How do I choose a tablet?

There are many mobile devices on the market that are getting ready to be used in therapy and practice management. But which device should you choose?

The criteria

In order to decide which device - which platform - is the most suitable, one must first collect the criteria.

  • Availability of apps
  • Size of memory
  • Size and resolution of the display
  • price

Manufacturers and platforms

The best-known platforms for tablets are Apple with its iOS, the operating system for iPads, and Google with Android, the operating system for many devices from different manufacturers.

There is also Microsoft with its Surface devices, which are powered by an adapted version of Windows, and Amazon with the Kindle fire.

Availability of apps

All manufacturers offer a central place to buy and manage apps.

But if you look at the number of apps that are available for Apple's iPad, it quickly becomes clear that the competition doesn't even begin to offer a comparably large selection. When it comes to interactive books, Apple is unrivaled. No other provider has interactive books on offer.

Size of memory

iPads and tablet PCs are available with storage sizes between 16 GB and 128 GB. Where iPads cannot be expanded at a later date, some Android devices offer interfaces for, for example, memory cards like those found in digital cameras.

Apps for use in therapy sometimes require a considerable amount of storage space. Either because the app already requires a lot of storage space. Or because the stored content is very extensive. Keynote for the iPad requires almost 400 MB, if you use it to create interactive therapy material that you always want to have with you, you quickly add another 4 GB of space.

Some apps are even 1 GB in size themselves. Dynamic communication aids in particular need space for images and voice synthesis.

Size of the displays

The size does not mean the size of the device. The decisive factor is the size of the visible area, i.e. the display.

For use as therapy material and thus on the patient, the device should have a sufficiently large display. 9.7 inches is a very good benchmark as a compromise between mobility and usability.

price

There are several ways to compare prices. For example, if you compare the price of an iPad with 128 GB of storage and mobile communications of around EUR 870 with a simple Android device, an iPad appears very expensive.

It is better to include criteria such as durability, life cycle, scratch resistance, processing, support and usability in therapy in the comparison. Tablets are very different!

My recommendation

All of these preliminary considerations speak for an iPad as a therapy pad. The large number of available apps is a particularly crucial point.

iPads

iPads from Apple are available in two versions. One of them is best suited as a therapy iPad.

Apps are available in the iTunes store and the devices are available from different retailers.

More about the iPads
App store for iPads

Android devices

Android devices are available from different manufacturers. The system can be found in several versions and each is different.

Apps are available directly from manufacturers or from GooglePlay.

More about the androids
PlayStore for Android