Tablets with 4G mean productivity anywhere

Tablets with 4G mean productivity anywhere

Summary: A survey shows that the portability of tablets makes workers more productive in many different places. Put 4G connectivity into the mix and the sky is the limit.

SHARE:
TOPICS: Tablets, 4G, Mobility
11

A survey by Forrester shows that the form factor of tablets, which is more portable than laptops, is the primary reason that IT decision makers deploy slates (or plan to do so) in the workplace. JP Gownder of Forrester calls this "hyper-portability" and elaborates on the benefits of such mobile devices.

Houston Zoo

Gownder contends that the portability of tablets allows workers to be more productive in far more places than other devices. Such locations can range from different spots around the office, to the local coffee shop.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes takes it even further by noting that it's the "low drag" of tablets that makes them work productively. They're easy to take out of the bag, have instant on, and are easy to maintain — another good point of view on the little tablet.

This subject is very dear to me, as I have been using tablets to work all over the place. Case in point: After reading Gownder's and Kingsley-Hughes' thoughtful pieces about why tablets are popular with IT folk, I was thinking about the unusual places I use them for productive work. I recently shared some of the unique places I go to work on a regular basis. The tablet makes this easy to do, but it's the integrated 4G long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity that really makes this shine.

When I decided to write this article about the freedom that 4G on a tablet provides so I can work anywhere, it was in a city park after eating a nice lunch outdoors. Without the 4G, I would have probably waited until I got back to civilization, ie wi-fi, to get this done. Hopefully, I would have remembered all the thoughts I had back at the park. Instead, I pulled my tablet out of the bag, and in seconds I was online and writing the article. I was able to tap into the thoughts that were all fresh in my mind.

This isn't an infrequent experience in my work; it happens all the time. The tablet is always at hand and with its all-day battery life, it is ready to go at a moment's notice. The integrated 4G connectivity completes the requirement to work absolutely anywhere I happen to be. In my line of work that means that, whenever the muse strikes me, I can capture it on the go. This is very powerful to me.

When you take the hyper-portability, mix in the low drag quotient, and stir in some fast 4G, you get a tasty dish that can be consumed almost anywhere — even in the park.

Topics: Tablets, 4G, Mobility

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

11 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Did you have a bluetooth keyboard with you?

    Just curious, as you have written about tablet accessories before.
    zaine_ridling
    • Usually yes

      But in a pinch I can still be productive without if I don't have one with me.
      JamesKendrick
  • there are things that I do not understand

    - Why writing an article requires a connection?
    - Why is it specifically a tablet that helps being productive, and not, say, a notebook?
    - Why would I want to pay for a data plan for my electronic device just to be able to type in an unusual place?
    ForeverSPb
    • lol

      To force the use of tablets, ignoring laptops exist.
      everss02
    • 4. 5.....

      4. why can't thoughts be captured by dictation into a phone?
      5. what's wrong with 3G for low-medium bandwidth use connectivity. Thought capturing is low bandwidth if any, seriously.
      6. you have a note2, how is that not a better weapon in this situation?
      warboat
  • What 4G Carrier did you use?

    Just wondering, between the Big 3, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, what is your preferred provider?
    holmesro
    • Verizon

      I have a Share Everything plan on Verizon which lets me use a pool of data on any of my phones/tablets.
      JamesKendrick
  • Can Your iPhone do this?

    That is the name of my Android's 4G mobile hotspot, which is created by Foxfi, a free app, and I have unlimited bandwidth... AKA 4G anytime, anywhere, without an extra plan. Why is this not more well known? Obviously carriers don't want you to know about it, but ZD and other should at least let the common man know.
    webdevinci
    • Hotspots are nothing new

      I find integrated 4G to be a better fit for my needs.
      JamesKendrick
  • hotspots are good in a city

    try to find one on a beach
    ForeverSPb
  • meh

    "A survey by Forrester"

    *yawn*

    Them again?

    Still using them?

    "Adrian Kingsley-Hughes takes it even further by noting that it's the 'low drag' of tablets that makes them work productively. "

    Easily refuted. Did so in the talkbacks.

    "They're easy to take out of the bag, have instant on, and are easy to maintain."

    Just means they're portable. BTW, you can have "instant on" and "easy to maintain" with non-tablet devices as well. The whole "low drag" thing is a myth.

    "Without the 4G, I would have probably waited until I got back to civilization, ie wi-fi, to get this done."

    Even without 4G, I wouldn't be unproductive. I keep local copies so I can use them anywhere, anytime, even offline.

    It's really too bad you've been brainwashed to think that you must always access the internet to be productive.

    "The integrated 4G connectivity completes the requirement to work absolutely anywhere I happen to be."

    Unless you happen to be outside of 4G coverage. It's not satellite. Last I checked, it's not even as universal as 3G, and even 3G is not total coverage.
    CobraA1