At the beginning of 2010 the Apple company presented to iPad – the revolutionary device which actually revived long ago the "bent" segment of similar devices. You should not think that iPad became the first representative in the niche: since 2000 various companies in every possible way (but it is unfortunately unsuccessful) experimented in the market of tablet personal computers, generating, laptops with touch displays, devices with the sliding keyboard, something reminding the modern tablet. In general, form factors were different. As a rule, as a program platform Windows XP or Windows Mobile, CE was used. Similar devices were archaic already at the time of their release, and and to you it is not necessary to speak about any convenience of work. So this class of devices was not popular.
In 2010 Apple announced the first tablet. As it appeared, in the company it is very thin experienced market condition: the device . Moreover, this tablet made revolution in the market, having formed a new segment of devices – Internet tablets. After ipad'om on the market the wave of alternatives from third-party producers rushed. At each exhibition, since CES and finishing CeBIT, producers announced on some new tablets. By today in the market (even Russian) such variety of tablet personal computers accumulated that the simple consumer can become puzzled at a choice of the similar device. But my material at all not about what tablet to choose.
The matter is that I noticed an interesting tendency on open spaces of various technical forums: people even more often ask a question "What to buy: tablet or netbook?". In some places the dilemma between and the tablet meets even. I will try most well to help doubting to choose one or the other devices.
So, we will begin.
Difficulties of a choice
Comparison of two different classes of devices on the one hand reminds recklessness since each device is directed on execution of the concrete functions, and to compare, suppose, the smartphone and a microwave nobody will be. But the tablet and the netbook is such devices which partially duplicate or otherwise interpret functions of each other, and the level of convenience of execution of identical functions on these two devices different and it is caused by many factors.
First, operating system (OS)
. It is known that netbooks generally are based on from Microsoft (Windows Vista, Windows Se7en). Also there is a possibility of post-installation of kinds of Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Linups), and especially severe geeks impart with the world experience of installation on Hackintosh netbooks (the cracked MacOS X version). Thus, the netbook on the preset operating system is similar to the personal computer and laptops. But readers of InfoAdvisor.net need to understand that in a case with tablets a situation a bit different. Certainly, there are tablets on Windows 7, especially reasonable producers also preset certain "tach-cover" over the virgin version of OS. But no cover hiding UI of system can hide wretchedness of management of third-party software by the touch screen. The matter is that Windows-programs are not adapted under touch management at all. And with regular software a situation exactly the same. There are problems with daily household use therefore such devices are not popular. Fans of Windows need to wait for start in sale of tablets on promising (from the manufacturing company) Windows 8.
The most bought tablet (about 70% of the market) was and there is iPad (now iPad 2/The new iPad) which is based on iOS – to proprietary mobile OS from Apple.
From Kupertino the producers entering the market with tablets on the basis of Android OS eternally seek to catch up with a child of the company. "Tablets" on this OS at the moment there was a huge number. Each vendor respecting itself tries to occupy this niche, "to snatch" to itself a slice of this delicious pie. Unfortunately, very seldom producers have really high-quality, convenient and pleasant tablets in use. As a rule, it the devices in itself possessing a large number of "noutbuchny" attributes like USB, HDMI sockets, lack of charging on USB, etc. Such "machines" do not fit into the general spirit of the age, do not fit into concept of the mobile tablet in general. But along with it there are quite qualitatively made tablets on the Android, for example, of the device Samsung, Asus, HTC. To the announcement of Android 3.0 Honeycomb on February 22, 2011, tablets let out on the "smartphone" version of this OS – Android 2.2. The only decent tablet on this version of OS was and there is Samsung Galaxy Tab in view of the fact that in the company very qualitatively remade the interface for convenient work with it on 7" the screen. With Honeycomb exit, and now and Ice Cream Sandwich, "injection" on the market of a new wave of tablets, already on specially developed, tablet Android version took place. And sold the smallest number of tablets in view of besides short-sightedness of producers, incorrect positioning, weak presentations, unreasonable marketing and other factors became successful.
Except above-mentioned OS tablets are also based on open MeeGo system (2 tablets in the market), HP Web OS (the proprietary system of the HP company, is a program platform for HP Touch Pad) and BlackBerry Tablet OS preset in BlackBerry Playbook. Each OS gives to end users different opportunities in respect of execution of these or those tasks. The box model of use (without installation of additional software) at all tablets is approximately identical. Opportunities in respect of installation of additional programs and games are widest at iPad with its iOS, and worst of all with it at HP Web OS, BlackBerry Tablet OS and, of course, MeeGo.
The following aspect distinguishing the tablet from the netbook is a form factor
. The tablet in this plan more mobile because is a monoblock, but not "folding bed" as the netbook. Nevertheless, many prefer the netbook to the tablet in view of existence of the full-fledged physical keyboard thanks to which it is many times easier to solve various office problems, for example, to fill in tables or to print volume texts. Here the moment very subjective because at special skill on 10" the tablet with variable success too it is possible to touch-type, at least, even if to look at keys, quantity of mistakes will be minimum in view of quite large size of keys. Also at the press on the tablet it is much more convenient to look at once at the printed information on the screen, than to raise eyes up to the display on the netbook (it is not so important for the readers who mastered it). The form factor is very individual aspect. It cannot be carried to unambiguous pluses or unconditional minuses. For the people loving golden mean the devices similar to Asus Transformer or Slider combining and the touch display are developed for interactive and dynamic work with content, and the disconnected keyboard which can be necessary in case of total editing large office documents.
The next moment is the hardware
. It at netbooks and tablets considerably differs. The netbooks working at base of more pretentious, computer OS, respectively, demand more resources. Thereof now practically all netbooks are equipped with rather productive processors, a large number of random access memory and that the most important, large volume of internal memory (ROM): hard drives can vary to 1 terabyte, SSD, as a rule, does not exceed 128 Gb. Tablets, certainly, cannot compete with such volume of the hard drive and a maximum which they provide to users, is equal 64Gb. As for the processor, now in a trend to preset binuclear chips in the tablets (also the stream of chetyrkhyaderny tablets on the basis of N-Vidia Kal-El soon is expected). However, it is necessary to notice that mobile OS are not so exacting to resources therefore the speed of their work on tablets (especially in the presence of very high-quality optimization which is available, for example in iPad) very much and is very decent.
Realization of functionality
Each OS provides the level of convenience in performance of various tasks. And each OS has both critical shortcomings, and exclusive advantages. Dispute on a choice of OS can drag on for ages, and I want to consider the netbook and the tablet as a segment of devices, in a separation from the producer and the preset operating system.
The box model of use at the netbook is richer and more various, it is caused by enormous quantity of software for Windows. However, readers Mirsovetov should understand that hardware characteristics of the netbook limit possibility of use of some programs and games, but the softovy base is all the same very rich. On this background the tablet with, apparently, smaller quantity of software, but the guaranteed start on it all programs, for it developed is allocated. Besides recently in shops of mobile applications appears more and more analogs of the computer programs which are successfully copying their functionality.
The tablet personal computer in use is convenient to that the user, thanks to the touch screen, is in continuous interaction with the events on the screen. It is extremely useful in many tasks, such as "surfing" on the Internet, in games, in work with a photo, reading literature, both art, and periodic.
Favorable difference of tablets also is almost instant inclusion that opens access to the main functions practically at once, without expectation of loading of OS or an exit from the dream mode.
The netbook in view of existence of the keyboard is convenient everywhere where this keyboard can be useful, that is, as a rule, in office tasks, social networks, instant-messengers and so forth. To watch video, I consider, it is equally pleasant on both devices, except for two nuances: the netbook, in view of existence of full-fledged OS, in respect of video is omnivorous, but owing to small time of autonomy over 3-5 hours will not allow you to damage eyesight. The tablet with the first advantage of the netbook copes quite simply – by installation of third-party video players, and with autonomy at "tablet" more and more than remarkably: you can "kill" your eyes till record ten o'clock in a case with iPad.
As a conclusion …
I tried to bring readers to that in the final account you should choose between two of these devices. And it oh, what difficult task. First of all it is necessary to kopanut deeply in itself to find undercover desires and requirements from future acquisition. And already it is also worth making a start from these requirements at a choice. You need the mobile device with the big screen and good autonomy for Internet surfing and viewing of video? Your choice – the tablet. Edit text files much? Feel categorical need for the physical keyboard as fiercely hate touch screens? In that case, it is better to look towards the netbook. Personally I consider that it is necessary to have also that, and other device. Sooner or later you will understand that completely will not be able to replace this or that device anything, except the same device. In the presence of the tablet and the netbook you will use both devices depending on the arising requirements. But I want to repeat once again: any choice of the device is extremely subjective and individual. No manual or article can tell in all completeness to you that it is necessary for you. Successful acquisitions!