Some people give the credit to Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, but there was a long technology struggle to produce a device that would free users from their desks. Compaq couldn’t pull it off. AT&T failed. And, Atari’s idea never went into production.
Tablets were caught amid the race to develop hardware and software for the “perfect” the smartphone. But now technology makes tablets as convenient and accessible as phones moving us farther away from desktop computers and laptops.
Chandra Steele of PCMagazine wrote, “Today’s tablets are glossy and virtually razor-thin, with untold depths lurking beneath their dark, impenetrable surfaces.” But they also have features no one thought of just a few years ago.
- Large Screen: Fusion5 markets its Ultra Design Windows Tablet with a 10-inch screen. This ultra-slim lightweight (1.5 pounds) comes with Bluetooth® compatibility and Windows 10®. You’ll enjoy the dual camera and touch screen, too.
With 2 GB RAM and 32 GB (also available in 64 GB) storage, you can stream, save, and play games and movies. Fusion5 joins other tablets with USB ports for connectivity to your HDTV or through the HDMI port, AC Adapter, USB Cable, User Manual, and a 100% 12-month warranty.
- High Resolution: NUVISION has an 8-inch Full HD IPS Touchscreen Tablet with a vivid 1920 × 1200 resolution. The operating systems include an Intel Atom Z3735F Quad-Core Processor and 2 GB storage you can expand with an SSD. One charge lasts up to six hours.
It comes loaded with Windows 10 and promises a quick response and six hours on a charge. This NUVISION looks a Kindle, comes with 10 finger multi-touch, and dual cameras. Touchscreen or not, this one has a stylus for convenient navigation. Features include a combination USB port and Bluetooth® connectivity.
- Detachable Keyboard: RCA is pressing the market with its 2016 Premium High-Performance Viking Pro 10.1” 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop Computer Tablet. This is a combo unit with a detachable keyboard. It is a standard laptop with the screen attached. And, it’s a powerful portable (1.15 pounds) without the keyboard.
It gets six hours on a charge depending on the use to play music, games, or read eBooks. This is an Android 5.0 OS (Lollipop) device with an SD card expandable 32 GB memory. In addition to its USB port, you’ll get front and rear-view cameras, mini HDMI port, and a microphone/ headphone jack.
- iOS Technology: Samsung’s Galaxy Tablet uses the iOS system with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow pack for an enhanced experience. It also provides options for reaching the internet: Wi-Fi, USB, micro-USB, and Bluetooth®.
It delivers high-resolution images on a bright 10.1-inch screen and an excellent speaker system for streaming music, movies, and sports. It comes with a bonus micro SD card for expanding its memory from 16 GB to 200 and a 1.6 GHz Exynos 7870 octa-core processor for faster performance.
- Versatility: The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 lets you customize your purchase. A powerful PixelSense 2736 by 1824 display brightens its 10.3-inch touchscreen. You can increase the 16GM memory with a micro SD card.
You also can snap the slim tablet onto its laptop keyboard and use its Kickstand to position the screen the way you want. The 6th Gen Intel Core m3, i5, and i7 processors offer power to run quieter, cooler, and more efficiently than its competition.
Consumer Reports points out, “You can get a great 7- to 8-inch tablet starting at under $200.” You can pay more, of course, but depending on your budget, you’ll find what you need for work or school at a price that works for you.
~ Amit Shaw