A quick overview
Tablets put the power of a PC in your hands in a light compact package. Innovative touch screen interface and thousands of unique, useful and just-plain-fun apps bring you a high-tech experience that's truly amazing. You can browse the Internet, send emails, watch movies and more.
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Things to consider
Connectivity: 4G or 3G or WIFI
Wi-Fi is a great choice if you plan to use your tablet at home or the office, or if you frequent Wi-Fi hotspots. All tablets are Wi-Fi enabled, so all that's needed is a one-time network connection.
4G and 3G devices allow for connectivity almost anywhere, as wireless coverage is provided the same way as for a smartphone. Although these devices are priced slightly higher, the freedom to connect anywhere is an undeniable advantage. 4G will give you the very fastest connection available. If you're a power-user or frequent traveler, a 4G or 3G version might be your better choice.
Hard Drive Space: Know your limits
Tablets have a range of hard drive space options, most commonly offering 16GB and 32GB of onboard memory, though some models may have more or less. Most Android and Nook tablets include micro or full-size SD slots to add even more storage. Keep in mind that a 2-hour HD movie will take up about 3GB of hard drive space and even an episode of a half hour sitcom will take about half a GB. And that's just video, don't forget about music, games and other files. Be sure you have enough space for the media you want.
Size: Go big or stay small
Tablets start at a modest 5-inch display and go up to 13 inches, with 7- and 10-inch screens also common. Smaller devices offer amazing portability – a 7-inch tablet will fit easily in a purse or a man's suit coat. Larger tablets are better if you spend more time browsing the Internet or working on documents, and there's nothing like watching your HD movies on a big screen.
Our selection of tablets run on one of two great operating systems: Google Android and Windows. Each has its own strengths, depending on what you want from your tablet experience.
Google Android's user- and developer-friendly system has a number of unique features. You can put vital information up front and post updates directly from your home screen. The system is tightly integrated with Google services to update your contacts, calendar, emails and even photos with no PC required. Plus, Google Play is your one-stop marketplace for apps, books, music, games and more.
The company that made PCs a billion-dollar industry is reinventing mobile computing. You can browse, email and be entertained longer with a tablet that can last up to 10 hours through ARM processor support. Windows App Store offers thousands of apps pre-approved for the highest quality. Windows offers faster boot up times, going from turned-off to logged on and browsing in as little as eight seconds. Plus, you can access your files from anywhere with Microsoft's cloud services.
Using your tablet
Make the most of your tablet
Once you've selected your tablet, you'll want to make the most of it. Take advantage of your tablet's advanced features, innovative apps and the right accessories to get the complete experience, whether you're in the office or relaxing at home.
Tablets for business
Tablets provide many of the features of your office computer in a portable device. Combine with a keyboard accessory and it's easy to make professional-quality documents with apps like Docs to Go. Access to WiFi and 4G networks make it easy to video conference and deliver presentations with programs like WebEx. Best of all, you can do it all on the go.
Connect with customers
Tablets also make it easy to interact with your customers in an engaging and informative way. Trade in a clipboard for a tablet and your employees can deliver a more impressive experience when they talk to a shopper about an offering or get their feedback on a recent purchase.
Home & Family
Tablets can be great source of entertainment and information at home. A tablet puts your email, Facebook, YouTube and more right at your fingertips. Plus, you can check TV schedules, movie reviews and the latest games from your couch. Search recipes in the kitchen with apps like Epicurious or plan your next vacation or shopping trip. With so many uses, your tablet will be a family favorite.
Living the tablet lifestyle
Using a tablet, you'll find it becomes an integral part of your day-to-day life. Take to the gym, to the beach, or enjoy access to the world from the comfort of your bed. Tablets make it easy to schedule your day, connect with family and friends, and keep up with world news. If there's a website you visit or a program you use frequently, you can probably find an app for it and streamline your experience.