Work and play on the go with a tablet. Designed for portability, you’ll find powerful options to enhance your productivity and entertainment. Use a tablet to stream your favorite TV programs, monitor your health and stay organized away from the office by working on documents, spreadsheets and more. A tablet is also great for staying in touch with family or writing an e-mail to a friend or colleague.
Which brand is right for you?
Many tablet brands share the same layout, design and media features across devices, which can make navigation and organization easier as you work and play. Whether you prefer to use the same operating system as your other devices, or you don’t mind a little variety, you can learn more about the different features each brand has to offer below.
If you’re familiar with the iPhone, you’ll feel comfortable with Apple’s iOS for iPad. iOS is easy to understand right from the start and offers smooth interactions and intuitive menus. Select iPad models also come equipped with the Siri voice-activated assistant for convenient navigation of the browser and operating system. iPad is linked with Apple’s App Store with their huge selection of apps for the iPad, plus an extensive selection of music, books and movies. If you’re into customizing the look and feel of your tablet, you may find fewer customization options with Apple iOS than with other operating systems.
The Samsung Smart Hub feature allows users to watch movies and listen to music on their tablet, plus sync contacts and media with their smart TV. Using Smart Remote, users will also be able to control their Samsung TV directly from their tablet. Google’s popular Android operating system, with its food-inspired versions (KitKat, Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich), offers an ever-improving interface and a ton of customization options, so you can tailor the look and feel of your tablet. Plus, this makes Samsung tablets compatible with other devices that utilize an Android operating system. You’ll find a wide array of tablet-enabled apps, plus a good selection of your favorite music, books and movies in the Google Play store.
Enjoy the power and flexibility of Windows 10 with a Surface tablet. You’ll be able to access desktop apps, like Word, PowerPoint and Excel, in a small, convenient package. Microsoft Windows users can retrieve files from Microsoft Office and sync contacts, music and more across their Windows tablet, phone and PC. Microsoft tablets connect to other devices with a convenient USB port, and can even connect to the TV through an Xbox. You can also choose from a variety of accessories designed to offer a full computing experience on the go.
Fire tablets use the Android OS combined with the Amazon.com ecosystem for easy buying and downloading of books, movies and music, so you’ll always have your favorite entertainment on hand. Fire tablets allow users to separate profiles for each individual, and see character, artist or other content with X-Ray for music, movies and TV. With the exception of Fire HD, a mayday button provides free on-demand device tech support when it is needed.
A variety of tablets utilize Google’s Android operating systems. There’s a reason this operating system is so popular, and it’s because it offers an ever-improving interface and a ton of customization options, so you can tailor the look and feel of your tablet.
Memory: Random-access memory (RAM) — also called system memory — is important because it helps your processor tackle multiple tasks at once. A minimum of 2GB is required for basic tasks, but 8GB or more is recommended for games and photo or video editing.
Tablets for kids.
- You’ll need at least 5 Mbps download speed when using a single device
- Upgrade to 25 Mbps download speed for 4K streaming content
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