iPad Mini, Microsoft Surface, Nexus 7: 10 Tempting Tablets for SMBs

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2012-10-25 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Small businesses are always the most cost-conscious of companies, with limited resources to spend on IT, no matter how beneficial. This is especially true in an economy where many small and midsize business owners are concerned about their future growth prospects. On the other hand, emerging technologies such as tablet devices, coupled with the general consumerization of IT and the growing popularity of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives, is helping small businesses improve productivity, while allowing them to connect with new customers, thanks to location-based applications and cloud-based social networks. In the past few months a number of high-profile tablet devices have been unveiled, namely Apple's latest shiny, happy, people-pleasing device, the iPad mini, as well as Microsoft's Surface tablet, which runs Windows RT, and other convertible tablets optimized for the new Windows 8 operating system. For the small business owner who values mobility over all else, a 7-inch tablet may be the best fit, but companies using tablets in hazardous or rough-and-tumble environments may lean towards a more rugged device. Which one is right for your business? Let's compare some of the more high-profile models coming to market and see where they stand.

 
 
 

Apple iPad mini ($329)

The iPad mini's 7.9-inch display has 35 percent more screen real estate than other 7-inch-range tablets, and Apple's world-class fit and finish, not to mention a voluminous apps store. But shelling out $329 for a WiFi-only tablet may be a stretch.

Apple iPad mini ($329)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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