readers share tablet tips

From note taking, music downloading, events scheduling, client data collection, PowerPoint presentations, linking to cloud services and even resume writing, readers are reporting myriad uses for their tablet devices.

Now on its 11th day, the How I use my tablet for biz Facebook contest has generated no less than 129 posts, comments and “likes” on the page. There’s still a lot of time to join the contest and get a chance to win our grand prize, the Go Pro Hero Adventure Camera pack worth $500 or the Sennheiser Ex-60 Bluetooth mobile device headset. Both devices are from Future Shop. To find out more and to join the contest click here.

Entries and comments are coming in from all over Canada and even south of the border.

Vancouver-based Timothy Wong, who is a regular commenter on the ITB Facebook page, intends to use a tablet as a digital portfolio for his art work.

Patricia George, who buys and sells antiques, says tablets are wonderful for showcasing items to her clients. “I use my tablet to keep in touch with clients when special items arrive in stock,” she said.

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“They get really excited when I mention a special rare item just arrived at my door and they have the first opportunity to see it before I take a picture and post it on my Web page,” said George.

Paul Volk, a proprietor of All Generations DJ services in Vernon, British Columbia, reported: I use my tablet for my business by uploading all my music and other information that I need for my DJ business, I keep track of my dates for events, and take photos.

“I carry it (tablet) around the lab to have access to soft copies of documents that are useful to achieve my tasks,” said Nicolas Helal, a software developer in the aviation industry.

So far, our most popular poster is Kirsten Blumstrasse, a teacher who has lost her job. Blumstrasse writes: “I was the first teacher who got a pink slip due to budget cuts. A tablet could help me with my resume, keeping records and quick response to emails.”

No less than 66 people voted for Blumstrasse.

David Smee is a volunteer worker for the Shanti a peer support group that provides emotional and practical support to people suffering from chronic or life-threatening illness.

Smee frequently works outside the office and having the portability and ease of use of an iPad helps him keep client information and business information ready at hand when needed. “I can easily work, as the muse strikes, on papers and donation requests… True, as a user of public transportation a few games of Angry Birds also does help the time pass while commuting.”

John Harrison , owner of John E Harrison & Associates program development consultancy firm  based in Kamloops, B.C. is has been through several tablet devices all the way back to the  Palm Pilot in 1997 to an HP tablet laptop in 2006 to the HP TouchPad which he purchased during the company’s recent fire sale in August this year.

“I use the TouchPad when onsite for meeting notes posted via Dropbox or Evernote, reviewing documents and presentations,” said Harrison whose work with various First Nations bands in the Kamloops area takes him to sites outside of city limits.

Harrison had many tips on tablet use that would be very helpful to small business and start-up owners who are contemplating to or starting to use tablet devices for work.

We will share with you Harrison’s tips on our next story about the ITBusiness tablet contest.


Nestor ArellanoNestor Arellano is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter, read his blog, and join the IT Business Facebook Page.
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