As we find a new way to complete our work and run our businesses, new technologies and solutions help us become more efficient and productive than ever before. For many, we have drastically changed how we work, where we do, and what we require from our devices.
Your employee’s old desktops might not be cutting it when it comes to mobility and ease of access anymore. It might be necessary to add on another mobile device to work offsite or ditch the desktops all together and move to laptops. We will break down the four main mobile device types you can pick from, what kind of work they would support, and how we can help you get the best one for your business.
1. Smartphones: Smartphones are mobile phones that can function as communication devices while offering the ability to surf the web, quickly reference or share documents, and utilize applications.
Our Advice: Adding smartphones to your network in addition to a company desktop can be really important for a workforce that is continuously on the go and needs the ability to respond to calls, emails, and reference information quickly. If your employees are away from their desk semi-regularly, smartphones can help streamline communication and reduce any bottlenecks.
2. Tablets: Tablets are similar to smartphones but offer a larger screen and better accessibility. Tablets provide users easy and quick access to documents, email, messaging, web browsing, and application use.
Our Advice: Tablets really come in handy for employees that are consistently away from their desk, but need to access documents or a web app, complete minor work, and keep track of information. Adding data plans to tablets can allow your workers to use them wherever or whenever they need to.
3. Laptops: Laptops are mobile computers. They are compact desktops that can be easily taken away from a desk as needed. When paired with a docking station and external monitor, they can serve as a full desktop replacement. For most workloads, modern business laptops are plenty powerful when properly configured.
Our Advice: There are so many choices when you are looking at laptops. If you want it to replace your employee’s desktop, you need to make sure that the model you go with is powerful enough to support your employee’s needs. If they are running multiple design, editing, or computing software, you might need to opt for more processing power. Additionally, most business laptops can be configured to include support for a mobile data plan.
4. 2-in-1 Laptops: 2-in-1 devices are exactly what they sound like, a laptop and tablet in one. They come in a couple of different configurations, but basically, the device functions as a laptop when utilizing a keyboard. When the keyboard is detached or folded back, the device becomes a tablet. A popular 2-in-1 example is the Microsoft Surface.
Our Advice: You can’t go too wrong with 2-in-1 devices. They can fit the needs of most situations for on-the-go employees. Certain models can be equipped with data plans like smartphones or tablets, but you can still use it as a full laptop when needed. They truly can be the best of both worlds. However, because they are more compact, you don’t have a desktop or heavy-duty laptop’s processing power. If your employees are mostly focused on utilizing basic applications, communicating via email, and surfing the web, these could be the only device they need.
Here at SwiftPuppy, we can help you through every step of this process, determining your needs, finding the best device to suit them, and then implementing the new devices safely and seamlessly into your existing network. We would love to help you out. You can book a call with us anytime.