PC Magazine: Apple’s iPad has real business potential

“You might think of the iPad as an entertainment device, but this tablet has some real potential as a business tool,” Cisco Cheng reports for PC Magazine. “I don’t carry around a laptop with me all the time, so I often defer to my iPhone to read my Outlook e-mail, check calendar information, and take notes in a business meeting. Though I don’t think the iPad will replace a business laptop any time soon, it’s a business tool that I can picture myself carrying when I head off to a remote meeting.”

“Aside from checking and composing e-mail, Apple also offers an edition of its iWorks [sic] software for the iPad, which bundles versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote. And if business users plan on using Keynote for presentations, Apple is selling a $29 VGA adaptor that can connect the iPad to a conference room display (as long as the display has VGA),” Cheng reports. “Dataviz has also announced an iPad version of its Documents To Go software, bringing editing and formatting functionalities to Microsoft Office apps such as Word and Excel.”

Cheng reports, “Using the iPad as a phone is not out of the question either, since it does have an audio jack and support for Bluetooth headsets. An app like Line2 will let you create a separate line and voicemail for your business… Traditional VoIP apps like Skype [are] available for the iPad as well, so there’s more than one option for turning your iPad into a phone (the iPad has a built-in mic you can use in conjunction with headphones or a Bluetooth headset for making VoIP calls).”

Full article here.

8 Comments

  1. Key line: “I don’t carry around a laptop with me all the time…”

    That’s the point of the iPad; it untethers one from the desktop and laptop, enabling one to still accomplish key functions out in the real world.

  2. “Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic” is listed as an iPad accessory and says the mic and remote are compatible with the iPad – so VOIP should be up and running through the headphone jack. Also numerous reports indicate that the Camera Kit USB works with USB headsets.

    I’ll know more when I get my 3G/GPS iPad on Friday…..

  3. Working out in the field, I can use the iPad for inventory, email, web browsing, Skype, iWork notes, iBook, pictures and videos or presentation.
    Light and compact then sync through Mobile Me/ MacBook Pro or iMac at home.
    Second gen will just be better with a vid camera.
    … go AAPL!

  4. “Cheng reports, “Using the iPad as a phone is not out of the question either, since it does have an audio jack and support for Bluetooth headsets. An app like Line2 will let you create a separate line and voicemail for your business… Traditional VoIP apps like Skype [are] available for the iPad as well, so there’s more than one option for turning your iPad into a phone (the iPad has a built-in mic you can use in conjunction with headphones or a Bluetooth headset for making VoIP calls).”

    I have read that bluetooth headsets that work on the iPhone do not necessarily work on the iPad. ( I am not talking about the earbuds with mic that may work).

    Just wondering (in anticipation of the 3g) if anyone has actually found a wireless bluetooth headset that has worked with the iPad for voip calls?

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