The hybrid PC combines the features of a standard PC and a touch pad. A good compromise for a user possessing neither one nor the other of these devices.
This is a PC whose screen and keyboard can be detached as the Surface Pro Microsoft for example.
The touch pad is in the form of a screen, which is used without a keyboard, in the same way as a smartphone. The most popular models:
- Apple iPad,
- Samsung Galaxy Tab.
This is an intermediate device, ideal for use simple functions, or in addition to a fixed computer.
On a convertible tablet, the operating system is equivalent to that of a conventional PC. The models are usually equipped with Windows 8. The advantage: the possibility of installing heavier and more powerful programs.
On a conventional tablet operating systems are less powerful, but the choice is more varied:
- Windows RT
Compatible software applications are generally identical to those of smartphones, and often optimized for a larger screen.
Office applications and games
The possible uses of a tablet:
- Games designed for mobile,
- Social Networks
- Internet browsing,
- digital books and magazines,
- Viewing emails.
Hybrid PC suitable for more advanced uses:
- Professional office suite (Microsoft Office supplied Windows RT)
- Photo editing and graphics creation,
- Games designed for PC.
As smartphones, conventional tablets come with limited storage capacities:
Hybrid PC can allow up to 256 GB.
It is also possible to add a shelf memory card. Windows tablets used with a Microsoft account used to also have a storage 7GB of storage SkyDriveLe many data and / or bulky, however optimized for hybrid PC:
- Photo Albums,
- Multipage documents.
More compact and lighter than hybrid PCs, tablets are more advantageous in case of frequent transportation:
- Average weight of a hybrid PC: 1.5kg
- average weight of a tablet: 700 g
But once the keyboard detached hybrid PC, the size and weight are identical to those of a touch pad.
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