When the Apple iPad was introduced in 2010 many business analysts dismissed its business relevance. They said that it could be a necessary tool but one that could never replace the desktop computer. Today, many companies like United Airlines, Roche and Sears have equipped their employees with thousands of these devices. With the tablet having more business functionalities as the years go by, it is no surprise that tablets have now surpassed desktop computers and laptops in terms of sales.
Before you buy the tablets for your company, think beforehand about what the device will suit you better. Is your company employing remote workers? Do you always stay in your office or your business requires you to travel frequently? These are very important points for you to consider because you don’t want to end up replacing your computers when the tablets that you had purchased makes no difference at all with regards to productivity. Here are a few useful information about tablets to guide you in making that educated decision.
Portability and Accessibility – Tablets are lighter and more compact and because of these features, you can be able to carry on with your business wherever you are. Thanks to the invention of mobile applications and cloud technology, you can be able to conduct business outside the office. In terms of Internet connectivity, the tablet has a lot more ways on how to get connected. You can use WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular connectivity to enable you to log on to the Internet through your mobile carrier’s signal.
Touchscreen Functionality – This feature makes your work faster as you just have to use your fingers or stylus to navigate. No other tools like the keyboard and mouse are necessary. This is beneficial for those who want a more hands-on experience with designing, gaming, as well as writing notes down when you are in a meeting.
Performance – Tablets are powered by impressive operating softwares like Microsoft, Android and IOS. These operating systems are very familiar to those who have been using the desktop PC but are power packed with more functions that you can’t see on your PC. It goes a long way than just writing an email, using VoIP service in video calls, or browsing the Internet. It has a long battery life and very shortened boot up sequencing.
Although one can type a document with a tablet, there are still some people who prefer having a physical keyboard to input their files. Typing for any length of time on a tablet can be a bit discomforting. Having two hands to type is still much more comfortable than just using one finger. This could however be dealt with by using a Bluetooth powered keyboard but that could prove to be an additional gadget to carry around in a mobile situation.
Desktops are a lot cheaper compared to tablets. Although there are tablets on the market that are inexpensive, they lack essential specifications like bigger memory storage, slower processors and very poor after sales service. If you want to buy a tablet that can function like a desktop, you have to buy more expensive models that can create a big dent on your budget if you need to buy more for your employees.
Your IT department could probably encounter many security difficulties when your company uses tablets. Employees who access the web via tablets in public wifi hotspots could accidentally allow malware into company systems to spread across other devices in the IT infra. Company information could also get stolen since hackers use the public WiFi to collect any data not secured by SSL encryption.