Thanks to the late Steve Jobs, tablets are the new thing after laptops. But, beyond its glamour, the gadget can let small businesses get down to business tasks! With competitive prices in tablets, small business owners may even be able to save on significant computer costs. If a tablet can do the specific tasks just as well as a laptop or computer, there may be some practical savings here!
Let’s take a look at specific business tasks on the Android and iOS tablets and how you can execute them with specific apps:
1. Typing and Drafting Documents:
- On the iOS tablets (a.k.a the one and only iPad), grab Pages, Keynote, and Numbers to do the similar document drafting that you would do on a laptop with Microsoft Office or Open Office. Grab a wireless bluetooth keyboard to make type those docs! Personally, I have the wireless Apple keyboard and love it for all my iOS devices. It even works on my Macbook Pro. (Double those savings! Come on folks, give me some credit on stretching my tech dollars to maximize my device usage. Yes, I’m a proud bootstrapped entrepreneur who makes my technology work and save for me!)
- On the Android iOS tablets, ThinkFree Office is a good place to start. I’ve used ThinkFree Office on my Samsung Epic android phone and I’m pleased with the results. Do you know any other good document viewer and writer apps for the Android tablet? If so, leave your comments below!
2. Taking Phone Calls on the Go!
No matter how bootstrapped your company may or may not be, taking video and phone conference calls on the tablets are more and more feasible!
- On the iOS, pull up your Skype app and make your phone calls happen. If you’re on the iPad 1, you’re stuck with phone conferencing while the iPad 2 allows for video conferencing as well. Skype works well on the iPhone and iPod Touch as well. Let’s not forget that there is FaceTime for iOS available too!
- On the Android OS, Skype works like a charm as well.
3. Emails to Go, Please!
What good is any gadget for business if you can’t check your emails on them?
- The email app on the iPad allows you to connect a variety of emails. The iOS email app suports Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, mobileme and iCloud. If you have another type of email, you can click “Other” and manually set it up.
- The email app on the Android is just as good. It lets you set up the following types of email: POP3, IMAP, and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
4. Reduce the Clutter with Digital Paper
One of the main reasons why I bought the iPad was that I was looking for a way to get rid of tons of paper notes. I just wanted all my notes to easily be written and backed up from one device. Cloud computing makes keeping all your digital notes in one place even more tempting!
- The iPad has tons of apps that will allow you to take digital notes with a stylus. PenUltimate is what I started out with and continue to use. If you’ve had a great experience with a specific handwriting app I didn’t mention, feel free to share!
- Android tablets don’t lag behind in handwriting apps. One app that catches my eye is Antipaper. Has anyone had better experience using a stylus or not when writing on an android tablet? Do share!
5. Surf the Net–for Business of course!
With so many websites becoming mobile friendly nowadays, surfing the net with tablets has become easier and easier.
- The good ol’ Safari app on the iPad works like a charm. With the iOS 5.0 update, you can now have tabbed browsing. If you have an appetite to check out other browser apps, this AppAdvice list might be a good start!
- On Android tablets, you can use the internet app that comes on it. Android lovers sing praises for the Dolphin and Firefox browsers.
If there are other apps that you use on either the iOS or Android, share your success stories with us.