iPad App Review
This article will highlight some great iPad apps worth downloading for business users. This follows on from my last post asking “should business owners buy an iPad?” the answer I feel now is strongly, yes.
Since buying my iPad in July 2011, I have practically used it everyday. I use it to read the paper whilst eating my breakfast, or drinking a coffee in Starbucks. I use it to blog using the WordPress app. I make notes in meetings through Evernote and i take it on holiday because it’s small, portable which means I can do small bits of work without bringing the laptop.
But it’s not always about work, you can have a gadget for fun too and there are loads of fun apps if you want entertainment. For example I was at work late one evening and wanted to catch the England game which was on t.v – out comes the iPad. I open an app called TV Catchup and viola, I’m watching the game whilst I work!
Edit Word Documents & Spreadsheets
Whilst on this holiday I needed to review some Microsoft Word files, usually this would be a job for the laptop but “there’s an app for that” one of them is called Pages it is Apple’s version of word but it doesn’t come with the PowerPoint or Excel equivalents. I purchased DocsToGo. This allowed me to open Word, and Excel files, make changes to them and save and resend them. For business users this is probably one of the most important Apps you can download – truly taking your office mobile.
I have also recently bought a WD media player that allows me to play films on my TV like you can play music files as MP3s. I have a huge DVD collection with over 300 films, my film fetish is beginning to take over my lounge so I decided that if I can put all my films on a hard drive I can then categorise them and be able to search for films in seconds rather than trying to find the right disc in the wrong case. In starting this I had a fair few films that I had in digital media (mostly in AVI format) so they wouldn’t play through iTunes. So I bought CineXPlayer which allows me to store my films within the app and then watch when I feel like it. This came in super helpful on my recent skiing trip. I watched a film on the plane and one most nights allowing me to leave the DVD player and all the dvd’s I usually take at home. (just to clarify i have mentioned holiday 3 times in this post I am talking about the same holiday – I’m not on holiday all the time honest!)
So to summarise if your business hasn’t bought an iPad just yet, you should really consider what great help it could be – even if you can blag one and use it to watch films!
If you have any iPad application suggestions I would be happy to hear them and post them up when I’m next on holiday! Just kidding.