A while back, upon the release of the iPad 2, I wrote a post titled “iPad 2: Ten Best Productivity Uses.”
Well, a new iPad is upon us… and it is called the iPad 3… I mean, the new iPad!
New iPad, New Uses
The new iPad builds on the foundation that the iPad 2 had set as the standard in the tablet market.
Apple continues to evolve their products at a truly breakneck speed.
The new iPad brings some great new features to the table including:
- a new Retina Screen
- 4G Connectivity
- a graphics processor that is 2X’s as fast as before
- a new 5MP camera
These improvements, while seemingly subtle, take the iPad to a whole new level of enjoyment and use.
Top 10 Productivity Uses
After using the new iPad for a few days, here are the Top 10 Productivity Uses:
1. True Mobility – One of the biggest features of the new iPad is the 4G connectivity. It does not disappoint. 4G LTE finally provides the mobile device experience that we have longed for. A mobile device that has true internet speed no matter where you are. Not some slow pokey connection. In fact, 4G LTE screams. Here is a speed test on the AT&T LTE network from Atlanta. As you can see, it was much faster than my WiFi connection via my local cable provider.
2. Retina Screen – Apple has been touting the Retina Screen on the new iPad. How good is it? It is amazing. In fact, it is so sharp, that it is subtle. Some of the interfaces are so crisp that your eyes do a double-take. It makes reading a joy. Interestingly, after a while my eyes adjusted. Just as I was starting to doubt the screen, I looked at my iPad 2 and could immediately see the difference. Reading on the iPad 2 was no longer fun after the clarity of the new iPad screen.
3. Email Machine – Email has always been a strong point of the iPad. Many people find it easier and more productive to process email on the iPad vs. a laptop. There is just something magical about touching your email. The Retina Screen and 4G combine to make the new iPad the ultimate email device.
4. Reading Device - It should not surprise you that I am a fan of reading on the iPad. From books to RSS, the iPad has become my main source of content review. (See: Why I no longer buy books.) You will want to read even more on this screen. The letters almost look fake, they are so sharp in some areas. Amazon has already released a new version of its Kindle App and it is simply wonderful.
4. Laptop Replacement – Many people are starting to carry just an iPad, even when they are on the road for a business trip. For connectivity, communication, and reference the iPad wins hands down versus a laptop. This is doubly true when you compare size and battery life. (Look for a coming post on “Replacing your Laptop.”)
5. Cloud Access – The new iPad is the ultimate access point to your cloud data. Whether it is your files, your notes, or even your remote computer, the iPad is a portal to all your information. Dropbox, Evernote, and LogMeIn make this device your window to your data.
6. Dayplanner Replacement - I have previously examined whether the iPad could replace my dayplanner. It has been an evolution, as apps and hardware have improved. With the 4G connectivity, the iPad has become a tool that my dayplanner could not. Notes are still the one area for which I still use paper. (See “Why you Should Try a Moleskine“)
7. Camera – The camera on the previous iPad was adequate, but left a lot to be desired. The camera on the new iPad is much improved. I still wouldn’t want to walk around with this thing as a camera. However, as a business tool it can be very powerful. Awesome for capturing whiteboards, field intelligence, and more.
8. Apps – The new iPad is easily the leading tablet hardware on the market. However, the iPad’s secret weapon is its App Store arsenal. With the improved graphics processing and resolution, apps will continue to shine brighter on the new iPad. Great productivity apps like Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Day One Journal, OmniFocus, iA Writer, Tweetbot, and Reeder have already been updated.
9. 4G Tethering – Well, the 4G connection flies… and if you are on Verizon, you can set up tethering for your other devices. I have been unable to test this yet, since currently it is a Verizon only option. Hopefully, AT&T will get this up and running soon. (Hurry, AT&T!)
10. Enjoyable Experience – The iPad is useful… because it is a joy to use. From the great UI, to the best screen, to the never-think- about-connectivity 4G, using the iPad just becomes effortless. This may sound light and fluffy, but it is true. And from a productivity standpoint, I always advise, “Choose Tools You’ll Use.” The new iPad definitely fits this description.
New iPad, Even Better Productivity
Has the iPad finally eclipsed the laptop? Are we in the post-PC era?
I am not sure that “replaced” is the right term. It might be better to say that it has out-evolved the PC.
It performs many tasks better than a laptop at this point.
The new iPad does not disappoint and will be central to my productivity efforts.
Question: What about you? Do you use the iPad as a productivity tool? Please share your thoughts below in the comments.