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Advice on Workshop Tablets and programs/apps?

Discussion in 'Business & Enterprise Computing' started by Eisenhorn, Mar 14, 2020.

  1. Eisenhorn

    Eisenhorn Member

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    We are considering getting tablets at work for accessing drawings from sharepoint and taking pictures and writing/drawing on those pictures but i am unsure of a windows tablet or to go to a android one, apple is not an option. Individual logins for different users would be preferable too. Also be able to take good hardy cases would be good. I would assume this is possible but i really dont know. Any advice would be nice.
     
  2. elvis

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    Up until that point I would have said give everyone an Android device and manage it with O365 or GSuite supplied MDM tools.

    But after that, you're treating a tablet like a desktop, so it's no longer a tablet (as tablets are designed today). Multi-user login is now putting you in "Windows desktop" territory, which means any tablet you're buying is going to be a Windows/Surface style device.

    You need to consider what problem you're actually trying to solve here. If you want to manage a fleet of mobile Windows desktops, that problem is already solved. If you want to give people access to their O365/GSuite tools from their mobile phones or company supplied tablets and enforce a minimum acceptable security policy, that problem is already solved. If you want to treat an Android tablet like a Windows desktop, you're inventing new and painful problems.
     
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    Eisenhorn

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    Those utilities seem to be pretty much what we were after. The individual login was just to track who does what but it's not essential. Thanks for the advice.
     
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    We purchased a Surface for this and it just collected dust, tried iPads but the demand just wasn't there and eventually they just got left on desks. People lost the pens and having a second device to carry around didn't work.

    In the end all staff got Lenovo X1 Yoga's and when the need for handwriting comes up they can slide a pen out of the side and use it. Workflow tends to go through cycles where we need to markup large amounts of documents, and then not at all.
     
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    We manufacture Items and sometimes we need to take pictures and access drawings out in our yard so rather than wandering all the way back in to print out a drawing rather than printing out a thousand drawings some of which may only be used for a day we can just pull them up on a tablet. Or taking pictures of things that are confidential/under NDA with our own personal phones. We are looking for tablets that can have hardy cases and be left at work.
     
  6. ir0nhide

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    Spend the money and get a full fat PC as ewok85 suggested, there are any number of 'convertible' laptops which can give you a tablet-like experience when required without sacrificing horsepower (plus support whatever drawing format/software you need).

    Trick is to quantify the value to the business.

    Edit: these just dropped and the reps say that the 1000 nits will make it actually usable in bright sunlight:
    https://www.dell.com/en-au/work/shop/laptops/new-12-7220-rugged-extreme/spd/latitude-12-7220-tablet
     
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    For the price, is it still cheaper to buy and burn 3 "non rugged" ones?
     
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    Indeed, you can break 3 non rugged ones and have a crap experience doing it.

    Just like power tools; if you're drilling a hole in your home wall buy a Ryobi, but if you're a tradesman making holes for a living then buy a Makita ;)
     
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    I look after a fair few 'rugged pc's/tablets' that are used in the actual field e.g. Atacama Desert in Chile... This new Dell looks good but make sure you get the optional handle... our staff always prefer the tablets with the big handles like the Motion F5v over the Panasonic Toughpads... although my recommendation is try to avoid having to go full fat windows - it's a real shit when the field tablet has been in storage for a few months till someone needs it in the field, connects it up to WiFi to download some data and it's several months out of windows patches which is just awesome on satellite internet...

    We are transitioning away from windows rugged tablets and moving to rugged android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy TAB Active https://www.samsung.com/us/business/products/mobile/tablets/galaxy-tab-active/ as the android software improves (we still have several lob applications that tie us to windows).... In your case, If you just need photos and a PDF reader then an android tablet is so much simpler and you can buy staff one each for the price of sharing a few expensive toughbooks...
     
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    Yeh we are going to go along the lines of android, we will rarely be out of range of wifi and buying a few android tablets with good cases for the price of one toughbook type seems more suitable.
     
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    Let us know how you go using those things during daylight hours :)
     
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    Will do.
     
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    Nobody want to carry around a bulky Ipad even the ipad mini in a harden case. Especially if your using clunky apps or the IT literacy to want to use isn't there

    Don't make the mistake of not purchasing something without mobile network connection. I assume your on a mining site or remote location where wireless - wifi isn't an option?
     
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    nah we manufacture shelters and they get stored out in the yard when half completed for more work to be done on them, there is wifi everywhere on the property.
     

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