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Choosing a tablet.Making the most of your device in everyday life.

Tablet: platforms and processors explained.

Explaining platforms

Tablet platforms and processors

Two main ways to differentiate between tablets is their operating system (OS), otherwise known as a platform, and their processor power.

Currently three platforms dominate: Android, BlackBerry tablet OS and Apple iOS4. Each of these manages their tablet's hardware resources and provides slightly different user experiences. Ultimately your satisfaction will depend upon your tablet's ability to deliver what you want it to do, in a way that suits you. Speed and power define the differences between brands and models, as do the user interfaces that come with them.

So how do some of the more popular tablets stack up in terms of their processor power and their various platforms?

Android 3.1 Honeycomb

Android 3.1 Honeycomb is designed specifically for tablets. With Flash support, you'll get the kind of experience you're used to on a desktop computer. And with access to over 200,000 Android Market apps, there's almost nothing you can't do.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet features the new Honeycomb operating system. It's as close as any Android tablet on the market to the iPad 2. It's also the thinnest tablet currently available.

BlackBerry Tablet OS

The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet houses a 1GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor within its BlackBerry Tablet OS which is based on BlackBerry's own QNX operating system.

With a huge, well-established customer base thanks to its smartphone success, BlackBerry PlayBook is aimed particularly at the business community.

Users get access to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, a rich and growing application ecosystem and compatibility with POSIX OS, SMP, Open GL, WebKit, Adobe Flash and Adobe Mobile AIR.

As the number of apps being developed grows, they are being added to the brand's App World storefront which comes pre-installed on every new tablet.

Visit our Tablet comparison chart to learn more about the features of all the tablets we offer. Or ask our tech experts in store.

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