The first computers were so large and bulky that people always dreamed of a compact device that could be carried in a bag. However, those computers only became widespread in a narrow environment.
It was only with the release of the iPad Internet tablet in 2010 that the world exploded. It's time to debunk the tablet myths.
Real tablets are Apple's iPad. After the re-birth of the tablet market, there really was a time when the only decent option was Apple's iPad. But after its appearance, many analogues appeared. As a result, many consumers have the opportunity to choose a device with more preferable characteristics in relation to the price. This market is dominated by the operating iOS and Android. The second has a number of advantages over Apple's design. First of all, there is no strict binding to the installation of applications from the branded store (for the iPad it is the AppStore), most programs for Apple products are paid. In this sense, the Google Play Market is much more democratic, applications often pay off through advertising. And the dimensions and weight of the iPad impose some restrictions. For example, in the subway or public transport it is much more convenient to use a 7-inch device on Android, because they can even be placed in a spacious pocket of a jacket or coat. But for iPad you need a special bag.
Only the iPad has a high-quality display. Speaking of quality, there are two sides of this concept to consider when applied to tablets. Currently, Apple has created a new picture standard in its New iPad - an IPS screen with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. It is much sharper than the matrix in the previous two generations (IPS and 1024 by 768 resolution). It should only be noted that IPS displays are found in much cheaper devices. After all, screens for Apple are produced by third-party organizations (LG, CMI), they also supply similar components for other manufacturers. Today not only big brands like HP or Asus, but even Chinese manufacturers (Cube, SmartQ, Teclast and others) can boast of IPS-displays. The same Samsung announced its own development - PLS, which, according to the company, is not much different from IPS. Speaking of resolution, it's worth noting that devices with comparable specifications are already appearing on Android. So the Acer A700 tablet has a high FullHD resolution (1920 x 1200 pixels). And Samsung plans to even beat the New iPad.
Tablets are only suitable for playing games and surfing the Internet. For many, this class of gadgets is just a toy that is intended solely for entertainment. Yet it is wrong to think so. After all, if there are serious users for whom the tablet helps to work with office documents and presentations, as well as read books. Recently, there have been tablets on Android, which are specialized, like electronic readers. The PocketBook brand, the leader in the Russian market of e-readers, has several devices on Android in its product line, which are called media readers. In addition to specialized reading programs, there is access to Google Play. This allows you to install various applications and games. And the "iron" part is equipped with 3G wireless communication modules for Internet access. In general, today tablets have enough hardware performance and ready-made applications to edit photos, videos, audio, remotely administer and even program.
There is no need to purchase your tablet locally, you can order it online. Indeed, the tablet can be ordered either from eBay or through online retailers that specialize in the delivery of gray devices. And from China, you can bring a lot of interesting devices. However, such a purchase is fraught with several pitfalls. First of all, you should touch the device before buying, get acquainted with its capabilities, evaluate the ergonomics. Yes, and it is quite possible to find a box with stones in the parcel instead of an expensive tablet. Purchasing a device from a Chinese pad also carries risks. The low quality of the device, which is virtually devoid of warranty, is adjacent to the prospect of no updates. Components similar to branded ones do not guarantee good performance by themselves; poor assembly may interfere. And it will be very difficult to return money for a low-quality product if it is purchased on the Internet.
The tablet is only needed for outdoor use. Often people claim that their lifestyle is so inactive, and they themselves are at home, that they simply do not need a tablet. However, this class of portable devices is intended for use in any environment - in transport, at school, at work, and of course at home. Statistics say that about 60% of iPad2 owners have never taken this gadget out of the house at all. And at the same time, people are quite happy with the device, because it perfectly helps to relax while lying on the couch. A tablet computer eliminates the need to go to a desktop computer to check email or watch a movie, or check the news on your favorite social network. And all the many novelties of the computer games market end up being ported to iOS or Android.
The tablet is only needed for home use. Having debunked the previous myth, you come to the next one. Can tablets and should be used only at home? In fact, these devices allow a person to remain mobile even outside the home or office. The 3G communication module will make it possible to check mail and access the Internet where there is no Wi-Fi at all. GPS and maps will help you not to get lost in an unfamiliar city. Through Skype, the tablet can make a video call. The quality of the cameras built into these devices already allows you to take passable photos. So, leaving home with a tablet in a bag, a modern person stays in the rhythm of life, not missing anything important.
Tablets can replace laptops. First of all, it should be noted that most tablets are not software compatible with 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 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 into the address bar from the touchscreen, and it's another to write a multi-page article. In the second case, the laptop will be much more practical. True, it should be noted that the tablets can come to the aid of Bluetooth-keyboards and various docking stations with a full-size keyboard. There are good examples, although they are few. It is also worth considering the hardware capabilities. Laptops can be equipped with a discrete graphics card to run complex 3D games. There are still very few of them on tablets. Yes, and complex mathematical and graphic tasks (the same rendering) that require a long load of the device on a laptop can be imagined, but hardly on a tablet.
Tablets are too expensive. The tablet market is quite large - their prices range from $ 100 for Chinese crafts 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 initial specifications and an average TFT screen. For the same amount, you can find a decent tablet with an IPS matrix. And the most comfortable and lightest laptops (ultrabook class) start at $ 800.
Tablets have too little internal memory. Compared to the same notebooks equipped with hard drives, tablets are clearly inferior. However, how many users are able to score 64 Gigabytes with games and photos? This is the maximum capacity for the iPad (there are models with 16 and 32 GB). For devices on Android, there is another way out - almost all of them have a slot for memory cards. Nobody bothers to acquire several microSD cards and store your film library on them. It is also worth mentioning that some modern tablets implement the USB host function or have a full USB port. This means that you can connect not only mice and keyboards to them, but also full-fledged hard drives with a USB interface. You can also have tablets with a built-in hard drive. For example, the French company Archos offers devices with built-in 250-500 gigabyte storage. Do not forget such a trend as storing information in cloud services. With the development of Internet speed, it is easier to upload a movie directly to the "cloud", and then watch it on the device via Wi-Fi without clogging its built-in memory. So the small amount of memory is not a minus for tablets.
It is better to keep the tablet away from children. The risk that a gadget could be broken by a child is higher than with an adult. Many people think that this "adult" device can give nothing to the baby. However, for the same iPad, there are many interesting applications. These are not necessarily games, of which there are many. The tablet can act as an assistant in learning the alphabet, a bright encyclopedia, an interactive book. It is convenient to read illustrated books from it. As a result, such a device can usefully keep the child busy for a long time. Of course, communication with an electronic device should be dosed, but you should not underestimate its capabilities. 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. Don't underestimate older people. In addition, modern mobile operating systems are made intuitively. Where several operations with the mouse are required on the computer, on the tablet it will be enough to press your finger on the screen a couple of times. Elderly people will be comfortable with such treatment. Only when choosing a device for them, it is better to choose a larger screen size, as well as pay special attention to its quality. Believe me, the tablet will help to open up a new world for older people, only video communication with friends and acquaintances is worth something. Some manufacturers even develop special skins for the most senior audience. It contains reminders, a to-do list, a medication calendar, a family photo album, and a list of the most used phone numbers.
The tablets are not susceptible to viruses. If the tablet uses Windows OS, then antivirus is obviously necessary. After all, this system is no different from the one on the main computer. Speaking about Android, it should be said that there are viruses. However, they are very rare. For those who are concerned about full security issues, we recommend installing antiviruses. Their manufacturers are the same - Kasperksy Lab, Doctor Web. You can find these apps on Google Play. Manufacturers have noted an increase in the number of malicious applications; today there are more than 250 types of viruses for Android. The risk of infection increases when you install applications not from the Google online store, but manually. But there are practically 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 easy to find a lot in common. In addition, many modern readers are built on the basis of Android, they allow you to access the Internet, listen to music. The fundamental difference is in the type of screen. If a classic reader has it built on the basis of electronic ink, then a tablet has 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 tablet screen. And the reader of the week lives in this mode, while the continuous work of the tablet is calculated in hours. As a result, the tablet can outperform the reader as a multifunctional device. If we are talking about one classic function - reading, the reader has no competitors among electronic devices. For those who read a lot, it is better to purchase a device with electronic ink, refusing to purchase a "multifunctional" reader with a color screen.
The choice of platforms for tablets is limited. Without a doubt, this market is ruled by iOS and Android. However, do not assume that there is no alternative to them. There are a number of devices based on ordinary Windows, such tablets are fully compatible with personal PCs. HP offers a device based on its development, webOS. Blackberry makes tablets based on the Blackberry OS. You can also find Chinese products with various versions of Linux. Such options are in much less demand than leaders, but they still exist. Real geeks have a place to roam around, tackling firmware, improvements and modifications.
Tablets cannot take normal photos. For a long time, engineers focused only on the front camera in tablets. Its 1.3 resolution is enough for Skype video. However, today manufacturers have begun to make the rear camera more and more qualitative, allowing it to take good photos and shoot videos. Today, the New iPad has a 5 Megapixel camera similar to that of the iPhone 4. It allows you to shoot videos in FullHD resolution. And the top Android tablets already have a camera with a resolution of 8 Megapixels. This is enough to take photos of acceptable quality.