I’m a PC. Or, at least, I thought I was.
When the wife bought her first iPhone (3GS) a few years ago, I chortled at the incredulity of such a device. After all, it’s just an iPod with an additional feature. A year later, I sneaked my iPhone 4 into the house after having a brief dalliance with an HTC HD2 which, I’m afraid, was just awful.
The iPhone 4 was a work phone, but I went for it because I wanted the apps. I didn’t (and still don’t) have a problem with the phone aspect despite many people complaining about it’s ability to perform against a BlackBerry. But I didn’t have any real business use for it. Then I was presented with the prospect of iPad. Again, I didn’t see the use of it other than as a leisure tool, so I played around with it for a bit, brought it into the light now and again and mostly passed it to my three year old son to play games.
However, a colleague mentioned an app for iOS called Wunderlist, a task list that synchronises to the cloud so you can access your list anywhere. This was the start of a whole new relationship with Apple products. Suddenly I had a use for my two devices in addition to the usual Twitter/Email/Calendar functions. On the back of this, I’ve come across other applications, usually specific, that also help my daily life:
DropBox - Totally fills the HUGE gap in iPad’s lack of directory structure. I save files to my DropBox account on my desktop and no longer print things out. Ever.
OneNote - A recent creation, but now that I synchronise to my SkyDrive account, I just drop notes here or on my laptop and have cut down on my note taking.
Noteability - Similar to OneNote, but with some better features. I like the ability to draw/scribe, but I will have to buy a ‘stylus’ to use it better.
Microsoft Lync – How awesome to be able to chat to colleagues and collaborate wherever I am. To be fair, the greatness is in the core product, not the app, but the fact that I can do it on the iPad or iPhone is fantastic.
There is a huge array of apps that I just don’t know about. (If you have any you recommend, please add a comment below.)
So, whereas I struggled to see how Apple could do it, now I believe they just might make a significant inroad into the corporate, enterprise market.
Further reading: http://ow.ly/8s53a