5 talking points about tablets

Published: November 17, 2017

Tablets have found their groove in today’s most used gadgets at work or home, filling that comfy space between a smart phone and laptop.

They’re the compact device placing millions of apps, e-books, games, media – plus the ability to take video calls, browse the web and more – at your fingertips. So what do you want to use your tablet for and what is your budget?

Here’s five talking points about whether a tablet may or may not be right for you:

1. Light as a feather

Tablets can be much lighter than most laptops thanks to their smaller screens. They’re perfect for watching in-flight entertainment at high altitude or relaxing on the couch checking emails. Compact tablets are usually cheaper, lighter and easier to carry for work, study and travel. Larger tablets are more expensive and have a bigger screen area, which can be more enjoyable at home when playing games or watching movies.

2. What’s in store

You could say tablets don’t have generous storage amounts – usually between 8GB and 128GB. But if your tablet has external hardware connections you can upgrade the data using an expandable microSD card, USB flash drive or even an external hard drive. Wireless storage options are available for devices without these connections (like iPads). You can take advantage of cloud services through a Wi-fi connection or cellular network data plan.

3. The juicy details

A tablet’s battery life rivals most laptops, generally lasting for a full day before it needs recharging (8-10 hours). Like smartphones, they use much less power hungry operating systems (Apple iOS, Google Android OS or Microsoft OS). If you’re really concerned about battery life, check your screen resolution specs, as it takes a lot of processing power to display those extra pixels. Also keep an eye on your screen brightness when using your tablet, as this will affect battery life.

4. The ‘write’ fit

On a tablet you’ll usually be using your fingertips, a stylus or an onscreen keyboard for the majority of your activities. So if you’re doing a lot of typing you might be more comfortable with an external keyboard. Fortunately most tablets can connect wirelessly to Wi-fi and Bluetooth devices quite easily – not just keyboards but printers, speakers and headsets too. And although you’ll give up your mouse and DVD drive you’ll probably get a built-in camera that shoots photo and video instead.

5. Driving a convertible

If you’re still not sure what tablet is best for you, consider a hybrid laptop. They’re growing in popularity with the winning combination of speed, compact size and functional flexibility. Need the grunt to run desktop programs for home or business? You’ve got the workhorse to do it. Want to read e-books with the option of portrait or landscape view or have your laptop transform into a touchscreen tablet? Just fold away the keyboard or remove it.

If you’ve recently purchased a tablet, are you getting the most out of your new gadget? Did you know we offer tablet support subscriptions? Just give our friendly tech experts a call.

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