Many businesses and individuals might find themselves reluctant to invest in tablet PC technology – especially if they are already functioning using existing computer systems. However, tablet PCs are becoming an increasingly popular industry solution, and these are a few reasons why:
Tablet technology, such as the iPad or Samsung Galaxy, are largely geared towards visual media. On a personal level, this serves primarily as a platform for entertainment, but it is also increasingly useful within a business arena. Tablets also provide easy-to-use means of downloading such media via the internet, via internet services from providers such as O2. Such processes have undoubtedly become common protocol for a number of businesses in recent years.
Tablet technology is generally found to be superior to its laptop alternatives when it comes to battery lifespan. A number of tablet options boast battery lifespans which can last over ten hours, even when in constant use. This is ideal for business users who may have to spend extended periods working whilst on the move, or away from a power supply.
One of the most obvious differences between tablets and computers is that tablets do not feature physical keyboards. This gives tablets a far higher mobility, which can actually be extremely useful within a corporate environment, whilst external and touch-screen keyboards are still an option when required. Instead, tablet computers prioritise their internet browsing facilities, with a finger-sensitive touchscreen interfaces. Many users find such features far more convenient to use, making them ideal for employees who are required to complete a large number of tasks online.
There are at least two key areas where tablets should be integrated in a company ecosystem:
Collaborative business communication: When meeting with a client, using a tablet to fill in a questionnaire, get a personalized quote or simply showing some tech specs is simply easier and more fun with a tablet. Years ago I worked on a quote system for a health insurer. The app was designed for laptops and featured some nice interactive screens with big graphics that the agent could use to simultaneously inform the customer about the available options and to instantly see the impact of various choices on the final price. I don’t know if they ever ported that app to iPad but it was the perfect candidate.
Photography and collaborative design: With a card reader or with an Eye-Fi card you can easily download the pics from your camera and view them on the tablet – this is invaluable when shooting on location. Showing the pics as they are taken to your model or client is easy and fun. Also, when meeting to a client to discuss the next website design, interior design colors or some print job, the tablet and some apps like Photoshop Touch, Kuler or Sketchbook Pro would suit you well.
There are just some of the reasons why a huge number of businesses are switching to tablet technology, for use within a more corporate environment. With prices becoming ever-more competitive, it is well worth considering how your business might benefit from the use if the latest in tablet technology.