The iPad's bright display and long battery life may not compensate for its limited processing power and number of ports.
The Latitude's user authentication features will please admins, but users won't love the limited battery power.
The Surface Pro from Microsoft could be a popular choice among government IT administrators, given its large, clear display and processing power. But its larger size and weight might make it less popular among some end users.
Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a Windows 8 Pro tablet with good battery performance well-suited to the agency user who needs a near-desktop experience while operating remotely. But its prior-version USB port might be a hindrance to those using many newer peripherals.
Crittercism's Fathom Mobile Command Center offers a way for agencies to track the performance of increasingly complex mobile applications.
A Michigan county is using WebMapSolutions to build a mobile app that provides faster, more complete damage assessments.
The technology behind smart phones can be traced back to GCN's beginnings, and further, into government research projects. Here's a brief look at what's behind a smart phone's key components.
The Pentagon expects to have its own network up and running by next year, as part of its new push for better cybersecurity.
Major wireless carriers already have committed to delivering text messages to 911 by May 2014, and the FCC is considering rules to expand the requirement to all carriers and third-party providers.
Any guide to mobile technology is a work in progress.
NIST has updated its guidance for securely managing mobile devices, addressing advances in the technology and the move toward BYOD since its original publication in 2008.
Metadata is valuable for extracting knowledge from smaller subsets of data for intelligence-gathering as well as for energy, weather and public safety research, experts say.