The first computers were so large and cumbersome that people always dreamed of a compact device that could be carried in a bag. The development of electronics and the appearance of touch screens have helped to create a new class of computers – tablets. The first hardware-software platform, Tablet PC, was presented by Microsoft in 2002. However, those computers were distributed only in a narrow environment.
Only with the release in 2010 of iPad’s Internet tablet the world exploded. The sales volume of this device is estimated at millions, many copies, fakes and simply analogues have appeared. Such popular gadgets are in every modern family. Many people are hindered from touching high-tech devices with stereotypes. It’s time to debunk myths about tablets.
These tablets are Apple’s iPad.
After the second birth of the tablet market, it really was the time when the only decent option was Apple’s iPad. But after its appearance, many analogues appeared. As a result, for many consumers it is possible to choose a device with characteristics that are more preferable in relation to price. In this market, basically operating the ball operating iOS and Android. The second has a number of advantages over the development of Apple. First of all, there is no tight binding to the installation of applications from the brand store (for the iPad it’s AppStore), most programs for Apple products are paid. In this sense, the Google Play Market is much more democratic, applications pay off often due to advertising. Yes, and the dimensions, as well as the weight of the iPad, impose some limitations. For example, in the metro or public transport it is much more convenient to use a 7-inch device on Android, because they can be placed even in a spacious pocket of a jacket or coat. But for the iPad you need a special bag.
Qualitative display is only available on the iPad.
In terms of quality, two aspects of this concept should be considered for tablets. Currently, Apple in its New iPad has created a new picture standard – the IPS screen with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. It is much sharper than the matrix in the previous two generations (IPS and resolution 1024 at 768). Only it is worth noting that IPS displays are also found in much cheaper devices. After all, screens for Apple are made by third-party organizations (LG, CMI), they also supply similar components for other manufacturers. Not only big brands like HP or Asus, but even Chinese manufacturers (Cube, SmartQ, Teclast and others) can boast with IPS-displays. The same Samsung announced its own development – PLS, which, according to the company, differs little from IPS. Speaking about the resolution, it is worth noting that Android already has devices with comparable characteristics. So the Acer A700 tablet has a high FullHD resolution (1920 by 1200 points). And Samsung plans to even outperform the New iPad.
Tablets are suitable only for games and work on the Internet
. For many, this class of gadgets is just a toy that is designed exclusively for entertainment. Meanwhile, it is wrong to think so. After all, if serious users, for which the tablet helps to work with office documents and presentations, as well as read books. Recently appeared tablets on Android, which are specialized, as electronic readers. The PocketBook brand, which is the leader on the Russian market of readers, has several devices on Android in the line of their products, which are called mediareaders. In addition to specialized programs for reading, you have access to Google Play. This allows you to install various applications and games. And the “iron” part is equipped with wireless modules 3G for Internet access. Generally today, the tablets have enough hardware performance and ready-made applications to edit photos, video, audio, carry out remote administration and even program.
There is no need to purchase a tablet on site, you can order it online.
Indeed, the tablet can be ordered either with eBay, or through online stores that specialize in the delivery of “gray” devices. And from China you can bring a lot of interesting devices. However, such a purchase hides several pitfalls. First of all, it is worth to touch the device before buying, get acquainted with its capabilities, evaluate ergonomics. And find in the parcel instead of an expensive tablet with a box of stones is quite real. The purchase of a device from the number of Chinopads also carries risks. The low quality of the device, which is virtually without warranty, is side by side with the prospect of no updates. Similar branded components alone do not guarantee good performance, a bad assembly can interfere. And to return money for poor-quality goods in case of its purchase on the Internet will be very difficult.
The tablet is only for use outside the home.
Often people claim that their way of life is so inactive, and they themselves are home, that they just do not need a tablet. However, this class of portable devices is designed for use in any environment – in transport, at school, at work and of course at home. Statistics say that about 60% of iPad2 owners never carried this gadget out of the house at all. And while people are quite happy with the device, because it helps you to relax, lying on the couch. The tablet computer allows you not to go to the desktop computer to check mail or watch a movie, and also check the news in your favorite social network. And all many new games in the computer games market are eventually ported for iOS or Android.
The tablet is only for use at home.
Debunking the previous myth, you come to the next. Are tablets can and should be used only at home? In fact, these devices allow a person to remain mobile even outside the walls of a house or office. The 3G communication module will enable you to check your e-mail and go online where there is no Wi-Fi. GPS and maps will help you not to get lost in an unfamiliar city. Via Skype, the tablet can make a video call. The quality of the cameras built into these devices already makes it possible to make bearable photographs. So with the exit from the house with a tablet in a bag, the modern person remains in the rhythm of life, not missing anything important.
Tablets can replace laptops.
First of all, it is worth noting that most tablets are not compatible with software on laptops. The Windows platform is not yet well adapted for portable devices. So the software capabilities of the laptop are completely different, these are devices of a different class. The main disadvantage of the tablets is the lack of a keyboard. This imposes certain restrictions on the use of the device. It’s one thing to enter a URL from the touch screen in the address bar, another is to write an article on several pages. In the second case, the laptop will be much more practical. True, it should be noted that Bluetooth tablets and various docking stations with a full-sized keyboard can come to the aid of the tablets. Successful examples are, although there are a few. It’s also worth considering the hardware capabilities. Notebooks can be equipped with a discrete graphics card that will allow you to run complex 3D games. On the tablets of those so far very little. Yes, and complex mathematical and graphical tasks (the same rendering), which require a long load of the device on a laptop, you can, but on the tablet – hardly.
Tablets are too expensive.
The tablet market is quite large – they cost from $ 100 for Chinese hand-made articles to $ 800 for the most equipped iPad of the latest generation. If you still compare tablets with laptops, then this class of devices as a whole looks more expensive. So, for 300-400 dollars you can buy a laptop with the initial characteristics and the average TFT screen. For the same amount you can find a decent tablet with an IPS matrix.And the most convenient and light notebooks (ultrabook class) cost from 800 dollars.
The tablets have too little internal memory.
In comparison with the same notebooks equipped with hard disks, the tablets clearly lose. However, how many users can score 64 gigabytes of games and photos? This is the maximum capacity for the iPad (there are models with 16 and 32 gigabytes). For devices on Android, there is another way out – almost all of them have a memory card slot. Nobody interferes with getting a few microSD cards and storing their film library on them. Also worth mentioning is that some modern tablets realize the USB host function or have a full USB port. This means that you can connect to them not only mice and keyboards, but also full-fledged hard drives with USB-interface. You can also eat tablets and with a built-in hard drive. For example, the French company Archos offers devices with a built-in 250-500 gigabyte drive. Do not forget and such a trend as the storage of information in cloud services. With the development of the speed of the Internet, it’s easier to upload a movie directly to the “cloud”, and then watch it on the device on Wi-Fi, without hammering its built-in memory. So a small amount of memory is a minus for tablets is not.
Keep the tablet away from children.
The risk that a gadget can be broken by a child is higher than when dealing with an adult. Many believe that this “adult” device can not give anything to the baby. However, for the same iPad there are many interesting applications. It’s not necessarily games, which are already so many. The tablet can act as an assistant in the study of the alphabet, a vivid encyclopedia, an interactive book. It is convenient to read illustrated books from it. As a result, such a device can benefit the child for a long time. Of course, communication with an electronic device should be metered out, but it should not be understated. In addition, some manufacturers began to produce special tablets for children. These devices are brightly colored and better protected.
The tablet is not suitable for older people.
Do not underestimate people aged. In addition, modern mobile operating systems are made intuitively understandable. Where there are several operations on the computer with the mouse, it will be enough to press a finger on the screen a couple of times on the tablet. Elderly, this treatment will be convenient. Only by choosing a device for them, it is better to choose a larger screen size, and also pay special attention to its quality. Believe me, the tablet will help open up a new world for older people, video communication with friends and relatives alone is worth it. Some manufacturers even develop special shells for the oldest audience. There are reminders, a task list, a medication calendar, an album with family photos, a list of the most used phone numbers.
The tablets are not subject to viruses.
If the tablet uses Windows, then obviously the need for antivirus. After all, this system is no different than the one that is on the main computer. Speaking of Android, we should say that there are viruses. However, they are very rare. Those who are concerned about issues of full security, you can recommend to put antivirus. Producers of them all are the same – Kasperksy Lab, Doctor Web. Find these apps on Google Play. Manufacturers have noted an increase in the number of malicious applications, today there are more than 250 versions of viruses for Android. The risk of infection increases when installing applications not from Google’s online store, but manually. But there are actually no viruses for iOS. This is evidenced by the fact that there are no antiviruses in the AppStore.
Tablets are better than readers.
Comparing these devices, it is not difficult to find much in common. In addition, many modern readers are built on the basis of Android, allow you to go online, listen to music. The principal difference in the type of screen.If the classic reader is built on the basis of electronic ink, then the tablet is an LCD-display. As a result, reading directly from the reader’s screen is much more pleasant and natural for the eyes than from the screen of the tablet. Yes, and lives in this mode, the reader of the week, while the continuous work of the tablet is counted for hours. As a result, the tablet can win from the reader, as a multifunctional device. If we are talking about one classic function – reading, the reader does not have competitors among electronic devices. Those who read a lot, it is better to buy a device with electronic ink, refusing to purchase a “multifunctional” reader with a color screen.
The choice of platforms for tablets is limited.
No doubt, iOS and Android are in control of this market. However, do not assume that they have no alternative. There are a number of devices based on conventional Windows, such tablets are fully compatible with personal computers. HP offers a device based on its development, webOS. Blackberry produces tablets based on Blackberry OS. You can also find Chinese products with various versions of Linux. The demand for such options is much smaller than the leaders, but they are all there. There are real geeks, where you can make a fuss, taking care of the firmware, improvements and modifications.
Tablets can not make normal photographs.
For a long time, engineers paid attention only to the front camera in the tablets. Her resolution of 1.3 with a head is enough for video in Skype. However, today and the rear camera manufacturers began to do everything better, allowing it to carry out good photos and shoot video. Today, at the tablet New iPad camera with a resolution of 5 megapixels is similar to the one that is installed in the iPhone 4. It allows you to shoot video in the resolution of FullHD. And top-end tablets on Android already have a camera with a resolution of 8 megapixels. This is quite enough to make photos of acceptable quality.