In the past, things were much simpler – restaurant owners had two options when it comes to POS Point of Sales systems. The less expensive solution was a traditional cash register (enhanced with a modern liquid crystal display) and the more practical and efficient option (yet more expensive) was a touch screen hardware solution.

Thanks to modern technology, restaurant owners today can get much more efficient POS systems that don’t cost a small fortune. Namely, we are talking about tablets used as POS. So, the answer whether you should use a mobile POS system is affirmative, but should you use an Android tablet or an iPad?

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Android –based tablets

Android is the leading OS at least when it comes to mobile devices. People can choose from a wide range of Android tablets today. Some of them are expensive others are not. So, it’s a little bit difficult to speak about Android tablets in general, but they do share some characteristics. For instance, their screen size is between 5 inches and 22 inches. The battery usually lasts for about 10 hours. Most of them come with a one-year warranty. There are a few different Android tablets that can be mounted with the help of well-known VESA fixings. The type of connection they use is different too from MSR, 1D barcode to USB. It’s also good to know that some of them allow cellular data connectivity and all of them provide WiFi connectivity. The price range varies, but you can find a model for $80.

iPad

iPad is the popular Apple tablet used by millions of people and apparently by a significant number of restaurants for POS purposes. The display size of this tablet is between 7.9 inches and 12.9 inches. Remember that there are different models of iPads out there too. They also come with a one-year warranty from Apple. Even though they are not made to be mounted, there are solutions that can help you solve this issue. When it comes to connections, you should know that these tablets are using so-called lightening port and that’s it – there is no other connection option. Some models allow cellular data connectivity and WiFi connectivity is a standard. Finally, iPads are way more expensive compared to the cheapest Android tablets – the lowest price for an iPad is $250.

So, both options have some advantages and disadvantages, but many experts say that Android tablets are a better option for POS systems.

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