Tablets and eReaders
Which operating system is right for you?
One of the first things to think about when looking for a tablet is the operating system. This determines how it looks, the way you navigate, how it communicates with other devices, and the store you download apps from.
Android offers a simple yet highly customisable way to navigate the information that’s important to you. With over a million apps to download from Google Play, Android has something for everyone. Android works well with Windows, so is good choice if you also use a Windows based laptop or desktop.
iOS is a colourful and easy-to-use operating system that’s exclusive to Apple tablets and smartphones. It gives you one-touch access to iTunes, the App Store and more, so you can always access the things you want in seconds. iOS works best with other Apple devices, so is a great choice if you use a Mac or iPhone.
Windows tablets can be installed with all the software you use on your laptop or desktop, so you can seamlessly move between devices and pick up right where you left off. Naturally, Windows tablets work perfectly with other Windows devices and are a great for business, university and everyday computing.
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Things to consider when buying a tablet
A tablet’s screen quality is measured in pixels per inch (ppi). This measurement takes screen dimensions into account, so you can easily compare picture quality between different sized tablets.
The higher the ppi, the better the picture quality. We also display the screen resolution if you’d prefer to search for a tablet with a full or ultra HD screen.
Most tablets now feature dual or quad-core processors. The more cores a processor has, the more it can tackle at once, so if you plan on using your tablet professionally or for demanding tasks like editing photos on the go, look for powerful processing.
Some tablets feature more than four cores - these are great for design and everyday business use.
The amount of storage a tablet has determines how many photos, films, songs and apps you can store on the device itself.
If you plan on saving a lot of media for use offline, consider a tablet with an SD card slot for easily expandable storage.
Every tablet connects to the internet via WiFi for easy access to the internet, with many also featuring Bluetooth for wireless pairing to speakers, headphones and other devices.
If you want to use your tablet on the move look for 3G and 4G connectivity (cellular in iPads), which works the same way as your smartphone to get you online almost anywhere in the country.
It’s important to think about battery life if you plan to use your tablet on the go, as some tablets feature huge battery capacity and are ideal for travelling or staying in touch on the road.
You should also take into consideration what you plan on doing, as streaming HD films, connecting via 3G/4G and playing games can increase power consumption.
There are plenty of ways to personalise and enhance your tablet or eReader, including bags, cases and mobile broadband.
Cases are designed specifically to fit certain tablets, so you can expect a perfect fit. The same goes for screen protectors, while universal sleeves and bags fit almost any device.
Things to consider when buying an eReader
A backlit screen means there’s nothing to stop you from reading in low-light conditions. The light level can be adjusted for comfort and to help you get the best out of your battery life.
Books are downloaded to your eReader via WiFi or 3G. eReaders with built-in 3G are perfect if you don’t have the internet at home or want instant access to the bookstore when away from home.
As eBooks are small files, eReaders don’t need huge amounts of internal storage. You only need to think about opting for a large memory capacity if you want hundreds of books on your eReader at once.
Due to their low energy usage, eReaders typically have huge battery lives and can go for weeks (sometimes months) between charges. This is usually based on half an hour of reading per day, so if you read a lot, you may see less than the supplied figures.
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