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The Downsides to the Tablet-based POS

When mobile POS technology came onto the market, it was a bit of a revelation. iPads were at their peak, and creating an extra piece of technology that could harness the power and convenience of a tablet to run your business was an attractive proposition. Nowadays, there are quite a few more options on the market, many of which surpass the tablet-based option for a variety of reasons. Here’s what thinking outside the tablet can get you.


Tablets were designed to be a kind of multi-purpose tool for productivity. They were not necessarily designed to process hundreds of coffee shop patrons per day, quickly and easily. Poynt Terminals are. With dual screens for transaction simplicity, and the perfect size to function at the counter, or on the move, thought was put into making the perfect transaction machine. It’s easy to think that these things don’t matter too much: a Smart Car and a Rolls Royce both get you where you’re going. But once you’ve ridden in the Rolls Royce, you can’t un-know the difference…

Stuff you don’t need

The newest iPad pro costs at least $800 dollars. It costs that much because Apple has put a lot of effort into making it the best tablet on the market, with features that make it optimal for multitaskers, artists, and anyone. Unfortunately, not many of these cool features come in handy for a restaurant employee that’s trying to take an order and get the customer on its way. The benefit of dedicated POS hardware is that they are designed just for their purpose, meaning it’s easier to do the things that they have to, and you’re not paying for stuff you’ll never use. What’s more, you’ll still have to pay for the peripherals, software, and more to get the iPad up and running for your business.

DIY and Support

The hybrid element of crafting a point of sale solution with tech that was designed for an iPad gives the whole enterprise a kind of DIY feel, and in a way that you probably won’t feel proud about. This brings up the question of support. When there are more types of technology in the mix, there is more potential for complicated solutions to the problems.

On the other hand, when you have a dedicated hardware/software solution, such as with the Poynt Terminal, which is designed to be the only piece of payment hardware that you will need, there are fewer moving parts that have the potential to cause problems. What’s more, Poynt, as well as Moolah, have receptive, professional support staff who are easy to reach, and are able to solve tech problems at the speed of small business needs. If you are interested in finding the best hardware solution for your business, Moolah and Poynt are a safe place to start looking.