Sunday, 30 November 2014
Friday, 28 March 2014
|Apple iPad 2|
You control Apple tablets by using your fingers to pinch, tap and swipe.
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.
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.
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
Functions include muting sound and setting volume limit.
Fine for speech but you’ll get better sound using headphones or external speakers.
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.
Monday, 3 March 2014
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..........
TESCO HUDL £119
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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