By Brian Gresham

Smart tablets seem to be all the rage in the past few years. Smart tablets are, for the most part, smart phones, but they are bigger; and, in most cases, you do not use them to talk on, but you use them more so as a touch-screen laptop.
Smart tablets do not operate with full programs; the programs are shortened and are referred to as applications, or apps. For the most part, these apps can do all that needs to be done on a laptop but are easier to get around and use, and are a lot smaller.

Smart tablets are used for business or personal reasons, and some people (like me) use them for both. I can run most of my day from mine, replying to emails, creating reports, checking social media, drafting articles, and updating web sites. The work space is a lot smaller, so I prefer a full laptop or desktop to do work, but a smart tablet is very handy when I am not near my laptop or desktop.

I have picked three more popular models that seem to have better features (in my opinion): the iPad, the Galaxy, and the Nexus. They all offer different special features, but for the most part they all are capable of doing the same simple applications.

The iPad
The iPad seamlessly integrates your daily business functions with apps that eliminate the use of paper and related processes, giving real-time information and improving efficiency of office activities. Accessing files from the iPad gives you instant access to all files. You are able to access MS Office, iWorks, create PDFs–all in the moment. You are able to continue working on project even when you are away from your workstation. Apps can assist you in gaining access to your computer and viewing your active and live desktop or working from the cloud or another app that allows you to update your current files. You are able to create forms on the go, attend meetings, take notes, create invoices, manage customers, complete and create reports, give presentations, and a whole lot more. All of the apps needed to smoothly and effectively run a day away from the office with your iPad can be found in the app store in iTunes. Apps range from free to reasonably priced, and there are several variations of each application from different companies. It all depends on your preference (Apple, 2012).

More details on the iPad can be found at www.apple.com/ipad.

  • Models: Available with only WiFi or WiFi and Cellular (AT&T and Verizon networks)
  • Storage: 16 gigs, 32 gigs, 64 gigs (for both models)
  • Size and Weight: Height: 9.50 inches (H) x 7.31 inches (W) x 0.37 inch (D) | Weight: 1.44 and 1.46 pounds
  • Display: Retina display–9.7-inch (diagonal); LED-backlit glossy widescreen; multi-touch display with IPS technology; 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi); fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating; support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
  • Cameras, photos, and video recording: 5-megapixel iSight camera with autofocus and tap to focus; face detection in still images. | Video recording: HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio with video stabilization and FaceTime camera with VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second. | Photo and video geotag.
  • Cost: Starting at $499

For more specs, visit www.apple.com/ipad/specs.

The Galaxy
Boost efficiency with the power of the S Pen™.

Use the S Pen to design professional schematics with variable brush weights and sizes. Create handwritten notes, memos, and presentations. Highlight text, draw fine details, thick bold lines, and free-flowing strokes with remarkably accurate pressure sensitivity. Use Adobe Photoshop® Touch to quickly edit photos with ease (Galaxy, 2012).

This tablet could be a great choice for designers and photographers alike for quick on-the-go edits or while giving a presentation. Even though most creative types insist upon using Apple products, this tablet would give better control if a bulky laptop was not available to shuffle around from presenter to presentee.

S Note: Using S Note templates, the S Pen allows you to quickly and easily create professional documents like graphs, charts, and presentations (Galaxy, 2012).

Personalize: Send personalized presentations by screen-capturing images then highlighting and adding your own handwritten notes (Galaxy, 2012).

For more information, go to  www.samsung.com/us/business/galaxy-tab/GT-N8013EAVXAR.

  • Models: Available with only WiFi
  • Storage: 16 gigs or 32 gigs
  • Size and Weight: 7.1″ (W) x 10.3″ (H) x 0.35″ (D) |1.31 lb.
  • Display:  10.1″ Display | Main display resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels | Main display technology: TFT
  • Video: 1080p Playback Full HD in 1280 x 800 screen @ 30 fps Video Codec: Mpeg4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, Divx, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark Format: 3gp(mp4), wmv(asf), avi(divx), mkv, flv, webm
  • Image: GIF, AGIF, JPEG, PNG, WBMP, WEBP
  • Cost: Starting at $499

For full specs, visit http://www.samsung.com/us/business/galaxy-tab/GT-N8013EAVXAR-specs.

The Nexus 7
The Nexus was designed for Google and Google Play. It is advertised to have access to the largest collection of e-books, millions of songs, thousands of movies and television shows, magazines, and over 600,000 apps and games. The battery life has over 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading, and up to 300 hours of stand-by time. Nexus 7 was designed with gaming in mind. With quad-core performance and sensors (gyroscope and accelerometer), barrel roll then tilt, touch and tap your way to the top of the leaderboards while exploring over 600,000 apps and games available on Google Play. Nexus 7 was built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA Tegra® 3 quad-core processor, meaning everything is faster–pages load quickly, gameplay is smooth and responsive, and running multiple apps is a breeze. A 12‐core GPU delivers rich and immersive graphics while patented 4-PLUS-1™ CPU design gives you processing power when you need it, and battery saving efficiency when you do not (Nexus7, 2012).

  • Model: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth
  • Size and Weight: 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm | 340g
  • Memory: 8 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less), 1 GB RAM, USB, Micro USB
  • Battery: 4325 mAh (up to 8 hours of active use)
  • Display: 7″ 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi); back-lit IPS display; scratch-resistant Corning glass; 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • CPU: Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • Features: Microphone; NFC (Android beam); accelerometer; GPS; magnetometer; gyroscope
  • Cost: Starting at $199

For more specs, visit: https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_7_8gb&feature=single-wide-banner.

References
“The new iPad–Brilliant from the outside in.” Retrieved from www.apple.com/ipad.

Galaxy Tab. Retrieved from www.samsung.com/us/business/galaxy-tab and
www.samsung.com/us/business/galaxy-tab/GT-N8013EAVXAR-specs.

Nexus 7. Retrieved from www.google.com/nexus/#/7/features/google.