The world of tablet PCs is full of jargon and terms you've never heard of before. We've tried to cut through the techno-babble and explain the terms you need to know.
- Operating system: An operating system (OS) is a collection of software that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer programs. The operating system is a vital component of the system software in a computer system. Application programs require an operating system to function. Examples of popular modern operating systems include Android, BSD, iOS, Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, and IBM z/OS
- Accelerometer: A device that detects the physical movements of the tablet. This allows greater flexibility of use since tablets do not necessarily have a fixed direction of use. The accelerometer can detect the orientation of the tablet relative, and movement of the tablet, both of which can be used as an alternative control interface for a tablet's software.
- Ambient light and proximity sensors: Are additional "senses", that can provide controlling input for the tablet.
- Storage drive: Large tablets use storage drives similar to laptops, while smaller ones tend to use drives similar to MP3 players or have on-board flash memory. They also often have ports for removable storage such as secure digital (SD) cards. Due to the nature of the use of tablets, solid-state memory is often preferable due to its better resistance to damage during movement.