Finding the Right Tablet for you
Every tablet, even the widely praised iPad, has a few drawbacks. Some features – or the absence of some features – will matter to some users more than others, depending on their needs. Below is a brief list of tablets that are more suitable for certain users.
Most professionals need a tablet that runs the applications they use in their jobs. They also look for a tablet that will fit in a pocket or purse. One tablet that fits the size criteria is the Google Nexus 7, manufactured by ASUS. At 7.8 by 4.7 inches, the Nexus 7 weighs in at only 12 ounces. Screen resolution is only OK at 1280 by 800, and you may find that the screen is not as bright as some competitor’s screens.
The Android app store includes thousands of apps, but like most tablets, the Nexus 7 is not going to replace your laptop for real work.
Both the Kindle Fire HD and Apple iPad offer textbooks in e-book form, and students can even add notes and highlight text in both. The iPad has the edge on screen resolution (except for the new iPad Mini) but the Kindle Fire HD beats all the Apple tablets hands down on price. This one comes down to balancing your eyesight against your wallet, because both products are great for students.
Most road warriors try to minimize the number of devices they carry in addition to a laptop by choosing devices that do double duty. Since most tablets wouldn’t run Microsoft Office applications that road warriors typically depend on, there was no getting away from lugging the laptop until Windows 8 tablets hit the market. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 or the Dell XPS 12 combine ultrabook size and capability and can twist themselves into a tablet, but they are still laptops at heart and pricey to boot. The best choice is Windows Surface for a true tablet form factor, an innovative keyboard in the cover, it runs Microsoft Office and Adobe Flash for browsing.
Many parents let their little ones use their tablets to play games, and the latest tablets allow parents to turn the tablet over to the kiddies without fear that they’ll stumble on anything private. Version 4+ of Android allows multiple user profiles that lock anyone but the administrator out of apps that aren’t explicitly allowed. The multi-user capability is so complete that it’s almost as though each user had a personal tablet, rather than a shared device.