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UtterAccess Forums _ Access Q and A _ What Windows Tablet To Use

Posted by: johnpdmccall Sep 17 2019, 05:47 AM

Hi Folks,

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive Windows tablet for my client to run an Access application?
I use PCs, laptops and a laptop/tablet but have no experience of Windows tablets.

Doesn't matter what make. Any advice is appreciated.

Posted by: DanielPineault Sep 17 2019, 06:49 AM

Be careful here, this implies a wireless connection which is typically a no-no with Access!

Posted by: isladogs Sep 17 2019, 07:56 AM

Daniel makes a very important point
If the Access apps will all be standalone or split with both FE and BE on the tablet, there will be no issues.
However, do not use any tablet (or laptop) with a WiFi connection to Access BE on the network as it will inevitably lead to corrupted data.

That said, I have run Access successfully using an inexpensive Linx 1010 tablet for several years. Its underpowered with only 2GB RAM but 4GB versions can be obtained.
A Surface Pro will work well but its expensive.

Two other points to bear in mind.
1. If the apps are not designed with a touchscreen in mind, the client may have issues with controls that are too small or close together.
2. If the client is likely to use the VBE to modify code, I recommend switching tablet mode off. If left on, the VBE toolbar is hidden which makes life more tricky.

Posted by: johnpdmccall Sep 17 2019, 09:13 AM

Thanks guys, it will be a slit BE/FE on the Tablet - not networked.
If I use a front end only on the Tablet it will be connected to MS Azure but that's not currently an issue.

Posted by: PatHartman Sep 21 2019, 10:20 AM

Very few tablets are full featured computers. They are usually just used to surf the web, play games, and do email.

Posted by: isladogs Sep 21 2019, 11:08 AM

Sorry Pat but I disagree. There are a significant number of tablets that are fully functioning computers as well as others that are not pretending to be that.
The Linx tablet I mentioned earlier and am typing on now is more than capable of running the full Office suite.
I installed Office 2010 Pro because that's my preferred version but I've also tried it successfully with Office 365.

It is supplied with a detachable keyboard though I rarely bother with it. The on screen keyboard is normally perfectly adequate.
More RAM would be beneficial and newer models do have that.

A Surface Pro is more powerful but a lot more expensive

Posted by: DanielPineault Sep 21 2019, 11:43 AM

The clients I have running on the closest thing to a tablet are using Surface Pros. For that type of money I'd be getting something else as they are serviceable at all. That said, there are some tablets that you can use, but you have to ensure they can install Office and not Office Apps.