Wowcher’s Guide To: Tablet Jargon!

Life routinely presents questions that we mere mortals can’t even begin to comprehend the answer to – what is on the other side of a black hole? What is the meaning of life? And what’s up with Bruce Jenner’s face? Well we’re always up for a challenge here, and in the quest to cast some light upon another grey area, we present you with the handy Wowcher guide to tablet PC jargon:

Capacitive screen: This one’s easy; just replace the word ‘capacitive’ with ‘receptive’ and bingo, you have one very friendly and responsive touchscreen tablet screen on your hands. That’s particularly ideal for all those tablet gamers out there, as we know Angry Birds can get pretty serious, and you don’t want an unresponsive screen to be to blame for a poor showing.

CPU: To stop us getting bogged down in technical-mumbo-jumbo, just think of the CPU (Central Processing Unit) in the following way. If your tablet PC is a human body, then the CPU is the brain – so we’re talking a pretty important part of your tablet here! After all, a body without a brain is pretty much useless – that is, unless the body in question is coaxed into becoming a contestant on Big Brother. Then it’s amusing for a short period of time. Anyway, back to the issue at hand: generally speaking, the higher the gHz number of your CPU, the faster the processor.

MicroSD: To save space on your tablet, simply store your music, videos and documents onto a MicroSD card, which can be slotted in and out of the device when you need it. Most if not all tablets have slots for these cards and make for a great way to get the most from your tablet.

Operating System: The software on your computer that makes it your computer! Popular operating systems include Microsoft Windows, Android and iOS (used on iPads).

RAM: RAM (or to call it by its full name: Random Access Memory) is the temporary space on your computer for programs that are currently being used. Again, the more the better.

Stylus Pen: Torvill doesn’t win Olympic gold without Dean, Kanye’s a nobody without Kim (wait, ignore that one) and your tablet’s not quite complete without a stylus pen. Stylus pens protect your tablet screen from sticky fingers and help to ensure the screen stays in top condition.

Video Output: Having a video output allows you to connect your TV up with your tablet, letting you watch your favourite films, browse the internet or view your own snaps on the big screen, so there’s no excuse for the entire family clambering around the tablet as if it’s the last remaining source of power left on the planet.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi, or wireless internet to those who have a little more time on their hands to pronounce it by its full name, does exactly what it says on the tin – it lets you surf the web without the wires! If you happen to be in a coffee shop and notice someone wandering about with a laptop in hand asking aimlessly ‘password dude, what’s the password’, they’re either a) trying to get access to the secret dungeon found in every Starbucks café, or, more likely b) trying to connect securely to the wireless network. Secure connection is important, so if you’re getting a Wi-Fi network set up at home make sure you use the proper protection!

And there you have it: a brief but important guide to those words you’re likely to come across when looking at tablet PCs and why they’re important to you. For all the latest tablet PC deals, keep checking the Electronics tab on!