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Tablet Computers

 

Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi - 16GB - Black

 

Through tv ads or everyday conversation you are probably hearing more and more about tablet computers. Seeing tablet computers in action for the first time can be an exciting experience. Even if it don't leave you wanting one immediately; it probably got you wondering what you might use one for. A tablet pc, basically is just a touchscreen portable computer that's smaller and more portable than a laptop. They are almost, always designed to be fast and accessible; which is why all tablet computers are based on touchscreen technology and usually feature a simplified user friendly interface. People such as seniors and tech haters, who usually shy away from traditional desktops and laptops, are falling in love with tablet computers.

If you are one of them tech haters that never booted up a desktop computer; the tablet computer was designed especially for you. It's really so easy, even a cave man can use it. The standout feature of all tablet computers is the touch screen. Most tablets look simply, like a glass screen. There may be a few touch sensitive buttons around the screen on the front of the device, and a few jacks or buttons around the edge;however most of the interaction is done via direct selection with the touch screen. These high resolution screens excel at displaying video, pictures, web sites and video games.

The portability offered by a tablet is one of it's most appealing features. There is no need for a keyboard or a mouse because all the hardware is built-in, behind the screen. Wireless networking is another feature you will find in any tablet computer, all of them come equipped with WiFi for getting online. Some are available with 3G and 4G capability for connecting over mobile phone networks. The holy grail of the touchscreen tablets and smartphones alike, are the apps(applications). There are over 200,000-easy to use apps, for nearly anything you can imagine. Many of the apps can make your life very easy, so if you are not careful; you can easily become addicted and dependent on them, and not know it until your tablet breaks.

When shopping for a tablet computer its important to remember that their are multiple models of each device. For instance, their are 6 different models of Apple's device(I-pad). One is sold with Wi-Fi capability and no 3G in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage space. The second offering is sold with 3G and Wi-Fi capability with the same three storage options. So if you choose to buy an I-pad, your main decisions would be on how much storage space you need and whether you wanted 3G capabilities. The same choices have to be made when deciding on, other tablet computers that are on the market today. Me personally, even though I am a professional reviewer; I usually read lots of user reviews before deciding on a product. You never know which professional reviewers may be biased, towards certain companies, and some may even work for the actual people they review. Tablet computers may eventually, replace laptops, just as the I-pod replaced cd's.

Ipad 2 Review

 

Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi - 16GB - Black

 

We know what you are wondering: Now that Apple's upgraded to the i-Pad 2, is it time to upgrade? If you've already got the original iPad, do you need to trade up? Well, here's what the experts are saying: The upgrade—it’s a third thinner, 15% lighter, and twice as fast—may not look like much on paper, but wait until you hold the thing, says David Pogue of the New York Times. “My friends, I’m telling you: just that much improvement in thinness, weight, and speed transforms the experience.” “It's evolutionary rather than revolutionary like the first model,” says Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal. There are drawbacks—why, for example, can’t it connect to 4G networks?—but it’s still the best tablet for “average, non-techie users.”

The only new features are the cameras, and those “are no great shakes” taking quality video, but “barely adequate” stills, says Rich Jaroslovsky of BusinessWeek. So in my opinion, if you’ve already got an i-Pad, you don't have to spend your hard-earned money on the I-pad 2. “But let’s face it: Many of you are going to anyway.” “From an industrial design standpoint, the iPad 2 just seriously raised the bar on sleek, sexy computer hardware,”. “It might frustrate the competition to hear this, but it needs to be said: the iPad 2 isn't just the best tablet on the market, it feels like the only tablet on the market, says Joshua Topolsky of Engadget.” As for me however; I'm equally impressed with the I-pad 2, but I am not compelled to upgrade unless it adds flash support.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

 

 

I have had my Galaxy Tab since launch around November. First impression is that the hardware is impressive. Speed, touch, multi-touch, all on par with the i-Pad. What I like the most about the Galaxy tab is it’s size. Yes, the in between size. To me, sometimes I want to carry a tablet ( something bigger than the phone ), but is still small enough to fit inside a jacket pocket. I tried carrying the i-Pad to meetings and social gatherings but  that just doesn’t work well. Most social gatherings, I go to are setup like a cocktail party. You walk around with a drink, sometimes a snack. In that setting, I found the Galaxy tab to be perfect.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab fit comfortably in my hand when i held it.  If you are one who thinks the i-Pad is too huge and would rather choose mobility over screen real estate, the 7-inch Galaxy Tab is for you.   The 7-inch screen is big enough for running games and applications yet small enough to easily fit in your bag. The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first real Android tablet in the market at the time it was released in 2010.  This device easily became the first choice for tablet-users looking for an alternative to the Apple i-Pad.  The Galaxy Tab uses Android 2.2 (Froyo) but Samsung has done a great job in optimizing the phone OS for tablet use.

The 1024×600 screen is easy on the eye and the resolution works for most applications.  The screen is TFT LCD, not the AMOLED type Samsung is known for.  There is really nothing bad about the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s screen but it would have been really nice if Samsung used an AMOLED screen on this device. Navigation is fairly quick on the Samsung Galaxy Tab device. Animations and page transitions stutter on occasion; but if you aren't a techie, you probably will not notice them. Overall though, I can say I was very impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It has flash support; unlike the I-pad 2; that reason alone compelled me to purchase one. Here is the list of specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab:

  • Android 2.2 running TouchWiz 3.0
  • 7-inch TFT LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Weighs 380 grams
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 processor
  • 16GB or 32GB internal storage
  • microSD expansion for up to 32GB additional storage
  • Front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and rear 3 megapixel camera with flash
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • 3G data / voice
  • 5GHz dual-band 802.11n WiFi
  • Full HD video support
     

Conclusion

Overall you can't go wrong with either the I-pad 2 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Tablet computers seems to be the new craze, and there are many tablet computers being produced my many different companies. In my opinion as of May 2011, the I-pad and Galaxy Pad are my top 2 tablet computers. If you are an ebook enthusiast I wouldn't purchase any of these tablets for that purpose. However, if you want all the perks that comes along with owning a really fun tablet computer, that also serves as a decent e-reader, then both the I-pad and Samsung Galaxy will get the job done. As a child I hated to read; but then I picked up a book that changed my life. So now that I am a book enthusiast, tablet computers just don't cut it for me.

Tablets can be hard on the eyes if you read for more than a hour continuously. However, for casual readers the reflective screens on tablet computers shouldn't be much of a problem. For the life of me, I don't understand why so many reviewers try and compare the I-pad and Kindle as ereaders. They are two totally, different devices. Ask anyone who actually owns both of them like me. Tablets are optimized for internet usage, multimedia, and apps. E-book readers are obviously, optimized for e-book reading. The Nook Color is the only true, formidable hybrid of both categories(e-readers-tablets). So if you can only afford one device, then you have to decide what is most important to you. The versatility and fun that comes with owning a tablet computer or a superior e-reading device. I hope these e-book reader reviews helped you.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Chris The Tech Guy - March 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm

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