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GCN : July 2013
The tablet has become an integral part of the mobile plans of many agencies. For some users, they have become the replacement for either notebook com- puters or full desktops. For others, they are simply a way to connect to the of ce while out in the eld. No matter their intended purpose, there are some features of the tablet form factor that every agency needs to consider. We take a look at ve models --- the Apple iPad, Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet2, Microsoft Surface Pro and Panasonic ToughPad --- and see how their features match up with agency needs. Criteria for tablets: BATTERY LIFE: How long will it last when unplugged from a power source? Are optional spare batter- ies easily removable and replaceable? PROCESSING POWER: Does it have a power- ful processor and enough memory to open large documents, use high- performance apps or run multiple programs at the same time? SECURITY FEATURES: What kind of authentication is available? Are there FIPS- certi ed encrypted drive spaces or secure containers for BYOD users? RUGGEDNESS: If it s de- signed to be rugged, how rugged is it? Can it pass MIL-STD 810G tests for temperature, shock, liquid and particle intrusion? Of course, not every job will require a tablet to excel in every one of these catego- ries. IT managers will need to nd the tablet that best ts their users. On to the tablets. Security, power, weight, durability. Tablets have di erent strengths, and users have individual requirements. How do these five models match up with your needs for on-the-go computing? 5 TABLETS: WHAT THEY CAN, AND CAN'T, DO FOR AGENCY USERS BY GREG CROWE 28 GCN JULY 2013 • GCN.COM