Mobile hardware can help you work efficiently when travelling on business or away from the office. Wireless mobile devices include mobile phones, tablet computers, personal digital assistants and netbooks. They all make it easier to stay in touch and respond effectively.
There are several common types of mobile hardware:
Mobile hardware continues to evolve. Netbooks are a relatively recent development and most mobile devices now utilise touch screens screen technology (in fact the latest version of Microsoft Windows operating system has been optimised for use with touch screen devices).
Wireless mobile devices are commonly used for sending and receiving email and accessing the internet. All these tasks involve getting online, so you need a piece of mobile hardware with good connectivity. There are two main types of connection:
The type of connection best for your business will largely depend on where you plan to use these wireless mobile devices. Assess this as part of your IT requirements.
You need to consider what functions you will need your device to perform. A laptop is the most suitable option if you are a looking for a device that will be capable of carrying out all the tasks you would complete on your desktop computer. Increasingly though, businesses are using notebooks, netbooks and tablet computers to fulfil these tasks instead. Their smaller size, functionality and battery life make them both convenient and flexible. These can be very suitable for editing documents, too. Take into consideration the:
Tablet computers utilise touchscreens rather than keyboards which you use rather like a mouse to open documents and programmes, type, move around pages and zoom in and out. You should look for a touchscreen that is responsive and accurate. Alternatively, look for one that can be clipped to a keyboard to give you the best of both worlds.
It’s often possible to edit documents with the smaller types of mobile hardware, like smartphones and PDAs. However, making anything other than minor changes becomes a real challenge without a proper keyboard and good-sized display.
The other important consideration is battery life. As a guide, with average use the best smartphones should last two or three days on a single charge. Netbooks will give you four hours constant use, whilst tablet computers can give double that. Consider an extra battery or car charger if you’re on the road a lot. Remember, however, the laws on using mobile devices whilst driving.
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