Eco consciousness has long been a topic in the American discourse. Eco consciousness, however, has pertained to ending the use of plastic bags, remembering to recycle waste, composting and eating organic. Little has been discussed about technological eco consciousness. Yet, as the use of electronics becomes ever more common and widespread, the environmental impact, applicability and sustainability of technology is pertinent to consumer eco consciousness.
In 2013, eco tablets will be hot commodities and consumers should read tablet reviews carefully to ensure they are green-friendly. Look for apps available for use, since apps are extremely eco-friendly, as well as green options, like eco-mode to save battery and options for compatible solar chargers.
When it comes to finding a tablet from which you can get the most eco-friendly options, think about the apps available to the particular operating system. Many applications exist to help you track carbon footprint or follow green-only news: iRecycle, an app which helps locate recycling stations for hundreds of materials; Ecorio, which tracks your carbon footprint as you travel; IP Thermostat, which gives you the ability to remotely control the heating and cooling of your house, saving on energy bills. Some eco tablets that run some of these apps include the following.
BlackBerry PlayBook: The BlackBerry PlayBook is a smaller tablet option, with a 7-inch screen. The accessories available for the PlayBook, such as a power-saving charger and many eco-friendly cover options make this a wonderful, compact option for any eco conscious user. A company called Voltaic offers a solar charger for PlayBook, which can also be recharged via wall or car plug.
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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime: This Asus Android convertible tablet is ultra-slim at only 8.3 millimeters. Not only is it beautifully designed, but it can also be turned into eco-mode when not in use, which results in less of a battery drain. Android also supports a huge number of apps –more than 250,000.
Samsung Galaxy Tab: Samsung is well known for its wonderful integration of the Android operating system on its tablets, and they don’t seem to be tapering off in 2013. Well priced, the Galaxy Tab has received great reviews for its value. It is made with an environmentally friendly glass that also boasts improved durability. The Galaxy Tab has received a certificate of “Low Carbon Performance Indication” for its low carbon emission in production. Samsung has a high standard for addressing sustainability in its products.
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Acer Iconia Tab A501: Like Samsung, Acer has a commitment to producing products that meet a particular standard of environmental friendliness. The Iconia Tab A501 also runs the Android operating system and is compatible with AT&T’s 4G network.
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet: Since its inception as a laptop first in 2010, the ThinkPad has been an environmentally friendly product. Lenovo has received a Sustainable Product Certification for their work in creating greener products.
Consumers’ use of tablets is eco friendly by nature, as accessing the Internet via mobile device is much more energy efficient than by desktop or laptop. While manufacturing methods at cheap rates do not allow for products that are the most environmentally friendly, consumer demand for green products will only raise companies’ environmental awareness.
Alex Hepgurn contributed this guest post. He is an engineer with an extensive background in researching consumer electronics. He enjoys sharing his tips and insights about smartphones and tablet reviews on various blogs.