Even if these apps feature a level of persistence as you jump around them, the frustration would build; this would especially be the case for IT professionals used to flipping constantly between applications. If you are more the kind of worker who will spend all day working with spreadsheets the experience will be fine.
On the positive side, Apple has not locked these types of users into the (quite responsive) on screen keyboard, with a Blu-tooth or dockable keyboard being an option for the key pounders.
Road Warrior Salespeople and others of this ilk will be proud to whip out an iPad in their next important client presentation. Nothing impresses a CEO more than showy technology. Sure the Sales bloke will have an issue if he has not charged his iPad battery in the last ten hours and needs to output his presentation to a projector via the dock connector, but that is just part of presentation planning hey?
As my colleague David Williams pointed out, the lack of any camera on the iPad puts a dampener on what could have been a killer business application of video conferencing, there will be ways around this however, with external devices.
It is also pleasing to see a range of models from the outset - starting at US$499 and moving up from there with increased storage and varied connectivity features and accessories to add. This approach will broaden further the audience for such a device.
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