Once derided as an oversized iPod or a less functional netbook (remember them?) the tablet has become far more useful and adaptable than both. Today, the tablet is an almost ubiquitous piece of business technology, with as many potential business uses as you can dream up.
Contrary to popular belief, it was Microsoft and Lenovo that partnered to produce the very first tablet PC as far back as 2000, with an improved colour version released two years later sporting the latest Windows XP operating system. However, it was when smarter, app-enabled touchscreen tablets arrived in 2010 that they rapidly became a highly adaptable and effective business and personal device.
Importantly, these new tablets were much thinner and lighter than previous devices. Combined with the app-based functionality popularised by smartphones just a few years earlier, this made them more adaptable, customisable and extremely user friendly.
Tablets may have become a popular consumer device, but these same attributes also made thetablet businessworthy, either as a multi-purpose mobile computer or dedicated to a single and specific business function.
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You may have experienced first-hand or seen videos of toddlers and young children able to instinctively use a tablet to play games and access favourite videos with a few finger swipes (or rack up massive app purchase bills if the parents haven't locked their accounts.) But this ease of use also makes a tablet an extremely powerful business tool as well, with many professionals and other active digital users constantly finding ingenious new ways to be more effective and creative with these devices.
From digital restaurant menus that (unlike paper) can be updated in real time, to training health professionals with interactive simulations, we've tracked down 20 different uses for business tablets that demonstrate just how adaptable and powerful these portable black screens can be.
If you're only using your business tablet to update social media or check email, maybe it's time to find out just how powerful it can be when used in conjunction with the right apps and a bit of imagination.