Mobile working is a system which works for both big businesses and smaller businesses alike. Allowing the freedom for employees to work as they like, in the best environment for them, has many bonuses. It allows their time to be managed in a way which allows for more flexibility, it gives employees a sense of empowerment like none other, and it shows that you believe and trust in your employees, which will often brings out their best work. But all good practices often rely on a few key factors. In the case of mobile working, surely it seems obvious that you are only ever going to be as good as your mobile devices?

 

Battery life and signal

 

A recent study coordinated for HP recently found that around sixty-two percent of people who classed themselves as mobile workers were struggling to keep up with their daily demands due to connectivity issues. The reliance upon a strong signal to allow individuals to work is more important now than ever. As certain technologies require a faster data signal, the strain current networks are put under find themselves unable to keep up with demand. Whilst 4G networks are making themselves more available globally, it still doesn't solve the problems of network black-spots which hamper connections all over the world. The obvious contender for most problematic issue with mobile working is undoubtedly the battery life you get with your handset. Ever since smartphones have come into their own, in the past few years, we've been hoping for that one phone to come out which blows away all battery expectations, but it hasn't happened. It seems that this would be down to the fact that as smartphones evolve at such a fast rate, the new processes they allow each iteration negate any physical battery improvements. I'm sure that if they took an iPhone 5S and put an original iPhone battery in it, we wouldn't get anything beyond a couple of minutes use out of it.

 

The tablet

 

This is where the tablet comes in and makes the territory its own. In response to the connection issues, given their larger interface, tablets allow greater freedom when they don't have a data signal. It's still not ideal, but you aren't as stuck as you would be compared to if you were carrying around a laptop to do the bulk of your work on, relying on tethering your smartphone to receive any data. As soon as you can get a signal, you are up and running again on a tablet, without any downtime.

 

Whilst smartphones struggle with battery life a great amount, and haven't really gained any ground in the past five years or so, tablets entered the market with an incredibly strong showing. For the casual user, their tablet battery can last them weeks. Even for the business user, putting their tablet under a heavy workload, it is rare to see a case where you wouldn't be getting at least a couple of days worth of battery life out of it.