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Are Tablets for Real in Corporate America?

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February 23, 2011 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: ARMH , NVDA

The market crushed NVDA and ARMH today.  It would seem that the love affair with tablets might be a bit overdone.  Barron's Tiernan Ray says that the situation is "comical" and that there will be an "epic glut" later this year.

In my workplace, many coworkers are bringing iPads to meetings and replacing their laptops.  My customers, often travelling sales people, are addicted to them.  The promise is big - lightweight, easy to use, everything at your fingertips, movies, games...

It woud seem that the promise is unstoppable.  But I think I might be on the side of Tiernan Gray. 

Productivity isn't getting any better, in fact, its worse.  Every meeting I am in with an iPad user is just like 3 years ago when everyone started getting the iPhone.  Its a cool gadget, but it just doesn't compare to the compact laptop. 

A couple of key productivity issues:

1)  Taking notes - iPad doesn't do well here, but some of my collegues have the stylus app.  That's kinda cool as it replaces your paper notebook.  Then again, I can just type the notes into my laptop.

2) Lightweight - Smart phones rule this aspect of checking email.  You can't put the iPad in your pocket.

3)  All-in-one - this is where tablets can fail.  No phone calls (why not bluetooth!).  It doesn't replace any of the other gadgets you have except for the laptop.  The laptop is an office on the road.  The iPad is not. 

Final point - Tablets have a huge promise in Corporate America.  But it's got to increase productivity.  RIM created a huge leap in productivity.  Can Tablets do the same?  I really think so, but the current technology and foreseeable future doesn't look good.

 -- HPEGuy

 

3 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 23, 2011 at 6:46 AM, saunafool (98.79) wrote:

I agree. Cool gadget, but not much of a work tool.

I have an Applephile friend and he was going on and on about how the future is apps--that we're going to consume everything we need from the internet via apps.

I thought about it for a while and said, but who is going to create the content?

And that's where iPad like tablets fail so far. It appears that actually working on the thing is much more cumbersome than using an actual laptop.

Personally, I have a Lenovo X61 notebook with a tablet screen that I can draw on with a stylus. Using Microsoft One Note, I can clip customer drawings, make edits on the screen, and send back via email. No more printing, hand marking, scanning, and then emailing. As an engineer, it is a powerful business tool.

An iPad just seems like another thing to carry around because I'd still need my laptop to do my job.

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#2) On February 23, 2011 at 9:47 AM, Melaschasm (53.74) wrote:

It depends upon the business.  My brother is a traveling salesman and replaced his company laptop with a company Ipad right when they were first sold.  It has been a great benefit for him.

I did a cost comparison for some options for my company, and a cheap 7" android tablet was the best solution from a long term cost standpoint.  Smartphones were way to expensive because of the expensive voice plans that are required, plus a tablet is easier to use.

My coworkers and I use desktops becuase they are the lowest cost way to have enough processing power to complete our tasks.

In short the key for tablets is to do a better job filling a specific need.

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#3) On March 02, 2011 at 1:53 AM, sawchain (< 20) wrote:

You must be right.   ...because Apple only sold 7.3 million last quarter.  http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2011/01/18results.html

 

Oh, wait. 

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