There are a variety of tablets that consumers can invest their money on, but selecting a device can be challenging.
According to PC Magazine, in 2012, 31 percent of U.S. Internet users owned a tablet and used it mainly for consuming published content such as videos and news.
Many business owners and executives are using tablets for daily operations and creating presentations for the boardroom and sales support. Others use tablets to check emails, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and other social media accounts.
Abdul B. Subhani, managing partner for Centex Technologies, said clients will purchase brands they are already using.
“Most of the time, a client will come to us and say they like to use Apple products just because they are already accustomed to them and many already have the iPhone,” he said. “But there are other clients that are using androids, like the Samsung tablets and Galaxy phones.”
Subhani noted some clients favor Android tablets because it is an open source operating system. Tablets such as Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 will have more programs and more apps for free than the iPad.
Some businesses do not know what they need or want, said Ashley Liburdi, AT&T business account executive in Central Texas. When it comes to new technology, many of her clients ask for help in understanding certain devices such as a tablet.
“My job is to understand where a business wants to be and develop solutions that will enhance their productivity and efficiency and control their costs,” she said. “We want to take their companies mobile.”
AT&T offers business customers a lease-to-own program for the iPad.
“When it comes to iPads or tablets, definitely I get people asking me what would be the best for their business,” said Liburdi.
The iPad 3 launched in March and sold 3 million units in three days. The tablet has a display of 9.7 inches and 1GB of memory.
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 launched this month ago is getting rave reviews. This tablet is lighter than the previous version and includes 1GB of memory.
Google and Asus teamed up to develop the Google Nexus 7. This new tablet became available three months ago and is comparable to the Kindle Fire created by Amazon, which has a smaller seven-inch screen.