I’ve been drawn to the iPad, or iOS in general since I got my first iPod Touch. I did not have an iPhone since I was given a BlackBerry by the company I worked for at the time, but the iPod Touch really got it all going. Then I got an iPad 2nd gen and really began to see that I could do so many more things easier and quicker.
What I noticed was I was really starting to get this entire app-centric way of computing. Lots of smaller apps and each doing something unique instead of a fewer number of massively bloated desktop applications that took forever to learn how to use. If I wanted to apply some coloring to an image, just find an app that did that. I’m an IT professional, I do databases and Linux every day, but this new way of computing was nice. This was simple. Things just got done.
Now I’m on an iPad Air 2 and iOS has come a long way. I am using ssh clients, database clients, RDP clients, etc. I spend a great deal of my time in Pages, Numbers and Keynote. They handle all of the office chores that I need to complete. They are not as full featured as the desktop versions, and they are no where near as powerful as a full-blown MS Office install on a desktop or laptop, but I don’t need that. I’m not managing pivot tables. I am constantly making presentations and I’m leading meetings, and I have found that Keynote is all I need. I get my presentation decks made quickly and efficiently and I think I’m more productive.
Work just gets done. It works for me.