There’s no escaping the fact that tablets are everywhere.

Whether they’re being used for meetings or on the move – you need your business tablets to be reliable and secure.

To save you the pain of purchasing a dozen and feeling utterly underwhelmed, here’s Microsoft’s top 5 considerations when buying tablets for business use.

1. Can it keep your information safe?

The great thing about tablets is you can pretty much take them anywhere.

They’re light, thin and slip into your bag. But these advantages often mean that you’re much more likely to misplace them than you are a laptop.

If you are one of the unlucky ones, the device should have the capabilities to make it difficult for unauthorised users to access your business data. On the other hand, you don’t want to jump through hoops to prove your identity every time you need to log on to work.

To integrate convenience and security – many users are making the leap to biometric options such as facial or fingerprint recognition.

2. Is it easy to manage?

Handing tablets over to staff can float the productivity boat, but also lead to mayhem for the individual managing the IT.

If there are various operating systems with multiple administrative tools it could easily double the workload.

In an ideal world, you should have one solution that can manage both desktops and tablets.

3. Will it be able to run your business applications?

Your selection of tablets will depend on whether you’ll be using the device now and then or for everyday work requirements.

If you’re planning to replace your laptop with a tablet, make sure that the tablet can run all of the applications you need to use before you purchase it.

However, for just basic emailing and internet use, most tablets will be able to take care of this.

4. Does it have sufficient battery life?

This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s often overlooked.

The whole idea behind a tablet is to use it on the move. The last thing you want to be doing on a train journey to an important meeting is desperately searching for power outlets on your hands and knees.

Ideally, you’ll need a tablet with at least eight hours battery life.

5. Is it comfortable to use every day?

If you plan to get rid of your laptop entirely – a keyboard is essential.

But not just any keyboard. It has to keep you productive and comfortable throughout the day.

You might want to consider a keyboard that comes with a stand – allowing you to work in portrait or landscape mode. Similarly, angled keyboards give you the freedom to adjust your typing position, adding that extra element of comfort.

If a keyboard isn’t your thing, a high-quality stylus can provide easy control and navigation.


If you’d like to find out more about using tablets in your business, get in touch with our experts on or call 01235 426700.