Lines blur more and more between consumer and commercial devices. The result is that useful technology for your business shows up in the most unusual places. Take Verizon’s first venture into tablets, the Verizon Ellipsis 7.
The new 7-inch tablet seems at first glance like a primarily consumer device. The official Verizon Wireless News Center lists these features:
- An Amazon Kindle App for ebook readers
- Streaming video from Redbox Instant for watching movies on the go
- 4G LTE connectivity and a front facing camera which Verizon says is for video chat with family
- The ability to sync calendar and email with other users
Here is a brief overview of the device’s operation from CTNTechnologyNews:
Consumer Tablet with Business Uses
The Verizon Ellipsis 7 has some uses that might be helpful for businesses too. For example, CTNTechnologyNews reports the tablet can create a mobile WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices. Verizon says the device also features:
- A full HD display
- Additional storage via an SD card
- Support for personal or corporate email
- Voice search and Google Now
- Meeting, event and travel alerts
- Accessories like a folio with kickstand and added keyboard.
According to Verizon’s specs, the Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet has 8 GB of internal memory expandable up to 32 with the SD card and has up to 12.28 hours of battery life. It also runs on the Android operating system making it comparable to other devices like the Nexus 7.
Verizon’s limited offer of $100 off the cost for customers who sign up for a two year Verizon contract starts the tablet at $149.99, well below the cost of many competitors.
Look over the specs, including those for the front-facing and rear-facing cameras, to be sure they fit your needs. Then consider whether you’ll be happy being tied to a contract with Verizon.
If these issues are not a problem, the Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet may be a very budget-friendly option.