If you have watched TV or talked to a human in 2010 you know the general buzz and “coolness” factor of the iPad. The question I have been getting more lately is to compare the iPad with a Netbook. Some might say its not a fair comparison but from a business standpoint both have around a $500 price point at their lowest and both aim to provide fast access to your data with long battery life.
So lets compare:
Feature iPad Netbook Winner
Battery Life Advertised at 10hrs, real life usage about 8hrs Average is around 3-4hrs iPad
Operating System iOS 4.0 (same as iPhone) can only load apps from App Store Can run Windows or Linux and install any application Netbook
Keyboard Onscreen or Bluetooth Keyboard Typical Laptop Keyboard condensed Push
Load Time Instant On reboot is around 10 seconds 5-10 seconds from a sleep/hibernate. Reboot 20-30 seconds iPad
Cost Starts at $499 for wifi only version Starts at $249 up to $999 depending on OS and specs Push
As you can see there is no clear “Winner” the answer to which device is best for your business depends on the specific needs of your users and applications. If the instant On and battery life of the iPad is a requirement for walking around and meeting patients than the iPad is your winner. If you need Windows to run that mobile application or Internet Explorer for that one key web application than you need a Windows Netbook.
Don’t forget about the Linux netbook as an option. Linux offers better battery life and performance for basic web usage. You can still Remote Desktop to your windows machines or use Logmein if you need Windows without the worry of Windows Update or Antivirus holding your ATOM processor down. My favorite is by a long time Linux company System 76 (http://bit.ly/hZHXi1). If you haven’t tried Linux in a while take a look again at how far Ubuntu has come in the consumer market.
Windows, Linux or Apple give us a call to find out which is right for your business and your application challenges.