Endpoint device purchasing is a complex endeavor in the mobile era. PC refresh cycles are still a part of the process, but corporate buyers now must consider smartphones and tablets as well.
There's no shortage of manufacturers pumping out PCs, mobile devices and hybrids with various operating systems. Cost, usability and software availability all factor into the decision-making process, but where should evaluations start?
This smartphone, tablet and laptop buying guide offers in-depth advice to help get your search off the ground. We regularly compile PC and mobile device reviews from our colleagues at NotebookReview, Brighthand and TabletPCReview and update this guide with the most important information for business buyers.
1Smartphones and tablets-
Android device reviews
Android is far and away the most popular mobile operating system in the world. Major manufacturers in the Android smartphone and tablet market include Samsung, Google's Motorola Mobility, HTC and LG. Many of their devices run significantly modified versions of the Android OS, all on different form factors, so there's a variety to choose from.
Android phablets probably aren't just a phase. Samsung's large Galaxy Note popularized this smartphone-tablet hybrid device, and other companies have joined the market. Learn about the HTC One Max and other devices that walk the line between phone dimensions and tablet capabilities. Continue Reading
2IOS phones and tablets-
Apple OS and device reviews
Apple is extremely popular with consumers because it integrates with other services, devices and applications that they already use. The company has built up its enterprise features over the years, however, and now offers iOS 7 with more IT management tools than ever. Learn about Apple iOS and the company's many smartphones and tablets.
Apple offers a plethora of devices that now run iOS 7, including iPhone 5s and the lower-cost iPhone 5c. If you're a laptop buyer, you should also get to know the latest Mavericks OS. Learn more about what iOS 7 and Mavericks have to offer IT when it comes to management and security, plus specs for Apple iPhones and iPads. Continue Reading
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3Windows 8 PCs-
Laptop buying guide
Now that Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP, more IT buyers may at least take a gander at Windows 8.1. Those that do will find a plethora of options, from more traditional PCs by the usual OEM suspects to the tablet/PC hybrid Surface 2 made by Microsoft itself.
Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 is an impressive Windows 8.1 tablet. If you're looking for a full-fledged PC, however, there may be better options. The Acer Aspire S7 and Lenovo ThinkPad T440S rated higher than their competitors from Dell and HP. Continue Reading