The iPad 2 is easily one of the most desired enterprise products on the market right now. The only trouble is, few companies allow it, due to concerns over productivity and security.
Apple’s iPhone 4S is another one of those devices that’s ideal for consumers, but not so great for the enterprise. Will that change eventually? Probably. But for now, it’s a no-go.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is another hot tablet that you just won’t be able to use in the office. Your IT staff looks at Android as a potential security hole, and it looks at you using such a device as a less-productive employee. Is it fair? Probably not. But you won’t be changing anyone’s mind anytime soon.
If you got the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for the holidays, be happy to know that you’re running what is probably the best Android smartphone released in 2011. However, you should be unhappy to know that, as with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Nexus is running Android, which makes it a non-starter in the enterprise.
There must be some part of you that wants to bring your Xbox 360 to the office and play your coworkers in a quick multiplayer game of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. If you kept the sound turned down, would they even notice?
Apple’s MacBook Air is a wildly popular mobile notebook for consumers around the globe. But so far, it hasn’t made the jump to the enterprise. And don’t expect it to do so. Apple’s notebook is running Mac OS X — an operating system IT managers still don’t like.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a great tablet for when you’re at the beach or if you’re at home and want to quickly surf the Web or check e-mail. However, because it’s running Android and it lacks many of the security features found in more-capable tablets, it’s not a device you’ll want to bring to the office.
The Nintendo 3DS is a neat little device that will let you play games in 3D without the need for special glasses. However, where the device breaks down is in its usability for the office. What will you do with it to make your job a bit easier? Chances are, if you don’t have a good answer, your company won’t like seeing it at your desk.
The Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch may be the best simple e-reader on the market. And it’s ideal if you want to sit back and read a couple novels. Tell the boss that they’re the newest programming manuals and you’ll be all set.
Maybe you can get away with your photography experimentation at the office holiday party, but that’s long over. Don’t expect to get away with refining your photography skills on your employer’s dime.