Friday, March 5, 2010

E-Readers, Tablets, & Netbooks, Oh My!

E-Readers, Tablets, & Netbooks, Oh My!

It's not exactly a cell phone and it's not exactly a laptop. So what are all those gadgets that fall in between the two? If you don't know your smartbook from your smartphone, here is a brief explanation of today's popular portable devices.

Netbooks: A netbook is a smaller, cheaper laptop with a lot less power. Screen Sizes generally range from seven to eleven inches and they generally run a Windows Operating System. Most people use them for simple tasks, such as browsing the internet, checking email and social media websites, or creating word processing documents.

E-Readers: These are pretty self-explanatory. E-readers, such as Amazon's Kindle, allow you to read a book electronically. But it's not just for reading books. These devices generally connect to the internet, giving them a computer-like quality. Most people use them for reading on the go!

Tablet Computers: With the recent announcement of Apple's iPad, you may find yourself asking, what exactly is a tablet? These gadgets allow you to read, watch movies, and browse the internet. They start out with screens around five inches and go up (the iPad's screen will be about 9.7 inches) and they generally use touch-screens instead of keyboards.

Smartbooks: Smartbooks aren't as popular as the others but some say they will be soon. These gadgets contain cell phone chips, but don't usually make phone calls. They stay connected to the internet 24/7 and turn on when flipped open. They also usually run Google's Android Software. Screen sizes tend to be around ten inches and they function much like Netbooks do.

Smart Phones: Smart phones aren't your typical cell phones, but you can use them to make calls. They have complicated operating systems that allow you to run applications among other things. The iPhone, for example, is 3.5 inches and has a touch screen, but companies are starting to make them larger and creating new ways to use them.

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