Operating systems are designed to be easy to learn and determine how fast, smooth and intuitive your tablet is. They allow you to navigate your device with a multitude of gestures including tap, pinch, and swipe. An OS will let you customise your tablet with colours and icons, so you can create a completely tailored interface that you love to use. You can also enjoy access to a comprehensive range of free and paid applications.
We’ve discussed the three main operating systems from our range, so you can make an informed choice about what runs your tablet. You should also consider what smartphone you have as you may be able to sync files and contacts between devices.
Click below to find out more about each one.
Google Android powers a huge variety of smartphones and tablets, with each system update named after a sweet treat (Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean etc). The Android operating system boasts a vibrant home screen with playful widgets and intelligent, actionable notifications.
Android is incredibly flexible, allowing you to design an interface that’s perfectly tailored to your needs. With support for multiple users everyone can enjoy their own space from one tablet, and with Miracast you can stream movies, photos and videos from your device straight to your TV. Google Play store is accessible from all Android tablets too and boasts hundreds of thousands of apps, games, music and more. The latest update, Android 4.4 KitKat, transforms everyday usability with even faster operation and seamless navigation. A variety of tablets use the Android operating systems including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD. Android tablets come in a range of shapes and sizes and host features such as high resolution displays, quad-core processing and anti-glare technology, allowing you to select an Android tablet that’s perfect for your needs.View all Android tablets
iOS is specially crafted for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch. And is renowned for being beautifully intuitive and professionally designed. Making everything easy to find and use, especially for newcomers, iOS hosts a stunning interface with programme icons that you can move, delete and organise into files. Multitasking is seamless on an iPad, you can run multiple applications at once, and simply swipe to close them when finished. Apple’s iCloud makes file sharing and backing up of music, photos and contacts an easy and natural process. You’ll find a huge selection of tablet apps available from the App Store, as well as an ever-growing selection of popular music downloadable from iTunes.
iOS 7 is the latest offering from Apple and marks a certain change in design with bold, playful graphics. iOS 7 looks modern and is incredibly fluid, making your device a joy to use. A range of multitouch gestures and voice-activated controls allow you to use your device with complete convenience, even when it’s locked.View all iPads
Windows 8 is a significant leap from the previous Windows operating system and teams vibrant Live Tiles with a touch-friendly interface. While most feature a full version of Windows 8, some tablets have Windows RT - a version of this OS specially designed for tablets and with all the functionality of the laptop version.
Complete with real-time updates and notifications, intuitive touch control, and of course those colourful, customisable tiles that you can dedicate to contacts, emails, news, social updates and more, Windows RT is all about staying connected to the things that matter most.
Windows RT is cloud-enabled via a platform called Microsoft SkyDrive .Using SkyDrive you can enjoy access to all your files even when you’re away from home. You can switch conveniently between your Windows devices, moving from your tablet to laptop, with everything that’s important to you.
Windows 8 tablets support Flash-enabled content and are also compatible with Microsoft Office software (with some including it for free) making these devices ideal for both work and play.View all Windows tablets
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