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The Tablet Conundrum – Part 10

 

Bluetooth. If you’ve got a smartphone or a tablet, you’ll probably have heard of it. This time in our blog, we’ll look at what Bluetooth is for, and the many peripherals it can support.

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Bluetooth is basically a short-range personal wireless network function. Since its invention in 1994 by Ericsson as a wireless replacement for data cables, it has been through many improvements and iterations. The most recent version is Bluetooth 4.0, or Bluetooth Smart. In addition to “Classic” Bluetooth, and High-Speed Bluetooth, version 4.0 introduced a new type of connection known as BLE or Bluetooth Low Energy, and also improved security. BLE was designed to allow devices that connect and transmit very little information (i.e., smart watches, heart rate monitors or other medical monitoring equipment etc.,) to connect using much less power than a standard Bluetooth device. The result is that some BLE devices can get months, or even years of life, out of one button-cell battery, a very useful option for consumers or businesses who don’t want to be charging their peripheral devices on a daily basis.

The standard range of a Bluetooth device is 10 metres (or 33 feet). Some devices and peripherals allow connections to be up to 60 metres, but most small consumer devices are 10. If you move further away from the device than this, you will likely experience interference or signal dropouts and disruptions.

There are many kinds of Bluetooth devices that you can find to connect to your tablet. Headsets, speakers, keyboards and smart watches are the most popular, as they provide benefits to the user such as hands free, or being able to type on a physical keyboard instead of an onscreen one, which many people are used to. Bluetooth can also be used to connect your device to your car if it is Bluetooth enabled, to give features such as hands free communication or playing your favourite music directly from your tablet through the car’s entertainment system.
For people interested in tracking their heart rate, sleep or exercise habits, for personal fitness and wellbeing or other medical reasons, there are a multitude of devices out there that communicate and sync with your tablet via their own apps, making it easy to track your progress and statistics.

If you’re looking for a new tablet, most of them will come with Bluetooth by default. It can be a very useful feature!

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Check out our next blog for the final entry in this series!

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