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The Tablet Conundrum – Part 5

 

Durability might not be top of your priority list if you’re looking for a tablet, but we’ll take a look at all its facets and explain why we think it’s so important!

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Frankly, we think it’s important that when you suffer an attack of “butterfingers” (as we all inevitably do), you know your tablet SHOULD survive the fall. We think that it’s vital that it still works and charges after you accidentally trip over or snag the cable and pull it out of its power socket while it’s charging. Of course, no piece of technology is completely accident-proof, but there are some things to check if you are (like our design geek) rather accident prone at times, if you’ll be working in a hazardous or dangerous environment, or if the tablet you are buying will be used by children.

If you’re buying a tablet to use in a hazardous environment, such as on a workshop floor or in a kitchen area, there are some things you should consider. Build quality is one. Casing and ports is another. Some tablets on the market such as Sony’s Xperia Tablet S are designed to be splash-proof, which makes them ideal for use in a kitchen or even outside. Close attention is paid to areas such as ports and external sockets, where water, dust and dirt may get in, to make sure they can be covered or sealed as tightly as possible when not in use. Open ports can be a major problem if the tablet is carried around a lot, dust, fluff and dirt from moving it into and out of a bag, for example, can mount up over time and cause problems.

Even the feel and shape of the casing itself can be a contributing factor when it comes to durability. Tesco’s budget tablet model, the Hudl, shows this in action. Its more rounded corners, chunkiness and rubberised finish make it friendlier for small hands; it’s even marketed as a family tablet and there’s a range of accessories to make it suitable for kids such as additional rubber cases and volume limited headphones. In a similar vein, the iPad Air has an aluminium backing, which, while remaining thin and light, provides good protection for the internal hardware of the tablet as it can’t break or crack in the same way plastic can.

If you choose a tablet that’s a bit more fragile, though, there are things you can do to improve its resilience. There are ‘armour’ and ‘shell’ style cases for many of the popular brands of tablet, especially the iPad, which has cases designed to block all the buttons and make the tablet shockproof so that you can give it to a young child without (much) worry. It even has complete enclosures like the “LifeJacket” (made from polycarbonate) that make it waterproof and buoyant for use in the water.

Even the most basic of cases can protect the tablet from knocks and scrapes, and we suggest that if you carry the tablet around regularly inside a bag or pocket, that you invest in a cover that prevents the screen from getting damaged too, such as a lightweight neoprene case (or if you want a sturdier one, they also come in plastic, rubber or leather varieties.)

Next post we’ll be having a look at charging options, stay tuned!

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If you’d like more help, advice or information on choosing a tablet, if you’d like to discuss joining one of our support packages, or if you’d like to talk about anything else IT-related with us, give us a call or drop us an email!

Call us on 0845 234 0580 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk

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