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In choosing a tablet, what screen size is right for you?

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21 March 2015, 4:46 pm by: Wendyann Lewis

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Tablets are a convenient way to conduct business while at your favorite café or in a hotel room while traveling. They are smaller and easier to transport than laptops are, but they are also larger than smartphones. Screen sizes for laptops are getting smaller, while screens for smartphones and tablets are getting larger. What screen size is best for you? And does a larger screen size justify a larger expense for your business?

Larger Tablets

Tablet screens continue to grow. 10-inch tablets are pretty standard with many manufacturers, including Apple, Google and more, while some manufacturers are getting comfortable with slates that are 12.9-inches and even larger. Check out the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 if you need to see more. While many consumers think tablets are too big and awkward for their normal mobile routine, business people love them. They prefer the larger screens for multi-tasking and working on business applications while on the go. Moreover, the bigger screens are better when trying to access enterprise applications. Not to mention games.

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Enterprise apps are notorious for not working well on mobile devices. They were originally created for desktops, with their larger screens. They are heavy on content and can be viewed on smaller screens only in chunks. For enterprise applications, your best bet is to view the information on a screen that is 13 to 24 inches. While there are laptops available in that size, there are few tablets. Combine that with the limited bandwidth on a standard mobile connection, and enterprise applications become frustrating to use on mobile devices.

Business Applications

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Larger screen sizes do solve the problem of trying to perform standard business functions on tablets, but how big is big enough? In the business market, not all employees need 20-inch screens. If they are checking emails, viewing documents and chatting with co-workers a smartphone or a phablet may be all an employee needs for business use.

Sales people, managers and executives need larger screens and computing abilities that match laptops or desktops. They create presentations and reports, write documents and often have to access customer information remotely. These employees do need larger screens and the expense of these powerful tablets can be offset by improving the flexibility and accessibility of the user.

Justifying Expenses

BYOD and SYOD policies should not be a one-size fits all plan. Your company shouldn’t require employees to pay for expensive tablets they don’t need. In addition, your company shouldn’t be forced to compensate employees for purchasing expensive devices if the employee doesn’t need it.

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Review each employee’s job description and how he or she uses their mobile device. Create an acceptable range of devices and prices for each position compatible to usage. This way your company isn’t paying for a device that is more powerful than needed or forcing an employee to use a device that isn’t capable of performing necessary tasks.

What is your favorite screen size? Do you like devices that are super powerful or do you try to get away with a tablet that isn’t suitable for your position?

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