Where does the iPad fit for business travelers?
Without doubt, the Apple iPad is an extremely cool device. Watching the video on their Web site, I would definitely like to have one.
But where does the iPad fit for business travelers? Here's my two cents:
- If I was going on a day trip and had no plans to do any writing of more than a few paragraphs, a Wi-Fi-enabled, 3G-enabled iPad would be a great device for checking emails, watching a video or reading a book on the plane, writing a short blog post, etc.
- If I was visiting a client and wanted to make a presentation, the iPad would also be a great device.
- However, if I was traveling overnight or longer, would the iPad be my device of choice? Maybe, but answering 50 emails would likely be more difficult than on a laptop or netbook. Writing multi-page reports would be even more difficult.
Admittedly, I have not held an iPad and can't evaluate its virtual keyboard more thoroughly. However, I'm not sure I would want to lug around both an iPad and my MacBook Air on a trip. (That said, I will probably end up getting one at some point.)
So, where do you think the iPad will fit for your business travel?