The following guest post is from Lior Levin, a marketing consultant who works for an E2 visa lawyer from New York.
The impending launch of the Apple iPad 2 was announced early this month, on March 2, 2011. Many lawyers, attorneys, and paralegals have found the original iPad to be a great asset in almost every area. Yet it remains to be seen whether the upgraded iPad 2 will have the same impact on the legal field.
Perhaps the most noticeable upgrade on the iPad 2 is the addition of dual cameras. Set up in a similar way to the iPhone 4, the dual cameras can be ideal for many facets of the legal field.
The VGA-quality camera above the touch screen of the iPad 2 allows you to be seen via video phone during video conferences. For many lawyers, this can be a far better way to discuss a case with an expert witness remotely than talking over the phone. The benefit of being able to see facial expressions and develop a deeper level of rapport is immediately obvious with a video conference call.
There is a second camera embedded on the other side of the iPad 2, very much akin to the one on the iPhone 4, that allows you to take still photos as well as shoot good quality 720p high-definition video. Capturing a site of a claim or case on video can give a good lawyer a far greater sense of spatial and temporal context than a photo can offer.
It should be noted that not all lawyers will find the addition of a dual camera system to be a drawcard for upgrading immediately to the iPad 2. This could be because some courts may not admit recording devices into session.
However, this minor drawback shouldn’t detract from the immediate benefits that can be derived from having access to dual cameras on an iPad.
Dual Core Processor
The addition of a dual-core processor, known as the A5, is another new feature in the iPad 2 that Apple execs promise will be twice as fast as the preceding model. There’s no need to worry about lag speed or slow boot up of apps when you need them in a hurry.
The new iPad 2 features a new design that reduces the weight from the original iPad down by 100g. Apple decided to keep the same 9.7 inch monitor size, but they’ve made the entire iPad a third thinner than it was before, to the point that the iPad 2 is now thinner than the iPhone 4.
HDMI monitors are used more frequently in conferences everywhere these days, so the addition of a HDMI adaptor means you can now interface your iPad 2 with a HDMI display easily.
This means it will become much easier to share multi-media presentations using one simple cable to connect your iPad to the display. You’re also able to charge your iPad even while you’re still presenting, so there’s no fear of your battery going flat part way through.
The old iPad limited your screen resolution size to 1024×768, but the iPad 2 now allows you to increase your screen resolution size up to 1080×720, which means you’re able to take advantage of the big screen feel to show more detail when required.
While the overall upgrades to the iPad 2 don’t seem earth-shattering, there is certainly enough range and scope within the additional features to make the upgrade worthwhile for any attorney or paralegal.
Mark Bello has thirty-three years experience as a trial lawyer and twelve years as an underwriter and situational analyst in the lawsuit funding industry. He is the owner and founder of Lawsuit Financial Corporation which helps provide legal finance cash flow solutions and consulting when necessities of life litigation funding is needed by plaintiffs involved in pending, personal injury litigation. Bello is a Justice Pac member of the American Association for Justice, Sustaining and Justice Pac member of the Michigan Association for Justice, Business Associate of the Florida, Tennessee, and Colorado Associations for Justice, a member of the American Bar Association as well as their ABA Advisory Committee, the State Bar of Michigan and the Injury Board.
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series—Mark Bello is also the CEO of Lawsuit Financial and the country’s leading expert in providing non-recourse lawsuit funding to plaintiffs involved in pending litigation. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.