The iPad is a nice little device. I never thought I would use it as much as I have.
I was lucky enough to take my family on a four week vacation to Europe last summer. My wife suggested that we get an iPad for the trip. It turned out to be a great idea.
This is how we used it on our trip:
- Read and send e-mail as necessary
- Finding local restaurants in Paris
- Maps, of course
- Finding information on local attractions
- It was our main photography device
- Blogging, to keep friends and family up to date
- Facebook, for my sons
- English/French and English/Italian dictionaries
- Pay bills back home
It was incredibly useful on our trip, and we decided not to throw it away after we returned.
So this is how we use it now:
- Catching up on Twitter and blogs, before drifting off to sleep
- Catching last minute e-mails during the evening (It’s a lot easier than trying to type into a smart phone)
- Reading books (my wife likes the fact that the font size can be easily changed, and books can be instantly received)
- Stupid little games for my sons
The instant-on functionality is a major attraction. Just turn it on and there you have your e-mail. Beautiful.
The iPad is starting to proliferate in our office as well. The big draw is the portable, instant-on access to e-mail. It’s a lot easier to grab the iPad for a meeting, than untether a laptop and drag it with you.
We also developed a set of KPI’s that work with myGPcloud and run on the iPad. You can also run Dynamics GP on an iPad if you use Citrix. We’ve done it.
Is an iPad necessary? Probably not, but it’s pretty handy.