April 19, 2012 // By: Christiane Stagge // The Best Tablets for Business
When considering which tablet to purchase, you have the choice of three different operating systems: Apple iOS, Windows 7, or Android. With Google’s Android, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of devices. Their manufacturers try to attract potential buyers with features like interface variety, Flash support, and multitasking; iPad can now run two applications in parallel, as well. iOS5, meanwhile (the latest version of Apple’s operating system), even displays incoming e-mails, text messages, and stock quotations in a small window at the top of the screen – all while you’re browsing the Web, for instance.
In the meantime, iPad’s lack of Flash support has almost been forgotten: Many providers have now optimized their web sites and applications for HTML5 and CSS3, enabling Apple tablets to run multimedia content.
The latest version of Google’s operating system is Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich to those in the know. This operating system is designed to be even more closely tailored to the needs of tablet users. You can use it to create new folders on your home screen, define your own list of favorites at the bottom edge of the screen, and view all open programs in Task Manager. The device also boasts an outstanding feature: It can be unlocked based on facial recognition. Following Apple’s lead, Android 4.0 now supports voice recognition, as well, which makes it possible to dictate e-mails and text messages.
Some Android users complain of irregular or even missing updates. While iPad users can simply connect their devices to their computers to automatically synchronize and update their operating system, Android users receive an email when a new update is available. The main problem is that not all devices support the updates right away.
Until now, tablets running on Windows 7 haven’t been very successful, perhaps due to the fact that most of them are equipped with the less powerful Intel Atom processor. A few of the exceptions include the Samsung Slate PC 700T and ASUS Eee Slate EP121. Another primary issue with Windows 7 is that it doesn’t support touch functionality. Windows 8 should, however, make up for its precursor’s shortcomings following its release this year.