We here at Great Big Solutions have been working on what the next greatest thing for CompTracker might be. There has been a lot of talk about the iPad coming out this quarter, which has raised a few questions about whether we should support it, and when.
There is no question that this device is cool. (Come on, it's Apple!) The other great thing about this device is the unquestionable practicality it would have for our users. Although a bit more expensive than an iPod Touch, it would be a nice balance between the benefits of data tracking on the website (more screen size to take advantage of, keyboard) and the mobility of the handheld (signatures, entering preceptors on the fly, offline entry). What we're not sure about are the mixed reviews of the longevity of this device for the mass consumer market: If LOTS of people don't buy it, Apple will (probably) not continue to manufacture and sell it.
Because of that big question, and the reasons FOR supporting this new device, we will implement in stages. As of right now, our iPhone/iPod Touch app will work on the iPad interface as it is. Into the near future, as the device gains traction in the marketplace, we will expand the CompTracker iPad interface to be its own, and build the application to take advantage of the enlarged screen size we will now have to work with.
The Truth About iPad (by Jay Baer)
This reviewer has some great insights into the first release of the iPad, and you'll notice in the comments section that many people have noted the usefulness in Health Sciences fields, such as: "I can absolutely see education (and mobile medicine) potential..."
What are your thoughts?