Jun 03 2013

Which Tablet Is Right For You? A Guide To The Differences

Tablets have recently changed the way we interact with our technology. While they may not seem a thousand miles from smartphones or PCs, they offer a fantastic middle ground that changes the way we interact with the web and our software. If you have a tablet such as the Nexus 7, the iPad or the Surface RT, you’ll be able to check your e-mail as easily as you might pick up a newspaper, and you’ll be able to watch TV while washing up in the kitchen. The internet no longer requires you to be tethered to a desk, it’s something that you can pick up, touch and take with you wherever you go.

But in order to get the most from the transformative nature of tablets, you need to choose the right one and find a device that fits with your lifestyle. Read on to discover how various tablets differ and maybe to choose one that you can get some use from.

The iPad

The iPad was the first big hit for tablet computing and really showed other tech manufacturers how it was done. What sets the iPad apart today is partly its premium build quality and satisfying feeling in the hands. This is a device that begs to be touched and interacted with.

Other top features for the iPad are its retina display – great for watching TV online – and its high responsiveness that makes it feel like butter in your hands. So what lets it down? Well for one the price is rather prohibitive, but on top of that it’s also rather lacking in terms of customisation and features. If you get an iPad, Apple expect you to use it in a particular way and don’t really provide any of the same features that you might be used to coming from a PC.

Android Devices

Android is an operating system that you’ll find on devices like the Nexus 7, the Galaxy Note 10 and many others. If you want to try Android then, this right away gives you more flexibility and option than you’d get from iOS and this means you can also spend a lot less if you want. Android offers you a lot more in terms of customisation and is a lot more ‘free’ in its architecture allowing users to browse through files the way they would on a computer. Despite this, it doesn’t quite have the same quality or range of apps that the iPad offers.

Windows 8

Windows 8 is the new kid on the block when it comes to tablet operating systems and offers an intriguing proposition. While Windows RT devices are essentially similar to Android with a more familiar aesthetic, Windows 8 Pro devices offer full support for your old Desktop software. That means you can run Windows or Paint Shop Pro on the move and even play some of your favourite games. Pro devices do come with a heavy price tag (and weight), and they aren’t quite as slick as iPads or Nexuses (Nexi?), but they are nevertheless the best option for businesses and entrepreneurs.

Today’s guest author, Harvey Branson, is a sales executive at V Media, a leading service provider of IPTV in Toronto, Canada. He is a nature lover and an environmentalist. He is motivated to make this a greener planet and works towards it zealously in his spare time.

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