Computer Tablets – Apple vs Android

April 13, 2016 at 3:46 pm

There is no doubt that tablets are the hot electronic item of year. Th release of Apple’s iPad in the spring of 2010 exposed a hungry market for these portable devices.

While the iPad still dominates the tablet market, there are many other players who are making a name for themselves and new players seem to jump in every week. The biggest competition to the iPad so far are Android tablets, based of a modified Android operating system that runs many smartphones.

Windows-based tablets are also appearing and gaining market share as tablet enthusiasts realize the advantages of having a tablet that can run all of the software that their laptop does. With all of the tablets on the market and the continual influx of new options, shopping for a tablet can be be a bit overwhelming.

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Comparing Tablet Models

When shopping for a tablet there are a lot of features to compare. Here are some of the key things to evaluate.

Operating System

There are 4 main operating systems (OS) at this time. Apple’s iOS, Android, and Windows. Choosing between those four often comes down to compatibility with other devices. If you have an Android-based smartphone then you may prefer to have an Android-based tablet. If you want to use your tablet like a smaller version of your laptop, then you may prefer a Windows tablet.

Within a given operating system, you still need to compare OS versions, primarily with Android tablets. Many of the cheapest Android tablets have older versions of the Android OS. It is likely that an older version will eventually be updated but there is no guarantee on how quickly that will happen. The newest OS versions will obviously have the most bells and whistles.

Screen Size

The majority of tablets come in either a 7 inch size or a 10 inch size, with a few outliers. This can make a big difference depending on how you plan to use the tablet. Movie watchers prefer the larger screens while book readers can get away with smaller sizes. The best 7 inch tablets are more portable than a 10 inch tablet. In general, you will save money by going with a smaller screen but you may feel limited by the viewing size for some applications.

Processor Speed and RAM

Just like any other computer, tablets come with CPUs that vary by manufacturer and speed. The better the processor and the larger the RAM, the faster the tablet. The differences may seem small for simple tasks, but if you plan to watch movies or do more complicated tasks, a little extra speed is important.

Connectivity

All tablets have WiFi capabilities but not all have 3G or 4G connectivity. If you plan to travel with your tablet and won’t have WiFi access, having 3G available could be very important.

Storage Size

Here again, you can save money by going with less but in the end you may regret it. Make sure when choosing a tablet that you will have enough space to store all your music, movies, books and whatever else you have. Also note that some tablet models come with a storage expansion slot (SD card).

App Markets

If you are big on apps then you will probably be happiest with an iPad or Android tablet. They have the biggest market of apps at this time.

Accessories

Is there a camera? Is a keyboard included? Be sure to check what accessories are included.

Convertible Tablets or Laptops

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Another thing to consider…convertible tablets! A convertible tablet is part tablet, part laptop.

Basically, the screen part of the laptop can be removed and used like a tablet. When you need a keyboard, snap it back together and you are ready to go.

It’s a very neat idea but these convertible units haven’t quite taken a foothold in the market yet. Maybe it’s because the options are still limited. I think the idea has a lot of merit though and could imagine laptops moving this direction since the tablet market has become so popular.

A convertible tablet computer provides the best of both worlds. You can use it just like a regular laptop or netbook or you can detach the tablet part and be more mobile.

Tablets have become a very popular item. But if you need to do more than just surfing the internet or reading emails, the lack of a keyboard and positioning of the tablet can be a disadvantage over a netbook.

The convertible tablet provides the advantages of a small laptop with the advantages of a tablet by giving you a choice in set up. Thus far the convertible tablet market is a bit limited but here we will highlight the best convertible tablets for the year.