Choosing the right Tablet PC

Following the success of Apple’s iPad, PC manufacturers across the globe have released their own tablet, hoping to capture a share of the lucrative market. For you it’s good news: other tablets are well worth exploring and generally carry a lower price tag than an iPad. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a tablet computer…


Operating system

Tablets run on different operating systems. The iPad runs on Apple’s iOS mobile platform while tablets from (e.g.) Acer and ASUS run on Google’s Android operating system.

The iPad’s operating system is easy to use if you have an iPhone. It works pretty much the same way as it does on an iPhone and has a broad selection of apps available for download.

Android comes in different forms but Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is designed specifically for tablets. Android is just as easy to use as Apple – and fast catching up on the number of apps available. There are actually more FREE apps available for Android than for Apple…



Tablet computers are measured in inches, referring to the size of the screen measured diagonally. Apple offers the iPad with a 9.7-inch screen only, other manufacturers have tablets in different sizes – some larger, some smaller than the iPad.

All tablets are light weight, much lighter than a laptop. With an average weight of less than a kilo they are convenient to carry every day. The lighter the better.

In terms of storage 64GB is currently as good as it gets, but many tablets are also available in 16 or 32GB varieties. Make sure you have enough space to store all the photos, music, files and apps you want. More storage means a higher price tag.


Internet connectivity

Most tablets come in a Wi-Fi only model or with built-in 3G. Choose a model with built-in 3G if you plan on using your tablet anywhere. Most mobile phone providers offer options for pre-paid data usage or a monthly plan. If you’re mostly using your  tablet at work or at home, a Wi-Fi only model is a cheaper alternative.

For the latest in tablet computers and the best advice to go with it, visit your local Betta Electrical. or shop online.

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