In 2010, Apple Inc., the company who gave the world the iPhone, introduced us all to the iPad, a product that has now sold over 100 million units since its release. This popularity has led to a wide range of similar products from a variety of manufacturers, but what is it about tablets that make them so popular, and what do they offer that your smartphone, or even your laptop, can’t? There are hundreds of professional reviewers and casual users that are trying to get hold of the best tablets and smartphones in the market. In this article, we’ll highlight the differences between all these devices and help you decide which tablet is the best for your needs.
One of the main benefits of a tablet is screen size. Current smartphones go up to around 5 inches in size whilst tablets can provide double that. These larger screens often provide a higher resolution, meaning you can view all the same videos and images from your smartphone without straining to see what is going on. When you couple this large screen size with a high level of portability, a tablet can act as an ideal replacement for a laptop, providing easy access to write emails and edit documents without the inconvenient bulk.
Tablets more often than not share their operating system with their smartphone counterpart. Tablets using iOS, Android and Blackberry OS are all available meaning a great deal of cross compatibility between the two. With the ever expanding range of apps available this can be a great benefit for some consumers. Tablets are often very fast as a result of this dedicated software with load times being a matter of seconds instead of minutes.
Of course, tablets aren’t without their downfalls. They are often very expensive, and whilst they share a great deal of functionality with smartphones, they usually don’t allow you to make phone calls beyond web based VOIP services such as Skype. Some might say that talking into a 10 inch tablet might make you look a bit silly, but with the wide availability of Bluetooth headsets, there is the case for the option to be added to future models.
The high quality screen placed in a relatively small case coupled with other demanding features mean that battery life surfaces as a problem. You will often find yourself having to charge the tablet up on a daily basis, but this is often only a slight inconvenience and something which can be overlooked. Furthermore, considering that battery technology is on the move and both tablets and smartphones are facing similar problems, this should not be a deciding factor in one’s choice.
From the iPad and the Google Nexus 4 to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, consumers are spoiled with many high quality choices. The best tablets available in the market all offer diverse set of features at different price levels. The same can be said for smartphones and it is not easy to cut through tonnes uncritical advertorial content. Hopefully, these recommendations will facilitate your decision making. The last piece of advice we can give though is to try out any tablet and smartphone you like the look of before buying, that way you’ll know whether it feels right for you.