In the two years that I have had an iPad2, a lot has changed in the way that I use it and in what it can be used for. The early analysis that it was a great consumption device is still true, but it has become a great productivity device as well. Although I am only familiar with the iPad, I am sure this applies equally to the Android tablets.
It is easier to say what you cannot do with a tablet than to describe all the things that you can do with it. I am going to exclude consuming of books, music, film and gaming, which are excellent, and concentrate just on work productivity.
Here is a list of what I find I can't do with a tablet:
- Edit or interact smoothly with some web apps because they are not optimized for mobile or a touch screen.
- Use MS Office, and most alternatives I've tried are poor.
- Design with CAD, but you can view and mark up.
- Anything 'Flash'
- Clip web research to Evernote
The main production tool you use in your profession is probably best on a Desktop/Laptop, but many of us are not wearing one hat these days and the tablet really helps with that need for flexibility.
Things that are marginal but do-able:
- Downloading files
- Use multiple apps/programs at once (do-able, but limited)
Things that I didn't think I would do on a tablet, but which work fine:
- Money management
- Word processing and spreadsheets (just not with MS-like programs)
- Working with photos, which is great
Things a tablet can do that a laptop can't:
- Scan and upload
- Work wherever you want
- Keep a bBattery lasts all day
- Use in a meeting inconspicuously
- Record handwritten notes
- Fit in a small zippered folder smaller than a sheet of paper
Do you have a story about tablets? Add it in the comments.....