By PowerBuy // 14 November 2014 // Related Categories: Tips
A Guide for choosing your next business tablet
While most tablets don't pack the power of a fully-fledged laptop or Ultrabook, they are capable of an impressive range of jobs in a super-portable package which may be just the right solution for your business. Here is a quick guide to choosing the right tablet for your business.
1. Operating System and CPU
The way you use your tablet will depend in part on which operating system you choose. It makes sense to think about compatibility with other computers in your office. Windows-based tablets will allow you to install any application available to that operating system, making them ideal for syncing with other Windows PCs. iPads on the other hand will provide better compatibility with Macs. Microsoft Office now available on IOS and Android which means you can run Word and Excel on almost any new device.
Be sure to consider how much power you will need to perform work tasks. Some tablets now come with the Intel® Core™ processor range which gives you similar processing power to an Ultrabook, whereas other tablets come with significantly slower processors (e.g. Intel® Atom™ or Apple A7 chip) that might slow you down.
One of the best features of tablets is their portability so think about what type of connectivity is optimal for you. Wi-fi will allow you to connect wherever there is a signal available, be it at work or at the airport. 3G and 4G will enable you to connect to the web when there is a mobile phone network in the area, which can be handy when you are travelling and need to use your GPS.
If you intend to regularly connect your tablet to a separate screen or projector then make sure you have an appropriate port for sending display signals. Converting mini-HDMI to VGA requires an adapter that is hard-to-find and can be expensive, so make sure you factor the cost of the external adaptors into your total tablet budget.
Consider USB port availability. Business-grade tablets typically come with one or more USB ports and if you think you won’t ever need a USB port, then think again.
3. Screen size and keyboard
If you are someone who types a lot then you may find smaller screens hold you back. 10”+ is typical for a business-grade tablet. Also consider a tablet that can snap into a detachable keyboard, or a tablet with a USB port or Bluetooth that can connect to any type of keyboard on the market today.
4. Taking notes
Tablets make great meeting companions, whether you are taking notes by hand or simply pressing the record button. For writing things down, you can use your finger or a stylus, or when you need more precision consider a digital pen that can distinguish between varying levels of pressure.
Storage is a big factor on a business tablet so be sure not to underestimate your storage requirements. Some tablets lack removable storage meaning there is an upper limit to how much you can store on the device itself. While files such as documents and spreadsheets don't tend to take up much space, music and video files are much hungrier. If you'll be storing large files then you may want to purchase a tablet with a lot of capacity (128GB+) or one with a Micro SDHC card slot.
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