Our first post in our iPad for Business series is on how to utilize Google Apps for Business on the iPad. Most iPad users are probably aware that Google Apps can be used on the iPad, but may not be sure on the extent or variety of ways that it can be used. This post clarifies that functionality.
First, the basics. It’s no secret that Google’s services are extremely compatible with the iPad. Not only does Google offer multiple iPad apps for its services, but many Google browser sites have customized views specifically for the iPad. Enough said.
When it comes to the core Google Apps services (e-mail, calendar and contacts), there are actually two different ways to go. One method of implementation is to utilize web browser functionality – this means accessing the service from Safari on the iPad. Google provides a superior interface for iPad users, allowing you to utilize many native features such as labels and archiving. However, this browser view is only available while your device is connected to the Internet. The other option is to use Google Sync, which will allow you to use the native iPad applications for e-mail, contacts and calendar. An ActiveSync connection will keep everything synchronized between the device and the server. On one hand, you won’t be using the Google interface anymore, but on the other hand you’ll have full access to your data while you’re not connected to the Internet.
Obviously, choosing which way to go depends on your preferences. Personally, I like using the native iPad apps with ActiveSync. However, if you are used to the Google web interfaces and don’t spend much time off-network, using the browser is very reliable.
Also, in case you haven’t heard, you can now view and edit Google Docs on our iPad. This is a great alternative if you don’t want to shell out the $10 or so for Pages!