There is no doubt that the iPad has its place in the world of consumer electronics. Apple and mass media marketing have done wonders to ensure you believe the best tablet out there is the iPad. This is partly due to the genius of Apple itself. Marketing is large part of the iPad’s overwhelming popularity, but there’s also functionality to consider. It is hard to believe Apple when they make claims that the iPad is “ahead of the game” in the realm of portable and tablet technology. When compared with industrial tablets or rugged PCs, the iPad quickly falls short. If you work in an industrial sector, try to imagine bringing your iPad into the volatile world of manufacturing and industrial work.
If you work in an industrial setting on a daily basis, it is easy to see how things can go south quickly, especially with a consumer-grade electronic. This is a demanding environment and it isn’t one that is easily navigated by the iPad. In the world of commercial and industrial enterprise, rugged tablets are the logical choice. A rugged tablet gives you durability, power and reliability – everything you’ve come to expect in the digital age. A rugged tablet is specifically designed for this type of environment, and it is not only functional, it’s also the most capable option.
There are a lot of options for durable cases with iPads, but when push comes to shove, they could never withstand the daily abuse of a rugged work environment. When you’re working in a challenging environment, you want a tablet that will hold up to the abuse you’ll be putting it through on a regular basis.
IPads are not equipped for manufacturing and industrial work activities, plain and simple. As a consumer grade electronic, the harsh nature of the commercial work environment would put an iPad through the wringer.
It’s glaringly obvious that the iPad isn’t rugged or tough. It may be slightly durable, but that doesn’t mean it can handle the industrial applications that require a true rugged tablet.
Functionality is also compromised, as well. In warehouses and other industrial workplaces, it is sometimes necessary to wear work gloves while on the job. You cannot use an iPad with a glove on your hand, but many rugged tablets are designed to be used with gloved fingers.
In these particularly rugged work environments, contact with moisture and fluid is always a possibility. An iPad is not waterproof, while many rugged tablets are. They are specially made to protect your software and applications against the elements of the humid, gritty work atmosphere you encounter on a daily basis.
Applications & Software
We all know that the iPad can be great for playing games or other entertainment apps. Even basic office applications can be utilized on an iPad device. However, in the commercial work environment, rugged tablets accomplish the workload by utilizing applications made to keep your business running smoothly.
You can find applications that help with productivity, inventory, time sheets, accounts and more. Some of these applications even include warehouse or scanning software, or other ways to manage your work orders. They provide true streamlined workflow from the main warehouse floor to the backroom industrial office.
There is no doubt that there is a place for iPads, but it is obvious that the industrial world is not it.