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Choosing the Right Equipment – Tablets

 

Our series of posts on how to choose new equipment continues today with some important advice for those who are considering buying a tablet for business or personal use.

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Tablets are soaring in popularity. In 2012, almost 25% of all new computer sales were tablets. They are becoming popular, because they combine the processing power for everyday tasks and multimedia along with a larger touchscreen than most smartphones, in a package that is lighter than some hardback books, and is easily portable.

They can be a valuable tool for business and personal users alike, allowing notes to be taken or tasks to be completed quickly and easily.

So, what kind should you choose? Like smartphones, there are a few considerations that need to be made before you choose. Firstly, you’ll want to consider what the purpose of it will be. If it’s to be something used for many applications at once, or to open complex applications or large databases, you’ll need one that’s capable of handling whatever you can throw at it. If you’re just going to use it for reading documents, replying to emails and accessing the internet, you may be able to go for something a bit simpler.

These are the factors we feel have been most important to many of our clients at the moment:

 

  • Processor Speed / RAM
  • Storage Capacity
  • Screen Size
  • Battery Life
  • Size / Weight
  • Durability
  • Design
  • Available Apps
  • Manufacturer
  • Budget

 

Really, when it comes to tablets, there are only really three choices for operating system – iOS, Android or Windows 8. Tablets using Windows RT have had a poor reception, and their popularity continues to decline. As such, we would not really recommend anyone to purchase Microsoft’s Surface RT, but rather to consider the Surface Pro that runs a full copy of Windows 8.

When it comes to Windows 8 vs Android vs iOS, it’s really user preference. For ease of use and stability, iOS is king, but for sheer number of apps, configurability, and developer options while still being an operating system designed for mobile devices, Android usually wins out. For integration into a Windows network, and running the same apps you can in the office on your PC, Windows 8 tablets come in top, although the Surface Pro does sometimes seem more like a laptop than a regular tablet. It also often depends largely on what technology the user already has – for example, those with an iPhone may prefer to purchase an iPad for enhanced connectivity between devices, and Android devices work much the same.

All three of these operating systems can read many types of documents through the use of various apps, plus they can also cloud storage systems like Dropbox or SkyDrive to sync documents. They can connect to Microsoft Exchange (many business mail servers operate on Exchange) and perform simple tasks such as browsing the internet or playing media files.

When it comes to choosing a model, it’s pretty similar to smartphones. For example, if you’re going to be using it for extended periods, you’ll need good battery life. If you need a simple, user-friendly interface, you may go for an iPad. If you have a limited budget, then Google’s Nexus series may be the best choice. If you’re a designer or artist, then Samsung’s tablets with the specially designed S-Pen and pressure sensitivity may be what you need.

Again, with technology of this type (as with smartphones) you tend to get what you pay for, and we always advise going with a reputable manufacturer and vendor. There are many cheaper models available for simple, everyday use, but some of these may lack the necessary power for your business needs, so it’s best to find out exactly what you’ll need it for before making a choice.

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If you need more in depth advice about tablets or any other IT-related topic, then be sure to get in contact with us at Geek Guru. We’ll be happy to provide some more information tailored to your needs, and help you find the ideal piece of equipment.

Call us on 0845 234 0580 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk

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