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Do you use an Ipad (or any alternative tablet) for work/business.....

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Am currently looking into buying a tablet for the business and wanted to check if anybody had and which one.....I am not an apple fan but get the impression the Ipad2 is the best on the market. However still not totally convinced....not least due to a visit to an apple store - the store assistant seemed to think it would do everything I wanted it to do (without any sort of demo ....yes it will synchronise with your computer, do powerpoint presentation etc etc) - oh and of course it was out of stock....so it MUST be the best on the market then?!?!

Just worried that it is a glorified games machine....and not as capable as some other machines for business use (have looked at the playbook but am concerned that it doesn't provide sufficent screen size) - thoughts and experiences welcome.....

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By Monsoon
28th Jun 2011 15:25

iPad 1

My boyfriend was generous enough to get me an iPad and I love it.

We use MS Exchange for email and the email syncs perfectly with that and my private Gmail.

I bought a £5 app for word and excel which is great. It loses some of the nuances of formatting but when you're stuck on a train for 8 hours it means you can get on with with.

I can RDP to my office computer from home and access it remotely. There are also LogMeIn apps etc to do the same thing.

Great for browsing the web and social networking.

I think it's possible to get clients to sign a PDF of their accounts/ tax returns via an app on the iPad screen.

I use it mostly for games but it's proved very useful for business as well.

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By Paul Scholes
28th Jun 2011 15:33

MacBook

Hi - I may be wrong but having watched others with theirs I see the ipads as just big iphones, great facilities, stunning graphics, very user friendly, loads of apps but I was not convinced that it would suit my for business needs that were filled in part by a chunky old laptop.

I then discovered and bought a MacBook Air.  It's my first ever Apple computer and I doubt I'll ever buy another pc.  It comes in 11" or 13" screens in wafer thin, and weighs next to nothing.  Lovely keyboard, stunning display but most of all boots up in less than 10 seconds (compared to 5 minutes for my Dell laptop) and has over 7 hours battery life.

The major difference of course is price but it has made my work life so much more convenient in the month I've had it and I doubt I'll need to buy anything else for years.

Worth a look & compare.

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By thisistibi
28th Jun 2011 16:05

But

You don't really say what you propose to use it for.  I've had an iPad since the original launch day and I can say that it's brilliant for some things and shyte for others.  Things it's great for (other than games) are showing people things - e.g. photos, web pages, documents.  Things it's shyte for are productive work, e.g. inputting into an excel spreadsheet or typing a letter or other document (although it's fine for the occasional email).

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By justsotax
28th Jun 2011 16:20

....main uses....
Was planning to use for presentation of accounts/cashflow/budget vs actual....which will probably be in a variety of pdf/excel forms.....also planned to replace the old A4 pad for note taking during meetings...perhaps also preparation of fee quotes (which could then be emailed to potential client immediately) and also for keeping my appointments up to date....(also possible presentations via projector)

However it must integrate with my blackberry and dell laptop, neither of which will be replaced by apple hardware (well not within the immediate future anyway) - so must be able to save and transfer any documents in the various formats between these devices (can accept that there maybe some loss of function in the programs used but cannot afford loss of core information)

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By cbp99
28th Jun 2011 18:03

Paul

Are you able to use the MacBook for all your accountancy and practice needs? It's only tax and accounts software that has kept me with Windows, and I believe that you are an IRIS user.

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By Richard Willis
29th Jun 2011 07:52

Blackberry

have brought out their own tablet that plays flash.  Unfortunately it looks as though it may be too small for business use.

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By thisistibi
29th Jun 2011 09:06

Blackberry Playbook

I used one in Selfridges the other day.  It's very nice.... the smaller size does make it quite portable.  But the iPad 2 is better.  The larger screen area is more beneficial, the number and quality of apps in the App Store are better, and the interface is smoother.

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By non-sequitor
29th Jun 2011 15:19

Depends if you want to go with Apple or Android .....

The iPad looks nice and performs well but what put me off is having everything channelled through the Apple store. I went for the Asus (eee) Transformer pad which is Android based. It feels nice and solid, the screen (which is the most important part if you ask me) is of similar quality to the iPad, and the processor/inner bits are of a pretty good spec if you read reviews.

It's a nice "toy" and I find myself using it mainly for browsing and watching TV/movies rather than work. Having said that, it comes with an "office" suite which lets you open MS office documents and I use an online backup system that means I can access work files from anywhere. I can see it could be useful if you're visiting a client and want to access files without having to lug a laptop around with you. (You can also buy a separate keyboard that attaches to it if you want to use it as a quasi-laptop). 

Plus, of course, the Android market means you can usually find "free" apps for almost anything you might need (and lots of things you don't need as well).

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By Paul Scholes
29th Jun 2011 15:44

cbp99

Hi - sorry missed your question yesterday.  We are now fully hosted on the web and so IRIS, Office and much else besides is merely a "Remote Desktop" click away whether I'm using pc or mac. 

Having said that, as you can run Windows programs on Macs so I would have thought it is possible to run Iris.....but then you can never take anything for granted, have you asked them?

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By cbp99
30th Jun 2011 09:38

Thanks Paul

I've emailed IRIS, so we will see.

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By 0098087
09th Jul 2011 10:32

Cloud

I see you are fully on the cloud. What do you do if you are out and about without net access. Do you use 3g? What if the internet goes down in the office. I'm still of the mind to have all my files hosted in the office and have good secure offsite back up with back up direct. I also use the ipad for out and about. I dump the nominals onto there. It's superb with it's boot up speed. 

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