Buying a Tablet
Tablets 101: How to buy the right tablet
Types of Tablets
Apple iOS Operating System
Android Operating System
Blackberry Operating System
Windows Operating System
Tablets fit your lifestyle
Tablet Buying Tips:
- Choice in operating systems generally comes down to personal preference
- Resolution tends to increase with screen size and makes for a larger tablet
- Larger storage capacity is important for saving a lot of files, apps, photos and other media
- A tablet with a longer battery life is beneficial for people who travel a lot or are always on the go
- Smaller tablets are easier to carry and highly portable
- Tablet storage can be increased through cloud solutions that allow access to files on the internet from any device and any place
One measure of your tablet’s versatility is by the number of applications. More applications mean more access to games, movies, banking, shopping and so forth.
Operating System +
Tablet operating systems are similar to computer operating systems in that they manage applications (calendars, maps, web browsers, etc.) and hardware (printers, speakers, etc.) on a tablet.
Just like a computer, a tablet has a microprocessor that reads and executes program instructions. Tablet microprocessors are smaller than those you'd find on a laptop or desktop, allowing the tablet to support a smaller, sleeker design.
Display Monitor +
Tablet touch screens vary in size, from the super-portable 7-inch screen to higher resolution 13 inch models. The two most common types of touch screens are resistive, which senses pressure and can be used with a finger or stylus, and capacitive which senses skin contact.
Resolution means the number of rows and columns of pixels. A larger resolution will produce a sharper image, which is great for viewing graphics, watching videos and playing games.
RAM (Random Access Memory) +
Random Access Memory is the memory available to run programs on your tablet, as opposed to the memory available to store photos, videos, applications and files. Larger RAM allows for better multitasking and the ability to run multiple apps or tasks at the same time.
Storage refers to the internal memory where applications, files, and programs can be stored. Tablet storage options tend to run from 16GB to 64GB. Cloud solutions offer an additional way to increase the storage capacity.
Tablets can come with a rear facing camera, a front facing camera, or both. The cameras of different tablet models come in different ranges of megapixels, which may affect the quality of photos.
USB Ports +
Tablets generally come with a USB charging port that allows the tablet battery to be recharged through a computer, laptop, or outlet.
Wi-Fi Enabled +
Tablets that offer Wi-Fi connectivity can be used anywhere in your home if you have a wireless router. Your workplace may also offer a Wi-Fi connection, and many of the coffee shops and restaurants in your neighbourhood. If most of your tablet time will be spent at these locations then a tablet with Wi-Fi may be all you need.
Cellular Enabled +
Tablets that offer cellular connectivity contain a SIM card similar to the one in a mobile phone. This allows you to connect online anywhere there is a cell phone signal, which is almost everywhere. If you’re always out-and-about then a cellular-enabled tablet may be the right choice for you. It does, however, require a data plan subscription to enable connectivity.
Adobe Flash +
Flash is a technology that is sometimes used to play videos, view websites or play games. Whether you need Flash depends on personal preference and your uses of the internet.
Tablets are powered by rechargeable batteries. Battery life varies between different types of tablets, averaging anywhere from 8 to 10 hours.
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Tablet Maintenance Tips:
- Avoid placing food or liquids near your tablet
- Wipe the tablet display screen with a soft, clean cloth
- Don’t leave your tablet in a vehicle as temperate changes can cause damage
- Keep your tablet away from heat and humidity
- Purchase a protective tablet case to help prevent scratches and breakage
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