Small Business Guide to Tablets

Motorola Xoom tablet, small business tablet buyers guide

How do people use tablets today?

Earlier this year, a study from the Gartner research firm, found that tablets were used up to 12 times a day for an average of seven minutes per use. The Gartner study found that people were using tablets for almost everything they do with a notebook, though the heavy-duty and more detailed work was still being done on a notebook with a keyboard and mouse.

Does your small business need a third screen?

When considering any technology purchase, it’s essential to make sure that it answers a number of questions. Here are five questions to answer when thinking about whether a tablet is right for your business.

  1. Will the use of tablet improve the efficiency of your small business?
  2. Will the use of a tablet make (or save) your small business money?
  3. Do you find that your notebook PC is too slow to start when trying to show something to a customer (sales call or otherwise)?
  4. Do you find that your notebook PC is too bulky to bring along when traveling/visiting/demoing onsite or offsite?
  5. Do you use your smartphone for email more than your notebook and wish you could actually see websites and work on applications with the same ease of use?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then considering a tablet might make sense. If however, your existing notebook PC and smartphone combination already deliver the speed and mobility that you need and want, a tablet will likely just overlap what you already can do, without providing a noticeable benefit.

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