Before I got my iPad, I never understood the point of tablets. But then again, I’ve always considered myself pretty old school when it comes to technology. I still prefer the comfort of writing in a paper agenda rather than typing out important dates in my smartphone (which was a fairly recent upgrade from my Nokia color phone). I would rather carry 100 books than purchase a Kindle. At times, I get nostalgic for snail mail.
To someone like me, tablets seemed like a pretty useless commodity. They run on WiFi, so I can’t look anything up while commuting to school by train. I couldn’t see myself typing essays or short stories without the comfort of a keyboard. I just never understood what their place was in a society where computers and cellphones were merging together.
But once I got my iPad, convenience just came gradually without my thinking about it. I noticed it from the business perspective too, watching my coworkers use it during meetings and pulling up things on it with a swift motion of the finger. Here are five ways tablets have become more beneficial to businesses
Tablets Are Light
As comfortable as I am with my laptop, it is too bulky to be carrying back and forth. Even for someone with a considerably high tolerance for heavy lifting, carrying a laptop, books, and other sorts of accessories will start to pile up after a while and take its toll on the neck and shoulders.
Tablets are light, even with a Bluetooth keyboard attachment. People can carry them to business meetings with clients and use them during presentations. Also, the majority of offices have WiFi, so people have no problems pulling up all of the information needed.
Tablets Are Accessible
With all of the programs I have on my computer, it can take up to a few minutes to start up. I don’t even want to get started with my pre-college days when I would wait at least 15 minutes for my home screen to load properly. A truly beneficial aspect of tablets is that with a click and a swipe, you have access to all the information you need. This is especially crucial when presenting documents in a business meeting and you want all of the information to be presented in an efficient manner.
Tablets Can Consolidate
In addition to saving the environment, tablets allow for saving time by keeping everything digital. While having a paper trail is useful in case of an internet problem, tablets are extremely handy in keeping all files stored and organized. Whether trying to access archived folders or handing out promotional materials to clients, with tablets, you save yourself worrying if papers are going to get lost or if something is not going to get printed.
Tablets Are Multifaceted
Remember the days of palm pilots? Using a stylus as a makeshift pen to click around the different settings. What about those HP computers that come with a pen so you can use it as a notebook? A tablet has both of these features. It can serve as a lighter notebook that you can use either at work or for personal use.
Tablets Are Portable
In an office like SmartSites, where everything is digital, it is important for us to have everything in one place that we can take with us wherever we go. A tablet especially comes in handy if a co-worker goes on vacation and needs to access work files or commnicate with a coworker about a project (this actually happens…we are that dedicated). A tablet is great to take with you wherever you go, so that you don’t feel like you are missing out on anything related to your business at all times.
In every case, just download the apps and files needed and you’re good to go. I highly recommend that the company have at least one tablet just so it’s in the office and good for use if ever needed.