It is terrific to take a dare and explore how the latest technology can make things better for your business by getting a tablet device. It is a well-known and established fact that sales of tablet devices have increased in popularity over the past several years. In some cases, consumers are choosing to purchase tablet devices instead of desktop or laptop computers. Entrepreneurs would be well served to take this fact into consideration when purchasing technology for the office.
A tablet or tablet pc is commonly defined as a portable computer that use a touchscreen as the primary input device. On computers one typically says she is opening a program. On tablets, one typically says she is opening an application or app. Most tablets are smaller in terms of square footage and weight than a traditional laptop computer.
Tablets are made by a variety of manufacturers on a variety of platforms including Android, Apple and Windows. Which platform is the best? It depends on your personal preferences and business needs. I am not an Apple person so I never buy or recommend their products, but I admit it is my personal preference. In reality, most tablets are very similar in form and function so it is best to buy something that fits your personal taste preferences.
Tablets are commonly used for entertainment applications such as watching movies, listening to music or even reading books. Entrepreneurs should note that tablets are useful tools for business owners and can be used for a variety of business tasks including:
- information storage
Among my entrepreneurial activities, I own a consulting firm geared toward advising small businesses, write a daily blog that accepts paid advertising from sponsors and have started an e-book publishing company. For my work, a tablet is a waste of money and space if I cannot use it to write with ease. I have used several brands of tablet and find that I am able to use them for writing both with and without a stylus with ease. For entrepreneurs who travel, tablets have the additional advantage of being small in size and possessing better battery life than most laptops which make them easy to use on buses, trains and airplanes. Once upon a time a visit to the local coffee would reveal many entrepreneurs with their laptops out as they drank coffee and handled business matters. Today, those laptops are increasingly being replaced by tablet devices.
Most modern tablets have the ability to connect to wi-fi networks or have built-in internet connections. This means that they can be used to do research via the internet with ease. The ability to do research on a tablet device, to store and have that research in pocket or on hand later is an incredible boon and benefit for busy entrepreneurs.
There are several tablets currently on the market that are large enough to use by entrepreneurs to share presentations with clients and employees. Gone are the days when giving a presentation meant pulling out a big white screen and a cumbersome roll of slides. Entrepreneurs are now able to give presentations on the fly with no notice or help from AV club geeks by pulling a tablet out of a purse or briefcase pocket. The ability to give a presentation in line at the bank or while watching children play at the playground have made it easier for entrepreneurs to do business.
Additionally tablets are good for information storage as well as the taking and reviewing photographs. Another note about tablets is that they make it easier to manage a calendar and to do list than a smart phone does. Tablets have large bright screens that make manipulating information and dealing with data a breeze.