"Even with iWork and a separate keyboard an iPad does not truly replace a notebook, but if you can get at least some work done on it, then it gives consumers another reason to buy an iPad, as a laptop replacement for short trips," Avi Greengart, research director of mobile and consumer devices at Current Analysis, said in a research note shared with EnterpriseMobileToday.com. While the tech industry still debates whether or not netbooks will replace laptops in the workplace -- and whether smartphones will eventually replace both -- Greengart sees the iPad as being a true enterprise-class mobile device based on one of its applications. "iWork's Numbers application can instantly churn out attractive forms, making the iPad one of the least expensive ways to do live surveys, check inventory or collect census data. Oddly, Apple only mentioned Numbers forms in passing," said Greengart. He goes on to say that a VGA adapter will be available for the iPad to allow presentations from the device to be shared in the workplace, another indication that we may be seeing the iPad in the boardroom.
Mobile IT, Mobile Network Security Pitfalls of the iPadChris Hazelton, research director for mobile and wireless technologies at The 451 Group, agrees that the iPad's combination of a large display with the customized iWork suite of apps for spreadsheets and so on makes it ideal for business use. However, he said the lack of security and management features could cause headaches for mobile managers and IT.
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