Posts Tagged ‘ipad’

iPad as professional working tool is killing, not the laptop but the paper notepad

Posted on: October 9th, 2010 by Fransgaard 5 Comments

The organisation I am currently contracted to recently introduced iPad as a working tool within the business. The managers of the 500+ strong headquarter have been given ipads and they are almost never seen without them.

the immediate benefit is that it saves paper as the ipads have almost completely replaced paper notebooks. But while it is the most visible benefit I also suspect it is actually the least important.

Some of the more powerful, but subtle benefits I have observed in the few weeks I have been here are:

  • Instant email. Two people talk and it turns out one has a document the other person needs. Within seconds she’s sent it via her iPad so it is in the receivers inbox by the time he gets back to his office… or it appears on his iPad there and then. Done! No risk of her forgetting by the time she get back to her crowded inbox.
  • Unintrusive. Ever been at a meeting with somebody hiding behind that laptop screen while noisily hammering notes down on the keyboard? The ipad’s size and touch screen makes it a much more invisible tool. The added value is it allows people to type notes in digital format straight away rather than having to decipher personal hieroglyphs and re-type everything again when returning to the PC.
  • Www. Ofcourse one of the benefits is that the ipad is online. Turn it on and Google is instantly there with an answer and unexpected requests for certain information can now be tackled by a quick browse through the wireless company network rather than having to run down and print it out from the desktop.
  • Compact and collected. No need to carry stacks of printouts in various stages of deterioration in notebooks running out of blank pages when needed the most. Yes, I accept some people may see this as a luxury problem but for most companies how you look and behave is important and I for one feel messy and old fashioned when I show up with my stack of semi- worn paper printouts falling out of my notebook when entering a meeting room full of people with slick ipads.
  • Multi-tasking. A somewhat unexpected benefit I have observed is what can best be described as multi-conversation. People in meetings are more often than not needed for everything in the meeting. Using an iPad allows them to be connected to other conversations via instant messaging.This suits the multi-tasking women more than anybody else allowing them to communicate on a very powerful level. On paper this shouldn’t be a benefit as it sounds like a distraction more than anything else, but the reality is it works. So guys: Now is the time to learn multi-tasking.

A final note

I am writing this article on my iPad flying to Denmark and I suspect my ipad may become my primary tool for writing blogs as I can do it anywhere and instantly This mobility and “instant online” is something notebooks/laptops promised but never quite delivered.

iPads, and probably all the tablets hitting the shelves at the moment, bring the mobility and speed of mobile phones combined with a larger, more practical workspace of a notebook.

My iPad – One month later

Posted on: August 7th, 2010 by Fransgaard 7 Comments

I thought it would be interesting to look back on my first month as iPad owner and how it has changed my surfing habits… which it certainly has.

My personal browsing habits have changed quite a bit over the years. Computers were my main surfing device for the first 10 years or so, but were replaced by the iPhone with it’s speed and mobility. However, the iPhone is still just a phone with all its limits so I was hoping for Google Chrome OS to give me a solution with a fast browsing device, but with a bigger screen.

While waiting for Google, Apple released the iPad, which I bought to keep up with the major shift it was going to create (already has created?) in user experience and users’ expectations of the Internet.

But as with the iPhone before, the iPad has snuck under me and not only become my prime browsing device but has also changed my online behaviour.

The machine

Purely as a machine I love the look and feel of it. I love the instant boot, the speed of a mobile, but with a much bigger screen and speaking of the screen I like the legibility of it (although a matt screen option would have been good). And I love the battery life. I do miss multi tasking and I hate the fact there isn’t a Danish keyboard (which, strangely enough, the iPhone has).

Presentations

I think it is great as a presentation tool using Keynote. I have yet to use it as a photo album, but got a feeling it will be great for that as well.

Magazine

I like all the experiments magazines/newspapers are doing to translate their content to the online environment embedding both rich media such as video as well as social sharing and commenting aspects.

I especially love the FlipBoard app and how it translates social content into a magazine format. FlipBoard has actually been the app I have used the most. I love it! I am looking forward to the next release as there are lots of tweaks that can be done. For example it would be good with an option to save or bookmark a given page as if you close the app to see something in Safari, you may loose that particular page forever.

And speaking of that, it is frustratingly difficult to put together good tweets or updates especially if they involved links or snippets from various sources such as Safari, Flipboard, Email or even worse: Links to YouTube videos.

YouTube

YouTube is the biggest shift in my browsing habits.

Where I before mainly used YouTube to see fun movies friends sent around or to look up old classics the iPad has now made me aware of the possibilities and great content YouTube has to offer. Where before YouTube movies where mainly coming to me from friends, I am now actively looking up and finding great content which the iPad is delivering successfully.

Only complaint is that it is very hard to share found YouTube films, the easiest way being coyping the films headline into Safari for then to find the very same film in the browser version of YouTube. Not great.

Books

The biggest surprise to me is that I find myself reading books on the iPad as a big book lover I did not expect that! I did buy a book to try it out as a reading device but I expected it to fail. It didn’t and I am now reading my third book on the iPad.

But while the iPad is a good reading device, I am strangely enough missing interactive features you wouldn’t associate with books. For example “The Young Lady’s Primeris full of spelling (scanning?!) mistakes, but no way of highlighting these to iTunes.

It also seems impossible to copy snippets of text, which I’ve tried a couple of times to tweet a quote. Very annoying.

…and wouldn’t it be cool if you could add your own notes to a book? So other people could read a book as well as other users comments. Especially for educational books it could be a great enriched source of information. Effectively each book would become a community in its own right.

Conclusion

The iPad and the apps have changed my browsing habits from being fast-paced and driven by short-lived desires to find information snippets to a more calm and laid back surfing style that is much more about enjoying and immersing myself in the content.

It is undoubtedly a new Internet experience and one I fully enjoy.