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GCN : July 2013
REVIEWS TABLETS GCN JULY 2013 • GCN.COM 29 1. Apple iPad There are many features that might make Apple's fourth generation iPad the right choice for an agency's users, such as the bright display and long battery life. However, its more limited process- ing power and limited number of ports might keep it out the hands of certain employees. Prices range from $499 for a 16G Wi-Fi version to $929 for a 128G cellular version. WHAT WORKS FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES The iPad's Retina display is a significant improvement over prior iPad versions. The 9.7-inch display is very bright --- bright enough even when working in di- rect sunlight, making it suitable for any- one who might use the device outside occasionally, such as a social worker or field inspector. Another area where the iPad excels is in its battery life. Everything about the device is optimized to conserve power. As such, the 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable battery can last over nine hours while us- ing a cell provider's 4G LTE data plan. The iPad measures 9.5 inches by 7.31 inches by 0.37 inches and weighs 1.46 pounds, making it very portable. It's light enough that a user would be able to hold or carry it for a while before need- ing to set it down. WHAT MIGHT NOT WORK FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES Although the new Apple A6X processor is a significant improvement over the A5X found in earlier iPads, it is still op- timized for low power consumption, so it may not have the performance some agencies require. If mobile users need to create slideshow presentations or huge text documents, then the iPad won't be a good fit. Another limitation is the number of peripheral ports. The only two ports on the iPad are for the Lightning connector for power and I/O through a computer's USB port and the minijack for head- phones. The proprietary Lightning ca- ble, which has decently fast throughput, means that the iPad can't use a standard micro-USB cord (without an adapter). The iPad doesn't come with a biomet- ric or smart-card reader, but they can be added with cases such as Precise Biomet- rics' Tactivo, which supports Personal Identity Verification and Common Ac- cess Cards. 2. Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security The Latitude 10 Enhanced Security tab- let from Dell has user authentication fea- tures that simply aren't available on most tablets. However, without a spare bat- tery users won't want to be away from a power source for long. Prices range from $499 to $779, depending on the configu- ration. WHAT WORKS FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES The Latitude 10 Enhanced Security is a Windows tablet (it runs XP, Vista and Windows 7 and 8) that, as its name im- plies, focuses on security in government, academic and health care settings. It comes with both a fingerprint read- er (a quarter-inch square on the upper left of the back of the tablet) and a smart card reader. It also includes Trusted Plat- form Module 1.2 hardware, Microsoft BitLocker drive encryption and Compu- trace support for tracking a lost or stolen device. The tablet includes a good array of ports that would make it a fit for agency employees who work both in the office and out on the road. Users who want to expand their office setup can get an op- tional WiGig dock ($249) that connects to a monitor through its HDMI port and keyboard and mouse through the dock's four USB 3.0 ports. The docking connec- tor also functions as a power port. But to save a user from having to unplug the power cord from the docking station, Apple iPad