Newton is the Apple Computers first Tablet; it became the first tablet computer to be sold worldwide. Tablet computers are also successful due to some features they offer including display resolution, battery life, wireless internet, recognition software and memory. The slate shaped tablets are the most popular type of tablets around such as the Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Microsoft’s Surface or Apple’s iPad. Most of these slate-type tablets make use external keyboards and some other keyboards that function for the devices. Other tablet styles include the convertible tablets, hybrid tablets and rugged tablets.
What is a Tablet?
The technology behind the creation of the tablet is to provide compatibility which in many ways functions as a laptop or a mobile computer. Tablet, nowadays, is growing in popularity due to its portability, features and ease of use. However, tablets can be used for many functions including the reading of news, checking of email, browsing the internet, playing games, reading of books, organizing contents, watching videos among others. Another feature of the tablet including the touchscreen functions and is of the size of a laptop and a smartphone. Generally, tablets come with the “tilt” feature that helps to change the orientation of the display based on how you hold it and with a built-in keyboard that shows on screen.
Future of Tablets
The next generation of mobile computing is the tablet technology. The aim behind the creation of tablets is to remove the traditional keyboard and mouse to the more intuitive touch interface (the touchscreen), and they can be easily carried in a purse, briefcase, or backpack. One main feature of the tablet is the touchscreen feature which allows you to use specific gestures with your finger to swipe and perform basic tasks like clicking a button, entering text, or zooming in or out instead of pointing and scrolling with a physical keyboard or a mouse. There are a variety of features available on tablets because different manufacturers manufacture them.
What are the Benefits and Disadvantages of Using a Tablet?
When it comes to the purchase of tablets, most people, though have tablets already, are trying to see if a laptop will suit their needs or if purchasing a tablet will be worth the price. However, there exist some benefits and detriments to using a tablet over a laptop.
When it comes to size, tablets are no doubt lighter, thinner and smaller than laptops. The weight of an average tablet falls between 1 and 2 pounds while a laptop weighs around 4 to 7 pounds. This is due partly to the screen size of the tablet which is smaller. The screen of most tablets falls between 8.5 and 10 inches and that of laptop range from 12 to 15 inches. The weight and thickness difference between the tablet and the laptop make most users consider getting and using a tablet to a laptop. They said it is easier to carry and more convenient to transport.
The battery life of tablets ranges from 4 to 10 hours. Some other devices like the Galaxy and the Apple iPad have a battery life of 9 to 10 hours or more, and laptop batteries usually last between 2 and 4 hours. Despite a longer battery life, tablets also have smaller chargers which are more portable than laptop chargers.
Features and Programs
There are several features laptops do offer that tablets are yet to offer. Though most of the laptop apps are available for the tablets too, but the features are limited. An example is the Pages app available on iPad but does not have features as present on an actual MacBook. The storage space for a laptop can be as high as 1 Tb while high end tablets only offer a 64 GB space. Most of the available tablets come with 16 GB or 32 GB space configurations. There are some other features available on laptops which are not available on tablet computers for now. Some of which include a physical keyboard, CD and DVD burning/playing, USB ports, and disk drives. However, if you can add accessories to your tablet, some of these features are available as attachments.
The price of tablets differs ranging from $200 to $700. This is because we have different brands, spaces and the type of accessories you want in addition to the tablet. The price of tablets cannot be compared to laptops because they offer different functionality. An example is the Lenovo ThinkPad X30 whose price is as low as $250 while MacBook Pro range from $1200 to $2500.
Should I Purchase a Tablet?
This decision is personal, and nobody can decide for you because it depends on what you want to be doing with it. Users describe tablets as lightweight, small, and easily accessible. Tablets offer different ways to store and organize information and your day to day activity features like news, email, and media. However, if you need a wider space and want to install different software, you will have to get a laptop.