Tablets – Taking the Middle Road

Laptops have large and comfortable screens, but they are bulky and inconvenient to lug around. Smartphones are lightweight, but the screen is too small to read text or enjoy movies and other video. It is this space that tablets have invaded and given users the best of both worlds. It all started with the iPad, but there are more than a dozen vendor offering competing tablets. Here is a brief look at the best tablet options you have.


Tablets have been around for more than 15 years, but they were little more than shrunken computers. They assumed a new avatar with Apple’s iPad. It is currently the most popular tablet on the market. At the same time it is also one of the most expensive. It has a 10.1 inch screen and it light enough to carry in your bag, without feeling it weight.

If you want to find a cheaper iPad, you can buy the previous generation iPad 2. It is still quite fast. It has slightly slower graphics than the latest version, but that difference is hardly noticeable to all but the most discerning eyes. According to reviews, iPad is still the best tablet that you can lay your hands on.

Asus Transformer

If you want more inexpensive options, then you can turn to Asus’ Transformer series of tablets. The latest devices run Android 4.0, which is optimized for 10-inch screens. There are two devices in this series – Prime and Pad. As the name suggests, the Prime is the more expensive tablet of the two. It features a more powerful processor and faster graphics than Transformer Pad.

The Pad is slightly less powerful, but it is lightweight and it does the job very well. If your goal is to access the internet on the go and watch movies and listen to music anywhere, it will do the job for you. On the other hand, if you are more interested in high intensity games, the Prime is the better choice because it will have little to no stutter when you are playing.

Amazon Kindle Fire

If you want a smaller tablet than iPad and Transformer prime, you might want to try out the Kindle Fire. It has a 7 inch screen, which makes it fit into some people’s pockets. Reading books is very convenient on this device. Moreover, you get a free trial of Amazon Prime for a month with each new Kindle Fire. You can watch stream unlimited movies and music from Amazon. If you like the service, you can become a Prime Member of $79 a year.

A persistent complaint about tablets from users is that it is difficult to type for a long period. Tablets are not really meant to edit documents and create content in general. However, if you have a lot of typing to do and you still want to carry a tablet instead of a notebook, then you can use one of the many tablet bluetooth keyboards that are available in the market.