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How to Choose a Tablet PC in 2014 (Part 1 - General Characteristics)

Posted January 24, 2014 12:00 AM by SavvyExacta

By today's standards your laptop is too clunky to be portable and your smartphone screen is too small to be productive. You've decided a tablet computer, right in between those two sizes, is something you need to try.

But where to begin? This multi-part series will walk you through some of the factors to consider when selecting a tablet computer.

Is a Tablet Right for Me?

Tablets, just like other devices, have certain pros and cons. Each person's needs and working style will dictate the device that will work best for that individual.

Many people think that tablets are for the casual user who's interested in browsing the web and playing games. That's true, but tablets have so many more applications; many of them professional. Tablets are used in the healthcare and medical fields, for transportation and logistics, as POS terminals, and in utilities, manufacturing, construction, and military applications.

Types of Tablets

Most tablets fall into one of four categories: slate, convertible, booklet, and rugged.

Slates are standalone tablets, like the Apple iPad.

Convertible tablets, like the Ideapad Yoga, have an attached keyboard and can be folded into various configurations.

Booklet-style tablets have two screens that face one another, like pages in a book.

Rugged tablets are for use in conditions where a durable product is required. Some applications include research, military, or construction.

Pros and Cons of Tablets

Tablets have the following things going for them:

  • Portability - lighter and thinner than a laptop
  • Connectivity - WiFi or LTE built in
  • Compatibility - OS may allow for syncing with a phone or computer

Some factors, however, may push users toward computers or smartphones:

  • Storage - some lack ability to expand storage
  • Peripherals - some have Bluetooth keyboards; most do not work with a mouse
  • Ports - some devices do not have the ability to plug in USB and other devices

The next part of this series will cover basic system specifications, like the operating system and size. It'll be available next week, right here on CR4.

Read more about selecting tablet computers, including a 2014 comparison guide, on IHS GlobalSpec.

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01/24/2014 11:58 AM

I have to say, since I had got my iPad, personal, I have been rarely been using my lap top. Most is on my tablet.

And the only time I use my lap top, is when I bring work from home, for a translation from project management apps, an then email it. And this is rarely.

A lot of it is due to the convenience of it being so small.

But work is different, Laptop I use all the time at work. I do bring it home for training, but that is rarely.

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01/27/2014 6:20 AM

I agree, since getting my iPad I spend a lot less time at my desk. A laptop is still easier for me when I have to do a lot of typing or text editing.

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01/25/2014 9:05 AM

I hope the series also includes some price comparisons or considerations.

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01/25/2014 8:45 PM

Yes. And a discussion of the problems most frequently encountered with the tablet. This should be discussed on a manufacturer by manufacturer basis.

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01/27/2014 6:21 AM

Thanks for the input! I'll do my best to include that information at some point in the series.

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