“The validity of the iPad as a casual device—something you can use to check your e-mail, surf the Internet on the couch, or watch a movie in bed—has never really been in question,” Jeff Smykil reports for Ars Technica. “The real question is, ‘Can I convince my boss to buy me one?’ Unless your boss is Michael Scott, chances are he’s going to want to know if you can actually be productive with it.”
Smykil reports, “The whole ‘file sharing’ process is obviously just another step towards iTunes replacing the Finder. Why can’t I do this over Bluetooth or WiFi? Why doesn’t the iPad just mount on the desktop like a drive? In Apple’s attempt to make this as simple as possible for everyone, they have made it excruciating for those who know what they are doing, and inexplicably difficult for those who have no clue.”
“In the end, using iWork for the iPad is a lot like going to the moon. It might be a nice place to visit, and it may even be fun to bounce around for a bit, play a little golf, or buzz around in that sweet little moon buggy, but in the end, it’s not a place I’d like to live, or even stay for any extended amount of time,” Smykil reports. “iWork is decent, but there is only so much you can do for an office suite without a full keyboard and a mouse.”
MacDailyNews Take: More accurately, there’s only so much that Jeff Smykil can imagine can be done for an office suite without a full keyboard and a mouse. Apple just shifted the paradigm; give ’em some time, Jeff. History suggests Apple will make things happen that most people haven’t even imagined yet.
Smykil reports, “iWork for the iPad won’t replace most people’s desktop office suite. It may be OK for your grandmother, but without a way to print, even that is doubtful. But if you need to make a quick change or two in a cab, in coach, or in a cramped telephone booth, iWork is definitely serviceable.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We believe that people’s evaluations of iWork are strongly based on how successfully they can let go of old ideas and, instead, Think Different™.