What Makes a Tablet a Tablet?
A new era in computer hardware was established in the release of the first generation iPads from Steve
Jobs’ beloved company, Apple, in 2010. Although tablets gained popularity when the iPad was released,
tablets were existing years before that. It is just that the iPad was the first tablet to be commercially
successful in the computer market. Not only that, other companies as well gained from the success of
the iPad while some manufacturers are now looking for cheaper and better alternatives than Apple’s. So
before you sell that old iPad, try to get to know its history.
What Is a Tablet?
A tablet PC is a portable computing device larger than a smartphone or any digital assistant. There is no
standard size for all tablets. The iPad itself has a screen size of almost 10 inches while other tablets have
larger or smaller. If your gadget has an on-screen interface and has no call and/or text function, then
that is a tablet computer.
Some tablets are hybrid: They are part tablet, part laptop because of the detachable or swiveling
keyboard that if you just turn the screen and fold it down, you have a tablet. There is one example that
will make you want to sell your iPad for: The IdeaPad U1. It was developed in 2010 by Lenovo and was
introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It looks like a standard laptop computer, but
if you detach the screen from the base, the laptop turns into a tablet computer on its own. This was
renamed to Lenovo LePad and was launched in China in 2011.
Tablets come in different shapes, dimensions and features. However, one similarity among them is the
on-screen interface and an operating system that runs small applications or programs. Therefore, a
tablet cannot replace the desktop computer or even a laptop, but still, a tablet can stand on its own.
Most of the components inside a tablet are similar to those of a conventional computer. These are all
fitted together inside that small compartment you are now calling a tablet. If the desktop computer has
a central processing unit, the brain of the tablet is a microprocessor. Because of the smaller processor,
the tablet has more space and emits less heat.
Another component of a tablet is the rechargeable battery. However, the lifespan of the battery
depends on the tablet models, averaging from 8 to 10 hours. If you are lucky, some tablets have a
replaceable battery. But for some, like the iPad, once their batteries are damaged, you might as well sell
your broken iPad.
Other than the processor and battery, a tablet’s components include: Accelerometers, gyroscopes,
graphics processors, flash-based memory, Wi-Fi and/or cellular chips and antennas, USB dock and power
supply, speakers, a touch-screen controller chip, camera sensors, chips and lenses.
Accelerometers and gyroscopes determine the way a tablet is positioned by the user. They are
responsible for the portrait and landscape mode of the screens. Graphics processors takes away the
microprocessor’s duty to generate graphics. Wi-Fi, as many people now know, connects you to the
Internet. Your tablet may also have Bluetooth for you to connect to other devices. One thing missing in a
tablet is the fan, so you must not let it overheat.
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