By Christopher O’Leary
Apple products like iPad may look cool, but restaurateurs serious about professional tech hardware should look to Android Tablets, says Sol Ali, Senior IT Engineer at IT Express.
According to Ali, the Android Tablet – a portable touch-based device that is backed and funded by Google – is perfect for restaurants looking to explore the world of wireless Point of Sale technology.
The possibilities are endless, says Ali – ‘Interactive menus to tablet-based ordering systems with a stylus, and the price can be very affordable.’
‘Android is a more open source operating system (OS),’ Ali explains, ‘and is based on the Linux Kernel.’
‘The Android OS was made so it can be completely customisable to meet the –original equipment manufacturer’s needs,’ says Ali. For instance, the Samsung Android Tablet – which is by far the most popular – incorporates the Android OS in a completely bespoke fashion to satisfy a long list of technical requirements.
Ali says, ‘The beauty about Android is that Google has very little licensing costs and can work on varying hardware.’ Therefore, Android enjoys hardware flexibility that competing devices do not, meaning that they can be affordable in a way that Apple’s iPad simply cannot. With Android – says Ali – you can pay as little as £79 for produce like the HP Slate 7 that is as quality a piece of hardware as an iPad but available for a fraction of the price.
Android also comes in a super-premium tablet for those looking for something more comparable to the look and feel of an iPad. According to Ali Samsung’s are a good bet and that they are frequently better pieces of hardware than their Apple counterparts – they will likely be far cheaper, too.
Ali is particularly impressed by the possibilities tablet-based ordering has for a restaurant’s productivity. He says, ‘the server can take down an order on a 7”-10” Android tablet, and this can be synched to communicate directly with the kitchen’s own wall-mounted Android tablet!’
In short, no more time wasted with servers walking to and from a desktop POS and inputting orders from a notepad into the system… Imagine the possibilities for improved customer service and efficiency?
Ali sees Android tablet devices as no-brainers for restaurants looking to improve their operations with mobile POS as they come in sizes as small as 7”, can cost very little and can even be premium, scratch-proof devices. The best part, whichever Android tablet you choose for your restaurant, it will cost significantly less than an iPad.