What Is a Tablet?

What Is a Tablet?

Basically, a tablet is a mobile, touchscreen computer.

Do you know what a laptop is? Picture a laptop without a keyboard or touchpad, leaving only the LCD screen. That is essentially what a tablet is: a portable touchscreen computer.

Note: Throughout this guide you’ll see the term “tablet” and “tablet PC” used frequently. These terms both mean the same thing; the “PC” suffix stands for “personal computer”.

A big factor in the popularity of tablet PCs is mobility. Because of their small form factor, which is a size sweet spot between a cell phone and a laptop, tablets are nearly as portable as a large book. This small size also enables the devices to weigh much less (on average) than a laptop.

Tablet Virtual Keyboard

The Inside of a Tablet (The Guts!!)

Tablets contain most of the same “guts” that laptops feature:

Processor: The processor is the brain, it performs the instructions we tell the tablet to do. The faster the processor, the faster our instructions are completed.

System Memory: The system memory is the short term memory, similar to your own consciousness. It remembers what apps you have running, and other small details.

When you turn off your new tablet, just like when you or I go to sleep, the system memory is wiped clean, in preparation for the next boot up.

Hard Drive: If the system memory is the short term memory, than the hard drive is the long term memory. The hard drive remembers everything you save to it so you can view it again later.

In this short video, an old Android tablet is taken apart revealing all the good stuff.

The End: Now You Know

Now you know what a tablet is! Still confused? Take 5 minutes, scroll back up to the top of this page, and give it 1 more read. Then, if you still have a question, ask it in the comments below.

Now, time to move on. Click the link below to continue on to part 2: Tablet Vs. Laptop Vs. Netbook.