the tablet computer has become a favorite device - not only good for personal use but also business. While the gadget is tempting, information technology officers are always skeptical of typical tablets due to their limited capability in security.
It's not that these devices are risky, but for a business environment, where commercial data plays a critical part in operations, no one wants to risk the loss of crucial information.
Hewlett-Packard recently launched its ElitePad 900, aimed at business customers. It fits executives with its classy look - a machined aluminum body that weighs 680 grams, similar to the iPad.
The tablet boasts a 10.1-inch 1,280x800 pixel-resolution LCD touchscreen. In terms of internal storage, it comes with choices of 32GB running on preloaded Windows 8, or 64GB working on a pre-installed Windows 8 Pro operating system. Both models have a high-speed 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom Clover Trail processor and 2GB of RAM.
Another feature highlighting its business capacity is the 8MP rear camera with LED flash, which is rather luxurious. The only other tablet sporting an 8MP camera is Sony Xperia Tablet Z.
The front camera also has high quality 2MP - so live video chat and high definition video recording are a piece of cake. The camera also allows users to adjust noise level and image quality to facilitate better video calls.
As with other tablets, the design is plain and simple with power switch, volume control, earphone and interface plugs, and home button.
But it can also be wrapped with a jacket, which not only serves as an additional battery but also provides a series of ports - an HDMI port, two USB ports and an SD/Memory Card reader.
While the battery of the ElitePad can run for about 10 hours on a single charge, the external power pack adds another seven to nine hours.
The jacket design is aimed at making the ElitePad 900 serve multiple purposes. HP simply merges a laptop with a tablet into this handy package, in which customization is available at the same time.
Other accessories include a docking station - with battery pack - that can turn the tablet device into a smaller desktop computer.
Or, if you like, you can connect a monitor to the dock to turn it into a start PC. There is also a keyboard cover, transforming the ElitePad into a laptop computer, like a MacBook Air.
The only thing that may slow down the process of adaptation is Windows 8, which has nothing to do with the device. In fact, the operating system runs very well on the device, with no lag or hanging seen throughout the testing process.
Coming along with the ElitePad 900 - which is so enterprise-oriented - are features such as Security Manager, Credential Manager, Password Manager, Device Access Manager with Just In Time Authentication and Drive Encryption.
All these are functions are high-class security solutions that are important in enterprise environments, where the concept of BYOD - bring your own device - plays a crucial part. You don't want to risk your machine under cyberattack.