iPad Pro: 6 Pros, 4 Cons For Business Users - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile // Mobile Devices
News
9/14/2015
07:05 AM
Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman
Slideshows
100%
0%

iPad Pro: 6 Pros, 4 Cons For Business Users

The iPad Pro represents a sea change for Apple's tablet, which is now more than ever angling to replace your laptop.
Previous
1 of 12
Next

(Image: Kritchanut/iStockphoto)

(Image: Kritchanut/iStockphoto)

Apple revealed the iPad Pro on Sept. 9, a massive tablet aimed squarely at those looking to be productive on the go. The iPad Pro is clearly a shot across the bow of the Surface Pro, a tablet Microsoft claims is good enough to replace the ever-trusty laptop.

The iPad Pro is a steroid-infused beast of a machine that will appeal to many business users, but it's not for everyone.

Apple nailed the design. The iPad Pro is a larger version of the iPad Air 2, which is a slim beauty. It maintains the 4:3 screen aspect ratio, an ideal balance for work and play, and carries over the attractive aluminum casing without adding too much bulk.

CEO Tim Cook and his executives also decided to pull out all the stops with the iPad Pro by including a stylus called the Apple Pencil, an addition that is designed to give the tablet more functionality in the boardroom and office. This seems to have been one of the bigger steps for Apple, since the company had been allergic to the idea of a stylus for years.

[Want to see Apple's full fall lineup? Here's a look at the iPhone 6s, the iPad Pro, and Apple TV.]

The bigger question is: Can Apple make the tablet relevant? After all, iPad sales, along with other tablet sales, have stagnated or fallen in the last year as the smartphone has become the dominant device for consumers and business users. Is Apple's magic enough to ignite a market?

The enterprise market is not one that Apple actively seeks out, but the company has shown the ability  not only to glide into it, but to dominate it as well. Just ask anyone using an iPhone who sits next to you in the office.

What else did Apple get right? What did it get wrong? What do you think? What are your favorite and least favorite features of the new iPad Pro? Please add to the discussion below.

Eric is a freelance writer for InformationWeek specializing in mobile technologies. View Full Bio

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Previous
1 of 12
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
srreeee
50%
50%
srreeee,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/14/2015 | 10:06:33 AM
thank you!

very informative.all specs have been specified
midmachine
50%
50%
midmachine,
User Rank: Strategist
9/15/2015 | 9:01:15 AM
Not quite....
It only runs IOS? Lost me right there. That OS prevents the machine from being Pro in any fashion, let alone the walled garden effect of Apple products and lack of storage. I'll stick with my reliable, fast and productive Surface thank you.
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
9/16/2015 | 8:23:14 AM
Re: Not quite....
This is a Con that I think was missed.  I have a Surface Pro and yes it does replace my trusty laptop as well as my trusty desktop, but one of the reasons it can do that is that it runs a full desktop OS.  If the iPad pro ran OSX I think it could give the Surface a run for its money in the laptop replacement category.  Splitting the screen to display two apps is nice but I'm looking at 6 different windows right now between the two displays I'm running with my Surface.  I think Apple is getting there and as the desktop and mobile OSes merge we'll see a lot more of this but I think they are still behind Microsoft on this one. 
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
9/19/2015 | 12:44:24 PM
Re: Not quite....
Interesting point regarding running an iPad with OSX. Do you think the device could handle it given its processor, ram and storage?
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
9/21/2015 | 8:15:29 AM
Re: Not quite....
Not, yet but I see OSX and iOS merging eventually.  At that point the iPad will run the same OS that the MacBook runs.  This leads to the death of the MacBook Air but I think Apple is already planning its death anyway.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
10/15/2015 | 1:37:08 PM
Re: Not quite....
Having the iPad run MacOS would be interesting. I would think that would require major increases in RAM and processing power. And of course Apple will have to put in a few USB and other ports! If that does happen you are right that the Mac Air will be obsoleted. They have to do something because the iPad is now becoming a step child since the introduction of the iPhone 6+.
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
10/16/2015 | 8:12:33 AM
Re: Not quite....
I think what we'll see is the two OSes coming together much like Microsoft is doing right now.  Win 10 phone isn't quite Win  10 but it can behave in a  very similar manner.  I think iOS and OS? will eventually run in a very similar manner.  Honestly I expected Apple to do this first since they rolled out the Appstore for OSX and their app delivery is much closer between the two OSes than Windows and any mobile OS Microsoft ever had.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
10/16/2015 | 9:21:24 AM
Re: Not quite....
I also thought Apple would have merged the two OS' first. While only an iOS user myself, i have seen enough MacOS laptops to notice that many of the icons are identical on both platforms and there probably is already similar functionality. It is just that Apple does a better job with the user experience than MS in my opinion.
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
10/19/2015 | 8:32:24 AM
Re: Not quite....
I'll agree with your user experience opinion.  Apple does seem to keep things more consistent and that's why I thought they would bring iOS and OSX together sooner.  They do tend to look similar as opposed to how Windows and Windows Mobile were for a very long time.  Either way I'm happy to see it taking place now because it means I'll get what I really want soon. 
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
11/4/2015 | 8:04:26 AM
Re: Not quite....
And I just heard a report that Google is going to have Chrome that works on all platforms as well sometime in 2016. So the trend seems to be in the direction you mentioned.
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
11/4/2015 | 8:14:49 AM
Re: Not quite....
A seamless user experience across every platform is going to be the norm in the next few years.  We had a big push toward apps and web apps that allowed your OS, browser, etc. to vary but still provide you with the same experience but while it solved some problems it also made people aware of just how fractured their various pieces of technology are.  I'm not picking a winner in this war but I can see that all of the big players are moving in this direction, I'm happy for that much. 
tigger2
100%
0%
tigger2,
User Rank: Strategist
9/15/2015 | 9:29:59 AM
Missing hardware
This article forgot to mention the inability to connect to any other hardware like USB or micro chips. I find using Apple's approved ways of transfering data to be onerous and a security risk.
progman2000
50%
50%
progman2000,
User Rank: Ninja
10/15/2015 | 4:52:57 PM
Re: Missing hardware
Yep, this is the death nell for me. Give me external accessibility or give me death.
mejiac
50%
50%
mejiac,
User Rank: Ninja
9/15/2015 | 11:12:07 AM
Did it hit the sweet spot?
Excellent Article!!

It clearly stated what many of us (and other sites) have commented (but you listed them out more clearly)

I think what Apple is doing from a portfolio stand point is a really good strategy. Many business users (including myself) see this as a good option... but more in the lines of a companion device than a replacement.

You stated why I also thought...the price point is a deal breaker. Why would I want a device that I would need to compromise certain tasks and features when I can get my same enviornment (Windows and Office) on the Surface and not need to compromise?

The surface is by far the closest I think there is to a true laptop replacement, where my only drawback is when using it on your lap (it's just not confortable), but aside from that it rocks!!!

Apple definitly did there homework...I was really impressed with the stylus and have to give kudos to the team that designed it. I do see it has a great deal of potential...but not as a replacement device (IMHO)
Kelly22
50%
50%
Kelly22,
User Rank: Strategist
9/16/2015 | 10:09:14 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
Agreed on the price issue - this is one expensive tablet, and the accessories are also pricey. Is it worth all the extra cost when you could just get a smaller iPad with longer battery life? I'm not sure. I think that depends on the preferences and profession of the person buying it.

I think you make a good point that this is more of a companion device than a replacement. It seems like a great tool for some mobile employees, but I can't see myself running out to grab an iPad Pro to replace my MacBook or Surface.
mejiac
50%
50%
mejiac,
User Rank: Ninja
9/16/2015 | 10:15:18 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
@kelly22,

Correct...and this goes back to what's been discussed for a while now...can a tablet truly replace a laptop?

I think we've gotten to the point that the answer is a simple no, mainly because almost any option requires a level of comprimisng.

I'll provide a simple example: Creating a detailed executive summary deck on a tablet is by far more time consuming than on your most basic laptop, simply because of the tasks required (typing, clicking and dragging) and the need to compile information from other sources (excel chart, copy-paste text from other sources, and drafting the email to send the report).

But for viewing a deck...yes a tablet does the trick

NOTE: the exception to this would be a surface pro, simply because there is no comprise (but again, to me a surface pro blurs the line between a tablet and a laptop, aking more towards a laptop)
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
9/16/2015 | 2:31:44 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
While I have no doubt that sales of the iPad Pro will be stellar, at least among the die hardest of Apple fans, it is still a tablet at the end of the day with limited multitasking capabilities and all of the iOS design/functionality limitations that plague all of its older and smaller siblings. I use Excel on my iPad Air (1), but the functionality cannot come close to replacing what I currently do on my laptop. I hear the same thing from the Surface Pro users in my organization (my machine isn't on the upgrade list until next fall). At the price of the iPad Pro, the limitations around peripherals and operating system are pretty substantial.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
9/19/2015 | 12:33:26 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I totally agree with you. I brought my iPad on vacation last year and needed to use it for some business issues. It was not a substitute for my laptop at all. Thankfully there was a data centre in my hotel and i was able to use a proper computer to do what i had to do. At the end of the day the iPad is a nice device to have for entertainment when travelling which is why i had the iPad with me in the first place. Now that i have an iPhone 6+, I can leave the iPad at home and use the smartphone for entertainment and communication. But for work related tasks and issues, these devices are not substitutes for laptops.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
9/19/2015 | 12:39:42 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
The Surface Pro is really a laptop with a detachable keyboard that turns it into a quasi-tablet. One of the nice things about the iPad/iPhone is that you have instant on and access to contacts, calendars and other files immediately. With the SP, you have to bootup and wait because it uses the Win operating system. While you have touch capability and a detachable keyboard, at the end of the day the device is a full laptop. The iPad is limited in its processing power, RAM, storage and ports all limited by the iOS.
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
9/19/2015 | 1:03:15 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
If you are running Win 8.1 Pro or 10, the startup time is very fast. Not quite as fast as the iPad, but quite remarkable for a full-featured notebook.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
9/19/2015 | 1:22:34 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I can't really write anything positive about Win 8.x!!! It does get to the log on screen fairly quickly but it is the experience you have after logging in that makes me ill. With Microsoft, when you first get a device whether it is a laptop or desktop, the boot up times are usually pretty fast. However after the almost weekly updates to the o/s, after a while the boot up time slows dramatically.

Only worked with Win 10 for a week now but i find it to be much better experience wise than 8. But it is slower (or maybe i need more power and memory).
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
9/19/2015 | 3:30:15 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I am in the minority regarding Win 8.1 Pro. Is it perfect? No. Aside from the Metro apps, it is a solid OS with far better performance than any of its predecessors. 10 still has a few issues, but has resolved the split-personality issues of Windows 8.1 Pro.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
10/15/2015 | 1:17:28 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
Those Metro apps really get to me. Everything looks so cluttered and it is not easy to customise the look of the desktop. I guess i am from the old school. Personally i do not see the productivity gains from the UI unless you are on a tablet or other touch device. I think Apple got it right having a device os and PC os. Win 10 looks ok so far but i have had very limited time on it.
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
10/15/2015 | 1:32:43 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
Interesting that you should mention Apple "getting it right." On the contrary, Apple missed the boat on the new iPad Pro. An iOS device, no matter how big and sensitive, won't replace most business laptops. For example, MS Office can do quite a lot on iOS, but it doesn't have near the functionality as Office on Windows or even Mac. There are countless other examples. The iPad Pro is a professional device for a few professions, not most knowledge or productivity workers.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
10/15/2015 | 2:09:41 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I did say in many other posts that no way the iPad Pro will ever replace the laptop.

However for me, i think the iPhone 6+ did hit the sweet spot. As a road warrior i find it an excellent tool for keeping in touch, meetings, calendars, etc. In terms of working with documents, spreadsheets, Visio, PowerPoint, etc-NO. I have always said the laptop is here to stay. In fact i use my iPad as an inflight/inhotel entertainment device. But now that i have the 6+ i can leave the iPad at home.
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
10/15/2015 | 2:21:55 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I agree that the iPad, Pro or not, isn't going to replace a laptop, but I don't think Apple would. I was simply pointing out that Apple tried to cross the lines of a mobile OS and a laptop OS. The iPad Pro wants to replace a laptop, but it really can't do it effectively for most.

I, too, am a multi-device carrier. My iPad and my Asus Android tablet are getting less use than my phone and laptop, but I still use them for some activities.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
10/15/2015 | 2:41:49 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
Apple can try to replace the laptop but you are right, that won't happen for most folks. I can see it in a medical environment. In fact they have been looking for a tablet device for close to 20 years to work with patient data, record vitals, episode of care, etc. Now is probably the time. But for the rest of us, i don't see it happening.
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
10/15/2015 | 2:43:41 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
While I love the Surface Pro line, especially the new 4 that was just released, I think Microsoft is seeing the same challenge. Hence the Surface Book, which leans more toward traditional laptop than the Surface does.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
10/15/2015 | 4:08:15 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I think they will eventually come around to realising that laptops and tablets can coexist and one does not universally replace the other.  Feature-wise i am not sure there is not that much room for improvement on the tablets at this point. The next step might be to supercharge the innards with laptop quality processors and RAM.
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
10/16/2015 | 1:55:25 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
The next step might be to supercharge the innards with laptop quality processors and RAM.

I think the iPad Pro hits that mark. It's pretty powerful.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
10/16/2015 | 4:14:18 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
The processor is powerful for iOS, but will it be powerful enough for MacOS? That part i am unsure about. Also there will have to be a significant amount of RAM and perhaps a special graphics chip, I think.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
9/19/2015 | 12:42:54 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
No way the iPad Pro will replace a Mac Book or Windows laptop. You are right, it is a companion piece. I like using it for entertainment and to communicate home or to customers through FaceTime or Skype. The video capabilities are really great. But to do my job properly on the road, i need a laptop. Having the iPhone 6+ now allows me to use that device instead of the iPad which is a big help for me mobility-wise.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
9/19/2015 | 12:48:28 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
The Surface comes close to those who wish to have a tablet-like device with them. But the difference is the operating system and all that comes with running one. The iPad is a simple device that really can be a pain to work with if you want to use it for business tasks. Maybe Apple is heading towards an iPad device that will run on OSX as sugggested by another poster. But until that happens, the iPad functionality will not approach what you can do with a laptop running a full os.
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
9/19/2015 | 1:01:49 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
Quite frankly, I'm surprised the iPad "Pro" isn't an OSX device. Running iOS is the biggest limitation.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
9/19/2015 | 1:18:12 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I guess Apple is tyring to make the iPad family "instant on" which is why they keep iOS. But i just don't know enough about OSX to know if it would run at an acceptable performance level on an iPad Pro given the processor and memory on board.
Sincee
50%
50%
Sincee,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/7/2015 | 1:53:27 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
So true !
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
9/21/2015 | 8:21:12 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
My Surface Pro 3 boots in under a minute from a cold start and wake up time is in seconds so really it's not all that different from the iPad.  A cold boot of an iPad still takes some time even if people rarely restart them.  I'm not a diehard Microsoft fan but I do have to say that the Surface is something that they are getting very right.   No matter where I go with it people are surprised by it and I get a lot of "I want one now" responses to it.
nasimson
50%
50%
nasimson,
User Rank: Ninja
9/30/2015 | 12:08:47 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
@SaneIT:

> No matter where I go with it people are surprised by it and I get a lot of "I want one now" responses to it.

What you've shared has gotten SURFACE on my "to-try" list. Not to my "to-buy" list yet. In my circle everyone uses iOS or Android. But I've a cousin in Microsoft to whom I'm going to ask for a experience.
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
9/30/2015 | 8:15:52 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
@nasimson, I know it's not for everyone but I really enjoy mine.  When I bought mine I assumed it would be a fun experiment for an IT guy who really wants to minimize the number of devices in his life.  A week in all my direct reports were asking when they got one.  Then is started to creep a handful of the sales teams decided they wanted one instead of a laptop, the Controller in accounting decided that she needs one and this is just from seeing me pick it up out of its dock and walk to a meeting.  My one issue is the price, I know it's a new market and competition hasn't pulled prices down yet but right now I'm willing to pay a little more if it means I don't have a desktop, laptop and tablet that I'm shuffling between for my daily functions.  
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
10/8/2015 | 7:49:17 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
We have about 50 and will be deploying about 30 more in early 2016. As to price, we've found them to be comparable to the laptops staff are used to carrying. Then, when you pull the iPad out of the bag as well, it's an easy swap. Of course, if you aren't already in a Windows-heavy shop, experiences may vary.
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
10/8/2015 | 8:05:08 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
As of this week they are only getting better too.  I'm going to say keep an eye on Continuum, as soon as they get this new offering to behave a little more like the desktop version of Win 10, I may not carry anything but a phone and the tiny docking device.  Right now the single app on a big screen is too limiting for me to take the plunge but it is getting very close to ideal.  If you were running a VDI environment though I could see a roll out of Win 10 phones and Continuum docks hitting desks soon. 
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
10/8/2015 | 8:55:38 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
Which version of the Surface are you using? The Pro 3 runs the full version of Windows just like a laptop. Our folks rarely use the tablet apps because the Windows desktop experience is the same as a much more expensive ultralight laptop.
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
10/9/2015 | 8:07:29 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
Currently the Pro 3.  I was referring to Win 10 Phone and the Continuum dock. To me this is the next step in the mobile market and I really expected Apple to do it first.  A couple years ago when my Android phone got fast enough to run a browser and remote desktop connection reliably on a 24" monitor I tried pushing my desktop to a virtual machine but the experience was very frustrating.  I think Win Phone 10 has the opportunity to knock this one out of the park if they can make it behave like my Surface Pro 3 when it is docked. 
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
10/9/2015 | 9:12:24 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
Thanks for clarifying. I'm not particularly confident about a single device meeting all needs, but I like that Microsoft is trying to move in that direction. It is certainly innovative.
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
10/12/2015 | 8:20:34 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
The Surface Pro is very close for me and mostly because of the fact that I can dock it to use a full sized display, keyboard, mouse, etc.  With most of my toolbox moving to the cloud I need massive amounts of processing power less often.  Really I need to have a handful of applications open, mostly communications tools some browser tabs that I can quickly jump between, pop out and pop back in. Eventually the hardware specs needed to do what I need will fit into a smart phone sized package. 
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
10/12/2015 | 8:53:56 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I'm not quite that cloud-based yet. However I do plan to move to a mid-tier spec Surface Pro 4 in early 2016 as part of our annual equipment refresh cycle. Looking forward to trading in my laptop and ipad.
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
10/13/2015 | 9:50:04 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I don't miss my old iPad one tiny bit.  I used to have a desktop, laptop, tablet and phone.  Shuffling documents around between them all frustrated me to no end.  I swapped the laptop and iPad out for a Surface Pro, then slowly stopped using the desktop as much when I got a dock for the Surface.  After getting settled into the routine of docking my surface every morning I gave up the desktop too.  I only miss the dedicated desktop when I'm working with larger sets of data and want to run things locally for a bit.  In the long run though I'm so much happier with a simpler, smaller hardware solution. 
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
10/13/2015 | 10:07:57 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I keep an older, but pretty beefed up, tower under my desk to RDP into for that kind of higher processing load. Granted, not everyone has the space or extra desktop towers lying around.
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
10/14/2015 | 8:15:58 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I did the same, now I have an emergency desktop instance running in the datacenter.  I only turn it on if I really need it and can't work without disrupting other people who may be on a terminal server with me.  I haven't gone full VDI just yet but take this as an intermediate step. 
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
10/15/2015 | 1:41:09 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
That is good news. I don't have a Surface and my Dell Ultrapad boots up quicker than my desktop. But compared to my iPad and iPhone, they are slower. I really like the iPhone as i have my calendar, contacts and important mail accounts synched so that helps me as a road warrior.
nasimson
50%
50%
nasimson,
User Rank: Ninja
9/19/2015 | 11:46:53 AM
9 hours of battery time ..
9 hours of battery time means that it would barely last a 6 hour flight. On 80% battery, 2 hours of use in departure  lounge + 6 hour flight. And you are carrying a dead ipad!
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
9/19/2015 | 12:29:36 PM
Re: 9 hours of battery time ..
That is true and that is why you have to get one of those external chargers with a large battery. I have one that i keep at home just in case the lights go out or for long flights whree i need to have extra power for a device. The iPad has pretty good battery life but you really need to have power backup just in case.
nasimson
50%
50%
nasimson,
User Rank: Ninja
9/29/2015 | 11:58:35 PM
a USB or memory card? No way!
iPAD will never have a USB or memory card. So you always remain in a walled garden called iTUNES. Good for user experience but BAD in those situations where you need to quickly transfer files from one machine to the other!
progman2000
50%
50%
progman2000,
User Rank: Ninja
10/15/2015 | 4:55:04 PM
Galaxy Note 5
I did remarkably well traveling this weekend with my new Galaxy Note 5 and an external bluetooth keyboard. I don't think anything without a keyboard could ever be a serious business device, but for me it needs to be as close to full size as possible. I would be curious to see what this iPad cover keyboard thing is like, but not curious enough to buy it.
Slideshows
10 Top Cloud Computing Startups
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  8/3/2020
Commentary
Adding Fuel to the MSP vs. In-house IT Debate
Andrew Froehlich, President & Lead Network Architect, West Gate Networks,  8/6/2020
Commentary
How Enterprises Can Adopt Video Game Cloud Strategy
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  7/28/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Enterprise Automation: Do More with Less
In this IT Trend Report, we highlight the benefits of automation and the various tools as enterprises navigate turbulent times, try to do more with less, keep their operations running, and stay on track with digital modernizations.
Slideshows
Flash Poll