Gone are the days in which you had to take out your bulky notebook and scan the pages where you wrote your busy list of appointments with clients, meet-ups with friends, meetings with bosses or simply dates with your partner. Modern mobile devices have made it so you can quickly and easily keep a schedule in electronic format. And like other mobile devices, the iPad includes a calendar applications that allows you to store your schedule and stay organized. With iPad, you can see your schedule in a month, week, day or list views in its stunning interface. With just a few taps on the screen, you can edit your schedule and and sync them to your computer and to your internet calendars.
There are two ways to sync your calendar with your iPad. When using iTunes, you can configure the settings of the devices to sync with your iCal calendar. Changes made in iCal will show up on your iPad and vice versa. You can also do this with Microsoft entourage on a Mac, or Microsoft Outlook on a personal computer. If you are going to see the settings on the iPad, with your MobileMe or Microsoft exchange accounts, you have to turn on the Calendars to sync the information from your calendar in the air.
To manage your Calendars on your iPad:
- Once you are at the Home screen, tap on Settings.
- Go to the “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”, and then tap the Add Account button.
- Choose from Microsoft Exchange, MobileMe, GMail, Yahoo, AOL, or others.
- Provide the necessary account information it requires. The account settings will be provided by your service provider or system administrator.
- If you are trying to install Microsoft Exchange or MobileMe in the iPad, make sure you include the items you want to use sync to the device such as mail, contacts, calendars and bookmarks.
When calendar and contact information is already present in your iPad you have the options to merge the information all together from the other accounts, or just keep the information from each account separate or simply delete the information on the device and replace it with account information.
With your calendar and data synced on the iPad you’ll be able to use it as another device to keep track of your schedule. These type of features make the iPad a serious contender to a replacement for a notebook computer. Time will tell if the device can receive high enough quality applications that users will feel comfortable enough with it to ditch their laptops.