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The iPad 2 doesn't have any revolutionary new business features, but its cameras, in addition to increased comfort and speed, provide an incremental benefit to the already viable use of iPads in the enterprise.

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    Vikram Prashar | 03-03-2011

    You should still get something that lets you have more granular control over all mobile devices. But really, there is no competition here. Companies like standards and having a single hardware and software platform make the iPad ideal for companies trying to standardize on equipment. Bluetooth connectivity to a big screen display would have been nice. Perhaps there will be (is?) an app for that?

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      Info-Tech Research Group | 03-04-2011

      Thanks for your comment, Vikram. I don’t think Bluetooth would be ideal for video. I have used AirDisplay to do wireless screen sharing with a MacBook over WiFi; it’d be nice to go the other way too though (i.e. mirror the iPad’s display wirelessly). Maybe we’ll see an app for that, and further down the road, native support for wireless video connections.

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    Dave Houlette | 03-03-2011

    I'm a little disappointed that the iPads don't provide the ability to use a stylus for handwritten notes, a la Microsoft's tablet OS. In return for a moderate-resolution, stylus-sensitive app, I'd happily trade my tablet PC in permanently, and use my iPad for meeting notes. The 10-hour battery life's already got me hooked; a OneNote clone would reel me in.

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      Info-Tech Research Group | 03-04-2011

      Thanks Dave. There are a lot of third party stylus solutions for the iPad see Amazon, or you can even make your own. Apps like Writepad can be used for handwriting recognition. I've used Adobe Ideas for quick sketches, and I've heard good things about Penultimate as well.

      As for OneNote, I use Evernote on my iPad for taking meeting notes (and pictures and sound snippets). But OneNote itself is also available (free) for iPhone, so a native iPad app can’t be far behind.

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    Jeff Brewer | 03-04-2011

    No 4G(LTE) support. Bigtime fail. The Xoom's 4G support, once enabled, is a huge consideration no one is mentioning. The speed of the Verizon LTE network is going to revolutionize mobile devices. I love how Jobs fails to mention the lack of memory and camera pixels. Great business move to release a device to try and sustain your dominance in the market. How about some copy and paste Steve? That would make the upgrade worth it.

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      Info-Tech Research Group | 03-04-2011

      Thanks for your input Jeff. Given that LTE is only available in a few cities at the moment, I wouldn't consider its omission a fail. Even the Xoom doesn't support it out of the box, and I'm curious about how many people will bother sending it away for the upgrade. By the time LTE is widespread (2013ish), new iPads and iPhones will support it.

      Fair enough on making exact specs hard to find. The iPad 2 is a bit behind its competitors there, with 512 MB of memory vs. a gig. I don’t think the average person will know or care much, though, as long as it works smoothly, which it already did on 256 MB.

      Copy and paste has been in iOS for a long time. Fail. :-)

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    Seamus Marrinan | 05-02-2011

    The issue I have with the I-Pad is the new set of tools that we have to introduce and another management issue we have to manage when there is products such as Kiztek and other windows brands.
    Kiztek actually have a Windows 7 tablet with 10.1" screen, 2 usb ports and a HDMI output, 2 cameras just to mention a few features. This allows us to use all of the apps we have currently and not have to learn a new set of tools. Plus the users do not have to learn a new set of tools.

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      Info-Tech Research Group | 05-03-2011

      Thanks for your comment, Seamus. I do see the appeal in adopting tablets running Windows, since IT and users are already familiar with it. However, I've found such tablets to be very clunky to use in comparison with the iPad. Even considering prior familiarity, a tablet with an OS built for the form factor is more intuitive, and this leads to greater efficiency. Management tools and apps have come a long way as well. I think most businesses would find the iPad acceptable, unless the issues you mention are insurmountable due to an organization's special situation.

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