Microsoft Office Available for Android Tablets

Microsoft Office Available for Android Tablets

androidofficeReally the only downside for using an Android tablet for your primary business device was the fact Office was not available.  Sure, you could force the Office Mobile app to work or use an alternative application to open and edit Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents, but each of those solutions had some drawbacks.

Yesterday, January 29, 2015, Microsoft officially released each app separately for Android tablets after a three-month test phase (which I missed for signup, bummer). The apps will be free for one month, then will require an subscription to Office 365.

As I mentioned, each of the office apps are available separately from the Play Store. So you will have to download Word, Excel and PowerPoint directly.

One thing that surprised me was integration not only into OneDrive by default (included in Office 365), but also into DropBox so sharing and collaborating on files becomes extremely easy.

According to C|Net, these apps word on 7″ or larger tablets running at least Android KitKat 4.4. Microsoft is not “officially” support Lollipop yet but the apps should run on the OS.

Office Mobile has been available for Android Phones and iOS devices for several months and will continue to be supported.

So rejoice Android Tablet users! Leave that laptop at the office and start using your tablet to be more productive anywhere.

 

Using Microsoft Office on your Mobile Device

Using Microsoft Office on your Mobile Device

Microsoft_Office_2013_logo.svgOne of the major obstacles to moving towards tablets and other mobile devices, especially for non-Millennials, is the dependence on software products, especially Microsoft Office.

Most of us have created a Word document, spreadsheet in Excel, or even a PowerPoint presentation in Microsoft Office. In fact, I was surprised to find that the popular one version of Microsoft Office (Office 365) had TRIPLED its market share in just one year (7.7% to 25.2%). And like it or not, Office is still the weapon of choice when it comes to business documents ahead of Google Docs or other choices.

When Microsoft updated their mobile version of Office in both Android and iOS tablets and phones recently it brought the old company into the 21st Century and made it realistic to use non-Microsoft mobile devices as a valid business tool.

So grab your tablet and log into Google Play to install these great apps. I will suggest using a Bluetooth keyboard (I use the Logitech k480 keyboard) and even a Bluetooth mouse (Microsoft Wireless Presenter Mouse 8000) to really make the experience as good possible.

Below is a quick description of each Office app with Google Play download links along with some tips where needed. I even included a few lesser-known Microsoft apps for your pleasure. Keep in mind most of these apps will be free in their full versions as long as you have an Office 365 account. Let me know your thoughts of using the apps, or if you have any questions that pop up! Send them to @BeBizzy on Twitter, or use the comment section below.

Word
Microsoft Word is the document type of choice for most businesses. It’s easy to track changes, easy to format, and very powerful in it’s publishing and security capabilities. Nearly every editable document you will receive from anyone will be in a Word format. Add to that easy conversion of completed documents to PDF and you have a very powerful business tool at your fingertips.

Excel
Everyone’s favorite spreadsheet application comes to mobile devices. The only limitation I have found is the ability to create and sometimes use pivot tables is lost or decreased in the mobile version. Otherwise, formulas, data entry and other functions all seem to perform just like the desktop version.

PowerPoint
Who hasn’t had to either present or sit through a PowerPoint in their business career? Now create, save and even present your great ideas by using this mobile version and send straight to a Chromecast or other enabled device to be viewed by the general masses in your meeting.

Outlook
I’ve only recently added this application to my devices after initially installing and not liking. Recent upgrades are close, but still not perfect. However, I’ve added four email accounts with some luck, and am so far impressed with the performance. Easy access to the calendar is a big deal, even using Google email accounts, and the look on a tablet is very close to the desktop version. The final big benefit is the ability to log into several cloud services to attach or save documents quickly. These services include OneDrive, Dropbox and Box.com, all of which I use on a daily basis.

One tip is that if you are setting up an email account that’s not Gmail, exchange or Microsoft 365, or Yahoo enabled you may have to include the port numbers in your inbound and outbound servers. For example, use imap.servername.com:993 if the SSL port for your service is 993.

OneNote
OneNote is my favorite note-taking application, even above Evernote. The ability to create multiple notebooks, multiple folders and documents containing text, handwriting (great on a Samsung Note 10.1 and Note 5), and images is a wonderful way to keep your notes. Sharing is very easy as well so you can send random thoughts, to-do lists and more to co-workers quickly through the app. OneNote automatically syncs and all of your notes appear magically on other devices that are logged into the same account, making backups less of a dramatic need, and keeping your notes are your fingertips regardless of which device you are using.

OneDrive
This is Microsoft’s cloud service. Most of the products automatically log into OneDrive to open or save documents automatically, and that allows easy transfer between your other devices, and also to share with other users. There are different levels of storage space available based on subscription type and price.

Office Lens
My favorite alternative Office mobile app! This is a great app that uses your camera to take photos of a screen, printed sheet, or whiteboard and allows you to easily edit that photo to be saved and/or included in other documents. It will even straighten the photo, or remove background noise if needed. Great business app!

I’ve tried other office services like Google Apps and others, but now having access to the familiar Microsoft Office for my business and personal use is nothing short of magical. Gone are the days of installing third-party apps that covert documents or create a different, limited version of the Office document types, only needing to be converted later to office formats. Gone are the days of having to handle a document to a third-party cloud service to ensure it’s available across devices. Microsoft Office has arrived… again, and you should take another look.

Got any other tips for using Office or other apps on tablets?   Send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received mobile devices with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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Best Android Business Apps for 2016

Best Android Business Apps for 2016

mobile-phone-998871_960_720Most of us do some work either away from our office or in our home. As a result more and more we are conducting business on our tablets and mobile phones over wi-fi or cellular networks.

In the past that meant trying to shoehorn common office tasks done by brand-name software into a process that edited or transformed them into something else so the mobile devices could read or edit them. But that’s no longer the case. Microsoft Office and other platforms are now universal and make working out of the office much easier. Couple that with some amazing apps specific to business uses and your phone or tablet is a powerful business tool.

Below are some of my favorite apps and their uses for Android phones. I have many, if not all, of these installed on my iPad as well. Check these out, and share your favorite business apps with me @BeBizzy on Twitter or below in the comments so 2016 can be the most productive year ever!

Notes and Meetings – Like it or not, meetings are the way of today’s business. Luckily online meetings are becoming a bigger part of the meeting landscape which allows multi-tasking, easier note taking and recording of the meetings. Check out a few of these apps to enhance your meeting experience.

OneNote – My favorite note taking app from Microsoft. Having a Microsoft account allows you to share the same notes across all platforms (PC, phone, tablet), keep multiple “notebooks” and chose from a number of formats.

WebEx & Join.me – Odds are that if you’re attending an online meeting you’re using one of these three tools. All three offer screen sharing and even communicating right through the device.

Office Lens – This is one of my favorite apps. It’s an easy way from Microsoft to photograph a document, visual slide or marker board, clean up and enhance the image, and save to be shared.

Chromecast – If you have a Chromecast device and want to share your screen through a wi-fi connection, Chromecast is the easier method. Share directly to a flat screen TV or projection with the touch of a button.

Google Drive – An easy way to share or collaborate on documents

Dropbox – My favorite way to save documents and share if needed. It’s very easy to limit who has access and even for how long. One of the few tools I subscribe to monthly.

Time/Cost Tracking and Tasks – Even if you don’t own a business you will most likely be responsible to track time, projects and productivity. The below apps will allow you to easily to do this and more.

Milebug – I’ve been tracking my mileage on Milebug for years. It allows multiple starting points, destinations, vehicles and reasons so you can track almost anything. It also provides an easy way to export the data for reporting needs.

Shoeboxed – Great way to save, upload, categorize and report on receipts. Generates great monthly or yearly looks at categories which can easily be made to match your company’s cost centers or the tax codes.

GTasks – This is a better way to access Google Tasks through widgets on multiple screens

Jiffy – Need a way to track time spent on individual tasks or projects? Jiffy does that and more.

Google Analytics – Want to see how your websites and campaigns are performing? Google Analytics provides a great view into this and more.

Office and Other Documents – Microsoft Office is the universal document system. That, along with mail and other events are an important part of the business process.

Microsoft Office – If you have a valid subscription Microsoft Office is available to install on your mobile devices to create, view and/or edit Office documents right on your phone or tablet. Tools available are Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

TypeMail – The best mail app available for Android and iPhones. Allows for multiple accounts, signatures and widgets to handle all mailing needs.

LastPass – All of these applications and softwares require passwords, and LastPass allows all of these passwords to be more secure and easier to create and retrieve.

News and Media – Many of us like to stay informed about our areas of expertise and the internet has made this much easier that waiting for industry specific publications to be mailed monthly. Use the apps below to follow your favorite people and/or business verticals.

Pocket Casts – Great podcast app. Find your favorite audio or video podcast and subscribe. Keeps everything organized across multiple devices.

Pocket – Need to save a website to read for later? Pocket will do this, sync across devices and platforms, and categorize them for easy sorting.

LinkedIn – Great social media app providing contacts, news, groups and other information unique to your circle.

Hootsuite – Most of us are on multiple social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. Hootsuite allows you to see of this in one place, post to them collectively (or a single platform), and organize according to lists or other criteria.

There you have it. A few of my favorite apps to make my device more useful to conduct business. Let me know below or @BeBizzy on Twitter if you have any to add to this list!

In addition to these, I use screens unique to personal and business functions by utilizing the widgets, contacts and other links to applications. Keep everything organized on your devices and you will become more productive in 2016 as well!

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received a mobile phone and with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Get Office Mobile To Work On Your Android Tablet

Get Office Mobile To Work On Your Android Tablet

officemobileThere’s a lot of buzz today around the new iPhone, and rightfully so.  I hope to have one of these beautiful machines in my hands in the coming weeks just like millions of other tech-heads.

But today I was reminded why I am an Android fan.

Many of you have installed Microsoft Office Mobile on your android phones, iOS devices and, of course, Windows tablets.  Unfortunately the android tablets have been left out of the fun.  But with android, there’s always a way and at 6:30am I was able to install Office Mobile on my Samsung 10.1 tablet from my HTC OneM8 with an easy process of copying the .apk file from my phone, installing in on my tablet, and installing another app that allowed me to use Office in landscape mode.

Here’s what you will need: (more…)

BBP : Episode 55 – Have You Updated Today?

BBP : Episode 55 – Have You Updated Today?

In this episode we talk about managing your passwords and updating technology to stay secure.

BBP : Episode 55 – Have You Updated Today?

Tech News

Yahoo Email Hack – Now up to 3 Billion accounts, apparently every yahoo account. – announced by the new owner, Verizon

  • No credit card information in the breach, but
  • Suspect part is that the new intelligence was just recently obtained AFTER the deal closed to buy Yahoo.

Equifax update – there’s a good chance the company will have to pay penalties to affected consumers going north of $1B.

  • For the record, $1B comes to just over $7 per possible affected user.

Cortana is now rollout out into Skype. You should start seeing it appear in private and group chats to offer assistance for scheduling and other items.

  • Will also appear in the Android and iOS versions soon.
  • Still not sold on voice systems like Google, Amazon or Siri, but I hope to become more reliant on it when the new Pixel 2 phone arrives
  • Microsoft claims 141 million “monthly” users of Cortana. I use it only when I accidentally click the button on my desktop toolbar, so that probably counts at least once a month.
  • Siri – 41.4 monthly, 19% daily.
  • Google claims 20% of mobile searches are voice searches – couldn’t find a published #
  • Becoming more popular
  • Would love to discuss voice searches and voice control on a future episode, so if you’re an “expert” please contact me.

Today’s topic – You are Responsible for Updating Your Technology

  • In the last month, I’ve had to do the following:
    • Rescued three websites from obvious hacking
      • Two were hijacked by an out-of-date WordPress plugin and dozens of fake blog posts linking to a casino were placed on the sites.
      • One was using a password created several years ago and the FTP was compromised, with THOUSANDS (over 50k) web pages were created, uploaded and indexed by google.
        • The new index.php page and all the rest were the only ones showing up in Google searches because of the dominance.
    • About six months ago I got a call that a WordPress site built over five years ago had NEVER been updated, and now stopped working.
      • That required updating WP, finding out what, if any of the existing plugins would still work with the new WP, and we had to find alternate solutions for outdated, un-updatable, or costly upgrades to certain plugins.
    • Two months ago I worked on a computer that was full of malware. The client was still running Windows XP and didn’t want to update. Windows XP was abandoned by Microsoft in April 2014, meaning there was no further development on the operating system and it would be exposed as insecure.
    • In all cases, there was a massive cleanup, one new install of WP, and a complete forced re-indexing of the website by Google and other search engines.

ALL of these could have been avoided if the core functions would have been maintained. By following just a few steps, your computer, phones and other devices can stay up to date and minimize the danger of being compromised.

Remember, criminals will most always take the low-hanging fruit, like the computer not updated in over 5 years, the WordPress site with outdated plugins, or the FTP password that hasn’t changed in half a decade.

A word of warning… updates can sometimes fail, and even cause larger issues. BACK UP YOUR DATA before running updates, or just in general. However, the risk of something bad happening during an update is nothing compared to the possible issues that can happen by running an out-of-date system.

  • WordPress and Other Websites
  1. Back up everything on a regular basis – Always have a way to reset if something bad happens, even if you lose some data.
  2. Turn on automatic updates for plugins and incremental WordPress updates.
  3. Use a service to update multiple sites if needed.
  4. Turn on notifications for major WordPress or theme releases, and run them after you back up, update plugins and prepare for possible downtime.
  5. Also change your FTP and Cpanel passwords on a regular basis, or when someone leaves the organization.
  • Windows Computers
  1. Back up on a regular basis. Services like Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and others offer cheap, or even free secure cloud services that will back up your data.
  2. Turn on automatic updates in the control panel. This will run in the background, and prompt to reboot when larger updates appear.
  3. If you can update your operating system to at least Windows 8.2 you will at least be receiving regular security updates. There was a time you could have updated to Windows 10 for free, but you most likely missed that if you’re still running an older version.
  4. Keep your software like browsers, office software and other major applications like Photoshop and others up to date by regularly checking, or selecting auto-updates if prompted.
  • Mobile Devices
  1. Back up on a regular basis (notice a theme here?). Most carriers have this available, but you can keep your music in the cloud, photos backed up to Google Photos for free, contacts saved to Gmail or Gsuite, again for free, and other data can use Dropbox, Carbonite and other services.
  2. Go into the Play Store or Updates on your mobile device and click Update All on a regular basis.
  3. Always accept operating system updates when prompted, your device is properly charged or connected to a power source, and you have the necessary allotted time to accomplish the update. Do a full reboot once in a while to clear the device and also to re-engage auto-updates when the phone reaches back out to the carrier or app store.

Updates are an easy way to keep your site and devices secure. Criminals are looking for the easy targets when you’re dealing with electronic crime, so stay on top of your systems and update regularly.

Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio

And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

Why Haven’t You Backed Up Your Phone Data?

Why Haven’t You Backed Up Your Phone Data?

“… and you didn’t have this backed up?”

I got to utter those words a month or so ago when I was called about a computer that was taken over by a ransomware program.

As a computer tech these words bring so many emotions. Despair, confusion, anger… they all are there. And yet several times a year we get that computer, tablet or smartphone and the user lost all of her photos, all of her contacts, and all of her documents.

There are several reasons for this, first, you just expect technology to work. There’s also lack of knowledge of backup options, inability to afford costly solutions, lack of time, and let’s face it, sometimes it’s just being lazy.

Technology Fails

Well let’s just get this out of the way… your technology WILL fail at some point. Hard drives can only spin so many times before they die, flash memory isn’t immortal and phones get dropped. So knowing failure is inevitable, why would you NOT back up? And it’s easier, and cheaper, than you may think.

Below are a few ways to get information off your phone and into the cloud. We’ve all heard the term “cloud” being thrown around, but it’s simply this. It’s a series of computer servers accessible through a controlled login system that allows users access to their data from any device that can control that access. Meaning if you save something on the cloud, you can usually get to it from nearly ANY phone or computer you own, or in some cases just are able to access the internet.

A quick word of warning! Getting this information off your local device and backed up, even to a system claiming to be encrypted or secure, can make the data more vulnerable.

  • Your Mobile Phone Provider Network : Most mobile phone networks have a way to back up your phone automatically with tools like Verizon Backup Assistant. You will get a certain amount of data for free, then pay a small amount to keep more data.
  • Dropbox : My favorite backup solution is Dropbox. This cloud service can be set up to automatically back up photos as they are taken, transfer documents to/from your smartphone, and share folders out to co-workers or family. All of my documents I would like to back up are saved on my computer not to the Documents space, but to my Dropbox folder where they are automatically uploaded and saved to other devices. You can also use it to save sound, video and other files. And the cost to get a business account is minimal compared to recovery or ransomware costs.
  • Your Google Account : I get common complaints about two things when a new phone is purchased or a phone is damaged; I lost my contacts and I lost my photos. Many of you have a Gmail account, especially if you are an Android user, and if you’re not, they are FREE at https://www.google.com/gmail. There are at least two things that should be done with your Google Account, set up Google Photos, and move all your contacts to be managed by Gmail.
    • Google Photos : Google Photos is a free or low cost (depending on the size of files being backed up) storage of photos that are available on ANY device you happend to be logged into. Smartphones can be set up to upload photos as they are taken and your phone has access to wi-fi. This means the risk of losing photos is minimized. But, a word of warning, photos you may NOT want saved are uploaded immediately as well, so blurry shots and photos of subjects you may not want to save for a variety of reasons are backed up, so clean that out on the Photos app as well.
    • Contacts in Gmail : By importing all your contacts into Gmail, and then adding new ones to Gmail instead of saving locally to your phone, you are again making these available on any device. So when you log into that new Moto Z Droid and connect your Google account, all your contacts are automatically downloaded to the new device. Easy and free, and can be done any number of times you wish.
    • Google Drive : Another major FREE part of your Google account is Google Drive. It can be used really two ways. Some use it as an alternative to Microsoft Office by creating and collaborating on documents right in the browser. A second method is to use it as storage by uploading Office docs, PDFs and other items.
  • iCloud : If you’re an iPhone user Apple has the iCloud built into iOS. It’s located in Settings and you can turn off specific apps to keep unneeded data from being backed up.
  • Back Up To A Computer : Your phone is essentially a data storage device in the eyes of a computer. You can always back up your photos and other information by plugging it in as a USB device and pushing/pulling data from it almost like treating it as another hard drive. The downside to this is that you’ve moved it from one potential failure device to another, but the odds of both failing at the same time are remote. And for what it’s worth… BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER TOO! You’ll be happy when your hard drive stops, you need that important Word doc, or ransomware takes over your computer and you could fix it by re-installing Windows instead of paying that shady dude on the phone $1k.
  • Paid Backup Apps : There are a few paid solutions like Carbonite & iDrive out there. These promise a bit more encryption and safety so if you have more that just a few photos and contacts, you may wish to consider going this route.

Why are you still reading?

Please, please, PLEASE back up your phone and computer data! It really only takes a few moments and you’ll be SO happy when the day comes to either move to a fabulous new phone or your device meets a horrible end. I personally back up my photos/videos to both Dropbox and Google Photos simply because it’s cheap and I can get them from anywhere. And I change phones as a Verizon Lifestyle Blogger every few months so having my contacts sync immediately is a huge benefit.

Or, take your chances that your device won’t ever fail while you own it, and if it does you can pay me a few bucks to try to salvage things off the memory. Personally, I’d rather show you how to set up the new device than attempt to recover damaged data, so you can stop reading and set up your backup now.

Have suggestions, questions or comments on these backup solutions? Either use the Contact Us form, or drop me a message on Twitter @BeBizzy!

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencing users, I received mobile devices with line of service from Verizon (#ad). No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own. By the way, we meet every Friday @ 2pm CT on Twitter to discuss mobile phones and how you can use them in your daily lives. Join us! 

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Should I Buy A Laptop or Tablet?

Should I Buy A Laptop or Tablet?

macbook-924015_960_720A few years ago it was professed that the tablet was going to rapidly replace laptop and desktop computers as the device of choice for both businesses and consumers.

Late last year and earlier this year tablets were proclaimed dead by dozens of tech writers.

So who’s right?

Ummm… both?

Here’s the deal. Computers are content creation devices. Tablets are content consumption devices. Make sense?

Why Buy a Laptop?

Laptop_and_computersMost of us own or have used laptops are work or at home. They are wonderful devices that allow you to take work virtually anywhere, especially if you can get online through Wi-Fi connections or using a mobile hotspot (my Verizon hotspot has saved me MANY times). The main benefit of the laptop is that you can do almost anything on them, including basic business tasks like spreadsheets, word documents, web surfing and the like, as well as photo, video and audio editing, coding, database work and more.

And, if you’re willing to pay slightly higher than the price of decent tablets, you can load a laptop with tons of RAM, processor power and HDD space. Laptops are also fairly easy to connect multiple devices like external monitors, HDD’s and other memory, keyboards, speakers, wired networks and more. Weight and thickness has also come way down for most laptops, even those with larger screens.

If there’s one thing against laptops, it’s battery power. Some laptops run at a lower power to save battery, but you lose some of the processor power when that happens. Batteries can drain quickly during travel or when working remotely. More expensive laptops pack in a bit more power but that can add weight, and even heat, which takes away some of the portability features demanded by certain users.

Why Buy a Tablet?

ipadTablets are becoming very common for both business people and home users, but they do lack a bit of the power possessed by their laptop cousins.

First, let’s look at the consumer-level usefulness. Tablets are perfect for sitting down and listening to music, watching TV shows or movies on Netflix, listening to pocasts, reading magazines or playing games, surfing the web, reading emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… all the ways we consume content. If you are looking for something to do this, it’s hard to find a better technology than the iPad or Android tablets like the Samsung Note 10.1.

Now let’s look at the business side. I’ve know plenty of people who have tried, and failed, at using their tablet to conduct their business. Most of the time it’s due to needing and/or wanting to do too much for the device to handle. Here’s what you’re NOT going to be easily able to do on your tablet. Code, create/edit spreadsheets, edit graphics, sound or movies, and connect easily to most business display systems such as projectors or televisions.

As far as where the tablets are awesome on the business side there are these aspects of business. Meeting notes, online presentations, multiple email accounts, tasks, project management, file viewing and sharing, and specific monitoring tools like Google Analytics.

So, it comes down to this. My wife surfs the web, reads her Nook, does social media like Facebook and Twitter, plays some games and looks at some coupons in her email. A tablet is perfect for her.

I create pivot tabled Excel sheets, monitor numerous email accounts, create graphics and manage websites, and share my screen during online meetings. When I leave the comfort of my office a laptop is often the weapon of choice. However, if I’m running out to meet with a bride or prospective client, view an online meeting, communicate via Skype or Hangouts, or even travel, I take my tablet.

What About the 2-In-Ones?

maxresdefaultThere’s a new class of device that’s beginning to grab some market share, especially on the Windows side of the arena, called 2-In-Ones. These devices offer a slightly stripped down version of the powerful laptop, throws in some extended battery and a smaller keyboard, a touch screen, and a few ports to extend the capabilities. I own an Asus that serves as one of these devices, and while the screen folds 360° to become a tablet (the keyboard shuts off and Windows changes to a tablet mode), I find the size and weight to be a bit of a challenge, However, there are new devices like the Surface Pro 4, the new Samsung Galaxy TabPro S (the first device I have gotten really excited about in a while), and even the iPad Pro 12.9″ and 9.7″ that are pushing this category towards being more useful.

So, Which One Should I Buy?

The bottom line is that you might want both, especially if you’re a business professional that goes out of the office for meetings or an executive that mostly needs to consume data instead of create it.

If you’re ever going to need to work with graphics, audio, video or even large, complete spreadsheets, it’s hard to bet against the Windows or Mac laptop. Sometimes you just need the extra power.

But if you’re mostly going to be consuming information from websites, Webex meetings, documents or other media, I would recommend the tablet.

Final Things to Consider

One more thing to consider on both of these devices is your connection. The tablet is there to consume media and web traffic. Getting it attached to your cellular plan as an LTE device is a great thing if you’re going to be working in areas void of available Wi-Fi. These can include the great outdoors, some restaurants, and even on the road. But the reality is that most people, both business and general consumers, will have access to Wi-Fi much of the time.

Our homes, at airports and hotels, places of business, and even many bars and restaurants have connections available to users. Just make sure you are using protective measures such as not sending financial or other critical business data over these connections unencrypted or otherwise protected.

If you have questions or comments on tablets and laptops, please leave them in the comment section below or shoot them at me on Twitter @BeBizzy.

Then, leave the technical stuff to us!

 

Logitech k480 Bluetooth Keyboard

Logitech k480 Bluetooth Keyboard

2015-03-18 10.56.10Yesterday I was on the fence on whether I should buy a Chromebook or not. For those of you not familiar with Chromebooks, they are cheap, laptop-like devices running Google’s Chrome OS. They have very little onboard memory, HD screens, similar ports to commercial laptops, and depend greatly on internet cloud services for hosting files and work. Some even come with LTE connectivity.

I have a laptop and also a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, but the laptop, while powerful and work-friendly, is large and battery life is “ok.” The Note 10.1 is an awesome tool for email, following social media and viewing the web, digital books, entertainment and file viewing.

The Chromebook was to fill the void between the two because of these features:

  • Smaller than the laptop but larger than the tablet.
  • Full keyboard to make typing easier.
  • Wonderful battery life.
  • Great connectivity to cloud-based file storage like Google Drive, Dropbox and others.

So as I’m researching the Chromebooks from Asus, HP, Toshiba and Samsung, I stumbled upon another solution. What if I found a keyboard that was easy to use, full-featured, and could work on multiple devices when I inevitably upgrade from the Note 10.1?

About an hour later after a trip to Best Buy I had my solution in-hand, the Logitech k480 Bluetooth Keyboard.

The k480 has a ton of features that make this perfect.

  • Order your Logitech k480 today!Full featured keyboard including a selector to choose between a PC/Android layout and iOS.
  • Can connect to up to three difference devices using the numbered dial.
  • Rubberized cradle to securely holding your tablet or phone (or both in portrait mode!)

Now, I can use my tablet as my laptop/Chromebook clone. Android now has a full Microsoft Office version to create and edit documents and presentations. The 10″ screen is more than enough to work on WordPress in my browser, making blogging easy. I was worried about the charging port being on the bottom, but with a screen rotator app I can flip it 180 degrees and plug in on the “top” of the tablet. The channel even allows headphones to be plugged in with the device upside down.

Want to hear the best part? This keyboard is only around $50! Order one up on Amazon right now and turn that Android, Windows or iOS tablet into an even more powerful work device.

What are your thoughts on Chromebooks or the Logitech k480 keyboard? Let me know in the comments below, or just give a shout out on Twitter @BeBizzy!

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Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I receive devices with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.