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New Affordable Back to School Tablets for College Students 2013 - 2014

Updated on January 2, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a great device for those who want something that is small, can fit in a pocket or purse, watches videos, uses a lot of applications and needs a lot of functionality.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a great device for those who want something that is small, can fit in a pocket or purse, watches videos, uses a lot of applications and needs a lot of functionality.

College students of the past had to deal with much less sophisticated technology than what’s on the market today.

Their bulky desktop computers forced them to be locked inside wherever they were living to complete their assignments.

Portable computers are a relatively new innovation when the entire history of this part of the technology sector is considered.

Laptops even have their share of drawbacks when you consider the fact that they usually have to be carried in their own case.

Tablets are better in that you can cart them around in their unadorned form.

It’s a wise choice to purchase a protective case that allows them to absorb a certain amount of impact

Innovations in the Tablet Market

Since Apple release the iPad, slight innovations have trickled into the marketplace that has made what was originally a great product even better.

One of the most promising appears to be retina display, which means that it’s virtually impossible for the naked eye to pinpoint any pixels on the screen.

Most tablets on the market today do not have this feature. It has become so in demand since it came out that it will become a mainstay among all the tablets that are out today.

The resolution of most tablets is already high to begin with. It seems that the graphics continue to improve with each subsequent release.

The newest tablets produce visuals that are a sight to behold.

The tablet marketplace boils down to products that run on both the Android and Apple operating systems.

Biggest Differences Between Android & Apple

The main difference between these two operating systems is the fact that the only products that run on Apple’s operating system are what Apple releases.

Android products are dime a dozen because Google, the caretaker of the Android operating system, chooses to let other manufactures use it for their products.

Microsoft is trying to come out with their line of products that runs on the mobile version of Windows, but it looks like those products aren’t gaining much traction when put up against their more prestigious counterparts.

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What Applications do you use?

Whether we want to admit it or not, applications are the biggest reason why people invest in the mobile technology that’s available today.

There are two marketplaces where the users can outfit their devices with everything they need.

Sometimes applications appear in all of the marketplaces, but there are instances where an application is in one marketplace but not the others.

The App Marketplace Will Impact your Tablet Experience

The Microsoft marketplace is rising through the ranks; however, it’s nowhere near what you can get with any of the other marketplaces.

It all comes down to the ability of the application creator to engineer an application that’s capable of operating on all of the tablets out there.

5 stars for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Size Does Matter with Tablets!

One thing that has to be sacrificed when you make the switch from laptops or desktops to tablets is the size of the screens.

Sometimes a tablet is able to have a large screen while also never sacrificing the portability of the item.

The same thing goes for the weight of the item in question.

You would think that a few ounces different here and there wouldn’t make a difference.

It’s important to look at the weight being taken off based on the overall weight of the item.

When an item weighs only a pound, it’s going to be noticeable when a handful of ounces are taken off of it.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-B1 32GB 10.1-Inch Tablet
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-B1 32GB 10.1-Inch Tablet

What Can Your Tablet Handle?

Every tablet seems to have a different processor.

Determining the value of each of these processors depends on the preferences of the people who are using the tablets.

The differences between each of these processors are almost insignificant that they’re hard to perceive which one is the best.

It all comes down to the amount of gigahertz each device has.

Apple’s iPad ranks as perhaps the most smoothly running device that’s out there today.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet has similar or better performance schematics than the iPad.

The problem is that the Microsoft tablet is weighed down with all sorts of stuff that makes it much less streamlined as Apple’s device.

When Buying a Tablet, Keep It Simple Stupid!

Simplicity is the name of the game.

The people who decide that a tablet is for them want to leave the highly structured confines of laptops and desktops don’t want to be confronted with the same roadblocks.

They want a device that’s going to throw all those things by the wayside in favor of something far more convenient and portable.

Some laptops have come onto the markets that are more streamlined, but they aren’t streamlined enough to equal up to the level of tablets.

Your best bet if you want something that’s as convenient as possible, you should buy one of the best tablets out there today.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet
Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Getting a Quality Tablet without Overpaying

One of the biggest misconceptions attached to purchasing a tablet is that is at the higher end of the pricing spectrum.

While some of the more expensive tablets have their share of advantages, there are some lower priced tablets that have the potential to give their customers everything they need.

It’s important that you evaluate the value of a tablet based on its level of functionality and nothing else.

The lure of the major brands might seem like it’s too hard to ignore.

You always have to remember that there’s nothing wrong with going with a lesser known brand if it means you can afford the tablet you’re considering.

A simple cursory analysis of the tablets will bring some clear contenders to the top of the pack.

Apple will always be a company that you need to pay attention to, but many of the Android tablet manufacturers are coming out with products that are worthy of your consideration.

You would be surprised at how many benefits one of these devices could bring to your studies.

It’s essential for anyone who wants to get the most out of one of these tablets is to avoid spending too much time playing one of the games available on these devices.

You can play games every so often, but it shouldn’t limit your overall level of productivity.

© 2014 James Richton

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