Tablet—What Is It?

Much smaller in size and lighter in weight as compared to a laptop, a tablet can be described as a portable and wireless slate-style computer deployed with a smart and user-friendly touchscreen interface.

The idea to create and develop this type of computer can be credited to Alan Kay. He came up with this idea in 1971. Though the concept is not new to the world, thanks to technological advancements, the way it looks and functions today has truly evolved and redefined the way individuals do business now.

Significant technological advancements in display resolution, battery life, memory & wireless web access and handwriting-recognition software have truly made tablets a desirable and more importantly, a feasible computing option for working professionals, especially those who are continuously on the move and want to stay connected with peers.

Best-Known Tablet Brands

Some of the most popular and best-known slate-style tablet brands in the market today are:

  • Apple’s iPad
  • Amazon’s Kindle-Fire
  • Microsoft’s Surface

These brands also offer external keyboards. And did you know that some keyboards also work like docking stations?

Other tablet styles include convertible tablets, rugged tablets and hybrid tablets. Let’s take a deeper dive to find out more about the new tablet styles.

The convertible style tablet offers a display screen that can be rotated to 180° and can also be folded-to-close over a well-integrated keyword. On the other hand, a hybrid tablet is just like a regular notebook but what makes it unique and innovative is the fact that it comes with a removable display which also functions like a slate, independently. Rugged tablets are slate-like but designed exclusively with the purpose to withstand extreme conditions and rough handling. And this is exactly why the rugged style tablet is covered with a thick and hard protective shell. It also features a shock protected hard drive.

Tablet Purchasing Guide

Operating System

The 4 basic types of operating systems are iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry Tablet OS. Though they are all popular, the Android OS developed by Google is the most sought after. Therefore, when buying a tablet, make sure it has the Android OS as it offers greater customisability as compared to others.

Memory

For heavy workloads that require file saving and storing, it is advisable to invest in a tablet that has a built-in large internal memory, somewhere about 500GB, and also comes with a MicroSD card to increase memory size. Small internal memory can limit your ability to save large files, apps and videos.

Wireless Connectivity

In general, all tablets support wireless connectivity. However, how much it supports is the real question, because most tablets support the 802.11b/g specification. This is not adequate if you want to stream videos and download large files. Look for a tablet that supports at least 3.4GHz or 5GHz radio bands. This will provide you with excellent WIFI connectivity.

If you are thinking of buying a tablet, then you’ve come to the right place to buy it. At IT Solutions Singapore, we offer you the finest and the largest range of tablets from the industry leading manufacturers. Browse through our range to see what we have in store for you. Compare and evaluate features of different brands to select the one that suits your business needs and budget.

If you can’t decide which one to opt for, don’t worry! Give us a call. Our team of knowledgeable and friendly representatives are available at your service. Discuss your needs and what you’re looking for and we’ll help you navigate through different choices and narrow down the best options accordingly. We’ll help you make the best and most informed tablet buying decision.