Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tablets--Not good for real work?

Author: Riley Alexander, MD, MBA

I've been meaning to write a little follow-up to Dr. Kim's post earlier this week here, but got a little busy and didn't get around to it. It was ironic that he wrote his sentiments to trying to use the iPad as his road-computer a day after I read this on CrunchGear. Basically the article states that a survey using Google's mobile ad service, AdMob, found the highest percentage of tablet users were using their tablets for....gaming--work or any "production" categories weren't even on the survey. I was really surprised gaming was that high.

I tend to agree, though, and think that the current crop of tablets, represented largely by the iPad, are primarily for consumption and not production. Now, we've reported that they can be implemented in many profound ways, especially in the medical environment, but those running mobile OS's are just not going to be able to replicate the productivity of standard computers--especially when trying to use software made for standard computers. When implemented properly, however, I think they can be true game-changers.


For now, it's best to get an iPad as a secondary device and not plan on it replacing your primary computer--and to play games of course.

About the author:

Dr. Riley Alexander is a pathology resident at Indiana University School of Medicine, blog "addict" and avid follower of technology. His primary interests revolve around how technology, especially mobile, will create increased efficiency, enhanced physician education and better delivery of care in the medical field. Dr. Alexander is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine with a combined MD/MBA, in partnership with IU's Kelley School of Business. Due to this, he is also very interested in management, healthcare policy and non-clinical aspects of the medical field and enjoys exploring non-clinical opportunities for medical students, residents and physicians. He completed his undergraduate education at IU-Bloomington.

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