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Do I really need a tablet?

What are they for?

This is the first question that comes to mind for all of us. The next is “If I already have a and a laptop, why do I want it? The answers to these questions are difficult. The They are devices that perform many tasks that we already do with computers and , but without actually replacing any of these.

1- Internet access

This is quite possibly the biggest draw of these devices. The vast majority of have a WiFi connection, being able to access the internet from different places. In addition, many have 3G connection to connect to the network thanks to a SIM card. Basically, what we all usually do when we connect is surf, download software and multimedia content, access our mail and, of course, stay up to date on our social networks. The usability of It is lower than what we can have with a laptop, but they are much more comfortable to transport and the screen is larger and better than that of the .

two- Apps and games

choose a tablet Galaxy Tab 10.1We all know that the first thing we do as Android newbies is fill our device with apps. Little by little, we are shaping our true needs and we are installing applications and games that really interest us. With them we can do everything: work with files that are in the memory of our , everything related to the internet, increase our productivity and our leisure with what is stored in the cloud (text files and spreadsheets, music and cinema in , etc) and, of course, play. Is he ideal device for when we go on a trip, where we can take everything we need in very little space.

3- Multimedia

Another of the strengths of these devices. Not only can we play music and video, but we can manage all services like Flickr !, Picasa, Youtube, etc. And let's not forget that our can become the true multimedia heart of our home: thanks to Wi-Fi connections and, above all, to DLNA, we can reproduce the contents of the on our TV.

4- Read

Do I really need a tablet?For a long time now, almost any device has been able to read documents (text, spreadsheets, pdf), and the they could not be less. In addition, we can read different types of . As to whether a or a , we will see later.


As there are many kinds of , we will see only the main features.

1- Screen

One of the most important parts of a is the screen. She is the one that determines the overall size of the device and, many times, its price. There are many sizes but most are between seven and ten inches, almost all with multipoint touch technology to be able to use them with several fingers at the same time (not just two).

two- Connectivity

Internet access is essential, either via Wi-Fi or 3G. In addition, many have a USB connection (except the iPad) and .

3- Operating system

Although there are several, those of you who read this blog will know the benefits of Android (In addition to being the OS installed in most of the ). When you buy one you should be careful with the Android version. In general you should have 2.2 (Froyo) or 2.3 (Gingerbread), although the ideal would be to wear the Honeycomb (3.0 or higher), there are still very few that include Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) which is the definitive version that unifies Android smartphones and tablets. Also note that only the most powerful will be updated and beware of misleading advertising, there are newspapers that offered “ with Android 4.0 ”before Google even took it out.

4- Processor

choose an Asus Transformer tabletAs in any computer machine, it is the heart of the computer and, therefore, an essential part of it. In the high-end range, the standard is currently 1 GHz processors, with dual core, although we can also find them at 1.5 GHz and with four cores. Obviously if what we want is to be able to run the most demanding applications (3D games for example) we should opt for one of these. But not all of us need such a machine for our usual surfing the Internet, watching movies and reading books and magazines, for which most of the From the market.

5- Memory

Another element that we should not ignore, as in our computers. The have RAM memory, in addition to storage. The first will be vital to determine the performance of the applications … and also the price. The most basic ones have 512 MB and the high-end ones already reach up to 2 GB.

But … how is a of a laptop?

Well, in addition to the obvious (the keyboard), there are several differences:

  • Operating system – Sure. We will no longer work with Windows, now we have to choose iOS, Linux, QNX (from RIM) and of course, Android. And we are all waiting to see the new Windows 8 touch interface.
  • Use – As Carlos and Jaume said very well in one of the Ask , the is basically for consume content, while the laptop will serve better to create content, since both hardware and software are focused on it.
  • Interface – Also very obvious. The They have been designed to be controlled by a touch screen, and the software is designed for better usability, easier and more intuitive.
  • Mobility – Although both devices are designed to be easily transported, in the This desire is at its best. Much lighter, smaller and more manageable the it is much more comfortable to transport.
  • Autonomy – There is a difference here. The duration of the they are much larger than those of notebooks, especially thanks to the lightweight operating system that requires much less resources.

Here we leave it for now. In the next article we will compare the with the and we will see what we should look at when choosing our .

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