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Can HP Jumpstart Enterprise Windows Tablets?
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sspooner587
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sspooner587,
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4/13/2014 | 5:10:56 PM
Re: Enterprise IT Wants Consumer Tech
I have been looking for a quality WINDOWS 8.1 tablet for a while now and was pleasantly surprised when I found this tablet. I use an ipad for my work and need sd card to hold my surgical techniques because often I can't get a wifi connection so I can't rely on cloud. I purchased a Surface pro2 but was unhappy with how heavy, thick, and slippery it is. It just doesn't feel good in the hand. This product makes sense to me, with its excellent accessories and it's sdxc with up to 1T of additional storage. I have a windows Lumia 1020 and recently Apple made an update that will no longer support windows phone. For the first time, I will finally have the same operating system for all my devices, phone, tablet and pc. I love windows 8.1 modern UI and find real brilliance in its live tiles. Finally an operating system that can provide information that's relevant without having to open a program. This new advanced Windows device is very exciting.
J_Brandt
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J_Brandt,
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2/27/2014 | 7:40:27 PM
Hardware wont make the difference
Unless HP is going to get into enterprise tablet management software tools, I don't see how the hardware that HP (or any other vendor) makes is going to impact or jumpstart anything.  Even on the pure hardware front, what dazzling innovation have we seen from HP in recent years?
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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2/26/2014 | 4:51:19 PM
Re: Still too much $?
It's not cheap-- $200.


It's a problem with a lot of Windows tablets of this size in general. Desktop apps are part of what differentiates them from iPads. Most desktop apps require a physical keyboard. So why isn't a basic physical keyboard included?

Perhaps companies can charge for premium keyboards accessories. The HP "productivity jacket" provides not only a full keyboard but also a variety of ports. That's worth something extra. But I think a basic keyboard (maybe like the Surface's Touch Cover) needs to be tossed in with the device. The 8-inch tablets are a different story, but for the larger ones, it makes no sense to sell keyboards separately. I suspect the tactic does more to discourage device sales than to encourage accessory sales.
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2/26/2014 | 4:07:02 PM
Still too much $?
I think Chris is correct re the price point. less than $700 still sounds a bit high. and what does the "productivity jacket" cost?
Petar Zivovic
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Petar Zivovic,
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2/26/2014 | 3:56:38 PM
Do these vendors ever do surveys?
I'm not talking about the "how was the support you just received" survey. I'm talking about, "ok, here we've got a basic tablet. Let's ask industries X, Y and Z if they plan on using tablets for anything, and what would they like to see built into the tablet that would really be helpful to them."

One thing I've noticed is that vendors "think" people will buy this tablet or that tablet design, sometimes based on "expert opinion/projections" (usually very broad, like in this article re: Windows use), sometimes based on who knows what. Whatever happened to ASKING the potential customers what they need & delivering that? Take the guesswork out of it!

The Dish network example seems to illustrate this. The techs are complaining about not being able to read the screens in daylight, etc. Had this field been surveyed by any vendor, this could have been identified in advance and they could manufacture a (ph/t)ablet ideally suited to their working environment, maximizing return on investment. I'm sure there are other companies besides Dish that could use this same technology to their advantage. Lots of potential here.

Broaden the survey to other markets, and you start to get an idea of what common features are needed in every unit (obvious examples include email access, browser access) vs. some more specialized requirements (e.g., the ruggedized aluminum casing HP is offering in their 1000 series in this article would work well for outdoor/industrial environment use; not sure if the size is too bulky though - an idea for a pilot!)

I'm not Marketing. But I can take this from a consumer's point of view, who all too often is frustrated at not being able to find the right device because every option out there is unsuitable because they are missing one or another critical function.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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2/26/2014 | 1:13:18 PM
Re: Enterprise IT Wants Consumer Tech
Thanks for the perspective, AustinIT. You bring up some great examples-- screens suited for outdoor viewing are often a necessity if you're working in the field, for example.
AustinIT
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AustinIT,
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2/26/2014 | 12:24:48 PM
Re: Enterprise IT Wants Consumer Tech
I recently had Dish installed at my home. The tech was using the Galaxy you mentioned. Said that he and many of his fellow techs hated the Galaxy for a variety of reasons including slow performance and hard to read screens in bright light. Said the Otter box was no guarantee to prevent damage which regularly took out the tabs.

Bottom line is that low end consumer tech in field work is not necessarily a good plan if it prevents the job from getting done either efficiently - or not at all.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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2/26/2014 | 11:51:36 AM
Re: Enterprise IT Wants Consumer Tech
I hadn't heard about the Dish use of Otter boxes, but that makes sense. With iPads accounting for more than 90% of enterprise tablets, it stands to reason that Otter boxes and similar-grade protective cases are being widely used.

Any readers out there have a need for legitimately ruggedized tablets, instead of the consumer-grade hardware and accessories?
ChrisMurphy
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2/26/2014 | 11:30:51 AM
Re: Enterprise IT Wants Consumer Tech
The consumer appeal often holds true when those tablets leave the office, too, Michael. Dish Network gave standard 5-inch Galaxy phablets 15,000 of its field techs who do installs and repairs, and they just put them in standard Otter boxes protection -- only modification is the box is in Dish brand red.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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2/26/2014 | 11:21:12 AM
Re: Enterprise IT Wants Consumer Tech
I think you're bringing up a good point, Chris. Ruggedized tablets and special accessories enable certain use cases but don't necessarily offer wide-ranging appeal. I think that's one reason enterprise-oriented Windows tablets have been modestly received; for particular use cases, they might be the best bet, but for general tablet use in the office, it's often fine to deploy consumer hardware (or to just encourage BYOD or COPE programs) with access to a few specific apps. 
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