For me the smart phone will not be as convenient as the laptop because 1) I would never be able to type as fast as I can which makes it hard for me to use for work applications. 2) I like the small screen but some of the applications like gaming and movies, I would rather have the bigger laptop form factor which has a failry large display.
Well, yes... you simply can't compare it in raw productivity but if you are making it easier for them to carry it around, maybe they will start working in the train, car, home, park, restaurant ... people don't realize it but when you send an email at midnight, your boss is really happy!
I like to use basic field obnosis to see what people are using. Between March and May I was on two business trips/conferences. Based on what I saw in the airports, hotels and conference centers, I can tell you the laptop is still the by far the leading computer on the road, but there was a noticeable difference in the percentage of users with the iPad. I'd estimate iPads were in use among 12% of the total computer users out there. And on closer inspection I noticed these folks were using the iPads for the same basic purposes their neighboring laptop users were using theirs (note taking, email, spread sheets, presentations, surfing).
This is such a good discussion, I would say Ipad does not replace laptop anytime in future.Ipad is just like a smartphone with bigger device. Ipad and laptop has different functionalities although both has some common fetures like browsing the internet. If you are a developer u always prefer to work on laptop not on Ipad and Ipad is not capable of handling that. Ipad is good for reading news, novels and browsing.
Ipad can be used in many different ways, Imagine if restaurant people are using Ipad to order the dishes when customers sit on the table and when they are done with eating they can take some feedback survey on Ipad which makes customers feel good.In the same way we can use Ipad in hospitals with some build in application to take feedback from the patients to improve the facilities.
Apple's commercial definitely helped us visualize how people of different careers can utilize ipad as their main tool for operation. I do believe that they will replace some of the existing tools. For example, in alot of restaurants where there are wireless handheld device for ordering dishes, the ipad here can definitely replace the functionality with even more functionality. It' s amazing how far Apple has come along. They incorporate so many functionalitiies in a tiny device.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.