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My journey to Android

ComTech: IT Support Stirling

A while back I wrote a blog stating I could now use Android to run my business but would I want to? After writing it I decided to run a test to see if it was feasible so I have been slowly moving my software across to Android over the last couple of months. Well two weeks ago my MacBook died so I decided to take the plunge and go all Android.  I am suprised how easy it was and if I am honest I would find if very difficult to switch back to a traditional PC or laptop running Windows or Mac OSX (still use Linux on my servers).  My tablet of choice is the Lenovo S6000 which is a fantastic piece of equipment with a very sharp screen, 1 GB RAM and 16GB storage running Android JellyBean. I have also coupled it with a usb keyboard case which effectively turns it into a mini laptop.

There is a core of packages that I need to run my business – word processing, remote desktop, remote system monitoring, emails and of course printing.

Accessing files

Trying to store all your files on a tablet can be a pain as tablet hard drives are small. To mitigate this I would suggest using cloud storage and in my case I use Dropbox.  I have used Dropbox for the last 5 years and it has never let me down. I highly recommend it.

Word Processing

For word processing I use Docs 2 Go which has the ability to open cloud based files and also save them back to their original position in the cloud which is very handy. You can open and edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint files and so far I can even do my work books through a spreadsheet.

Emails and Calendering

These are covered by the inbuilt apps. My emails are setup as IMAP (stored on server) and since I use Google Calendar I can sync my calendar across multiple devices without the need for Outlook.

Remote Desktop and System Monitoring

This is covered by Teamviewer and Pulseway and out of all the apps I use these two are probably the most important and they work well.  Teamviewer on a tablet is a breeze, especially with a stylus.

Invoicing

I have recently switched all my invoicing to Invoice2go which makes my life so much easier!!! It allows you to produce professional looking invoices quickly for a small yearly fee and works across multiple devices by syncing with the cloud. It also has the ability to log your clients details therefore becoming a mini crm.  This has become one of my “must have” apps.

Printing

This is the one area I was most worried about but I have solved it by using a combintaion of HP ePrint and Google Cloud Print. Google Cloud Print was very easy to setup and printing to a HP wireless printer from a tablet is easy.

I would say that my business has specific needs and these needs are more than covered by the Android ecosystem but this will not be the same for everyone.  If you use a specific package which only runs on Windows (eg ACT!) then this approach will definitely not work.

As always though it is nice to have the choice of which platform you want to use.

About the Author

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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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