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Apr 03

What tablet is right for you?

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Tablets are taking the computing world by storm. They are the latest trend that gives you internet capabilities, access to email, video chat and allows you to capture images and video while on the go.

Here are a few reasons why most people are dumping their laptops for tablet devices:

Portability

Tablets are lightweight and relatively easy to carry around. Reaching for a tablet to browse the Web is much easier than getting up, going to your desk, and booting up your computer. Even laptops, which are supposed to be mobile devices, can take a while to start, and they often get uncomfortably hot after a short period of use.

Productivity

You can respond to requests very fast. You can reply emails, you can study work materials. In fact, a tablet is your virtual office.

Battery Life

In comparison with a laptop, tablets have superior battery life. Your laptop can go for averagely 2.5 hours before you have to plug it in, whereas you can get almost a full day’s use, about 10 hours out of a tablet.

Entertainment

Tablets are great for entertainment. Since a tablet is basically just a large screen, it’s a stellar device for watching movies and TV shows.

Using the built-in cameras, you can capture images at a moment’s notice or even communicate via video chat with anyone around the world.

Simply put, individuals can as well play while they work.

While choosing a tablet what should you look out for?

When deciding which tablet is best for you, consider what you’ll use it for.

Let’s compare the two most popular tablets(as of now); Apples iPad 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1

 

 Comparison between Apples iPad 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1

Feature
iPad 2
Galaxy Tab
Verdict
Video recording 720p HD 720p HD Draw
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
GPS Yes Yes Draw
3G Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models Draw
USB Port No No Draw
Business and Office iPage ($10 on apple store) Polaris- Already integrated Galaxy tab 10.1
Operating system Apple iOS 4 (upgradeable to iOS 5) Android 3.1 iPad 2 ( ease of use)
Display size, screen size 9.7 in 10.1 in Galaxy tab 10.1
Front camera VGA 2 megapixels (sharper image) Galaxy tab
Rear camera 0.7 MP 3 MP. LED flash, autofocus, geotagging Galaxy tab
Dimension Galaxy tab
Weight 607g 565g Galaxy tab
Application store Apple App store Google android market Galaxy tab

Now, one would easily conclude that the Galaxy Tab outshines the iPad 2, however, there’s a unique feature of iPad i haven’t talked about. The iCloud! iCloud stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices.

Features of the iCloud

Photo Stream : Snap. And it’s everywhere.

With Photo Stream, you can take a photo on one iOS device and it automatically appears on all your other devices, including your Mac or PC. Import new pictures to your computer from a digital camera, and iCloud sends copies over Wi-Fi to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can even view recent photos on your big-screen TV via Apple TV.

Documents in the Cloud

And now with iCloud, you can keep your work up to date across all your iOS devices. You don’t have to save your work or transfer any files. Your documents — with all your latest edits — automatically appear everywhere. Start here. Finish there.

iBooks : All your devices are on the same page.

Buy a new book from the iBookstore, and iCloud makes sure it appears everywhere — your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. So if you have to put it down, you can pick it back up on another device, in exactly the same place.

 

Fantastic! Isn’t it?

Now,  the question- ‘ What tablet is right for you?’ Apple’s iPad 2 ? Or Samsung’s Galaxy tab 10.1?

Now you know the fantastic features both tablets possess. The decision, therefore, lies with you!

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Njumoke Abiola-Oseni

Njumoke Abiola-Oseni is the Executive Director, Training and Business Intelligence at Trisat Communications Ltd. She holds a Bachelors Degree(B.Tech) in Computer Engineering with ICT Certifications such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Project Management, MikroTik Certified Network Associate (MTCNA), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). She currently administers all Trisat training engagements and consults for SMBs on Business Intelligence such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS), Messaging Systems and Call Center Solutions and Customised Software Application. Njumoke Abiola-Oseni is a Co-Founder of Trisat Communications Ltd.