The variety of smart devices is huge and you can already host a smart device “park” of your own. In large scale events it may happen that you still need to let attendees to play on their own phones. Whether you have your own tablet set you hand out or your attendees will use their own devices, both options have their downsides and benefits.
Following are some observations about pros and cons of using your event company own devices or attendees` own devices.
|Your own devices||
You are familiar with the device to answer questions the attendees may have
You can test the devices and games to ensure everything works
You can be sure the players receive the device with a full battery
Most people do not own tablets. You can provide a bigger screen and view the games for teams with tablets.
Initial investment to purchase the devices
Maintaining the devices system software and all the apps on them
Insuring the device life expectancy with weatherproof bags or shells
TRansporting and dividing the devices before the game is an extra task.
You have to renew the devices in a couple of years.
No need to invest into buying tech
No maintenance tasks related to the devices
In big events quite practical
During the team games when one device battery runs empty or is not suitable, then the other team member has a replacement
People are familiar with their own devices
During the event you get questions about the device models you are unfamiliar with
Some devices have too outdated software or hardware to run your event
Phone batteries run empty faster than tablets, so you have to provide battery packs during the game
Extra time to instruct attendees to download the apps needed for the game
If you are looking to buy or rent a tablet for the games, check if there are some key factors to keep in mind. All devices are not created to be equal! See more about what kind of tablets to purchase for the event games and what features to consider.
Considering the internet connection and mobile data plan, the budget friendly and reliable options depend much on what is available in your region. As a base you can think through some guidelines about the data volumes based on an example.
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