We've come a long way in society since Moses wrote the Ten Commandments on stone tablets. Now there are dozens of mobile tablet devices to choose from that not only allow you to write, but read books, surf the web, access email and listen to music. with tablets gaining steam, how do you know which one is right for you? They aim to answer that very question in the latest issue of PC World
. PC World compared Apple's operating system with the BlackBerry Tablet OS and Android 3.0 in several categories: Home Screen, Mail, Web, Multimedia, Apps, and Best Overall. The writer felt the Android 3.0 had the advantage as far as home screen functionality and web browsing capabilities, and mail. She felt the other tablets were too static in those applications and Androids smooth transitioning and practicability in the way it handled files
outweighed the others.
No one tablet stood out as having a clear advantage as far multimedia functionality. iPad's strength is in its integration with the iTunes, but there is no drag and drop feature for for adding music, you must perform a sync. There was no Music Beta
at the time of the writer's tests, but she states the ability of Android users to shop at various stores to music. On the downside, there is no dedicated video player and videos are stored in the Gallery with photos. The BlackBerry tablet has the ability to output 1080p video to a television and still allow users to access to the web. Vertical images may have trouble rotating horizontally, however. Not surprisingly, the iOS 4.3 had the advantage as far as apps is concerned. More than 18% of of the apps in Apples iStore are optimized for the iPad. Android has a hundred-plus apps optimized and if you've used a BlackBerry device then you know some of the apps aren't that great.The best overall tablet OS wen to Apple's iOS, even though Android had the advantage in several categories. When Android fixes it's drawbacks and more apps become available, then the author believes it will be in a dogfight with Apple. Other tablets that were mentioned include: Galaxy Tab, TouchPad, G-Slate, Azpen, Iconia Tab, Flyer.As a music producer, I am interested in the development of these tablets. Their portability
make them ideal for production set-ups when traveling or transferring material from your home setup to the studio. Also they would be great for using on tour. Apple has already positioned its iPad as musician friendly in some of its commercials, we'll see how many other tablets follow suit.