Survey reveals differing demands for consumer and enterprise tablets

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A survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of mobile backend provider FeedHenry has revealed that one in three American employers do not support using personal tablets for work purposes.

The survey, of 1,164 US adults, saw that 39% of respondents had workplaces which took a dim view on using tablets. 19% of those polled said their employer does support workers using BYOD for tablets, 18% said they get company-issued slates, while 9% said it was part of their employer’s future plans.

The survey results arrive amidst a plethora of new hardware releases. The iPad Air 2 arrived earlier this week, and according to the research – which was carried out on Tuesday – users want to see double the amount of memory and storage (58%), with more than half (56%) they would ‘maybe’ purchase one. Touch ID (17%), a thinner design (14%), and an improved camera (7%) were the next most popular features. Google unveiled the Nexus 9 tablet, made by HTC, earlier this week.

Elsewhere, camera capabilities and touch ID were the least popular features for tablets in the workplace.

Respondents argued that good data storage and memory capability was the most important feature for both consumer and enterprise tablets, with 26% citing it respectively. Having the most recent operating system (18% consumer, 18% enterprise) was also important to the respondents.

“Features such as increased memory, improved operating systems, camera capability and security features help expand tablets to a broader base of business applications that help drive increased value for an organisation,” commented Cathal McGloin, FeedHenry CEO. “These features, combined with the power of real-time data connectivity, make tablets a powerful business tool.”

FeedHenry was acquired by Red Hat last month, with the Irish backend provider looking to beef up its position globally, and Red Hat aiming for a greater footprint in mobile.

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