While many might have already relegated the iPad as a purely entertainment device with business applications of the tablet coming in as an afterthought, well, that does not seem to be the right assessment. Instead, a ChangeWave survey of 1,641 business IT buyers conducted in November has thrown up some startling facts. Like a sizeable 7 percent of those quizzed has revealed they are already into using tablet PCs for doing various office jobs like sending e-mails, doing internet research and so on. If that makes you think tablet PCs has made considerable inroads in the short span of time that they have come into being, well there still remains a lop of space to grow as a whooping 14 percent have shown active interest in ushering in the use of tablets in their business operations in the first quarter of next year.
As far as product preference is concerned, the iPad reigns supreme with as many as 4 out of 5 tablet PC aspirant saying its the iPad that they would prefer to buy. This translates to around 78 percent of those polled showing their preference for the iPad. This in spite of there being tablet such as the HP Slate 500 specialized for business operations though its currently placed at a distant third with just 8 percent willing to invest in the HP Slate. Things though are a tad better for Dell and BlackBerry who are placed second but are also far behind Apple in that just 9 percent willing to buy these. Samsung’s Galaxy Pad may be making waves alright but its further down the ladder with just 4 percent from the business community showing a willingness to buy it.
However, it would be interesting to see which way actual consumer preference sways in the coming year when we know there are a flurry of new tablet launches scheduled. And amongst these will tablets such as the RIM Playbook or the Cisco tablet that has been built for a commercial usage and is likely to be ready by next year. Finally of course, there will be the iPad 2 itself.