Since the launch of the iPad, tablets have become a very popular gadget. It is a device halfway between smartphones and laptops. In principle they were conceived to consume content, but over time they have proved to be very useful tools for work, beyond surfing the Internet and watching movies. Today there are many different devices so it is important to know what each offers, and therefore, buy the one that best fits what you seek. To do this, we have prepared this guide to help you with your decision.
Beyond the hardware, the element that makes the difference between tablets more or other is the operating system used. Today there are four options: IOS with the iPad, Android tablets, those carrying Windows 7 and finally RIM QNX for Playbook. The Apple tablet, the iPad, offers a lot of applications. Android on the other hand offers versatility and ease to synchronize files. Windows 7 offers the convenience of the computer and its unique applications RIM PlayBook, ideal for the users of BlackBerry.
Each system has its own peculiarities. For example, on the iPad you can sync many of our data in the cloud thanks to the iCloud service. We can also send movies and photos to our TV through AirPlay. The latter function also can perform on those Android tablets that have DLNA, like the Sony S. RIM BlackBerry instead decides to invest in a very intuitive and easy to use versatile operating system, not to mention the professional sector. Tablets with Windows, however, are more geared to those seeking an experience similar to what they already have on computers.
Usually almost all tablets already have capacitive multi-touch screen or what is the same, you can press with several fingers at the same time getting a fast response without delays. However there are still some low-end tablets, such as the first edition of Android, which has resistive screen. When view is neither better nor worse, but when you touch it shows not so fluent with some gestures, such as the swipe of a finger.
Moreover, the screen is also important to consider the resolution. Usually almost all tablets have an acceptable figure that allows us to enjoy our content in a remarkable quality. For those who want more, almost all tablets have ten-inch HD 1080. However, if you still need more, we have the new iPad and spectacular 2048 × 1536 pixels.
This is important depending on the use that we make of the tablet. The dimensions of these devices are somewhat diffuse but are set two standards: the models of 7″ and 10″ (with variations like the 9.7″ iPad). If what you want is a lighter and smaller device, the first model is a good choice, while the latter offers more versatility but are also a bit heavier, which tired arms when picked. It is a matter of taste and what use we make of it.
The variety of processors in the tablets is quite large. On the one hand we have Apple with their A5 and A5X processors that give a very good performance. On the other hand we have Android where the range of processors is quite extensive. If we are looking for one of the latter we have to take into account that have high-end Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 chips that provide great fluidity. Beyond these there are many models so we have to look at the speed: from 1Ghz is more than acceptable speed.
Battery and Autonomy
The battery life is always measured as amperage, although some manufacturers do not give the exact figure. Therefore, it is always advisable to look at the hours it says offer. Normally, with wireless, you will usually last about 7 or 8 hours, depending on model. Some, like Eee Pad Transformer, may increase its battery life by including the dock.
Although the hardware is important wing of the truth that really matter are the applications. Currently in the App Store, there are more than 200,000 applications optimized for tablets. In Android this number is smaller but in total there are 400,000 apps that run on both mobile and tablets. In Windows 7 you can use many of the applications running on the computer. Finally, PlayBook is the least has. However we must not get carried away by the amount because the important thing is to be good and in that sense, all operating systems meet very well.
Accessories always involve a world apart, and their variety is vast: from classic covers more specific elements such as adapters. It’s good to know what we can use and which not. Android is usually easy to find generic for almost all models. In addition to official Apple accessories many manufacturers are turning to the iPad.
Connectivity in tablets goes beyond if have USB to synchronize files. In addition to this type of connection also there are tablets with HDMI out, with SD card readers and USB flash drives to connect. Depending on what we need is convenient to look if you have one or another connector. For the iPad, although it does not have port as such, there are adapters to read the card and connect the tablet to the TV. As wireless connectivity to almost all models feature wireless Bluetooth although there are models that offer 3G, these usually being more expensive.