Guide To Free Tablet PCs With Mobile Broadband
How to get a free tablet pc as part of a mobile broadband contract.
Not long ago, computers were viewed as tiny libraries, having access to boundless worlds but ultimately anchored to a single location. However, with the advent of wireless networks and slimmed down processors, the paradigm of a personal computer has transformed from workstation to mobile accessory.
Fast, lightweight, and flexible, Tablet PC’s represent the initial stages of this new frontier, where information is not a destination you have to seek; information comes to you.
As tablets are a relatively new and easy to use invention, the potential customer base is immense. This demand has resulted in heated competition between tablet manufacturers, with dozens of first generation tablets being released this year.
Many of these tablets are designed to meet the expectations of a specific user base, and determining which tablet is right for you will depend largely on how you wish to use it. By taking into account the following factors, consumers can whittle down their choices to the tablet PC that best suits their needs.
Screen Size and Weight
One of the key decisions a consumer should consider is the size of the display. While tablet screens can range from 5 to 10 inches, most are offered in either 7 or 10 inch displays. Smaller tablets have the benefit of being lightweight and can fit snugly in the palm of your hand.
They also tend to be far more affordable. In contrast, larger display areas provide a better viewing experience for movies, gaming, and video chat. A 10 inch display screen also provides more legible text for reading literature and browsing the internet.
One of the essential features of any tablet PC is multi-touch capability. Multi-touch allows users to input several commands at the same time. It can read a variety of different gestures such as sliding and window expansion, which make for a smoother browsing experience.
Multi-touch is also excellent for editing, contrasting, or restructuring files, as well as performing tasks across multiple applications.
Much like with retail computers, tablets are sold in tandem with a specific operating system, the most common of which being the Google Android OS and the Apple iOS. Potential consumers should familiarize themselves with the use of each operating system and choose the one that works best with the tablet architecture.
For example, buyers of Android tablets in particular should make sure the tablet comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, as earlier versions of the software were designed for smartphones rather than tablets. Running the latest version also gives users access to the most recent applications.
Affordability in the UK
As it is with most consumer goods, products offered by leading brands such as Samsung, Motorola, Apple, Dell, and LG will typically cost more than low-end tablets. For most casual users, however, the brand name parts and bestial hardware is superfluous, as they intend to use the tablet for light internet browsing and electronic books. In that case, a lower end tablet is more than adequate. However, low-end users should make sure that the product comes with reliable internet connectivity. Tablets with only Wi-Fi connectivity, for example, are not ideal for even casual users who want to browse the internet on the go.
Durability and Ergonomics
Given that tablets are designed for people on the move, durability may be a concern. Frequent travellers may expose their tablets to repeated shocks and jerks as they manoeuvre through busy metropolitan areas. Purchasing a tablet with a strong chassis can help prevent aesthetically harmful chips and scrapes, and more importantly, damage to the internal components. Generally, higher end models are manufactured with more durable parts, although cheaper models can be backed with a warranty.
A tablet should also be ergonomically sound. Considering how many hours it will spend in your palms, it should be easy to hold and have a suitable front and rear grip. Some manufacturers construct their tablet with an easy to grip rubber backing, while others prefer to use a non-slip metal casing to prevent tablets from dropping from a consumer’s hands. It’s a good idea for any potential buyer to hold the device both vertically and horizontally in order to gauge their comfort level.
As most laptop owners know, the length of a machine’s battery life hinges largely on how the device is used. Watching high definition movies or raising the brightness settings can significantly decrease battery life. Conversely, doing light office work or internet browsing will consume little energy. Therefore when determining how much battery life is required, you should contemplate not only how long you need to make use of the tablet, but how much stress you will put on the machine during that period.
For instance, for a battery that is estimated to last 6 to 10 hours, individuals who merely want to browse the internet can safely assume that the tablet will be good for at least 8 hours, whereas a heavy user may experience half the battery life. This allows light users to purchase tablets with smaller batteries, which in turn can decrease the overall weight.
Most tablets provide flexible storage. In other words, while the internal storage may be limited to 16, 32, or 64GB, external microSD or SD expansion slots may be available for those looking to upgrade space or swap data. However, some tablets, most notably the Apple iPad, have eschewed expansion slots and USB ports on principle in order to focus on wireless data transmission and device connection.
For those who wish to buy tablets without expansion slots, it’s important to consider how much data they will likely consume. Those who save large video and music files are better off opting for more storage. In contrast, those who stream data may opt to save money on storage and spend it on a faster wireless plan.
Making a Decision
Ultimately, the best way to come to a decision is to weigh all these factors into consideration. Consider how often and how long you will use the device, and for what applications. Determine which features are necessities and which you can do without. This applies not only to services people use today, such as streaming flash video, but services that will likely be popular tomorrow, such as video chat.
Check user reviews of where the device met, surpassed, or failed expectations, and whether those idiosyncrasies matter to you. With so many tablets on the market, it’s probable that there is one out there which suits your financial and computing needs. By going over the specs and taking into account for whom the tablet was designed, you can whittle down your list to the tablet that best suits you.