Let me, if I may, to ask a question in reply to this question: Is there a spot in our high street shops for tablets?
Blogger David Winefield generally think so; his site ‘The Digital Gist’ which is about ‘living on the junction end of media and technology’ (though personally, I prefer to commute) has a pleasant article about this very topic. Within the piece, David states,
“While the iPad has been the overwhelming choice when it comes to in-store tablet deployments (see: Belly, Square, Nine West, Urban Outfitters), Android is beginning to step out of the shadows. Many startups and brands are beginning to see the value of Android tablets at retail – more economical, open platform, more device choices, etc. I recently interacted with a Buzztime tablet at Buffalo Wild Wings that was Android-based. It was a great experience, at a fraction of the cost of deploying iPads. Ziosk is another example of a startup looking to deploy tableside tablets at scale. Guess what platform they went with?…Android”.
Because of that familiarity of Android phones and other devices, plus the increased developmental possibilities of the type, it appears rather easy to predict that Android will probably grow to dominate in this market (perhaps with manufacturers licensing particular apps that not only work in the shop, but additionally function like a mail-order catalogue). It isn’t even too far-fetched to imagine AR content appearing in-store when viewed via the tablet pc’s. All of those ideas would create customer interest, I’m sure.
So, back to the title, if there is a place for pc tablets in our shops, what is the best Tablet pc to utilize in retail?
Actually, my answer can be an Android-based device shaped by a startup discovered in Winefield’s content. The company, called Leaf, sell a tablet PC particularly for shopping. However, additionally they make an game that may be downloaded to added Android tablets (and also the iPhone).
Curiously, Leaf appears to be aiming its tablet at both businesses and individuals, with two break away informational routes showing over on the product’s official site. By building the existing product to as many persons as possible, Leaf are really opening up a sizable marketplace.
Over on the website, they are saying,
One more area where Android have the benefit is in cost, because it costs a lot less to kit your clients out with Android devices than it does to give them iPads.
Still think this complete pc tablet thing is really a phase? Earlier 2013, Will Kelly of Techrepublic.com talked in regards to the use of tablet pc’s inside the retail environment. He said,
“Machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies enable device-to-device communications without the need for a PC to be in the middle. The retail industry is reaping the potential in M2M and tablets by replacing traditional cash registers with more economical (and mobile) tablets. Such moves are helping customer service by getting staff out from behind a stationary cash register and back on the sales floor. In the back office, M2M and tablets are changing the way that the retail industry conducts inventory and other back office activities to ensure retailers are keeping a competitive edge”.
Now if only they would develop them in Primark.