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A Review Of Computer Tablets

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  1. 1. Tablets – A Comparison Richard Bambridge
  2. 2. Todays Topics  What Is A Tablet?  Typical Uses  Key Features  Tablet PC Operating Systems  Common Specifications To Look Out For  Which One Is Right For You?  Richard’s Top Picks – but don’t shoot me if you disagree!
  3. 3. What Is A Tablet? Much Like A Laptop, But Lacks A Keyboard Uses A Touch Screen Instead Of A Mouse Has A Range Of Operating Systems Specifically Designed For This Kind Of Device Basically 3 Types Of Tablet : Slate  All Screen, No Keyboard, Mouse  Convertibles  Laptops That Transform Into Tablets With A Specially Designed Hinge  Hybrids  Slates Designed To Work With Keyboard Docks
  4. 4. The Earliest Tablets Cumbersome Exceptionally Heavy Read Only Minimal Graphics Not Good For Gaming Only One Supplier
  5. 5. In The Beginning…??
  6. 6. Typical Uses Portable Computer Simple At-Home Device Entertainment Gaming Browsing The web Business
  7. 7. Key Features Design Small In Size, But Bigger Than A Smartphone - Typically 7-12” Touch /Orientation Interface Accelerometer Multi Touch Screens e.g Pinch To Zoom Tablet APP Stores
  8. 8. Tablet PC Operating Systems IOS – Apple Ipad Android Operating Systems (Google) Windows Blackberry Web OS2 (palm, HP)
  9. 9. IOS – Pros & Cons  Pros:  Easy To Use (especially If You Have Iphone, Ipod, Mac etc.)  Access to > 475,000 Ipad Optimized Apps (as at October 2013)  Designed To Work Seamlessly With The Hardware  Generally Work Uniformly Well, As There Is Only The One Platform.  Cons:  Doesn’t Include Support For Flash Videos Or Games  Restricted To Ipad  Apple Controls All The Apps In The store  Apple Controls All The Hardware, So less Choice & No Budget Options
  10. 10. Android Pros & Cons  Pros:  Far More Choice Of Tablets From Budget To High End  Rapidly Growing App Store  Integrates Seamlessly With Google Accounts  Open Platform, Allowing More Developers  Cons:  Several Different Versions Of Android Still Kicking Around On Various Devices – Some designed For Smartphones  The Latest Version Of Android (Kit-Kat), Is Running On >2% Of Devices. (Was Recently Only Available On Nexus 7)  Poor Design Of Some Cheaper Android Devices
  11. 11. Windows Pros & Cons  Pros:  Latest Tablet Models Will Run Windows 8, So You Have The Same Functionality As You Have With Your Laptop/Desktop.  MS Office  Adobe Photoshop  Latest versions Have Expansion Slots  Better Suited For Business Users?  Cons:  Slimmed Down Windows RT Operating System For Earlier tablets Will Not Run Desktop Apps.  Compared To IOS/Android, relatively Few Apps  Prices Of Latest Versions Similar to Laptops
  12. 12. Common Specs To Look Out For  Size & Weight  Small Enough To Carry Around, But Make Sure The Screen Is Big Enough To Read & Type On  Price  Low End $150 Or Less  High End $500 & Up  Cost Factors  Storage Size  3G or 4G Connectivity  Longer Battery Life  Extra Features
  13. 13. Common Specs To Look Out For  Memory  Not The Same As Your Laptop – Closer To Smartphones  8,16,32,64Gb  Not Many Tablets Offer Additional Storage  Fortunately Most Apps Are Small, But Go For larger Memory If You Want To Download Movies, Or large Music Collections.  Connectivity  Wi-Fi  Blue Tooth  GPS  3G 4G
  14. 14. Common Specs To Look Out For  Battery Life  Go For Longer Battery Life For Web Browsing, Interactive Gaming, Watching movies, Using 3G or 4G  For Listening To Music, Reading, General Use With Internet Turned Off, Battery Life Is Not An Issue.  A Kindle Used Just For Reading Will Go 3 Weeks On Average Between Charges, Compared to 8-10 hours For A Connected Ipad.  Cameras  Front Facing For Video Calling  Rear Facing For Taking Photos & Videos
  15. 15. Common Specs To Look Out For  Screen Resolution  Typically, Tablet Screen Resolutions Can Be Categorized As Follows:  2048 x 1536 (QXGA)  1366 x 768, or 1280 x 800 (WXGA)  1024 x 768 (XGA)  1024 x 600 (WSVGA)  800 x 600 (WVGA)  Tablets of Smaller Sizes Such as 7’’ Will Work Well With Lower Resolution Screens. Higher Screen Resolution Becomes Relevant As The Tablet Size Increases, And The More Video Usage Required.
  16. 16. Which One Is Right For You?  A Step By Step Decision         Operating System Portability/Readability Engine/Battery Power/Storage Expansion Slots Wi-Fi/Sim Or Both Apps & Accessories Try Before You Buy How deep Is The Hole In Your pocket?
  17. 17. Richard’s Picks  Best Tablet Overall  Apple Ipad Air      9.7” Retina Display Thinner, Lighter, Hold In One Hand 64 bit CPU Provides Great Performance Battery Life 12 Hours Starting Price $499
  18. 18. Richard’s Picks  Best Small tablet  Ipad Mini With Retina Display  2048x1536 Pixel Screen In A 7.9” Design  64 bit Processor Provides Great Performance  11 Hours Battery Life  Starting Price $399
  19. 19. Richard’s Picks  Best 7” Tablet  Amazon Kindle Fire HDX  Great For Books, Music & Movies  1920x1200 Display Amazingly Sharp  Starting Price $229
  20. 20. Richard’s Picks  Best Android Tablet  Google Nexus 7  1920x1200 7” Display  1.5Ghz quad core processor  Starting Price $229
  21. 21. Richard’s Picks  Best Large Windows Tablet  ASUS Transformer Book T100  Free Keyboard Dock  MS Office Included  12 Hour Battery life  Starting Price $349
  22. 22. Richard’s Picks  Best Tablet For Business  Microsoft Surface Pro 2  Full Windows 8.1 Operating System  Intel 4th Generation Processor  Docking Station Option for 3840x2160 Resolution  Starting Price $899
  23. 23. Richard’s Picks  Best Tablet For Those Of Us On A Budget!  Asus MeMo Pad 7        Great Value For Money Android Tablet 1280x800 Display Powerful Quad Processor Front & Rear Cameras 10 hours Battery Life Micro SD Card Slot For Expansion Starting Price $150
  24. 24. Thank You!  If You’re still confused, try using this web site. It will help you get more confused – No Not really!  http://www.toptenreviews.com/configurator/tablets-review/  Richard Bambridge

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