If you haven’t already joined the tablet revolution, chances are you will be soon. Tablets are quickly taking over as the preferred mobile device for casual gaming, web browsing, social networking, movie and TV show viewing ebook reading. But what are the differences between the different platforms? Let’s have a look at the main three.
Windows 8: Windows 8 tablets are a great companion to your desktop computer. Using Skydrive, you are able to synchronise your documents, photos and other files for seamless access at home, at work and at large. The operating system is built for touch use and status updates and other information refresh on the home page tiles, giving your screen a great at-a-glance appeal. One of the biggest appeals of the Windows 8 tablet range is the ability to load your own programs on the desktop mode, giving you complete flexibility to switch between the app-driven home page and the desktop area. This “fusion” of apps and productivity is what gives Windows 8 products its edge.
Android: Google’s operating system is famous for it’s flexiblity and complete customisation. Unlike Windows, which is more of a full operating system, Android is a much lighter and mobile phone-like experience. It’s easy to access common settings, set up widgets to see updated info, and extend your Android phone apps across to your Android tablet. Android tablets are wide and varied in hardware as well – from standard touch tablets, to ones with pens, to ones with keyboards. Google services form a huge part of the Android experience, with Gmail, Google Play, Google Plus, Google Drive, Google Maps and Google Now delivering a dedicated mobile experience across gaming, productivity, navigation and social networking.
iOS: Apple can’t be faulted for vaulting the tablet market into the mainstream with the release of the iPad, and chances are if you are an iPhone user, then you would be looking to an iPad or iPad Mini as your large screen companion. If you’ve used iTunes and the App Store, then you can easily access apps you’ve already purchased, watch and listen to shows and music you’ve bought, and all under the same easy to use operating system as the iPhone. Even if you are a Google services user, if you’re inclined to look at the iPad you’ll be happy to know that most Google Apps are available in the app store and will sync with your Google Account.
As you can see, all three platforms have their distinct character and user experience – Windows with its familiar desktop and program ability, Android with its deep Google services offering and Apple’s iOS with it’s familiar and reliable interface and iTunes/App store content offering bar none. Have a great weekend!