Smartphones and Tablets and Ultralights, Oh My! What’s the Best Mobile Gadget for Your Small Business?

As old-fashioned telephones disappear in favor of smartphones and laptops become thinner and lighter, small businesses may be lost in a sea of electronic devices. Whatever your individual business needs, there is a device that is perfect for you. Here are a few mobile devices that seem custom-made for the small business.

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note is to the mobile device market what the crossover is to automobiles. Part tablet, part smartphone, the Galaxy Note is ideal for those who like to work with a stylus but don’t want to commit to a full-size tablet. That means the Galaxy Note is more portable than a tablet with a screen large enough to do a wide variety of tasks normally confined to tablet PCs. With the included stylus, you’ll be able to draw, take notes in meetings, and use Google’s new phone-oriented operating system, Gingerbread. While the Galaxy Note may seem appealing to those interested in a tablet PC, but not comfortable with the size or price ($300 (with an AT&T contract), the Galaxy Note may be the device your small business needs.
  • In the tablet category, the iPad 2 wins in most “top tablet” lists. However, for the business user, the iPad 2 still presents challenges, namely, the lack of an easy way to edit Word and Excel documents. For the small business user, this can be a deal-breaker, with most businesses still relying on Microsoft Office products for day-to-day operations. An app called Pages has helped with this, but it still must transfer back and forth through iTunes or the iTunes Cloud to share with others on your network.
  • A more Office-friendly tablet solution for small business owners is the HP Touchpad, which allows you to easily edit, save, and share your Microsoft Office documents through its Quickoffice HD software. The Touchpad also uses the WebOS, which has gotten great reviews from technical experts. Plus, HP products have a reputation for reliability and ease of use while still being inexpensive, making them ideal for offices. If you’re looking for a way to arm your staff with a tablet PC that will allow them to go from the board room to the office desk and beyond, the HP Touchpad could be the solution you need.
  • Ultralight notebooks are all the rage at the moment, taking over every technical convention and becoming the talk of the industry. If you’re looking for smaller than ultralight, ultraportable may be for you, but often you sacrifice some features for extra portability. One of the best reviewed ultralight laptops at the moment is the Asus A36S, which is light and graphics-heavy, while still being affordable for a small business (at just under $900). Unfortunately, the speakers on this model leave much to be desired, so if you plan to use it for presentations, you may need to take your own speakers along. In general, ultrabooks often give up performance for portability, and the Asus is no exception. If you’re looking for a laptop that will handle intense activities, you might want to steer toward traditional laptops.

The world of electronic gadgets continues to evolve, with new products coming out all the time. The good news is, with so many high-quality electronics to choose from, no matter which device you choose, you’ll likely have a device that can handle everything you need it to do.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.

2 thoughts on “Smartphones and Tablets and Ultralights, Oh My! What’s the Best Mobile Gadget for Your Small Business?

  1. Jacko

    Save your money no need trying to keep up with the Jones’.  Heck they probably have moved to Dubai by now.  

    I would recommend just keeping a good laptop around. Save money on all these soon to be useless tablets/palm pilot/blackberry’s.

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