Congratulations on your decision to buy a new Tablet PC. With so many choices out there, here are the three most important features to keep in mind as you choose.
1. Operating System
Google and Apple are the prime players in the mobile operating world, though Microsoft has a finger in the pie as well. Here, we’re going to break down what each company’s operating system offers you.
Android first made it’s splash in the mobile phone market and now you’ll find that little green powerhouse on the Nexus 10, Transformer Prime Infinity, Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Tab and more.
Google designed the Android software specifically for mobile devices (smart phones, tablets, netbooks, etc.) and some of the features that come with the latest version of the OS are:
- Everything “Google” (Gmail, GoogleTalk, YouTube) is already included on the tablet and since you have to create a (free) Gmail account to set up your tablet, it’s all at your fingertips the moment you first turn it on.
- Multi-tasking made simple – use the “Recent Apps” button to quickly switch back and forth between tasks.
- Speaking of Apps, check out the “Play Store” and download everything from games to books to productivity software.
- Group shortcuts – have shortcuts to 5 different cookbook apps? Instead of taking up screen space, “stack” them on one another in their own group.
- Powerful web browsing
Originally Apple’s iPhone operating system, iOS now runs on all of Apple’s products, including the iPad. With iOS you get:
- A mega app store
- Easy integration with all of Apple’s other products
- Parental control – control your children’s access to your iPad
- Wireless sync to your Mac or PC
- Enhanced Accessibility
Microsoft’s Windows OS
Windows has been a household name since the ‘80’s and you now find it on tablets such as the Microsoft Surface. Some of the features inherent in the Windows Tablet are:
- User-Friendly Interface – If you have a home or work PC running Windows 8, you’re already familiar with what it looks like.
- Easy multi-tasking
- Compatible with a range of software
After deciding which operating system to go with, the next big decision is how much storage space do you need. Tablets come with anywhere from 8GB to 64GB of on-board storage space. The more applications, videos, pictures, etc. you store on your tablet, the more storage space you need.
With that being said, most of the tablets have slots for external SD cards (Secure Digital [SD] memory card) and are compatible with many cloud storage solutions. So you can save some money by buying a tablet with less onboard storage and using the cloud.
3. Screen Size and Weight
Today’s tablets range in (screen) size from 7 inches to 12 inches and can handle screen resolutions of 800 x 600 pixels to 1920 x 1200 pixels (full HD; like your television). Most tablets weigh less than a pound, making them extremely portable. The smaller tablets are nearly pocket-sized.
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