Though there's certainly much controversy about the iPad, there are many business professionals -- perhaps like you -- that have trooped out and bought one. Like the iPhone and iPod Touch, the real power is in the apps. This might be especially true for the iPad, where apps might be able to help make up for some of the lacking features: no multi-tasking, non-existent USB and SD, no phone or texting, and missing Flash support for the web browser.
Remember, all iPhone and iPod Touch apps should install and work on the iPad. However, given the bigger screen and feature differences, many developers are releasing another version specifically designed for the iPad. Most of the 21 apps you're going to read about here are already adapted.
Sharing & Collaboration
As you may know too well already, the iPad lacks a USB port, SD slot, or any removable storage support. Besides the $29 adapter kit, the Wi-Fi or 3G connection is pretty much all you have to transfer documents, photos, and other files in and out of the iPad. This $9.99 app leverages the Wi-Fi connectivity to make accessing and transferring files easy. It lets you mount the iPad as a drive on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer so you can drag and drop files. Additionally, its web-based interface lets you access the iPad from any web browser.
Though the iPad isn't a phone, you can make and receive calls via the Internet phone provider Skype when connected to a Wi-Fi network. Remember, calls to or from other Skype users are free and unlimited landline/mobile calling is only a couple bucks a month. At the time of this writing, Skype is still working on 3G support and an app specifically designed for the iPad.
Since the iPad isn't a phone, you can't send or receive SMS or MMS text messages, right? Wrong! You can email and participate in social networking with the iPad, so you shouldn't have to pull out your phone just to text a colleague, friend, or family member. This free, AD supported, app lets you send and receive unlimited texts right on the iPad, without a phone number. Plus the app offers group texting features where you can join or start texting communities -- its the new chatroom. To get rid of the ADs, purchase it for just $2.99.
textPlus iPad app
If you ever participate in Webex meetings over the Internet, download this free app to attend or conduct meetings with your 3G or Wi-Fi iPad. You can see any shared documents, applications, or desktop. Plus you can collaborate with the other participants with voice and/or text chat. You dont even need a WebEx account to attend, only to start meetings.
5. Fuze Meeting
This free app is from another web conferencing service, Fuze Meeting. You can start or join web conferences. You can share and chat with participants, all protected with enterprise-grade security. Fetch attendants by calling them into the meeting. At the time of this writing, they're currently working on a iPad version.
Here's yet another free app for a web meeting service, GoToMeeting. Like Webex, this app was built specifically for the iPad. However, keep in mind this app is only for attending; you can not host a GoToMeeting session with it.
This free app gives you access to the Dropbox online storage service, free for up to 2GB of disk space. Dropbox lets you synchronize, backup, share, and access your files from just about every device: the iPad and several mobile phones and from Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. From the iPad app, you'll be able to access your files and stream any music or videos. You'll also be able to upload and sync content. Want to share something with a colleague or friend? You can quickly email a public link.
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