Tablets are becoming increasingly popular and, as this guide shows, they have a lot to offer in both style and substance. However, if you already own a laptop or desktop computer and a smartphone, you may wonder what a tablet has to offer that is different to the hardware you already own?
Tablets are slim and very lightweight, making them extremely portable and easy to carry around in your bag. They are similar in operation to a smartphone, with touch screens and thousands of downloadable apps.
Tablets are perfect for browsing the net, communicating with friends and family, listening to music, watching movies and TV programmes, reading e-books, newspapers and magazines, and playing games.
However, a tablet can also be used for work by downloading the appropriate office software. This versatility gives you the option of being able to do so much more than you can with your smartphone but in a much more portable design than a larger computer or laptop.
Tablets sit comfortably between your smartphone and your laptop. The screen size is larger than a smartphone, making them easier to use for surfing the web, watching movies, playing games or using apps like GPS navigation, etc.
However, their compact size, smaller than a laptop, makes them more comfortable to carry around and more practical for reading or watching in bed, on the beach, on a train etc., when holding a laptop for a long period of time can be uncomfortable or impractical.
This great combination of portability and practicality makes them a popular choice.
On the whole, tablets are more powerful than smartphones. Unlike your desktop and many laptops, tablets are fast to start-up and you can be off and running in no time, wherever you are. They also have a strong battery life, which makes them very practical for connecting and enjoying entertainment or working whilst on the move.
Tablets are more intuitive and easier to use than many laptops and computers. Children or adults who've never used a computer can easily get a tablet up and running in no time.
Investing in a tablet is not going to replace either your smartphone or your laptop or desktop computer, but can make a very useful, versatile and fun addition to your computing hardware.