In our Part 1 of this series we set the stage. I'm a geek, I love tech toys, and I have definite opinions about what high-quality, must-use software should be on just about anyone's iPad. Now we get down to business. It's time to talk APPS!
Real Work, Real Apps: Apple's iWork Suite for iPad
Let's start our tour of "What's On Steve's iPad" with Apple's earliest and most mature contribution to the iPad software cause; The iWork suite.
iWork on the iPad includes the same three apps as iWork on the Mac. Pages (Word Processing), Numbers (Spreadsheet), and Keynote (Presentations).
Pay attention to this caveat…
iWork apps on the iPad still don't contain all the same features as their big brothers and sisters that run on Mac computers. Running a productivity app like a spreadsheet on a small-ish 9.7", 1024×768 screen will cramp your style in a hurry if you aren't ready to make some compromises. Go in forewarned.
Forget mail merges.
Forget including links to external data sources in your documents.
Forget anything that even remotely looks like an advanced script or automation tool.
If the advanced stuff is your bag you better hang on to your trusty copy of Microsoft Office. iWork on the iPad will disappoint in a hurry when it comes to advanced features even if it will be precisely the eye-candy you wish you saw every time you fired up Microsoft Word.
(For a decent, in-depth review of the software package, take a look at this PCWorld article. Yes. I'm deliberately steering you to a non-Mac publication. Gotta go contrarian once in a while even if I am an admitted Apple Fanboi.)