About three months ago I was engaged to work on a consulting project which required me to go out to my client’s offices everyday. Up to this point, since I had finally gotten my own iPad, it had been a home dweller, but it has now become my primary workhorse computer.
While at home, I used it mostly for reading, tweeting and browsing with articles for which I got links on Twitter. Application review was also a big one, also. I would have several sessions a day on the iPad. I would pick it up, do something with it and put it down when I was finished with that task. When I started going out with it, this all changed. I now spend just about my entire day with the iPad in hand, reading and writing emails, browsing and keeping up with the news on Twitter and on a couple of magazines.
I rarely use a regular computer for my work activities. The only tasks I prefer to do on a regular computer are drawing diagrams and preparing presentations. While I’ve retouched a presentation or two with the iPad’s Keynote, I find it much more productive to create them on a regular computer using a keyboard and a mouse.
Carrying the iPad always with me has led to some interesting changes in my habits as I no longer leave any unread messages on my inboxes. This is something I had been trying to accomplish for quite sometime without having full success until I switched to using the iPad as my primary email reading and writing computer. I find that going through the emails, reading what is important and deleting what is junk is much faster on the iPad than on a regular computer. The same applies to going through tweets.
My personal experience with using the iPad for all my day to day work activities has been very positive. While I would not go as far as to say that in its current state and with the currently available applications it could totally replace a desktop or notebook computer, I will go as far saying that it takes care of well over 90% of what I do.