Thanks to smartphones, tablets, laptops, e-readers, and other portable digital devices, we are now used to carrying our entire world with us everywhere we go. Friends, partners, and bosses especially are no longer as understanding about an inability to respond, and saying you are on the go is no longer an acceptable excuse for not getting the job done or responding to someone. Even though it is easier than ever to be able to check e-mails, update files, and communicate, you still need the right device to do all these things. Here are three things to consider as you are picking out the right device for your needs.
- Are You Using a Device Powerful Enough to Suit Your Needs?
If you are expected to be on call at work, as well as on the go, you need a portable device that can handle all the programs you need to do your job well. It is important to run the latest programs and most up-to-date systems to be compatible with as many coworkers and clients as you can be while out in the field. For business purposes, you will often need to use programs and apps like Skype, Microsoft Word, Excel, or Quickbooks among others to get everything handled in a way that pleases clients and coworkers alike. It is also extremely important to have a device with a powerful processor, so that you are not waiting around for programs to load and documents to be sent when you are expected to be delivering top quality results.
It is also very important that your device not sacrifice these performance needs for portability or convenience, which is why a tablet is often a better choice than a more standard laptop when you need to accomplish a lot on the move and may not have a space to sit down to do so at all times. An example of a high performance tablet is the Panasonic Tablet, which also happens to be a “tough” model, suited for rugged conditions. This particular tablet features an i5-2520M vPro processor, a third-generation 2.5GHz processor, and up to 8GB of RAM, which is definitely enough to do everything you need for most business purposes. PCMag conducted a variety of tests and found it to be just as high-scoring as other premier Windows tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro, which won their Editor’s Choice award, and the Kupa UltraNote X15 Ultra, which are not active-lifestyle models.
2. Can The Device You’re Using Withstand The Physical Pressure Of Your Active Lifestyle?
If you have a very active lifestyle, find yourself in the field, and are contending with all sorts of physical pressures – you need a device that can handle all of those factors. It is also important that your tablet not encumber you by being too heavy, even while being strong and able to withstand the elements. The toughpad tablet is a good example of a tablet that is attractive yet rugged, as Top Ten Reviews notes. The tablet features a silver-magnesium alloy chassis that hardly looks like it belongs outside, but can withstand a lot of abuse. This device is MIL-STD-810G compliant for drops and IP-rated for resistance to dust and water.
TechRadar espouses about the tablet’s ability to withstand drops of five feet, and notes that it does not feature a fan so that dust and rain can not harm it. These design features make it able to handle vibration, high altitude, extreme humidity, shock, and intense temperatures. It also has an elastomeric guard at the edges to reduce force if it is dropped, and to protect the display. It is also important to be able to see your screen in bright sunlight, and it is easy to do that with this tablet, because it a matte screen that isn’t obscured when you are in imperfect light. It is important that there isn’t a situation that would cause your tablet to buckle and under-perform, so you need to choose a tablet that is designed for extreme circumstances.
- Is Your Device Convenient For You To Bring Everywhere?
Despite needing something strong, you still don’t want to carry something around a bulky tablet. Even though you want a powerful machine, it is also desirable that you don’t have something that is significantly larger than the average, non-rugged tablet. If you have something extremely bulky, it may look out of place in the boardroom, even if it appears just fine out in the woods or on a construction site. Having features that can be customized for different situations is also a good idea, such as being able to switch out batteries if you are away from an outlet for too long of a time, and a number of docks to attach other devices.
Overall, it is best to weigh your options and find something that suits your needs if you are going to be out in the field.