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Many corporations that banned the iPhone from employees are now replacing notebooks with iPads for increased productivity and ease of transportation. According to a new Wall Street Journal article, there are more than 500 applications specifically built for iPad-toting business people, and a few big companies are taking advantage of them.
According to a statement by Apple Chief Operating Officer (COO) Tim Cook, nearly half of the Fortune 100 companies are either in a process of testing or deploying iPads for internal use.
Some of the businesses mentioned in the article include Chicago law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, which now has more than 50 attorneys carrying iPads, Mercedes-Benz Financial, which has placed iPads in some dealerships with its app on it, and Bausch & Lomb Inc., which has an app for sales people in the field.
There are a lot of reasons to choose the iPad over hefty business-oriented laptops. Most notably, the iPad costs between $499 and $829, which is a huge cost break over the notebooks that are typically designed for corporate consumption. Then, there's the portability factor. Carrying around a device that weighs 1.5 pounds is a lot easier than a desktop replacement notebook that weighs anywhere from five to ten pounds.
You can read more about businesses adopting the iPad on the Wall Street Journal's website.
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