The tablet computer has made enormous strides in the last few years. Thanks to popular tablets like the iPad*, the thin, touchscreen-operated computers have become the weapon of choice for many computer users as they offer a great experience when browsing the web or using one of thousands of specialized apps.
Tablets vary by their power and operating systems. Processors like the Intel® Atom™ and X86 provide considerable power for the current generation of tablets, and some tablets have dual core i.e. Acer ICONIA, Asus Memo pad, Dell Venue 8 pro or Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 etc.
Tablet operating systems
Most tablets use a special operating system designed to make the most of a touch interface, this gives the tablet the cool interactive feel that makes them fun and useful. A good operating system is an important part of a great tablet computer.
Popular tablet operating systems include the Jellybean or Ice cream sandwich* version of Google Android, mobile versions of Windows 7 and 8, and Apple's iPad OS. All of these operating systems have distinct advantages and disadvantages and all feature proprietary app stores which expand the capabilities of tablets.
Apps include everything from games to specialized word processors and even instruments. Generally, apps make use of a tablet's touchscreen to deliver an experience that a user couldn't get from a typical computer. A touchscreen is a very intuitive control system, so tablet manufacturers try to deliver the most easily accessible operating systems and apps possible to make sure that tablets offer a different experience from what a user would get from a laptop or netbook.
Keyboards and docks
Nevertheless, there are quite a few situations in which a tablet can benefit from the addition of a keyboard or keyboard-equipped docking station. While it's possible to type on the face of a tablet, an attached keyboard can make this process much easier.
Tablets like the Asus Eee Transformer have optional docking stations with built in keyboards which cost extra, but can basically turn a tablet into a full-featured netbook. Apple also sells an optional keyboard for use with its iPad.
Most of the current generation tablets also have forward and rear-facing cameras. These cameras are meant to make it easy to use video-conferencing apps and to take a quick high-res photo. It's another way that tablets differ from traditional computers. Since they're flat and portable, an included camera can be a great feature.
Newer tablets have serious power and numerous apps to take advantage of that power. They're an ideal way to browse the web, read an eBook, or to play games. Tablets are a casual type of computer, although they do have professional applications (especially for doctors and lawyers). They can be extremely engaging and useful and the list of features provided by modern tablets continues to grow.
Intel® Education Tablets:
From classrooms to playgrounds, students can take it anywhere.
The Intel® Education Tablets, available in 7-inch and 10-inch sizes, are designed specifically for education and built to meet students' needs. The multi-touch display and e-Reader software enable students to access rich online content. Ultra-portability allows them to take the device to the field to capture data with the built-in camera and analyze it with Intel® Education Software. They can collaborate with their classmates, while comparing their findings to others on the web.
The new 10” tablet comes with innovative features such as a snap-on magnification lens, which supports inquiry-based learning with close-up views, and a plug-in thermal probe that expands the type of experimentation and exploration possible.
The Intel Education Tablets give students access to a whole new view of their world—right at their finger tips.