(Posts: 1843; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Sadly with the lack of real Android competitors the iPad is a shoe in for gobbling up tablet market share in the enterprise sector. I currently have an Archos 101 which is great for the price, 10.1" screen for $299? Hell ya. But something I think is stupid is that a lot of these CIOs are planning on equipping their staff with tablets but don't think about how ineffective tablets are to type on. I use my tablet with SlideIT(Swype alternative) in portrait mode to have a reasonable sized keyboard to input text on and it still takes too long to input an email vs the PCs keyboard or my Mytouch 4G with its 3.7" screen swiping in words. I try my hardest to incorporate my tablet into my Construction Management job but it really is just plain ineffective use of time. I love using it to look at plans in PDF and browsing websites but they are truly a consumption device and not a productivity device. I know some people will disagree with me and talk up how effective they are on their iPads or whatever. But I just don't see it. Unless your iPad does mind reading it cant possibly input text faster than I do using SlideIT. The quicker option is to use voice input. But as a business person I don't want everyone around me knowing what my business emails have in them. Its a matter of confidentiality.
They need to do a test on speed of typing emails between people and their Blackberries that have the best Physical keyboards for inputing text on a mobile device, vs inputing the same email on an iPhone vs inputing on a bigger all touch device like an Evo, vs inputing on an iPad/10" Android Tablet. Cus I bet you the Blackberry would win in the situation of email productivity.
(Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)
I agree with you somewhat. But as you said yourself, you don't use it exclusively for e-mails. typing might be bit slower, yet it's more versatile for viewing presentations, spreadsheets. Personally, I use RDP a lot for minor system support when I'm out of office or over weekends.
So, yes tablets can be useful when used properly, but if all people want to do is e-mail, by all means give them a Blackberry, Android or iPhone..