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Sales Meetings and My iPad

Yesterday I got a ping from a PC magazine editor asking about my tablet usage and how I see the adoption in the enterprise. This was actually great timing (my brother had given me a gift of an iPad 2 almost the same week it was released).

I’ve been travelling pretty heavily over the last 2 months, and had an opportunity to meet and learn from a lot of customers. The best companion during this travel has been my iPad. Here’s my small list of productivity apps/accessories which I use the most:

  • inSync iPad app – lets me access all files and all the versions backed up from my laptop
  • Smart cover – makes typing emails simple
  • Kindle app – Bought 2 books: The idea book & The upside of irrationality
  • iPad VGA adapter – allows me to present directly from my iPad
  • Evernote – for taking meeting notes

I’m currently a happy beta tester of the new version of the inSync app for iPad which allows offline access of folders marked as “favorites”, and this was an absolute life saver when I was travelling in Europe and didn’t want to pay heavy roaming charges 🙂

I see tablets as great access devices, which in my opinion would affect two markets the most: desktop and printer. Although I am still adjusting to carrying 1 extra device, but IMO the laptop may soon become more of an in-office/limited-mobility device.