The Meteoric Rise of Tablets and Rich Media Phones Expected in 2012

The Meteoric Rise of Tablets and Rich Media Phones Expected in 2012

The jury is out on what role the tablet computer will play in the enterprise space in 2012.

Around 19.5 million tablets were sold in 2011, and a projected 54 million will be sold in 2012. The era of the tablet is upon us and we are now seeing more and more businesses doing away with their laptops in favor of these lighter, sleeker, more mobile devices.

To read more about why we foresee tablets becoming a business standard in 2012, check out our blog

Here are some key reasons we foresee tablets becoming a business standard in 2012:

1. Battery Life and Portability

The tablet can work a full day with just a single charge, whereas laptop computers often require a charger after a few hours, and need to be carried around in a bulky bag.

2. Virus Resiliency

Tablets are far less likely to succumb to the various viruses that afflict many Windows laptops. The Apple iOS mobile operating system is tightly controlled and apps need to go through a stringent review process in order to be approved on Apple’s app store. Within the realms of Android tablets, security is more of an issue, but we expect that most serious business applications will be locked down.

3. Business Ready Applications

Probably the biggest advantage of the tablet is and will be the applications that users are able to run on them.

The iPad already includes business savvy apps such as:

  • Pages, Numbers and Keynote (Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Presentation applications)
  • CamCard (reads business cards and adds them into your contacts)
  • GoToMyPC (a remote PC desktop access app including firewall integration, 128-bit encryption and end-to-end authentication)
  • Bria (A soft phone that can be configured to match your desk phone)
  • Dropbox (A cloud service that permits for synching of files between your iPad and Computer)
  • Dragon Dictation (Voice to text dictation tool)
  • Polycom Video (Video Conferencing Application By Polycom)
  • ESNA UC Client (Unified Communications Client)

The Android tablets offer other apps such as:

  • Due Today (an organizational app that syncs with Google Tasks),
  • Catch Notes (Allows you to record your thoughts via text, voice recording, images and locations),
  • Fuze Meeting (high definition Web-conferencing service)
  • File Manager HD (ability to access the file system as on a regular desktop)
  • Bria (a soft phone that can be configured to match your desk phone)

With the demand for business related applications rising, expect a deluge of new applications to hit the tablet market in 2012. Considering more companies and end users will be switching to tablets this year because of the advantages outlined above, there will be new business applications in constant development in 2012 and beyond. The tablet may not be ready to take over the laptop and PC completely because of their inadequate multitasking manipulations (lack of keyboard and mouse). However, the business world is taking advantage of its other proficiencies and tablet sales will only grow over time with more advanced features and an already lower cost than quality laptops. We at Cohere recognize this seismic shift from laptop to tablet and have already implemented tablets into our UC systems.

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