There are many different devices available to both the small and large business owner when setting up a company. Be it a family start-up or a major conglomerate, every company has different needs. Three of the most popular options for business communication are the laptop computer, the cellular phone, and the tablet. Each devise has overlap and different pros and cons. Knowing which one or combination of devices works best for you will help you streamline your business and keep associated costs low.
Laptops have shrunk in size over time. Sometimes the smaller size represents a lower computing power. However, with the invent of online file storage and sharing, you don’t have to worry so much about not having the most “beefed up” model. Most net book computers satisfy the majority of data needs that people may have. Their screen size allows someone to see more data at once and browse websites more effectively than a smart phone or smaller device would. Also, because even a net book has more computing power than a phone, you have access to more “full scale” applications like word processors or email. The downsides to the laptop computer are, of course, cost and portability. Laptops can cost thousands of dollars depending on the model selected. Even a net book takes up more space than a cellular phone or a tablet.
Cellular Phone or Smart phone
Almost everyone has a smart phone these days. Advancements in technology have made it so that you can have basic versions of most business apps up and running on your cell phone. This makes it easy for you to change a spreadsheet, do minor changes to a document, or shoot an email on the go. Applications make it possible for you to have PDFs, email, and even a business text messaging service at your fingertips. The problem with cellular phones, though, has to do with their size, computing power, and the chance of signal drops. Because the cellphones have a smaller screen size and resolution, it is difficult to browse some websites. They also lack the computing power of a laptop, so you are not able to run full blown applications on all products. If you are in a dead zone, the phone’s ability to assist you in your business goes away as well.
Tablets are seen as many as a good middle ground between the cellphone and the laptop. They combine the screen size of a laptop with much of the portability of a cellular phone. Because they have more computing power than a phone, they are able to access a wider range of “full” applications and make it possible for you to run video, do a presentation, and have a video chat from one device. Tablets do lack the computing power of many laptops and do not have the memory space to save a lot of data. If you’re looking to do programming or any sort of media, a laptop would still be needed.
Most business owners choose a combination of the three devices when running their own business. It is up to you to find your perfect fit.