Apple's iPad has "exploded" into the public consciousness and is making its way into enterprises, according to a new report from Forrester Research.
The analyst firm said that it is having conversations with enterprises about iPad use, and offered advice for companies still looking for a reason to adopt the tablet.
"The iPad has exploded onto the scene. Who could have imagined that a tablet (a category introduced in 2001) would capture the imagination of employees and IT alike? But it did, and it's kicked off an arms race for smart mobile devices, " said Forrester analyst Ted Schadler in a blog post.
Schadler explained that conversations with over 200 IT customers about iPads and other tablets had revealed a variety of uses for the devices.
The first enterprise use could be in displacing laptops. Although a long-term proposition, tablets have already proved their worth in meeting rooms, according to Schadler.
Tablets could also be used in the construction industry to replace paper architectural and technical drawings, for example. Schadler said that this could appeal to workers regularly lumbered with documents.
Schadler also sees tablets filling "new place scenarios where there has been no connected solution previously". This could see doctors using a tablet to access patient records while in the examination room, for example, or retailers customising orders while on a shop floor.
Adding to the tablet pile, Barnes & Noble has just refreshed its Nook e-book reader. The Nook Color offers access to two million e-books, and has a colour touch screen. The device retails for $249.
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