November 08, 2012, 3:50 PM — How does the iPad Mini rate as a business tablet? PC World's Tony Bradley recently tackled that topic in "Apple iPad Mini: All the iPad at (nearly) half the cost."
But let's forget cost for a minute. And size. And screen resolution. Those are important considerations, yes, but any tablet is only as good as the apps it can run. I suspect the truly smart shoppers out there are focused more on how the Mini can help them work smarter/faster/better, and not the number of pixels per inch the screen has.
With that in mind, I've rounded up five essential business apps for the iPad Mini. Of course, because the new tablet can run all the same apps is its bigger brethren, these are equally essential choices for all iPads.
1. Fuze Meeting
Fuze feels like the future has come to your iPad. With it you can host or join Web conferences, share and view documents and media, chat with co-workers, and so on. You can even use your finger as a "laser pointer." The app is free for sessions with up to two participants, and you can attend meetings for free without registering. Of course, you'll need a pro-level subscription to really make the most of it.
Text notes. Photo notes. Voice notes. The Evernote app lets you capture information in any form you want, then sync it back to your Web and/or desktop accounts--complete with location-specific geotags. Of course, you can access existing Evernote data as well. And stay tuned for Evernote 5 for iOS, which features a much-needed interface overhaul. In the meantime, check out "Three Smart Ways to Use Evernote in Business" and "How to Run Your Business in Evernote."
3. LogMeIn Free
LogMeIn Free is a terrific free service that provides remote access to other PCs. LogMeIn Free for iOS is the companion app that extends that accessibility to your iPad. This isn't just screen sharing, either: LogMeIn gives you total control over the remote system. That way you can grab a PowerPoint presentation from a thousand miles away, shut down the PC you left on at the office, or run a program that has no app equivalent.
4. Scanner Pro