Tablet buyer’s guide - Jargon-buster

Below are some of the key terms and phrases you'll hear when buying a tablet with an explanation of what it means.


Operating system: The system used to run a tablet – Google Android, iOS or Windows

Processor (or CPU and GPU): This is the tablet’s brain – how fast it opens and uses apps is and how well it runs games. 

Resolution: How sharp the screen (or display) of the tablet is. It’s measured in pixels and pixels per inch (PPI). The higher the number the sharper the screen and anything over 300 PPI or refered to as Full-HD or Retina is pin-sharp.

Aspect ratio: This refers to the way the screen is laid out. Normal aspect ratios are 16:9 (16 wide divided by 9 tall), 16:10 and 4:3. 

Chassis: The chassis refers to the body of the tablet, what it’s made of and how it feels to hold

Internal storage: How much room the tablet has to store things like pictures, music, apps and movies. It’s measured in GB (gigabytes).

microSD storage: Some tablets let you insert a small card into it to increase its internal storage. This is generally a cheaper way of getting lots of space on your tablet.

Apps: Programs that are specifically made to work on a tablet Facebook. When you open these they take over your screen 

3G and 4G: These let you have internet access while you’re on the move, 3G slower than 4G. You’ll need the tablet to be 4G compatible and you’ll need a 4G contract with a mobile operator.  

Home screens: These are the screens on the tablet that give you access to your apps 

Widgets: Android and Windows lets you add widgets to your homepages. Widgets are windows into apps, for example a weather widget will let you see what the temperature is without actually having to open the app.

Specification (or specs): How well equipped the tablet is. I high spec tablet will have a great screen, fast processor and be made of premium materials. 

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