The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Right Device for your Fleet

Determining the need for technology in your fleet operation can be a difficult process. And now you have to decide between purchasing desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones or some combination of those? It can become pretty overwhelming! Here is a simple guide that can aide you in selecting the right device for you.

Based on your responses the best solution for this role would be a desktop.

Since the role will be primarily in the office and required to manipulate complex documents, including reports and spreadsheets, a desktop is a great choice. Screen real estate may also be a factor since they would be interacting with multiple applications and windows. If the role may need to eventually travel or be mobile you could look into a laptop as well.

Some pros and cons to keep in mind:

Pros

  • Reliable battery
  • Reliable Internet connection
  • Processing power
  • Larger screen

Cons

  • Heavy and immobile
  • Expensive
  • Size

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Based on your responses the best solution for this role would be a laptop.

Since the role will need to travel or be mobile and be required to manipulate complex documents, including reports and spreadsheets, a laptop is a great choice. Screen real estate may also be a factor since they would be interacting with multiple applications and windows. A laptop can afford them with the appropriate performance needed for them to do their job.

Some pros and cons to keep in mind:

Pros

  • Can prefer tasks one would want to do on desktop but with convenience of mobility and flexibility
  • Processing power
  • Larger screen

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Poor battery life
  • Size

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Based on your responses the best solution for this role would be a tablet.

Since the role will need to travel or be mobile, and their daily tasks do not have high performance demands, a tablet is a great choice. An additional purchase of an external keyboard could make this device easier to use if there will be the data input.

Some pros and cons to keep in mind:

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Can use both web-based programs and native apps
  • Mobile and flexible

Cons

  • Need additional casing
  • Need additional keyboard if user doesn’t like touch screen

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Based on your responses the best solution for this role would be a phone.

Since the role will need to travel or be mobile, and their daily tasks can be completed inside of an app, a phone may be a great choice. If the role will need to access to larger documents or complete any complicated tasks it may be wiser to get a tablet.

Some pros and cons to keep in mind:

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Can use both web-based programs and native apps
  • Affordable, even with company mobile plans
  • Portable

Cons

  • Can be prone to dropping/other damage
  • Poor battery life
  • Size is easily transportable but harder to view content

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Still not sure about which device is right?

Consider the questions below to help guide your decisions!

1. Precise control or display quality?

Don’t fool yourself with a flashy tablet demo – even the simplest spreadsheet will become a chore after weeks of taps and swipes.

2. Screen size or portability?

Generally speaking, tablets are 7-11 inches, while laptops are 12-16 inches. Within each device category, if you wander outside those ranges, your selection tends to drop fast.

The average tablet is less than half the thickness (0.42 inches) of the average laptop (1.09 inches, folded). What’s more, with Sony and Apple shaving off inches on the Xperia and iPad every year, the gap may grow even wider.

3. Performance or simplicity?

Here, even some three-year-old laptops outperform today’s most powerful tablets.

4. Web browsing or apps?

In the end, it comes down to where you prefer spending your time. Love apps? Grab a tablet. Prefer to do everything in a browser? Stick with a laptop.

Wouldn’t it be incredible if a fleet management software was capable of supporting all of the platforms listed above? With that power and adaptability, you could personalize your device ordering for the specific people that need them – desktops for office workers, laptops for traveling employees and phones or tablets for your technicians and field crews, for example!

You’re in luck – AssetWorks FleetFocus is designed to run efficiently on those devices! In fact, a suite of simple, yet powerful, mobile apps was created to maximize your efficiency on your desired mobile device, so that you can use your fleet data wherever you go.

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