I was happily working away on my MacBook last week invoicing some clients for recent work when it hit me – I have got to the point where I could now do all this on an Android tablet rather than a MacBook. Surprising thought when you think about it, but as surprising and intriguing as it was the next thought was why would I want too?
Let me explain. At the moment most of my daily tasks involve using Libreoffice and Chrome a lot, along with Thunderbird for my emails and Dropbox for storing files. I also use Teamviewer to access my virtual machines which are stored on a linux server. On the whole this setup suits me well. I do like to use a “desktop” browser as I find I usually work faster than with a mobile one.
I currently use my 7 inch tablet for taking notes during client visits, internet, checking wireless signals etc and it performs these jobs well. It wouldn’t take much thought to put my email accounts on it, add my social media accounts and start doing some “real” productivity work on it. I could very easily use apps on the tablet which would cover all of my current needs and probably cover them very well. For example there are apps like Docs to Go which provide most of the office functionality I need (good app by the way).
But there are also some slight niggles which, while not being a show stopper, would seriously limit my enjoyment. The first is dual monitors. I use a second monitor with my MacBook and I must admit it makes my life so much easier. Dual monitor setups for Android are to the best of my knowledge “limited” to say the least. If anyone would like to write and app that allows me to expand my android tablet to a second monitor I would buy it!!
The next is printing. I use HP ePrint on my phone which integrates very well with the inbuilt email client allowing me to print off my emails. It doesn’t integrate at all with Docs to Go and other productivity suites meaning I would have to save documents to Dropbox first and then print from there. No big hassle but when you get used to just printing from anywhere on your system it takes a while to get used to a different way of working.
So yes while I can do all my business work from a tablet I won’t be switching fully across because my current setup does everything I need. What I am more likely to try is to do certain bits from the tablet to see how we go and if successful maybe take on a bit more over time.
Do you work from an android tablet? Let me know!!
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