Quick guide: buying a tablet

 In Hardware and Software

The complaint I hear most often about laptop computers is how heavy they can be – and how expensive it is to buy an ultra-lite. I get it, you want all the features of a desktop PC, but you also want hassle-free portability. Maybe you’ve been looking at the problem all wrong.

Ask yourself why exactly you want a laptop. If it’s simply for the convenience of being able to access a few cloud applications and websites on the go; maybe you should stick with your trusty desktop PC and look at adding a tablet to the mix for work on the move.

Light enough to carry with you, yet powerful enough to run demanding applications, tablets are perfect tools for work productivity or relaxation both at home and on the go.

Of course, as with all technology, a good tablet isn’t exactly cheap; and you want to avoid buying one only to discover that it isn’t worth the dollars you spent on it. The biggest consideration when you’re buying a tablet for business purposes is whether or not it can run the programs you need.

Our best picks in the market

The Apple iPad happens to be the best overall and the most preferred among ProITS clients. The device comes with built-in 4G, allowing fast internet connection. The latest model is also notable for its excellent battery life. The iPad is easy to use and boasts a range of unique features. Recently we helped a client restore their entire data to a new tablet after having it replaced, and with Apple, the process is quick and easy.

The iPad Air 2 exceeds the performance of many laptops. A 32Gb model with wifi and 4G will set you back $729, or you can upgrade to 128Gb of storage for $879.

The next best option comes in the form of the Surface Pro from Microsoft. If you need to use Windows-based applications directly from your tablet, then this is the device for you. However, you will need to purchase the Pro version since the base models will only run apps from MS app store and not full MS programs. One major drawback of the surface Pro is its lack of a built-in 4G.

An entry-level Surface Pro 4 will set you back $899; but for business purposes I recommend the 256Gb model with i5 CPU and 8Gb RAM for $1849.

Android tablets, on the other hand, do have built-in 4G but ,for what you get, you’re better off with an iPad unless you’re specifically trying to avoid the Apple ecosystem. Apps in Android-based systems will eventually run out of updates once the operating system is no longer supported. I have a 5-year-old Samsung Galaxy Pad that is in this boat. I can no longer run the ABC iView app, and many of the other apps in the Play Store are no longer compatible. iPads, on the other hand, will continue to update – sometimes to the detriment of the device if it is older.

If you do want an Android, I recommend the Samsung Galaxy Tab 9.7” with wifi and 4G. It retails for $849.

Pick the tablet that best suits your needs. ProITS can help

In the business world, communication is essential and whether you’re hiring employees remotely, assigning tasks, following up on projects, or checking your email, tablets can help make you more accessible. In turn, this can increase customer satisfaction and perhaps even help you drive up sales.

Get in touch if you want further support with selecting and purchasing the right tablet device. At Proactive IT solutions, we are always happy to assist.

The team loves to have a chat, so go ahead and give us a call on 1300 723 857. Alternatively, you can enquire online here.

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