Back To School Guide 2012: Tablets
11/08/2012 | Nicholas Griffin
The summer vacation is coming to a close and now it’s time to start thinking about going back to school or university, but to start you need to think about the tech you are going to bring with you, which can quite often be a heavy ordeal.
That’s why we have started this new segment for all you September starters looking for the best tech to take notes on and play games.
Today were going to talk about tablets, which ones the best, the cheapest or just average, check it all out below and let us know which one you are thinking about buying in the comments below.
The first on our list is the BlackBerry PlayBook, which you may think of being quite pricey, but recently the RIM device has seen a hefty price reduction and you can now pick up the device for a minuscule £129, of course if you want the 32GB model you will have to set back a little extra, as the will set you back a reasonable £149.
The Playbook is just 10mm thin and only weighs 425 grams so is perfect for carrying in your bag, the device also packs a 7 inch LCD display and a multi-touch capacitive screen.
There is also an ARM Cortex A9 dual-core 1GHz processor built-in, alongside which this tab also packs 1GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GBs of storage.
BlackBerry have even created their own OS especially for the tablet which lets it run custom-built applications made for the device, and it even has a wide selection of ports including Micro USB and HDMI.
Next up is the Sony P Series Tablet, which recently seen a price drop much like the PlayBook costing a cool £199 for the 4GB 3G model.
This tablet is defiantly the one for you if you want to perform tasks at great speed all in a nice-looking design, the Sony P has a compact clamshell design which allows it to fold up much like a DS would and easily fit in your pocket or backpack.
The tablet also features Sony’s TruBlack LED HD display, which allows for a controlled refraction of light between the LCD and the screen delivering better colors and image clarity.
The P also features built-in DLNA media apps which let you stream music and films from/to a variety of devices, alongside that the tablet also features 4GBs of in-built storage which can be expanded with a micro SD card.
As I mentioned before the P also features 3G connectivity which sets it apart from Wi-Fi tablets giving it web connectivity whilst on the move, but if you prefer you can still use the in-built Wi-Fi technology.
But probably the best part about this tablet is that it is the first PlayStation Certified tablet device, which allows you to play well know PlayStation titles on the device and can even plug-in your PS3 SIXAXIS controller to further enjoy the gameplay.
Inside the tablet there is a NVIDA Tegra 2 chipset, 1GB of RAM and the Android 3.2 operating system.
However if you prefer a much newer and Google made device, the ASUS made Nexus 7 is for you.
Built with the new Jelly Bean operating system in mind, this £199 tablet features a NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30l Quad-Core processor, 1GB of RAM and of course, Android 4.1 jelly Bean.
Alongside that the Nexus 7 also packs a 7 inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, which of course is a multi-touch display with Gorilla Glass.
The Google tablet also includes 16GBs of memory in-built, with Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC connectivity and a 1.2MP camera.
Next we have the first Ice Cream Sandwich device on the list, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, 7.0 and 10.1 tablets, the 7.0 will set you back around £199 and includes, as you can guess, a 7 inch screen and Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Alongside that the device also includes a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi and a 3MP rear camera with another VGA pixel camera on the front.
If that’s not good enough for you, you could pick up it’s bigger brother, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which can be picked up for around £299.
The 10.1 includes a 1GHz dual-core processor and other specs the same as the 7.0, but of course brings that 10.1 display into action.
Last but not least is the new iPad, which comes with the all new A5 chip, 2048×1536 pixel resolution display and Apple’s iOS 5 operating system.
On the back is a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording full 1080p video, which has been partnered with a second VGA camera on the front.
The new iPad or iPad 3 also includes Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi connectivity and can be upgraded to include 3G.
The Wi-Fi model’s come in three sizes and three prices, the 16GB device is the cheapest at £399, then it goes to the 32GB model at £479 and finally the 64GB model at £559, of course if you want the 3G model you will have to add-on an extra £100 to whichever size you choose.