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10 Tips for Selecting the Right Mobile Devices

Are you wondering how to select mobile devices? You want a checklist for selecting the right device? You got it.
 
From faster bar code scanning to easier collaboration, mobility is having a huge impact on enterprise operations. But choosing the right devices for your specific circumstances is not always easy.
 
Knowing what to consider when making this decision will ensure your organization invests in devices that fit the task at hand. Before choosing a new hardware device, here is a checklist of 10 key considerations to help you select the right mobile device.
1. Security
Not all devices come with operating systems (OS) that can cope with enterprise security demands. For example, consumer-grade operating systems may have features like voice and cloud software that undermine corporate privacy and security policies.
2. Training
Will your employees adopt the new technology or use workarounds because it’s difficult to use? OS familiarity can play a big role. As can training. But if your devices have to be replaced regularly then training costs can soar. Developing and completing new training all mean more time spent away from the job, which also means extra expense. 
3. Battery
Multiple shifts or days spent offsite require devices that can go the distance. Battery power is important. So is the ability to easily swap out batteries with fully charged replacements to prevent any significant downtime.
4. Accessories
Being able to charge a series of devices or batteries together, rather that individually, could reduce the number of power outlets you use. Also, if your devices need to regular replacement, remember you will most likely need to purchase new cradles and chargers too.
5. WLAN
A strong, wireless connection can mean the difference between frustrated workers and faster workflows. Aim for devices that can offer enterprise grade 5 GHz Wi-Fi without having to invest in extra access points.
6. Scanning
Delays in simple processes, like bar code scanning, can undermine your whole operation. Capturing data quickly is one thing. You may also need devices that can deal with damaged or misprinted bar codes.
7. Durability
Drops, spills, dust, bad weather—they can all affect your devices. Durable designs capable of withstanding adverse conditions will eliminate costs of downtime and failed devices. Check the drop specifications, tumble specifications, and IP sealing rating on the devices you review.
8. Voice
Keeping your people connected is as much about voice contact as it is about data transfer. Devices that can combine both will cut the need to invest in other comms devices, like walkie-talkies. If you can integrate PBX telephony with Wi-Fi then you can also reduce call charges.
9. Life-cycle
Choosing a device that requires frequent upgrading can result in a fleet of mixed generation devices. This leads to significant training and support complexities, as well as extra capital outlay. In addition, you may find the accessories and chargers for new models are not always backwards compatible.
10. Support
Keeping a spares pool can be costly. Be sure to check whether there are support plans in place for when devices break or fail. You’ll want to have support that provides quick replacements so operations don’t fall behind. These plans can cover everything from normal wear and tear to accidental breakage and also be custom-made to suit your operations.
 
To begin your search for the right high quality hardware, let Radley help guide you with how to select mobile devices. With the end of Windows support, be sure to keep in mind the need for Android devices, smartphones or tablets. Get the full details before making your choice. Read the guide to Selecting the Right Device
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