Android, iOS, or Windows? Which Tablet is Right for Your Tablet Kiosk?
When looking to deploy a tablet as a kiosk solution you are presented with a wealth of options. Price, screen size and availability are always top of mind but what about the operating system? The operating system can be as important if not more important than any of the other items listed above.
Choosing the right operating system can depend more on the user than the content you are planning to display. All of the operating systems above have great content delivery options available. Your level of comfort with technology factors greatly into what tablet is ideal for you. Below I’ve highlighted the basic pros and cons of the 3 major operating systems.
Android Tablet Kiosks
Pros: Least expensive options available of the three major operating systems, high level of customizability, deep third party developer pool, majority of tablets have expandable storage space, ability to connect peripherals easily with standard USB ports and even HDMI ports on top end models, Flash compatibility.
Cons: High level of technical knowledge required to take full advantage of the system, higher risk of security threats (malware), large number of tablets running this system can make it difficult to find a quality tablet, third party apps required to utilize the majority of features.
iOS/Apple iPad Kiosks
Pros: Very user friendly, easiest device to obtain support for (Apple Retail Stores globally will troubleshoot issues for no cost), most robust app store of the 3 major operating systems, little to no risk of malware or viruses, most consistent user experience between entire range of iOS devices, best battery life of the current tablets on the market.
Cons: Can be pricey compared to Android devices, least amount of customization available, no memory expansion options, no USB ports, no Flash support, access to enterprise (configurator) features requires a Mac.
Windows/Microsoft Surface Tablet Kiosks
Pros: Longest established operating system of the three, easy to integrate existing programs, IT departments are very comfortable with this environment, many customization options, supports Flash, standard port for peripherals on most models.
Cons: Most susceptible to viruses and malware, most expensive of the 3 operating systems, tablet quality varies dramatically between manufacturers, Windows is not designed specifically for tablets so interface issues can be a concern.
We hope this give you some information to work with when making your tablet kiosk decision. There are several other operating systems available within the market that we have not touched on. These include Windows RT, Blackberry Playbook OS, and Web OS. We have not discussed these due to the minimal adoption rate and poor developer support. These tablets will typically offer the lowest price points but this is typically due to minimal content and support.