By: Dusty Arlia
Published on Sunday, August 11, 2013, 02:10 PM
Last Updated on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 5:23 PM
Total Updates: 2

Tablet computers are mobile devices that have a touchscreen for an interface. You can interact with tablets using your finger or a stylus. Tablets offer the benefit of using gestures to run commands. Other typical computer input devices like mice and keyboards can be attached externally, but normally don't come with the tablet at the time of purchase. Normal typing on a tablet comes from an on-screen virtual keyboard that dynamically hides and appears when you need to type. Tablets are unique devices in that they are larger than smartphones, but more mobile than your laptop. They are roughly 7 inches or larger in size (measured diagonally). Most tablets come equipped with accelerometers for recognizing movements to the tablet.

Tablets connect to the internet either using a wireless internet signal (Wi-Fi) or a cellular internet signal (mobile broadband). If you use a mobile broadband connection, you will need to pay a monthly service fee to a cellular service provider.

Here are some tablet manufacturers:

  • Acer
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Archos
  • ASUS
  • Barnes & Noble
  • BlackBerry
  • COBY
  • HP
  • Lenovo
  • Microsoft
  • Nabi
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • Toshiba

Here are some tablet operating systems:

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows

Here are your internet connection options:

  • Wi-Fi Only
  • 3G & Wi-Fi
  • 4G & Wi-Fi

Here are your screen sizes (measured diagonally):

  • 7 inch
  • 7.9 inch
  • 9 inch
  • 9.7 inch

Average battery life:

  • 8.5 hour battery
  • 9.5 hour battery
  • 10 hour battery
  • 11 hour battery