I’m an early adopter. You’ll often find me walking around the QuickBase offices talking about or playing with the latest gadgets from the likes of Apple, Google, Sony, and Microsoft. My natural bias is to take an unproven technology and see how quickly I can integrate it into my life. Sometimes it works out great…other times it crashes and burns.
It’s hard to avoid the buzz around the new wave of tablets hitting the market this year. With the iPad 2 launch a few weeks ago (I was in line at my local Apple store to get my hands on it first) the excitement is building, and for good reason. For those who follow the consumer electronic circuit, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas was overrun by all kinds of new web tablet devices from a large array of manufactures. Many won’t ever make it to market but the RIM Playbook, HP TouchPad, and the commodity tablets powered by Google’s Android operating system are sure to pour more fuel on this already roaring fire. They all share something very much in common with the iPad – a full featured HTML5 capable web browser powered by WebKit – allowing almost ubiquitous usage of the sites we rely on to do our business, research, and keep in touch with colleagues, family and friends on the go.
I always believed in the power of the mobile tablet. I suppose my vision of what these things were supposed to be started as a child watching episodes of Star Trek: small and light with big, clear screens; simple but powerful user interfaces, fast startup, never ending battery life, and controlled entirely by touch. Last year, I waited in line with in the masses in front of a Boston area Apple store to be one of the first to get my hands on an iPad. The very first thing that I did once I was able to step foot into the store was to see how well interacting with many of my day-to-day web sites (including QuickBase) was on the device. I sometimes cringe a little at Apple’s hyperbole, but holding the web in your hands is indeed magical. As it turned out, for a very large majority of the work I need to do each day – the iPad browser isn’t only good enough…it has been spot on!
For me, the web tablet is a way to more easily leverage the value of the cloud within my daily routine. It makes the things I rely on the cloud to do for me that much more convenient. The first thing I do when my alarm goes off in the morning is reach for my iPad and quickly scan through the QuickBase users experience reports from the prior day and get myself grounded on what’s important. As I’m walking the halls of QuickBase, instead of just talking about that great presentation I found and promising to email it to a colleague, I can slide my finger across my trusty tablet and share it with them right away. All of my meeting notes are stored and kept in sync and easily shared via the iPad’s note app (I’m exploring other options like Evernote if you have opinions please do share). At QuickBase project stand-ups I can jump quickly into a Project Manager Plus QuickBase and silently enter a thought I’ll need later on a critical task.
It’s clear that the web was meant to be touched. This is great for SaaS products like QuickBase and it’s great for users too. It’s simple, it’s natural, it’s personal, and one thing is for sure…it’s definitely for me!
Do you have a tablet? How has your tablet changed how you utilize cloud computing and/or QuickBase in your daily life?