10 Things to Look for in a Tablet Computer (Part 2)

  • Date: 06/29/2011
  • David Tapia, MBA, FACHE, Exegete Healthcare International
  • Category: Technology

Are you considering a new tablet computer for clinical Point of Care (POC) documentation? In Part 1 of this series, we shared five things to look for in a tablet computer. Today, we provide five additional features to consider when purchasing a tablet for POC documentation.

6. Performance
As you compare tablets, try to find one that will load and run applications quickly or you will be less likely to use it in the field. Most tablets come with a dual core processor, which give them a significant increase in performance than single-core processors. The HP TouchPad, scheduled to launch in July 2011, has a dual-core processor and clock speed of 1.2GHz - the fastest pure clock speed in the tablet market. "Of course, clock speed and number of cores do not in themselves determine how fast a tablet is or how well it manages power," PCWorld writer Daniel Ionescu reports. "That determination will require side-by-side testing."

Below are some examples of questions to answer as you test each device:

  • How quickly can I be up and running with the device?
  • How long does it take to load an application?
  • How fast does the device run when I have more than one application open at a time? For example, the Web browser and PDF viewer, or Web browser and calculator
  • Does the device freeze up when I have a browser open and am watching a video?


7. Storage
The amount of storage you need depends upon what you plan to do with your tablet. Make sure you have realistic expectations of how much storage you will need before you buy. Most tablets come in different built-in storage variants of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. You may not need the highest amount of memory if you plan to use the tablet strictly for accessing your Web-based home health software service, such as Kinnser's Agency Manager