Tablets vs. Notebooks: Which is Better for Your Biz?

Tablet vs. NotebookWith the inception of the iPad back in April 2010 and the introduction of the iPad2 in the first quarter of 2011, the argument “Tablets vs. Notebooks” has reached new heights. With recent upgrades to the capabilities of a tablet and the introduction of newer models by the competitors of Apple, it is becoming more and more confusing for small businesses in choosing either to stick with the notebook or to switch to a tablet.

The solution to this confusion lies on the type of business you are running. Here are some factors small businesses should consider when making a decision:

  • If your business is making use of software which is not available on the tablet; that pretty much puts a full stop to the argument. If the software is not supported, then there is no point in opting for a tablet.
  • If your business involves handling large amounts of data, then you may stick to the notebook for now, because tablets will not offer you a large amount of storage capacity.
  • The price is a major factor to keep in mind before you decide to make the transition. A laptop with similar or better functionality than a tablet will cost you less.
  • Some people prefer a physical keyboard rather than using a virtual keyboard. This is another factor to keep in mind.
  • On a positive note, tablets are much lighter than the notebooks, so if your business involves lots of meetings and traveling, then it can be a good alternative to a laptop or notebook.
  • A graphic design company would love tablets because of the ability to use a digital pen to draw images and to edit photos easily.
  • Another factor to watch out is the viewing angle. Notebook screens are typically viewed anywhere between 90 and 105 degrees. However, a tablet needs to be either supported by an accessory to give you the same angle (you will need a physical keyboard and a mouse as well), or it may be placed horizontally on the table to be used or it would be held in one hand and used with the other; which is not ergonomic.

This is just a quick fact sheet, which may help you decide if it is time for your business to switch to tablets or not. Personally, I think that for small businesses, a laptop is a better choice than a tablet at the moment!

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Farhan Niazi is an experienced web developer with a passion for blogging. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand and is currently working for McCarrison Hayes as their Chief Information Officer. He is the founder of SMB Tech Guide and writes for several blogs and magazines including Two's Company, Stirring Media and TMR Direct. Follow him on Twitter.

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