Due to its massive consumer appeal, the iPad may not seem like the most capable machine for business users at first glance. But while Apple’s tablet does have its shortcomings as an enterprise device, the folks over at TabletPCReview think that the iPad can do more than enough to serve as a substitute for most people’s notebooks.
TCPR says that, as a piece of hardware, the iPad even surpasses traditional notebooks in many ways. Its lightweight design, all-day battery life, and consistent lack of heating issues are all advantages, while its compatibility with various accessories like keyboards gives it added functionality as well.
On the software side, the iPad lacks the always-reliable Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps, but it does have plenty of capable replacements (like Apple’s own Pages) for those who don’t heavily rely on those dedicated Office solutions. The iPad allows for video conferencing to be had in the palm of one’s hand, while apps like GoToMeeting and LogMeIn allow for easy virtual meetings and remote PC access too. And of course, the slate is just plain fun to toy around with when a business user isn’t on the clock.
Now, TPCR doesn’t believe that the iPad is going to replace all business laptops anytime soon. In fact, it may not even be the best business tablet out there. However, it’s a plenty capable machine that truly can make an enterprise member’s everyday life easier in the right situation. But to get a more detailed rundown of TabletPCReview’s thoughts on the matter, be sure to check out its complete How To guide for turning an iPad into a business laptop.