Choosing Which Tablet Computer is Best For You

Tablet Computers are the latest technology craze that has everyone excited. These touch screen devices are an interesting hybrid mix between a Netbook and a smart phone. The Internet access is provided through the mobile network similar to a smart phone, while the screens are as big as a Netbook.

The need for the Netbook seemed to arise from people that use their smart phones for business applications and for reading. Many people needed a larger screen to modify documents and to enter data into applications. Nearly every major cell phone carrier provided an answer for the iPad tablet computers.

What Should I Consider Before Purchasing a Tablet Computer?

Tablet and Processor Speeds

Tablet speed is a major concern of many people considering purchasing a tablet computer. Products with 4G technology are currently preferred over products with 3G technology for the improved speeds and upload and download times. Some tablets with 4G technology, such as Samsung Galaxy, have download speeds of five to 12 mbps. Tablet computers on the 3G network, such as the iPad, have download speeds of 3.1 mbps.

In practice, many users notice very little difference in the technology. On the 3G network, Facebook applications seem to load faster. On the 4G network, web browsing is faster. The consumer’s choice will depend upon their intended use for the tablet computer.

The processor speeds for these devices vary. For example, the Motorola Xoom has a processing speed of 1 GHz. This is not as fast as the iPad 2 that operates in the frequency band of 1.8 GHz and 2.5 GHz or the Samsung Galaxy that operates in the range of 2.0 GHz to 8.0 GHz. Currently, tablets such as the Fusion Garage JooJoo do not compare.

Many customers have complained about frequent bugs and crashes which would significantly impede processing speeds. Experts recommend the Dell Streak 7 as the Tablet computer with the fastest processing speeds, but it has a small screen, poor image quality and poor battery life.


In terms of screen size, consumers will find that the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy offer 10.1 inches of screen real estate. By far, the Fusion JooJoo has the largest screen size but the most problems technically.

Consumers may expect 12.1 inches of usable screen space. IPad 2 only offers 9.8 inches of usable screen space, but it is much thinner than its competitors. If you prefer a smaller screen, the RIM Blackberry Playbook or Dell Streak 7 is recommended.

Operating System

Motorola Xoom is the first to operate on the Honeycomb Android network. Samsung Galaxy intends to use this same operating system. The Honeycomb technology allows for numerous ways to organize documents, but many argue that it promotes clutter. Ipad 2 operates on the iOS mobile platform designed specifically for Apple. The operating supports over 65,000 applications, which is currently one benefit of selecting Apple’s product over its competitors.


In terms of price, a 16 GB iPad retails at $629 and a 32 GB iPad retails at $729. The Samsung Galaxy will be offered for $100 less. By contrast, the Motorola Xoom starts at $599. One of the least expensive tablets is the Dell Streak offered at $199.

The Blackberry RIM also has a small screen but retails between $499 and $699. Customers will have to review their budget and specifications to determine which tablet computer has the best value for their needs.

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