Friday, 28 March 2014

iPad 2 your essential guide

Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad 2

You control Apple tablets by using your fingers to pinch, tap and swipe.

Headphone socket
You can plug in any standard headphones here for improved sound quality while listening to music or film and television soundtracks.

The iPad has two cameras – one at the front, which is ideal for video calls and one at the back. Both can take photographs or record video.

This is used for recording sound for videos, and when using voice chat applications.

On-off/Wake/Sleep button
To put your iPad into sleep mode or to wake it up, give this button a quick press. To turn it on or off hold down the button for a few seconds.

Side switch
This has two settings; the mute mode silences alerts you have set for incoming emails, the rotation locks stops the screen moving when you turn the device


Volume buttons
Functions include muting sound and setting volume limit.

Fine for speech but you’ll get better sound using headphones or external speakers.


Home button
Press this once and it will bring up the home screen, where all your apps are kept. Press it twice to switch between apps.


Connector Slot used to charge your iPad as well as connect it to another device such as a PC for transferring content.

 The iPad Mini and the iPad Air have the same physical features as the iPad 2, 
and are operated in the same way.

Common Tablet Terms

Monday, 3 March 2014

Tablets; which one will be best for you?

There are hundreds of tablets on the market taking into account all the different models that each device can have the choice can be overwhelming. However, basically there are only four types; each one has a different operating system (OS). Tablets made by Apple run the iOS 7 systems, while Microsoft and Nokia run on a form of Windows. The most common OS is Android, used on tablets like Google Nexus. Kindle tablets also use the Android system but is a different OS modified to suit their devices. Each OS has its own pros and cons, which I hope to go into in another post.
I have provided links at each tablet for you read more in depth information on Amazon and also a general guide price both in the UK and the USA.
What I’ve done here is pick some of the best tablets available so please read on..........

Value Tablet
The Hudl is a good choice for newcomers to the Tablet world. Stylish made and reasonable priced. It has a sharp 7in screen which is a reasonable size for watching video. It also comes with pop up messages on how to use the device (can be a little annoying), and an help line for any of your questions.
PROS Good for beginners, good screen
Cons Not the lightest tablet available

Best for Screen Resolution
Google Nexus 10 from £299.98  from $370.00
Boasting one of the best–quality screens around, video playback is really good, with its wide display and text is nearly as sharp as print. Good case for gripping so dropping it is a little harder, start up and operation is quick and the life of the battery between charges is good.
PROS Strong performer with good display
CONS It’s not a particularly stylish-looking device.

Best for use on the move
Nokia Lumia 2520 from $499.99
This windows device can be used on the go by linking to 4G mobile broadband giving you more flexibility when out and about. Good design with a 10.1inch screen but be aware that the windows app store at the time of writing is not that well-stocked.
PROS Smart design with a big screen
CONS Relatively few apps

Best for usability
Amazon Kindle Fire HD from £151.20  from $229.00
Easy to use Android operating system, video is excellent and apps work reliably. You have a choice of 7inch and 8.9inch models. All apps are available from the Amazon site, where you will also find some great e-books that you can read on your device.
PROS Reliable with brilliant video
CONS apps confined to Amazon store

Best for compactness
Apple iPad Mini from £226.00 from $298.75
Very well made and compact with a 7.9in display where a lot of other rivals only manage 7in. Operating system is easy to navigate.
PROS Good styling, simple to use
CONS One of the more expensive devices on the market

Best designed
Fairly heavy but has a 9.7in screen, loads of apps available in Apple store and integrates well with other Apple devices.
PROS Lots of apps
CONS On the heavy side and again one of the more expensive devices on the market

Best for keen readers
Kobo Arc 10HD from £318.00 from $369.99
Originally designed just for reading e-book (electronic books) and the 10in is very clear. As an Android tablet, it has access to Androids apps, including one’s available from the Kindle Store and Kobo has announced that its own e-book store is getting larger.
PROS Crystal-clear screen, access to loads of apps
CONS Feels heavy

Best for performance
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1in 2014 Edition from £467.17 from $549.00
A very slick, responsive device with a good-quality screen and comes with a stylus to make life easier using the touch screen. Android version within Samsungs devices is easy to understand.
PROS Processing speed in quick, I like the handy stylus
CONS Sometimes not straight forward to use

Best for Windows users
Microsoft Surface 2 from £479.99 from $343.00
A 10.6in device that is as close to a desktop computer as a tablet can get, also has a USB port allowing you to connect other devices and the option to add a full keyboard.
PROS Big and solid with a useful stand
CONS really heavy compared to other tablets

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A Tablet Can Change Your Life

Tablet image

Powerful, portable and very convenient, tablets are the new generation of computers. You will be astonished at what you can do with it.

During the last year there’s has been an upsurge in the use of portable computers; the old work horse desktop computer is granular losing ground to the tablets and other portable computers. We are now moving into the era of hand held, portable, and powerful touch screen computers. With nearly 13 million bought in the UK alone in 2013, the majority over the Christmas period. One large store chain in the UK are reported as saying they were selling one every 15 seconds during the Christmas season.

It’s easy to see just why they have become so popular. Easy to carry around some even will fit into your pocket, light and easy to use, as powerful as laptops and desktop computers. They range in price from as low as £30 pounds (approx $47USD) to around the £650 mark ($1027USD)(USD are approximation costs), tablets are within the reach of even the smallest budget.

Tablets can be used for just about any task that you would use a Laptop or Desktop.
Here’s just some that I can think of;
·         Buy, read and store hundreds of books on one easy to carry device.You can even get some books FREE!
·         Catch up on TV shows you may have missed.
·         Box sets and blockbuster films are also available were ever you are.
·         Daily newspaper no problem you can even download that to your tablet.
·         Shopping online – easy!
·         Download your favourite music and sound tracks and listen on the go.
·         Talk face to face with your family and friends.
·         Play games - that is when you have a spare moment taking into account all the things you will be doing with your new tablet.
·         Capture those special moments with the camera, edit them and store them in one place.
·         Keep up to date no matter where you are with your e-mails and social networks.
The list can go on forever, if you use a laptop or desktop for your work you can even keep up with this on your tablet.

In short they are marvellous devices and you will begin to wonder how you managed in the past without one.

Tablets are very easy to use and you do not need to have any experience of computers before you get one, in fact your children will be able to point you in the right direction, they are probable using them at school.

If you new to tablets/computers, it can very hard to know what to buy so over the next couple of posts we will try to make this a little easier for you, so stay tuned.

However you will need an internet connection to really enjoy your tablet. The quickest one to have is called “Broadband” which you can usually get via your telephone provider, a word of caution before you go rushing out and getting your present provider to get your internet connection. Competition for your business among telephone, TV and broadband providers is high, so as long as you are not signed into any contract I would advise you to shop around for the best deal you can get. It is for this reason I am not going to quote charges, just remember they want your business so it is you who is in the driving seat.

If I can help I am only to happy to just leave a comment and I will reply as soon as I am able.