What is a tablet?

The hottest type of gadget these days is undoubtedly the tablet, but many people are still asking themselves: what is a tablet and should I be thinking of buying one? So here’s a quick summary to help you.

Tablets are essentially touchscreen computing devices that are half way between a notebook and a smartphone. While they may look like notebooks without a keyboard, they actually have more in common with smartphones. That’s because most of the modern ones run on the same software that’s used on smartphones, such as Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.

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So you get all the things you expect from a phone these days, but with a much larger screen – typically between seven and ten inches across. This makes tablets much better for things like looking at websites, playing games and watching videos. The drawback, of course, is that they don’t fit in your pocket.

While tablets are typically lighter and have longer battery life than notebooks, they’re less powerful and lack some features. A lot of these are due to the fact that most modern tablets don’t run Microsoft Windows, which means you can’t use software like Outlook, Word and Excel.

Are you tempted to buy a tablet, if so which one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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