Tablets are back in action and more popular than ever before. While iPads and Samsung tablets used to be mainly for personal use, businesses are now hopping on the tablet train. But, here’s the catch – is this a smart move?
Disadvantages of consumer tablets for companies
iPads and Samsung tablets offer numerous advantages. They’re small, stylish, and easy to use. What really catches businesses’ attention is that they don’t cost an arm and a leg. But, sometimes going for the cheaper option can end up costing more in the long run due to hidden expenses.
Not designed for business use
Consumer tablets are designed for “consumers.” This means that these tablets are made for leisure activities such as web browsing, video streaming, social media, gaming, and so on. Consumer tablets are not intended for business operations or use in industrial environments.. Unlike rugged business tablets, they’re not great at handling dust, water, or taking a tumble. This could mean losing data, downtime, or even a broken device. Plus, they might not play nice with a company’s tech setup, making them a pain to manage.
Taking into account hidden costs, such as necessary productivity loss and higher IT expenses, owning a regular tablet could actually end up costing you twice as much as a business tablet.
There is often the misconception that the initial purchase of a consumer tablet is cheaper than that of a rugged business tablet. However, this has not been the case for the past five years.They can be just as affordable, if not even more so, than regular tablets.
Advantages of business tablets
Business tablets, also known as Enterprise tablets, are robust and specifically designed for daily use on the workplace, both indoors and outdoors. Zebra’s tablet portfolio offers a wide range of options, from the ET40, which is highly suitable for the shop floor, to the ET65 for logistics activities at the harbor.
Zebra’s business tablets offer additional benefits, including:
Integrated barcode scanner + software interface
A wide selection of industrial and user-friendly accessories
Option for a support contract including damage coverage
Longer life cycle
Intelligent battery management
However, what is challenging to quantify in monetary terms is that your employees remain motivated and productive when working with a reliable device they can always count on. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to work with a device that frequently crashes or freezes due to overload.
If you’re interested in acquiring a rugged business tablet for your company, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!
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