Is a government love affair with the iPad about to begin?

Since its debut in April 2010, the Apple iPad has made waves throughout the digital world, government circles included.

It seemed at first to be mostly a personal device, made for consuming content rather than creating it, but the iPad nevertheless began to find its way into government hands. In fact, at least one survey declared the government sector to be one of the earliest adopters, whether at the city, state or federal level.

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The U.S. Geological Survey, Army, NASA, State Department, Census Bureau and General Services Administration are among the many federal agencies that have also acquired tablet PCs and are testing them for various field and office tasks.

And the iPad’s popularity seems to have sparked a move toward tablets in general.

So what do government employees and elected officials like so much about about the iPad, and what uses do they see for it in the future? Washington Technology’s sister publication Federal Computer Week spoke with some avid tablet users in the federal government about how they use their tablets and how these still-new devices are likely to change the game.

Check out FCW’s full story here.

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