The poor man’s ipad.
Take one Viewsonic Gtablet – $290 via Office depot. http://www.officedepot.com/a/browse/tablets/N=5+518425/
Decide you don’t want to root the device so you have to install some software directly rather than going through the android marketplace (which only works on Honeycomb devices).
First off connect it to wireless so it will get it’s first updates.
Install Touchdown from Nitrodesk – Download the app from the site http://nitrodesk.com/tddownloads/nitroid-droid.apk and then use the usb cable to move the apk across. Install. Set up email just like you do on any other activesync device.
Install Quickoffice – so you can do spreadsheets on the fly.
Install Xtralogic as it supports RDgateway http://www.mobihand.com/product.asp?id=55161&n=Xtralogic-Remote-Desktop-Client (mind you as the resident license nazi I must officially remind you that should you decide to opt for direct remote desktop via the RDgateway you need TS/RDS cals for each person doing this.
To set up the Xtralogic apps to support rdgateway here’s the trick.
In the Remote Desktop settings in the general tab in the address box put in the netbios name of the computer you are intending to connect to.
In the Username put in DOMAIN\User. Decide if you want to leave the password on the device (OKAY NOT).
On the right hand side of the screen click on the Advanced tab. Scroll down to where it says Gateway. Ensure that the “Use server credentials for gateway” is not selected. Click the button to Create a gateway.
In the Gateway settings enter in the url or IP address of the server.
Enter the username as JUST username (no DOMAIN\ this time)
Hit save. Test the connection. It should connect to your desktop… unless of course you have been a good paranoid person and have installed Authanvil to protect the fact that if someone knows your server address they can rdp straight to their workstation if they have RWW rights.
But I agree with this blog: The failing of Android as a tablet platform | ZDNet:
It’s really geeky to set this up. It’s not polished as it should be.
And figure out after the fact that the Amazon Android store is much easier to buy from and you should have gone there first.