Jargon Buster

With plenty of technical jargon and abbreviations, shopping for new computer equipment can be a little confusing. To make it easier to find the right tablet for you, here's an explanation of the most common technical terms.

3g A wireless mobile communication technology that can connect your tablet to the internet wherever you can get a 3G signal. 3G refers to the 3rd generation of wireless technology.
Android An operating system developed by Google and found on many tablets and mobile phones. Different versions are available and all have a version number and a dessert-themed name, e.g. Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Android 4.0 Ice-Cream Sandwich, etc. Bigger numbers indicate the latest version with more features than the previous one.
App An abbreviation for application, an app is a software programme that adds a useful function to your tablet. Some apps come pre-installed on your tablet and others are available to download from the relevant app store for your operating system. There are thousands of different apps available for entertainment, news, social media, maps, work and much more.
App store You connect to the App Store to download more apps for your Apple iPad. Hundreds of thousands of different apps are available at the App Store.
Bluetooth Allows you to wirelessly connect other Bluetooth-enabled devices to your tablet. Commonly used to connect an external keyboard to replace the on-screen virtual keyboard, as well as to connect headphones, etc.
Google Play Previously known as Android Market, Google Play is where you download apps if your tablet runs the Android operating system.
HDMI If your tablet has an HDMI connection, you can connect your tablet to an HDTV, using an HDMI cable, and enjoy your content on a big screen.
iOS The operating system for Apple's iPad. It is extremely easy and intuitive to use and gives you access to Apple's App Store.
Operating system The base software that runs your tablet and all the apps. Often referred to in its abbreviated form: OS. The most common OS for tablets include iOS, Android and Windows 7.
Processor The engine that drives the tablet. Tablet processors are designed to allow you to open up multiple apps simultaneously, whilst conserving energy to sustain the battery life.
RAM Random Access Memory or RAM is the space available to run apps. The higher the amount of RAM, the more apps you will be able to run simultaneously. Tablets range from 0.5GB up to 1GB of RAM.
Retina display The new iPad uses a retina display. This has a high 2048x1536 pixel resolution.
Screen size The size of the viewable screen in inches, measured diagonally from corner to corner.
Screen resolution The number of pixels that make up the image on the screen. The higher the number of pixels, the more detail can be displayed and the sharper the text appears.
SD Memory Cards Many tablets come with an SD memory card slot, which can be used to expand your available storage, as well as to transfer files. SD stands for Secure Digital.
Touch screen The touch screen is how you interact with the tablet, touching the screen with your fingers and swiping to open up programmes and move around within pages, etc.
Wi-Fi Wireless network technology that enables your tablet to connect to the internet. This can be done via your wireless router at home or in cafes, pubs, trains and other public places with a wireless network.

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