The tablet has been around longer than you think, Microsoft commissioned a tablet way back in 2001 utilising Windows software and aimed at enterprise customers. However, it wasn’t until 2010 when Apple released the iPad that the consumer tablet industry really took off. With its touch interface and connectivity over 3G it defined a completely new genre of device. Since then the market has exploded with many large manufacturers such as Dell and Samsung entering. Global sales of tablets were around 233 million in 2015.
With the explosion in tablet popularity it was inevitable that there would be some crossover into the business world. Phrases such as BYOD (bring your own device) encourages workers to bring their own tablet to work and take advantage of the portable technology. Other companies invest into their own fleet of tablets loaning them to employees as replacements for laptops.
Company Director Phil Bruce believes that “tablets will continue to increase in popularity and completely replace laptops” in the enterprise environment.
Some of the most popular consumer tablets are the Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPad. Although these devices are seemingly great at home, they are not purpose built for use in the enterprise environment. Meaning they are lacking in rugged design, maintenance options and have various security issues, these are major areas of concern for business owners.
• Although various protective cases are available for consumer tablets the devices are still not designed for heavy enterprise use. Statistics show that consumer tablets have a considerably high failure rate in enterprise, which leads to maintenance cost issues.
• Consumer tablets don’t come with maintenance contracts leading to ad-hoc repairs that have to be sent back to the original manufacturer. This will cost hundreds of pounds each time and traditionally have a slow turnaround time.
• There are two main security concerns with consumer tablets a lack of standardised security software and the securing of sensitive information.
There are tablets purposely designed and created for the enterprise environment. The fact that they are purpose built means they have minimum rugged specifications so can handle more punishment than a regular tablet with a case. All enterprise tablets purchased from Symec will come with the option for repair/maintenance contracts, which significantly lowers the total cost of ownership compared to consumer tablets over a 3-year period. With rugged tablets you also get the added security features pre-installed, protecting you from malware and device hacking.
Our favourite rugged tablets are the Getac Z710 and Motorola ET1. These Android powered tablets come with tempered glass, can function in extreme temperatures and survive a drop of up to 6ft. Both tablets have a 7in touchscreen display, with the Z710 weighing slightly more at 0.8kg compared to the ET1 at 0.66kg. Contact us for more info on the Z710 or ET1.