Importantly, these new tablets were much thinner and lighter than previous devices. Combined with the app-based functionality popularised by smartphones just a few years earlier, this made them far more adaptable, customisable and extremely user friendly.
You may have experienced first hand or seen videos of toddlers and young children able to instinctively use a tablet to play games and access favourite videos with a few finger swipes. (Or rack up massive app purchase bills if the parents haven’t locked their accounts.)
But this ease of use also makes a tablet an extremely powerful business tool as well, with many professionals and other active digital users constantly finding ingenious new ways to be more effective and creative with these devices.
From digital restaurant menus that (unlike paper) can be updated in real time, to training health professionals with interactive simulations, we’ve tracked down 20 ingenious business uses for tablets that demonstrate just how adaptable and powerful these portable black screens can be.
If you’re only using your tablet to update social media or play games, maybe it’s time to find out just how powerful it can be when used in conjunction with the right apps and a bit of imagination.