Shopping for a tablet is very similar to choosing any other type of computer. First and foremost, you’ll want to consider the features, price, and brand. However, you’ll also want to find out about the selection of apps available for each type of tablet and how easy it is to sync (or backup) the information on your main computer.
When it comes to choosing tablet technology, the leading brands include the Apple iPad, Android tablets, and PC tablets that run on Windows. In addition, there are some other new tablets and eReaders worth considering before you settle on a particular tablet.
iPad and iPad 2 Tablets
There’s no doubt that Apple’s original iPad made the tablet a hot commodity for tech-savvy consumers. Though other types of tablets are gaining support, the iPad and the new iPad 2 are still the most popular tablets on the market.
The iPad uses the same operating system (iOS) as Apple’s iPhone, which makes it an easy transition for consumers who are already familiar with iPhone technology. The iPad is simple to use, and the impressive range of apps available in Apple’s App Store make it a great tool for both work and play.
When Google’s Android operating system was released in 2008, it gave smart phone shoppers a viable alternative to the iPhone. Likewise, Android tablets create more options for those who might want something other than the iPad.
Many different manufacturers make tablets that run the Android operating system. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the most popular, and it has many features that are similar to Apple’s iPad 2. Other popular Android tablets include the Toshiba Thrive and the T-Mobile G-Slate. More affordable options include the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the Acer Iconia Tab A500.
Tablets running Windows have been around since the 1990s, but PC tablets haven’t yet gained the popularity that the Apple iPad has achieved. However, now that Apple has created more interest, PC tablets have been evolving to give consumers more options.
Other manufacturers are also developing products to compete with iPad and Android tablets. Two well-received tablets worth considering are the HP TouchPad and the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook. Other tablets will continue to show up on the market, offering even more options for tablet consumers.
Though they lack the full spectrum of features available with most tablets, eReaders are sometimes a good alternative to tablet computers. As the name implies, eReaders are designed primarily for reading eBooks and other digital media. However, eReaders are beginning to add more functionality, blurring the line between the two types of devices.
Popular eReaders include the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook. Tablets can also be used as eReaders with special apps from Kindle and other, similar platforms.