Dell exec: iPad is “shiny” but not suitable for business

One of the most divisive points in any discussion on tablets is that which suggests that Apple’s iPad is an outstanding consumption device for content, but that there are better devices out there when it comes to creating content and being productive.

Many point to the iPad’s extensive range of productivity-focused apps, along with countless examples of impressive and extraordinary content being created on the Apple tablet, as demonstrative of its capabilities in that area. Others point to the existence of a vast range of hardware keyboards for the iPad as an example of the device being less than suitable for productivity-focused tasks in its out-of-the-box state. Whichever side of the argument you’ve positioned yourself on, it’s unlikely that you’ll reach a consensus with your opponent.

Comments made yesterday by the managing director of Dell Australia, Joe Kremer, will only serve to fuel the fires of the debate further. At a corporate event last night, the Australian Financial Review reports that Kremer made the following comments while discussing the iPad:

People might be attracted to some of these shiny devices but technology departments can’t afford to support them. If you are giving a presentation and something fails on the software side, it might take four days to get it up and running again. I don’t think this race has been run yet.

Of course, business and enterprise support for the iPad continues to grow at an enormous rate, and the suggestion that it can take four days to fix a software glitch on the tablet seems a little disingenuous. But hey, an executive said it – so it must be true, right?

Kremer’s comments come as Dell prepares to launch Windows 8 devices later this year, including tablets running Microsoft’s new OS.

Source: Australian Financial Review

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