Dell exec says iPad is too “shiny” for business, hard to support

Dell exec says iPad is too “shiny” for business, hard to support
Apple might be selling tons of those iPads, while Android tablets are still only slowly growing, but this doesn’t stop Dell Australia managing director Joe Kremer to say that the iPad is too “shiny” for corporate users that allegedly want more from their devices. The facts beg to differ, though.

To give you the full context, here’s Kremer statement at a media briefing this Wednesday in Sydney:
And yes, that’s coming from Dell, the very same company that released the Dell Streak 5 and 7, now nowhere to be seen. But if you need even more context, look no further than the upcoming Windows 8 launch. Dell is obviously putting all hopes into the upcoming Microsoft platform, but what the company can show right now is exactly that - hopes.

At the same time, Microsoft itself is readying a version of its Office for the iPad. Apple’s tablet reached sales of around 12 million units just this last quarter.


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12 Comments

1. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

He has a point! Windows 8 transformer type devices should offer far more benefits to the BUSINESS. More and more businesses are realizing that the iPad is nice, but it lacks the most basic of features. (USB just being one of them) I own an iPad and it's a good device, but it will move towards the "entertainment device" classification, which by no way means sales will drop or that it's an inferior device. It's just not made for business in the traditional sense.

6. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Well I use my iPad for job related tasks and I have ran into very few problems. Email is well supported and I have had little problems with Apple's spreadsheet and documents suite plus Quick Office works quite well also. Not having a USB definitely has not been an issue either. The only issue is if the company is running a proprietary software which is only supported by Windows but other than that, no problems at all. With the addition of MS Office in the fall, I think the iPad will be in good shape. I think iOS and Android tablets can still work very effectively in business. The company I work for support both devices and a couple of our IT guys are carrying Samsung Galaxy Tabs.

11. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

I've used mine for work too! I can do simple things, like reading mail, use VPN and RDP to my laptop etc. Using numbers can be a challenge though! Sometimes all you really want is a mouse though! I'd" right click, copy paste over hold, wait for options copy, hold wait for options paste" any day! It's not as if it's impossible to use the iPad for work, it's just painfully obvious that that's not what it was designed to do! I expect Windows 8 to do better.

12. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

You have to do all of that because you are working on a touch screen and not using a mouse. Once you get used to it, it's a breeze to use. Im pretty sure Windows 8 implementation will be very similar to this as well. It's a tablet, not a pc and some things will have to be done a little differently.

2. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Dell and Apple are old enemies. This time, Dell is wrong. The world of "business" will restructure itself to Apple's paradigm, no matter how difficult this transition will be, because it's more important to have iPad than actually be productive at work. As a matter of fact, this transition is already at its full thrust.

3. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

there is no way that the whole business will restructure itself to adapt with the iPad, only failed business do. and it is not more important to have an iPad than to be creative, again this might be true for failed business. I don't know if you mean what you are saying or just blind and just want apple product regardless if you have successful business or even successful life (the second seems true according to the picture you used in your profile.

4. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

To an extent you're right! The iPad was the only real option businesses had. Many have tried and many more are trying to make it work. With Windows 8 they won't have to try and force a square peg into a round hole anymore!

7. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I don't know of any business who would completely change just to get an iPad or an Android tablet. The truth is, they don't have to. Most daily operations can be done on the iPad or an Android tablet right now. The more advance computing might require some advanced programming for an application suite to play nice with the platform but its not as bleek as the Dell guy would have you believe.

5. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Apple is set to satisfy by using entertainment. It's like PC vs Mac. PC is so versatile while Mac is best when it comes to entertainment. I truly agree on what he said. iPad is best to entertain, but when it comes to business stuffs, i don't think so.

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Well 90% of business tablets are iPads so...

10. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Get your facts right. -.-

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i think dell is grasping at straws for now. Show us your product first and then make claims. WP8 is gonna retake the business space, but lets wait until its released to start talking smack.. especially from a company thats been a failure in everything but PCs.

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