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7 Best Android Tablets that are as Good as iPad?

7 Best Android Tablets that are as Good as iPad?

Comparison shopping for new Android tablets can be quite the process if you are new to tablets and/or the Android OS. The funny thing about tablets is once you have one, you will usually use the heck out of it. However, before the purchase many people struggle to find reasons to justify the purchase. I mean, most people think “I have a smart phone and a computer, where would the Android tablet fit into the mix?”

Just like when you got your first smart phone and discovered that you used your computer a little less for things like email and maps, the same is true when purchasing an Android tablet; you will be more likely to use your tablet for things like Facebook, keeping up on your favorite websites, reading your RSS feed, playing games and general web surfing either while you are home, or anywhere with Wi-Fi. In some cases, tablets can be used as a second monitor for computers, or even to control some of the newer TVs.

That being said, here is a list of the best 7 Android tablets currently on the market in in order of awesomeness by size. Things taken into account were portability, screen resolution, overall usability and the way the manufacturer intended its use.

Google Nexus 7

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    The Google Nexus 7 made by Asus is the tablet all the techie people gravitate towards. The reason for this is that any of the Google Nexus products are updated with the new operating systems sooner than any of the other Android tablets on the market. The Google Nexus 7 has a 7-inch screen with an NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor. The reason this processor is different than most of the others is it uses one core for better battery life when the general tasks are being completed. When playing more graphics-intensive games, the workhorse processors kick in.

    Pros:

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    • Tegra® 3 processor helps give the best of both speed and battery life.
    • Great size for everyday use.
    • Google Device.
    • OS updates sooner than most other devices.
    • Brilliant screen.

    Cons:

    • No rear camera.
    • 1GB of RAM
    • The newest OS updates can be a little buggy at times.
    • No option for SD card.

    Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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      The Kindle Fire HD is a super-hot device with an 8.9 inch screen. (No pun intended.) When getting into a Amazon-based device, one of the most noticeable differences is the lack of the Google Play Store: this is because Amazon has their own Android app store. For users who really have no interest in the Google aspects of owning one of the Android tablets, the Kindle Fire HD is a great choice—you’ll have access to all of the Amazon apps such as the Kindle, Audible and the Amazon MP3/Cloud Player. If you need to have access in areas where there’s no Wi-Fi, you can check out the Amazon Kindle Fire HD at your local AT&T store, as doing so will give you the option to add a wireless data plan to your Kindle Fire HD.

      Pros:

      • 8.9-inch screen makes it the best all-around size.
      • Sharper display than the the 7-inch tablets.
      • LTE compatible.
      • Dual antennas for potential better streaming of media.

      Cons:

      • Less than 1 megapixel front-facing camera.
      • Cannot access Google Play Store.
      • Heavily-customized version of the Android OS

      Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

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        On the  7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab, one of the most noticeable features you lose is the front-facing camera. My personal screen size preference in Android tablets is the 7-inch screen because it’s the most usable overall. In many cases, it can fit inside a jacket or pants rear pocket; it’s large enough to watch movies in full screen; great for reading books, and general web surfing.

        Pros:

        • Available with a 3G/4G option.
        • Rear-facing camera.
        • Very portable and easy to use 7-inch device.

        Cons:

        • 1,024 x 600 Pixels
        • No Bluetooth.
        • Slower processor than the other tablets of similar size.
        • 8 GB of internal storage.
        • No Graphics Accelerator

        Google Nexus 10

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          The Google Nexus 10 is the big brother to the Nexus 7. Most of the features are the same on the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 Android tablets, with the most obvious difference being the 10-inch screen vs. the 7-inch one.The Google Nexus 10 also has a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera. The 10-inch Google tablet also has a Micro HDMI output on it which is nice for plugging it into a TV or projector.

          Pros:

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          • Light for a 10-inch Android tablet.
          • Very thin.
          • Fantastic screen.
          • Great non-slip back.
          • Google Device.
          • OS updates sooner than most other devices.
          • Approximately 10 hours of battery life.
          • Micro HDMI

          Cons:

          • Doesn’t travel as easily as a 7-inch tablet.
          • No option for data plan (Wi-Fi only).
          • The newest OS updates can be a little buggy at times.
          • No option for SD card.

          Asus Transformer Pad

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            There are actually several styles of the Transformer Pads, but we’ll focus on the  Transformer Infinity.  This Asus tablet is unique to the group because it comes with a keyboard docking station. A tablet like this is ideal for business travelers or people with light Internet usage needs who don’t want to spend the money on both a computer and a tablet.

            Pros:

            • Comes with keyboard docks.
            • Is available in Champagne gold in addition to the standard black, white, and gray options used by most other Android devices.
            • Tegra® 3 processor helps give the best of both speed and battery life.
            • 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video recording.
            • two megapixel front-facing camera.

            Cons:

            • Thinnest of the bunch.
            • The connection to the dock can be fickle. It may take a couple of tries to set correctly.
            • The aluminum scratches easily.

            Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

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            samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1

              If the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 seems a bit too complicated, take away the S-Pen, multi screen option and lesser quality front and rear facing cameras. The processor speed diminishes from a 1.4GHz Quad-Core Processor to a 1.0 GHz, Dual Processor. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is more for everyday use than a business tool like the Note is.

              Pros:

              • Can be purchased in 3G or 4G versions.
              • 2 megapixel front-facing camera.
              • Accepts up to 64 GB of external storage.

              Cons:

              • 1 GHz dual core processor.
              • No flash for the rear camera.
              • Headphones use the microUSB port.

              Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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                The Samsung tablets are at the top of the bunch. Samsung has a couple of styles of Android tablets in their Galaxy series: the Galaxy Note 10.1  and a Galaxy series tablet. When you get with this one is the S-Pen: similar to the Galaxy Note 2, this tablet allows you to mark up web pages, edit photos, and use the wand to make handwritten notes and illustrations. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 also has a multi-screen version, which will let you have multiple applications open on a single screen instead of toggling between two screens. This is more of a productivity enhancer than anything else.

                Pros:

                • S-Pen.
                • Run multiple apps side-by-side on the 10.1-inch display
                • 1.9 megapixel front facing camera.
                • Up to 32 GB of external SD card storage.
                • 1.4GHz Quad-Core Processor.
                • 2 GB RAM.

                Cons:

                • 1280 x 800 pixels (same as the Nexus 7, less than the Nexus 10).
                • Some of the functions lag a little bit, specifically running apps side-by-side.
                • Built-in handwriting function is hard to find and not that great.
                • Proprietary charging connection.

                While there are other Android tablets out there, these 7 have proven to be the most popular among users. Keep in mind what you intend to use the tablet for while doing your research, and if you aren’t really sure what you’d like to use the tablet for, go to the store to play around with one, and ask your friends for their input. Get an idea of what is others use them for because, as I mentioned earlier, once you have a tablet you will really wonder how you lived without one.

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                How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                • Microsoft Excel
                • Microsoft Access
                • Statistics
                • Data Analytics
                • Adobe Campaign
                • Quickbooks
                • XML Database management system
                • Filemaker Pro
                • MATLAB
                • Hive
                • FORTRAN
                • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                • SAS

                2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                • Content Management System (CMS)
                • Google Analytics
                • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                • Email Marketing
                • Web Page Design
                • WordPress
                • Digital Media
                • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                • Campaign Management Software

                3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                • Adobe Photoshop
                • Adobe InDesign
                • Adobe Illustrator
                • AutoCAD
                • CorelDRAW
                • Microsoft Visual Studio
                • Maya
                • Microsoft Word
                • Microsoft Publisher
                • Operating Digital Cameras

                4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                • HTML
                • C/C++
                • Java
                • Python
                • XML
                • UI/UX
                • LINUX
                • CISC and RISC architecture
                • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                • Memory Management
                • PCB Layout
                • SQL

                5. IT Troubleshooting

                Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                • Backup management
                • Diagnostics
                • End User support
                • Client-Server management
                • Installation and configuration
                • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                • System administration
                • Tech support

                6. Enterprise Systems

                Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                2. Rule the Social Media World

                a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                b. Canva Design School

                From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                2. Work on Your Efficiency

                Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                3. Look for Shortcuts

                Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                4. Apply for an Internship

                Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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                The Bottom Line

                Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

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