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9 Things to Look For in a Tablet PC

Posted on: 11/02/10

The launch of Apple iPad has started a wave of popularity among tablet PCs. The iPad is certainly a masterpiece in the slate-like device segment, but if you dig deeper, there are enough feature-rich tablets in the market to leave you confused and undecided. If you are unsure about what features to look for while buying a tablet, read on.

1. Display Size: Tablets come in a variety of display sizes, ranging from 4 to 12 inches. Opt for something between 7 to 10 inches. Anything smaller can make it difficult for you to browse the web, watch videos and other tasks and anything larger may make it difficult to carry around.


2. The Interface: Most tablets feature touch screen displays, but not all touch screens are made alike. Before investing in a tablet, make sure it has a resistive touch screen display and a multi-touch interface. Tablets with the multi-touch feature like Apple iPad, allow users to register three or more input touches simultaneously.


3. Operating System & Apps Availability: The next big thing to look at in a tablet is the operating system. The majority of tablets are based on Android, an open source mobile OS developed by Google. However, some tablets can run on Windows 7 and Linux. Before you zero down on any one product, consider the OS and whether it offers a strong line up of applications. Apple's popular iTunes has over three million applications to download, whereas Google Android Market Place currently has over 80,000 apps.


4. Adobe Flash: If you are buying a tablet primarily to watch online videos, make sure your choice supports Adobe Flash. Without Flash support, you may end up with big black empty video frames while surfing the web.


5. Storage Capacity: Another factor to consider is storage space. Most tablets are SSD or solid state drive-based and range from 4GB – 64GB. Apple iPad comes in 16, 32 and 64GB versions. If you have plans to use the device for multimedia and other applications, consider buying a tablet with at least 16GB of onboard storage space. The more the storage space, the more the data can be stored.


6. Built-In Camera: If want to use the device for video chat and video conferencing, consider buying a tablet that features a front-facing camera. Unlike Apple iPad, most of the other tablets launched this year come with camera functionality.


7. Network Connectivity: Tablets are designed primarily to offer true mobility so make sure it bundles with the major connectivity options – Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, etc... At a bare minimum, the tablet should feature at least Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.


8. I/O Ports: Make sure that the tablet has an adequate number of I/O ports. We’d recommend a tablet with at least two USB ports, one HDMI port, microSD card slot and a 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack.


9. Battery Life: Needless to say, battery life is a very important factor to consider while buying any electronic and the same rule applies to tablets as well. Consider buying a tablet that offers long battery life. An Apple iPad can offers up to 10 hours of web surfing over Wi-Fi.


If you need help syncing your tablet PC with your computer or choosing the right one for your needs, give a Personal Technology Expert a call at 1-800-PC-Support (1-800-727-8776).

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