Will an iPad Make You More Productive?

Brian Barela

Google Survey of Tablet Use

These results are from a recent survey Google performed of how people used their tablet computers, the vast majority being iPads–source.

I’ve owned an iPad (version 1) for four months and can say that I’m a more efficient consumer of information, but not any more efficient at production or task completion.

There are two apps that I spend the majority (80%) of my time in:

Reeder: An RSS reader that syncs with my Google Reader account. It provides an in-app browser to easily view links and makes it very easy to share content I find interesting.

Twitter: A much better experience for me than on my mobile device (iPhone 4) or the desktop. Also features an in-app browser, which again makes it so much easier to consume links, as well as archive and share valuable content with my friends.

Bottom line: I spend less time “surfing” and more time “hunting” the web.

If you want to be productive on the iPad I strongly recommend an external keyboard. There’s simply no way to effectively type on the in-screen keyboard. But the survey shows that you will be happiest and most productive taking in information rather than sending it out on an iPad.

By Brian Barela | Posted: Apr 20, 2011
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  1. April 20, 2011, 7:54 pm | Permalink

    i should clarify what i mean by surfing vs hunting.

    surfing: non-focused exploration

    hunting: curated & intentional exploration

    the in app browsers allow me to follow link trails from trusted/authoritative sources. it allows me to discover new, interesting, and relevant content related to my interests.


  2. Tina
    April 21, 2011, 7:36 am | Permalink

    I agree content consumption comes far more naturally than content creation on a tablet. My favorite app on the iPad is Flipboard. it’s a beatiful interface for reading twitter, Facebook wall updates, RSS feeds and news categories you can choose. It’s like a personal magazine designed just for you. If you consider keeping up on people,news, latest trends important, then the tablet, iPad type of device can certainly be productive.


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