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Apple's iPad Still Dominates The Enterprise
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jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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5/13/2014 | 9:00:00 AM
Re: Glamor or Practical at core?
Agreed, that tablets are all about consumption. That's our focus right now. They have some value as remote desktop tools for travelers connecting to a Windows machine back at the office, but the primary value we see is for process automation and reduction of paper/printing across our organization. We're just getting started on this road to "paperless" but early indications are promising.
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StephanieF610,
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5/10/2014 | 4:01:47 PM
They are all show ball effecting and trampling the "old" internet.
This is a hot market with all upside. My site http://ipad-quicktips.info is dedicated to the many ways to catch this money wave and not get snowed under.
batye
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batye,
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5/10/2014 | 1:29:35 AM
Re: Glamor or Practical at core?
for me Android have it value... Ipad or Windows tablet... not my cup of tea... but maybe one day I learn to love Apple :)... 
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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5/9/2014 | 10:52:55 AM
Re: Glamor or Practical at core?
I think the discussion isn't so much iPad vs Android tablet, but more tablet or no tablet. Tablet sales are leveling off and tablet use is declining in the typical target audiences. People figured out by now that tablets are great for consuming content, but horrible for creating content or anything else that requires active productivity.

And then there is the fact that nobody gets fired for buying iPads, same way as nobody gets fired for buying Microsoft. Considering that an endorsement or user preference is plain wrong.
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TerryB,
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5/8/2014 | 1:19:13 PM
Re: Glamor or Practical at core?
Thanks for feedback. I guess I was wondering about experience once you launch the enterprise app you write. Would the app work any different on iPad than it would on an Android? If not, I was just wondering if the only differentiator is the "Wow, I/they are using an iPad" factor to enhance the customer/biz user to adopt easier.

Sounds like I was right about iPad just having the momentum with developers because in the beginning, that was only choice. Just wondering if some of readers were faced with decision today to implement their first app on tablet, would they go "old school" and start disqualifying the cheaper devices for use case reasons before moving on to more expensive devices like iPad? Or is the paradigm now to say first "what device is most likely to be accepted by my users", then look at technical implementation of app. I mean, Touch is Touch when it comes to using application, isn't it? Or am I wrong, they can actually work better on iPad vs Android? 

Think apps like car dealers completing sale application or cruise lines having iPads for guests to use to book services. I do get your point when comparing more generic applications like Office type app, then you do get drastic difference in function. But would the car sales app work just as well on a cheaper Android device, just not look as cool because it's not iPad?
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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5/8/2014 | 9:08:06 AM
Re: Glamor or Practical at core?
I use both Android and Apple devices. I prefer my iPad to any Android tablet I've tried. I prefer my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone to any iPhone I've tried recently. Overall, both platforms can perform well in the business environment if you are willing to invest in the apps to make them work. The recent Office for iPad release will tilt the scale, in my opinion. None of the leading office-like apps on either platform truly support all of the functions that MS Office does. The iPad app is very full-featured.

For newbies, the iOS experience is easier to learn than any of the various flavors of Android OS with mfr customizations. The other reason Apple will continue to lead in the enterprise space is because there is momentum involved with being first to market. Companies have been building tools and infrastructure around Apple products. For a time, it remains easier and more seamless to continue with Apple, even at elevated pricing, because that is what the organization knows and is setup to use. That kind of corporate inertia takes a long time to shift.
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TerryB,
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5/7/2014 | 1:32:29 PM
Glamor or Practical at core?
Interesting. Is it because the iPad is flashy, hip to the employees/customers who use the app compared to an Android device? Or is there some reason an app works better on iPad versus Android? Or is it because easier to develop for iPad? Or just because iPad came first, attracted the early developers/apps, so momentum stays with that?

Android tablets obviously work and are usually cheaper. Objectively as business developer, I'd have to disqualify the cheaper alternative before going to iPad, unless this decision is being made for non software reasons. Getting a user to USE anything new is a battle, so maybe the sex appeal of iPad is a help. Android is capturing market share but not necessarily winning the sex appeal battle while doing it.


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