However, my experience with using SaaS apps on iPhone left a lot to be desired. I found the iPhone screen to be too small to have a strain-free experience. I also wanted the keyboard to be a bit bigger to suit my fingers. At times, I also want better processing power to have a more seamless experience. With iPad, I get all of these and more. It is a perfect mobile companion for heavy SaaS users without the clunkiness associated with netbooks. In short, iPad is a great device for any SaaS junkie and, in some ways, magical.
- Form factor, form factor, form factor. The form factor of iPad changes everything compared to the iPhone experience. Even though iPhone has revolutionized mobile landscape and changed the way people worked, the small form factor of iPhone made it difficult for the mobile workers to get higher efficiency with their productivity. It was good for a quick email or a quick note or even a quick browsing but one cannot rely on it completely. iPad’s form factor changes everything. Yes, you still cannot write an entire book using iPad (well, you can do it but it is not something you will enjoy compared to doing it on a laptop or desktop) but you can do most of the daily tasks. Though there are stories of some people tried running a business with just iPad and stranded Norwegian Prime Minister actually running the government during the ash delay, it still cannot be your only device but it is good enough to carry out most of your daily personal and professional tasks
- Though iPad doesn’t support multi-tasking, it is a device that could do multiple functions. In fact, iPad is my document reader, ebook reader, television, music player, telephone device, mobile email reader, laptop in most cases, etc.. One single device that completely replaces the functionality of multiple devices in my life
- I rely on SaaS for most of my application needs but iPhone or any other Smartphones were not comfortable for me as a SaaS user. The larger screen size of iPad makes it a perfect mobile device for my SaaS needs
- For those who live in US, the 3G data plan is one of the cheapest. It took away the need for my data card and saved me some green
- Lack of multi-tasking is the biggest problem with iPad. Hopefully, this will go away soon with the OS update
- Close integration with iTunes is a big problem for me, especially while transferring the documents I need to take from others when I am away from my computer. I have to load it to my cloud storage first and then get it on to my iPad