On Tablets

In the past few years, mobile computing has changed significantly. The road warrior no longer has to carry around a large amount of heavy equipment to be able to remain in contact with their home base. A doctor in a hospital can walk their rounds and be able to easily and instantly pull up all the information about any patient they may see without needing to carry multiple clipboards filled with many charts. PC Technicians can easily gain access to the history of any system they may be working on without having to change computers to load another application or website. Pilots with various airlines no longer need to carry many briefcases with flight records, charts, instructions and more.

With the introduction of the Apple iPad, and the many Android tablet devices that have followed in its wake, mobile computing of today is convenient, fast, and considerably simpler than it was even a few short years ago.

Many tablets today offer very powerful features that have essentially replaced the laptop for a lot of tasks. Both the iPad and devices running Google’s Android platform can use 3G and Wifi networking to connect to the internet, or even your local network. They support bluetooth connectivity that allows you to connect not only headsets for voice and audio, but also Bluetooth keyboards and mice. This allows you to put the tablet down and use it much like a laptop or netbook.

Recent tablets running the Android platform are becoming as powerful, if not more so, as traditional notebook and netbook computers. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, for example, has a dual core CPU that can perform many tasks at once, and is faster than many of the netbooks you might find for sale at your local retailer.

As such, these devices can become the core tool for mobile workers. Applications you may run on a server can be accessed and used from many of these tablets. If an onscreen keyboard is insufficient or gets in the way, a bluetooth keyboard and mouse can be used. These devices provide very convenient access to email and the internet in general and can be used as thin clients to access a terminal server environment over a VPN connection. With the explosion of applications being developed specifically to run on Tablets and Smartphones, every day there becomes one less need to keep that laptop with you.

And when you have done what you need to do, or have the information you want, a tablet is considerably lighter and easier to transport with you than a laptop or notebook.

At the present time, not everyone may have a use or need for a tablet computer. But as more and more of the applications we use on a daily basis are moving to the internet, tablets will become a significantly more convenient way of accessing all our information quickly and easily, regardless of where we might be at that moment. In the future, when you are considering replacing your laptop or notebook computers, give a thought to whether a tablet might be able to work for you instead.

If you would like more information about tablets in general, or you would like to discuss an iPad or Android tablet specifically, please feel free to contact us here at Think I.T. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you make the right choice for your needs.

Malcom Dale, Director
"You can really rely on Think I.T. The whole team is responsive and proactive. For us, they are not just a technology provider but also our expert advisers, giving us professional, informed advice even where the best solutions aren't necessarily in their own interests."

Malcom Dale, Director
gardyneHOLT design partners
10-20 users, Think I.T client since 2000


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