A tablet is a mobile computer that is smaller than a laptop but larger than a Smartphone. While a tablet is not a replacement for an actual computer, it is perfect to take with you on the go. You can surf the internet, download books, games and music, watch movies and videos, share photos, create and give presentations, videos conference with clients, stay connected with email and much more!

What Exactly is a Tablet?

What Platforms are Tablets Available In?

Common Tablet Features

A tablet's platform is its operating system. Tablets use a variety of operating systems such as Windows (Microsoft), iOS (Apple), Android (Google),  and QNX (RIM/Blackberry).

Operating systems (OS) determine the structure of the tablet. This will characterize the experience you have while using your tablet. It is important to consider each operating system to guarantee that you are able to get the most out of your tablet as they each perform differently.

Here are a few key things to consider:

Windows (Microsoft):
  • Familiar Windows interface
  • Largest software and hardware compatibility
  • Adobe Flash support
  • Typically longer boot times compared with Android or iOS

iOS (Apple):
  • App Store with large selection of games, music, etc.
  • Users must buy their software from Apple
  • Parental security options
  • Seamless integration with other Apple products
  • No Adobe Flash compatibility

Android (Google):
  • A large variety of apps
  • Quick boot time
  • Integrated with Google's Web-based services (search, maps, e-mail, etc.).
  • Accessory compatibility changes from manufacturer to manufacturer

QNX (RIM/Blackberry)
  • New to the tablet and smart phone market
  • Very few apps available
  • Stable operating system

  • Touchscreen
  • Wireless mobile browser functions (using 3G, 4G or WiFi)
  • E-mail, messaging, video calling
  • GPS satellite navigation
  • Camera functions (Stills & Video)
  • E-book reading
  • Downloadable apps (games, education, utilities)
  • Portable media player function
  • Lightweight (Typically under 2 pounds
  • Bluetooth capabilities (Keyboards, headsets, etc.)
  • 3-D available on some models

*All features vary depending on make & model. Please call for specific features.*

3G, 4G or Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi connectivity is a standard feature on most tablets. This allows you to maximize the performance of your tablet. It does, however, require you to be somewhere that has a Wi-Fi signal (ex. In your home, at work, etc.) to obtain internet connectivity.

3G and 4G connectivity are other available options that enable internet access anywhere there is a cellular telephone network. You will pay extra for this type of service through your wireless provider.

Surface with Windows RT

"From touch to type, office to living room, from your screen to the big screen, you can see more, share more, and do more with Surface."

Features:
  • Battery life: 31.5 W-h
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37in
  • Screen size: 10.6"
  • Touch: Yes
  • Hard drive size: 32GB / 64GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Processor: Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3
  • Web cam: Yes
  • Full size keyboard: No
Price: Starting at $499 - Call for Additional Pricing

Apple iPad with Retina Display

"The most important feature on any iPad is the screen. So for the iPad with Retina display, we wanted to build not just the best iPad display, but the best display on any mobile device."

Features:
  • Available in Wi-fi & Wi-fi + Cellular
  • Weight: 1.44 - 1.46 lbs
  • Dimensions: 9.50 x 7.31 x 0.37in
  • Retina Dispay
  • Screen size: 9.7" LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • Hard drive size: 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
  • Processor: Dual-core A6X with quad-core graphics
  • FaceTime HD camera: 1.2MP photos
  • iSight camera: 5MP photos
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 hours
Price: Starting at $499 - Call for Additional Pricing

Nexus 7 from Google

"Nexus 7 is now more powerful and portable than ever. With up to 32GB of storage and the option to add mobile data, you can take even more of your favorite content from Google Play with you anywhere."

Features:
  • Operating System: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Weight: 12 oz.
  • Dimensions: 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
  • Screen size: 7" HD display - Scratch-resistant Corning(R) glass
  • Hard drive size: 16GB / 632GB
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core
  • Battery Life: Up to 8 hours
  • Web cam: 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • Touch: Yes
  • Full size keyboard: No
Price: Starting at $199 - Call for Additional Pricing
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