing a lot of typing then he may need to look at a hardware keyboard and if you start going down that route then a lightweight notebook may be a better option.
     
    #10 donka, Jun 1, 2011
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