Tablet Glossary

The term 3G refers to the 3rd generation of mobile communications technology. Compared to previous technologies, 3G delivers enhanced audio and video streaming, high-speed Web browsing and more. To use 3G, a device must be 3G compatible.
The term 4G refers the 4th generation of mobile communications technology. Names of popular 4G mobile technology include LTE and WiMax. Compared to 3G, 4G offers high-speed enhancements for faster video streaming and Web browsing. To use 4G, a device must be 4G compatible.
Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google and can be found on many tablets and mobile phones. Android is open source, meaning developers can modify and customize the OS for each mobile device. Naming conventions for each version includes number and dessert name (ex. Android 2.0 Eclair, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich).
Short for application, an app is a software program that runs on your tablet, computer or smartphone. Apps are most often downloaded directly to a device via the Internet. Popular app types include maps, productivity tools, games, social media tools, news, music and more. Many apps are free. Full versions of apps may have a one-time fee.
Battery Life
The amount of time, usually in hours, of a tablet/e-reader being able to perform on a full charge without electricity. Battery life will vary depending on the product configuration, product model, applications loaded, power management setting, and the features used. As with all batteries, the maximum capacity will decrease with time and usage.
Bluetooth is a technology that allows data to be shared wirelessly between two or more Bluetooth-compatible devices. It is often used for short-range connections between wireless headsets and mobile phones or tablets for hands-free conversations or listening to music.
A cellular network is a communications system distributed over land areas via cell towers. These networks can be used to access the Internet on tablets, mobile phones and mobile hotspots. Popular cellular networks include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Tablets can gain Internet access using a cellular network or via Wi-Fi.
ePrint is a free mobile printing technology from HP that allows you to print documents and photos to an ePrint-enabled printer from most e-mail–enabled mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops.
A portable electronic device mostly designed for reading books and magazines and for light Web use. E-reader screen sizes range from 6 to 8 inches and come with black and white or color screens. Popular brands include Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.
A portable device that connects to a cellular network and broadcasts Wi-Fi signals to compatible Wi-Fi–enabled devices such as tablets, e-readers, laptops, mobile phones and portable gaming systems.
LTE, or Long Term Evolution, is a 4G wireless communication network that's designed to provide high-speed broadband to mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones, laptops and wireless hotspots.
Mobile Broadband
A term used to describe wireless Internet access through a modem or mobile phone to a portable broadband-enabled device such as a tablets, laptop or gaming system.
Operating System
The master software that controls hardware functions and provides a platform on top of which any software applications will run. Commonly used operating systems for tablets include iOS, Android and Windows 7.
Screen Size
The size of the viewable screen, in inches, measured diagonally from corner to corner.
Storage Capacity
The maximum amount of data and software a tablet can contain expressed in gigabytes (GB). Storage capacity can be increased in some models by installing microSD cards.
A portable, wireless computer that uses a touch screen as its primary input device. Most tablets are smaller and lighter than the average laptop computer. Popular tablet screen sizes range from 7 to 10 inches.
A wireless networking technology that uses radio waves to provide high-speed Internet and network connections to tablets, mobile phones and portable gaming systems. Some businesses and public libraries provide free Wi-Fi connections. A Wi-Fi connection can also be shared using a Wi-Fi hotspot.