Apple released their new iPad recently, and sold out their initial stock almost immediately. We see more and more people wanting to switch from laptops over to tablets for their computing needs. While a tablet is a great personal computing device, can it be beneficial to your business? Before you trade in your laptops for tablets, be sure to take time to consider the following:
Why does your business need tablets? Depending on your business needs, investing in tablets may be beneficial. Let’s say you and your employees spend a lot of time meeting with clients, traveling, and presenting. In these situations, where it’s important to access documents and information quickly and effortlessly, tablets are a great solution. They provide portability, flexibility, functionality, are less cumbersome, and have a better battery life. Plus they’re trendy and look cool. While tablets are great for presenting, they lack the benefits a computer has for creating the presentation, such as: a physical keyboard, storage capacity, dvd/cd drive, software, and compatibility. Also, with a computer, you can have multiple windows open and combine information from multiple sources.
Typically your business uses software that isn’t available on the tablet. Computer programs are designed for diverse use, and a single program can do a lot of different things. Tablets on the other hand have diverse applications that tend to do one thing well.
If your business has specific applications that are convenient to run on a tablet, then purchasing a tablet might be in the budget. But, you will still need conventional computers to create the information accessed by the tablet.
Pricing is a major factor to keep in mind before you decide to make the transition. Sure, tablets may be cheaper than laptops, but there are major differences. You are getting what you pay for. Yes, tablets can be 50% cheaper than laptops, but again, you’re buying 30% of what a laptop can do.
Make sure that you have a good reason and payback for buying tablets. Tablets are more application driven than computers, make sure the application is available or can be developed and that the use of the application on a tablet will save you money in the long run.
Should you do it?
Take a few minutes to answer the following:
- Will using a tablet increase efficiency and productivity for your business?
- Will the use of a tablet make (or save) your business money?
- Do you find that your laptop is too slow to start when trying to show something to a customer?
- Do you find that your laptop is too bulky to bring along when traveling/visiting/demonstrating onsite or offsite?
- Do you use your smartphone for email more than your notebook and wish you could actually see websites and work on applications with the same ease of use?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then considering a tablet might make sense. If your existing laptop and smartphone combination already deliver the speed and mobility that you need and want, a tablet will likely just overlap what you already can do, without providing a noticeable benefit.
Tablets are great but the have a place. Where do they fit in for your organization?