Last year Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, stated that there will come a day when the tablet market outweighs the PC market. Many people believe this to be true, that tablets will eventually take over the world; the only question is when. Using a presentation of colourful charts and diagrams, Cook predicted that by the autumn of 2013 the world will begin to see these ground-breaking changes in the marketplace.
Developers and engineers have seen opportunities in the workplace; that tablets and their features can facilitate many employees, let alone enabling corporations to cut down on their printing costs to a huge extent. Not only have developers seen opportunities in the workplace, but in education, entertainment and even Government also. The scope for worldwide tablet usage is vast, so it will be interesting to see which tablet will come out on top. Here are some of the top tablets brands which currently exist in the marketplace.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
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The Samsung Galaxy 8.0 offers a medium between the Note 2 and Tab 2 10.1. Samsung tend to be outputting a number of different tablets in different styles and sizes which perhaps could be confusing the average consumer. Ignoring this fact, the Samsung Note 8.0 is not a bad device at all – light, with an easy-to-use OS and super-quick browser; making it the ideal media viewing device. However, for things other than entertainment it is a slight let down. On top of this the design of the tablet looks almost cheap when up against other brands.
Steve Jobs ethos was ‘less is more’, which is definitely true for the iPad Mini. This unique tablet strips down the iPad quite effectively – but at what cost? The iPad mini is perhaps the lightest out of all the tablets on the marketplace, making it the ideal companion for carting around day-to-day. The long battery life is appealing for the average day-to-day user, while at the same time capturing the true spirit of Apple aesthetically-wise. However, some may argue that it is just a little too small and that the low-resolution screen is a bit of a let-down. Nevertheless, if you are an Apple fan you will enjoy the iPad Mini for all its worth.
Microsoft Surface Pro
The best thing about this device is that it is basically Windows 8 within the confines of a Tablet. The pen and bright touchscreen work fantastically and there is also an option to add 2TB worth of storage. The Surface Pro looks the part also, featuring the trademark VaporMg case and two ‘tear off’ keyboards. However, it is slightly heavier than other tablets out there – but if you are prepared to lug around an extra pound or two (and pay an extra pound or two) the Microsoft Surface pro could be for you.
Rating: 8.5/10 – Standout Tablet
Google Nexus 7
The Google Nexus 7 offers top notch features at a beautifully low price; offering the 16GB version for an astoundingly low £159. The Nexus Seven is a seven inch device including the latest version of Android technology amongst a bunch of free Google Play apps. The main problem the Nexus Seven faces is that the apps for Android tablets are too and far between when compared with the apps available for Apple tablets. However when more apps are released for android tablets, the Nexus Seven will become a formidable device; a tablet to be reckoned with.
With the Fonepad, users can experience all the benefits from a regular tablet whilst having the opportunity to place calls also. However, Asus don’t expect users to walk down the street with the seven inch device held up to their ear – that would be missing the point slightly. The Fonepad is designed to be used in conjunction with a headset, or even propped up at your desk on speakerphone. The device functions, looks and feels great from a tablet perspective; but falls short in audio quality somewhat. If you’re looking for a device which does the whole shebang to a high degree, perhaps its best to wait a little while longer and see what Asus are going to release next.
Author: Jen loves her apps on the iPad Mini and is passionate about wanting more tablets to be made. This technology we are seeing are amazing Engineering jobs and forever evolving. So, which tablet takes your fancy and what apps do you like?