Our wish list of the best devices to use when joining a web meeting

We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: web meetings are revolutionising the way we meet and collaborate. Online meetings and conferences are all about ease of use and accessibility. And the great thing is that we don’t need to be at our desk – or even in a physical office – to be able to participate in them.

Wherever you may be, we want you to get the most out of all of your web meetings. With that in mind, we’ve put together a handy list of the very best mobile smart devices for hosting or attending web meetings.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro

Benefits:

Good size screen; lightweight; browser-based audio.

Drawbacks:

What drawbacks?!

When to use it:

When you’re in a mobile environment with a strong internet connection.

Our verdict:

This is, quite possibly, the best device for hosting or attending a web meeting. The screen size makes the experience enjoyable and you also benefit from browser-based audio and video. It eliminates all the worries commonly associated with many other devices, making it easy to join any meeting and contribute effectively.

2. MacBook Pro

Benefits:

Large screen; keyboard; trackpad.

Drawbacks:

Large and heavy; you need access to a hotspot or Wi-Fi to get online.

When to use it:

When you’re in a location with internet connectivity and, preferably, a desk.

Our verdict:

A strong contender for the ideal web meeting device. But there’s a time and a place for getting the most out of the MacBook Pro. And that place includes a desk – we would keep this device for when you have access to one.

3. iPad Pro

Benefits:

Large screen; lightweight; easy to carry.

Drawbacks:

No browser-based audio.

When to use it:

When in a mobile environment with a strong internet connection.

Our verdict:

It’s not far off being the best device for hosting or attending your Drum web meeting. The size of the screen and its low weight make it very suitable for this purpose. But it’s let down by its WebRTC capability – iOS doesn’t currently allow you to join browser-based audio and video.

4. iPhone 7 Plus

Benefits:

Pocket-sized; it’s always with you; 4G or Wi-Fi network.

Drawbacks:

Small screen; phones receive high usage, so the battery may be run down (the iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t have great battery life); no browser-based audio/video.

When to use this:

When viewing a meeting, but not for hosting; usually as a back-up device rather than as a first choice.

Our verdict:

The iPhone is one of the best devices out there if you simply want to view a web meeting, but have no intention of taking over presentation rights. It’s great as a back-up device, but shouldn’t be your first port of call.

5. Galaxy S6 edge+

Benefits:

Pocket-sized; it’s always with you; 4G or Wi-Fi, so a network is almost guaranteed; browser-based audio and video.

Drawbacks:

The screen size isn’t ideal for collaboration and it has similar battery-life issues (i.e. it’s in dire need of improvement) to the iPhone 7 Plus.

When to use it:

When viewing or taking part in a meeting, but not if you’re hosting one; usually as a back-up option rather than your go-to device.

Our verdict:

We’re seeing a pattern emerging. The Galaxy S6 is great for viewing or taking part in web meetings, and it allows you to join the browser-based audio. Like the iPhone, the screen size is great for viewing.

6. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Benefits:

Large screen; lightweight; easy to carry.

Drawbacks:

No browser-based audio and video.

When to use this:

When space is not an issue, but you’re not in the office.

Our verdict:

Thanks to its generous screen size, the Microsoft Surface Pro is great for viewing meetings. But, beyond that, it doesn’t offer you much more as a host or attendee compared to other devices. Even so, its portability and size still make it a great option.

In this age of technology, mobility – and time – is the main priority for all businesses. Despite this, many people still don’t think of using mobile devices when joining a web meeting app. Traditional web meeting solutions have created a trend for hosts and attendees to join the meeting through a computer as a direct result of download requirements.

This is where Drum comes in. Thanks to our browser-based responsive design, you no longer have to deal with the barriers that are typical of traditional web meeting services. We ensure you can join your meeting from any smart device – and from virtually any location – without ever needing to worry about device compatibility.

BONUS

Try using these handy tools to further enhance your web meeting experience with Drum:

Stylus

This tool makes collaborating and communicating within the web meeting much easier. By using the stylus, you can improve the accuracy of the laser pointer – and any drawing you do on documents or the whiteboard within the web meeting – on your touchscreen devices.

Device cover/stand

Having a stand to support your tablet or smartphone can be invaluable when you’re in a public area. You can use it to set your device up at the best angle for viewing and collaborating within the web meeting.

Wireless headphones

Wires, wires, wires – they’re all over the place. Grab yourself a pair of wireless headphones (preferably ones with a built-in mic) to make listening to your meeting straightforward and easy. The fewer cables in your carry case, the easier you’ll find it to prepare for the meeting.

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