As we all know, more and more companies are getting serious about going paper-free in their workplace. I had heard of this mythical state of being for years during my tour of Corporate America, but much like the [easyazon-link asin=”B00F3J4HCA” locale=”us”]white iPhone[/easyazon-link], it is a myth no more.
As many fellow [easyazon-link asin=”B00G2TK76A” locale=”us”]iPad[/easyazon-link] users already know, one of the key benefits of the tablet is the lightweight and portability. This will allow you to take it virtually anywhere, provided that your signal strength is decent. Although the iPad is great as a supplement to your desktop and/or laptop, I often wonder how well it would do in a professional office environment, in the respect of actually replacing either one of them. I actually got to find this out the hard way one hot Texas morning…
I had just arrived to work when I realised that I had left my briefcase back at home, which contained my 11″ MacBook Air. Unlike my colleagues, I couldn’t just walk back to my house to get it, as I have an 20 minute commute going one-way. I thought about going back home anyways…but then I thought, why not do my normal routine with just my iPad?
And so, the day began…I quickly found out that there wasn’t something that I could do with my iPad…hook it up to the scanner. I know that a lot of people long for an USB port, but as of right now, the iPad does not come with one…so I was forced to take over another computer to scan some documents to file away later. You are able to print things off of there, by simply taking a snapshot of whatever is on the screen. Like pictures on the iPhone, you can also email them, as well as assign them to a stored contact.
However, I was able to do the vast majority of my work, using a combination of apps and the web browser (most of what I do is web-based, which allows for the convenience of being able to access it from any computer).
Some of my favourite apps are zendesk, Evernote (I’m actually writing this article using the app now), Daylite, Constant Contact, and the standard email and Safari apps. Since I have all of my calendars synced up, it makes it a little bit easier to coordinate my day, as well as keep track of everyone else’s.
I also like to make app shortcuts to my home screen, particularly with using 37signals. You may be more familiar with their offerings: Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, and Campfire Chat. I’ll discuss all of these in later articles.
All in all, although you can use your [easyazon-link asin=”B00G2X1VIY” locale=”us”]iPad[/easyazon-link] for the vast majority of your workday duties, it falls short of completely replacing your desktop/laptop. Perhaps I’ll be writing about this in a few years, when iPads completely take over the world…
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