I’m a Windows guy. Always have been and until I have a really good reason not to be, will most likely stay that way. I have in production six, yes SIX, Windows PC’s, use one at work, and support an unknown number of friends and family on the various versions of popular operating system.
So when I started at a company that relied on several enterprise Microsoft applications that were not supported by Android, IOS, or pretty much anything except Windows, I reluctantly sold my ASUS Transformer 10″ android tablet and purchased a very similar looking ASUS VIvo Tab 10″ tablet running Windows 8. It quickly became my primary device to drag into meetings, eventually replacing my notepad as I became more proficient in a few applications.
But last week I had the priviledge of attending an awesome summit of #VZWBUZZ influencers in Chicago at the Verizon headquarters. During these meetings we discussed some Verizon and their partner’s online efforts, including a very noble effort to increase STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) participation from women and girls (video embedded at the bottom of this post). We were also presented with a brand new, shiny Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition. Sometimes it pays to be a geek.
Since I haven’t had an Android tablet in a while I was immediately presented with an odd decision. Keep using my ASUS Windows 8.1 tablet, which I love, or try to make my Android tablet work in a predominantly PC environment. So I started looking for apps, and boy was I surprised.
Almost EVERY Windows application had an online or dedicated Android app now. There was pretty much nothing I wasn’t able to do on Android, in some cases better, that I was doing on my ASUS. So, I felt that I should share how I was going to migrate to Android for my business use starting tomorrow in several areas including notes and project management, communications and entertainment.
Notes and Project Management
My primary note taking application, which actually allowed me to stop carrying a pen and paper to just about any meeting, is OneNote. Now that the notes reside in the cloud with an Office 365 account one can view, edit and share notes anywhere on any device. An easy transition to Android.
Microsoft Office is a bit of an issue. Direct access to Office isn’t available for Android tablets… yet. I can get them on my Note 3 phone (also provided by Verizon), but the app won’t work on the Note 10.1. I can open/edit/create in two other ways, however. There’s the online version of 365, and there area also several Android applications that work with Office files, such as Polaris Office. I’m expecting a bit of a learning curve and some heartburn in this transition.
Finally, I use a great program in meetings and planning sessions called Mindjet Manager. It’s a mind mapping program that has a great Android app that works just like the Windows version. Sharing files created on the tablet in Dropbox, I can get them back to my PC easily. Painless transition here.
The Note 10.1 tablet is amazing at communication. The Email app does a great job with my Outlook account, and the Android actually is better to use for my Gmail accounts than the Windows tablet could ever be.
Other methods of communication like Lync, Skype, Hangouts, and even Facebook work much better in the Android tablet than Windows. Advantage ‘droid.
I know, entertainment at work? I spend a good deal of time listening to podcasts and music while I work. The Android totally outshines it’s Windows cousin here. First of all, my ASUS screen had to be active for the media to play, which really took a toll on the battery. The Android can shut it’s screen off and continue playing. I really missed this feature. Then throw in podcast and music applications like Doggcatcher and DoubleTwist instead of iTunes, and Android runs away from my Windows tablet here.
There’s also better games, a MUCH larger selection of apps and the Note 10.1 is noticeably lighter.
Do you have some ideas you’d like to share on how to use your Android, or other tablet at work? Send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter and I’ll add them to my followup article, which is sure to be coming soon. And for what it’s worth, much of this article was written on my brand new, 4GLTE-enabled Galaxy Note 10.1 with no external keyboard or mouse.
Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Verizon STEM Commercial