10 Essential Tablet Features

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    Don Reisinger

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1. A Large DisplayTablets aren't all that useful when they feature small displays. The Dell Streak, for example, came with just a 5-inch display. The iPad, on the other hand, offers a 9.7-inch screen. Some upcoming tablets, like the Motorola Xoom, will offer 10.1-inch displays. The iPad's screen is the right size for most customers, and moving up to a 10.1-inch display would be just as nice. But going under 7 inches would be a mistake.
The tablet market is set to explode this year as more and more companies bring their devices to the space. And in the process, a significant number of consumers and enterprise customers will be deciding which device -- Apple's iPad or something else -- will adequately deliver the kind of value and feature set that they're looking for. But before those customers determine which device is right for them, they should be prepared with all the facts. They should know what features they need and which might not be as important. They should also understand the major differences between some of the more prominent devices that are either on the market or will be making their way to store shelves in the coming months. Here's a look at what both enterprise customers and consumers should be looking for in their ideal tablet of 2011. Some of the following options will be obvious, while others won't. But in either case, all the following features must be considered before folks plunk down some cash.
This article was originally published on 2011-02-01
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.