What is the point with iPads?

Apple released the first iPad in April 2010. The response was lukewarm compared to when the world saw the first iPhone. What was this new thing, a big iPhone? What’s the point of that? It seems like this suspicious attitude is kept alive, even though the iPad is found to be useful by many.

Microsoft came up with their ”iPad killer,” the Surface which is like a laptop touchscreen hybrid. Some people praised that solution, ”finally a way to combine keyboard office work with a touchscreen” and they smiled towards Apple’s iPad because it was just a touchscreen. (Though, the Surface has not been a success)

I never understood that way of thinking. To think like that you have to believe that working is similar to using a keyboard and Microsoft Office programs. That is so narrow-minded! Work consists of so much more than just writing texts, creating spreadsheets or projector presentations.

Many use iPad in their work

The interesting question is: how can we make use of the iPad’s touch screen in the best ways? It turns out that many find smart ways to use the iPad. I have seen many small shops that use an iPad and iZettle as their cashier function. I have seen those who work for the fiber company when they walk in the terrain to find out where they shall lay the fiber cable by using maps on an iPad. I also know about excavator operators that use maps on iPad to check out their position as well as taking photos with the iPad to document the jobs they do.

The interesting question is: how can we make use of the iPad’s touch screen in the best ways? It turns out that many find smart ways to use the iPad. I have seen many small shops that use an iPad and iZettle as their cashier function. I have seen those who work for the fiber company when they walk in the terrain to find out where they shall lay the fiber cable by using maps on an iPad. I also know about excavator operators that use maps on iPad to check out their position as well as taking photos with the iPad to document the jobs they do.

It seems like if the iPad is excellent in those situations. I bet there are much more ways to use the iPad that I do not know.

Big screen – even more fun to use!

I got my first iPad in autumn 2010, and my latest iPad is an iPad Pro that I bought last year. I love my iPads and especially my iPad Pro. I use my iPads for reading books, reports, and magazines. I think it is great that I can mark a word and easy check what it means in the inbuilt dictionary. I also like that, depending on which app I use, I can highlight words, write notes in handwriting or type, and adjust the size of the letters.

What I love the most is to draw and paint on my iPad, and when the big iPad Pro came, it increased the quality level. When I use the Apple Pencil together with my iPad Pro, I can draw with precision, and the result has high resolution so that I can use the images professionally in print works or when I design shoes and bags, which is my hobby.

When I got my iPad Pro 12,9″ the screen size was a lot bigger than my other iPads. On the one hand, that means that it takes up more space when I go to a meeting or travel, on the other hand, that has never been a problem. However, the bigger size could, of course, be an issue for some people and one of the advantages with the smaller iPads is that they are so small that they fit into even tiny bags.

On the upside, the bigger screen means that it became a lot easier to work with details when I draw and paint. When I read standard documents in A4 size, it is almost as reading the printed paper version. The big screen also invites others to take part of what the screen shows – it now makes sense to lay it out on the table during a meeting with a few persons because now the screen is big enough to see it even from a small distance. This feature is convenient when I, for example, create mind maps on a meeting.

The office programs, what about them?

I prefer to use Apple’s programs: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, but I also have Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, though I only use them when a job requires it. I advise everyone to use Apple’s apps because they come with so many benefits compared to using Microsoft’s apps; everything that is Apple works so smartly together.

One example is that when you use Pages on the iPad, your documents will be stored in iCloud. If you use Microsoft Word, the documents will be stored in OneDrive. I have used both of those cloud solutions, and iCloud is a lot more reliable in my opinion. I have also asked others about OneDrive, and it seems like they also find OneDrive less reliable and a bit harder to use. I could write more about why you should use Apple’s apps, but that will be enough for a whole other blog post.

A great workmate

What I want you to know, is that an iPad is a great workmate in so many ways and the benefits are not that you can work with texts on it, it is all the other great, fun and useful things you can do with it. Those things that you cannot do, or cannot do as easily, on your computer.

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