Unless you have been living on a deserted island, you are aware that Apple is releasing the newly updated iPad 2 on Friday.
The iPad has continued to shape and evolve the portable post-PC marketplace. Today, I wanted to look at some of the ways that the iPad 2 will be used for productivity.
Many time management fans love their technology and are always searching for the holy grail of time management tech.
Could the iPad 2 be your new dayplanner?
iPad 2 as a Dayplanner
Interestingly, one of my all time top posts was, “9 Ways the iPad Will Change Time Management.” I wrote it last year when the original iPad was announced by Apple.
Many of the technology game changers I previously pointed out still hold true for the iPad 2. Connectivity. Large Screen. The ability to carry large amounts information and documents.
However, the newly revised iPad 2 has matured and has new features which make it even more interesting as a dayplanner replacement.
There are those that love their time management gadgets and software, and there are those that love their traditional paper-based solutions.
The iPad has many advantages over the traditional paper planner ranging from calendar syncing, apps, and the ability to carry large amount of data.
The iPad 2 expands on this domain. Here are some of the advantages that the iPad 2 has going for it in terms of being a dayplanner replacement.
- Cameras – The iPad 2 has two cameras. A front-facing one for video chat and a rear-facing one for HD video and taking pictures. These will dramatically change the productivity uses of the iPad. You can snap pictures of whiteboards and meeting notes. Or you can use the device for video chat with remote colleagues. I am even curious to see what some companies will do with the video capabilities. Ironically, many corporations pay tens of thousands of dollars to develop training videos that look less professional that what you could put together with an iPad/iPhone and iMovie.
- Even Thinner – When it comes to time management tools, portability is a big factor. After all, you want your dayplanner with you at all times. The iPad 2 is almost a third thinner than the original. This slimmed form factor will make it that much more convenient and handy to carry.
- Very Unobtrusive – The iPad form factor has another benefit in that it is very unobtrusive. I find that I can bring it to meetings and almost no one notices it on the desk. Compare that to the negative connotation of having your laptop open in a meeting. It does not block your face from your peers, and there is no clickety-clack of a keyboard. I am not advocating working during meetings, but it can be useful to look up information quickly.
- Huge Amount of Apps – When the iPad was released last year, it was way ahead of its time. Over the past year, the apps have started to catch up with the device. From Evernote to full screen todo apps like 2Do, there are now apps which are taking advantage of the power and interface of the device.
- Smart Covers – It is interesting (ironic even) that one of the most anticipated new features of the iPad 2 is the new magnetic Smart Cover that Apple designed. It is basically a screen cover that self-attaches itself to the device via magnets. It is simple to instantly peel-off the iPad 2. This will greatly reduce the bulk of the device, and provide more instant access. This was a drawback of the original iPad. Even the slimmest of cases added size and taking it out of the case was a chore.
As elegant a device as the iPad is, there are still some aspects that cause reservations about using it as your dayplanner.
- Consumption vs. Creativity – There is still a lot of discussion about whether the iPad is better as a consumption (reading) device or as a work (creativity) device. As a dayplanner, I think this is a limited drawback because you are usually viewing your appointments, calendars, and todos. Typically, there is not a large volume of input that you need to do in your dayplanner.
- Taking Notes – Paper still holds the advantage over tech solutions when it comes to taking notes. As much as I use applications like Evernote and Zenbe lists, I still use pen and my Moleskine for note taking. I think this is an advantage that paper solutions while hold for a long time.
- Portability – While magically thin, the iPad 2 is still not something you will want to carry with your everywhere. Then again, the same may be true of your dayplanner. Syncing with other devices, such as your iPhone, can mitigate this issue.
- Price – While leading the industry at the $499 entry point, it is still an expensive dayplanner. And not something that you would want to have break and need to replace.
Could the iPad 2 Be Your Dayplanner?
The iPad 2 may not be the cheapest dayplanner option, but it can be a very elegant and powerful solution.
For those that prefer technology, the iPad 2 will provide some very powerful time management tools in a very slim package.
Personally, I am looking forward to the new slimmer form factor and intend to utilize some of the great new features such as the built-in cameras.
What do you think? Could the iPad 2 replace your dayplanner?