The iPad is the ultimate business mobile product. Even before Apple launched the iPad, critics and industry analysts came up with terms like "netbook killer" and "Kindle killer". Now five days old, the critics and industry analysts were correct, with most of the features and apps focusing primarily as an entertainment and media platform for consumers interested in social networking, ebooks, magazines and newspapers, portable media, and games. But the greatest benefits and opportunities for the iPad is for businesses with the ability to pitch ideas without having to carry around a laptop or notebook, instant access to files and apps, accept sales and credit cards, and even remote computer access to edit video.
Top five reasons the iPad is ideal for business
1. Ability to quickly present pitch ideas, ruff-cuts, and website comps in small meetings
2. Size / comfort
3. Accessories - cast/stand, keyboard dock, Dock toVGA for LCD, TV, monitor, or projector.
4. Apps - Email, iWork- Keynote, Pages, Numbers , GoodReader, iTap -VNC client, WebEX
5. Endless app and use possibilities for remote computer access, POS, vehicle integration, and many more!
The future of iPad is promising and will increase as additional business specific apps are released with cloud based services similar to Google Docs and Dropbox allowing on-demand access to your programs and files anywhere.
A few weeks ago I received an American Express AcceptPay promotion in the mail. Usually promotions go straight to the trash but something was different. It was a USB webkey. The American Express webkey is extremely basic with an autorun script to the AccpetPay website. But it did spark an idea to use webkeys for business cards with your demo reel, portfolio, vCard, resume, or a mini-website with links to social networking sites eliminating the famous search on Google, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Linkedin... Webkeys can be found with 64MB to 8GB of storage allowing endless possibility. If you are looking for a new business card with increased efficiency a webkey could be an idea.