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What’s The Difference Between Laptops, Tablets & iPads?

What is the difference between
1. Ipad
2. laptop
3. tablet
4. Ipad air

Let’s start off with the differences between a laptop and a tablet. A laptop or notebook computer is a portable fully functional PC or Mac that comes with an attached keyboard and runs full versions of the Windows or OS operating system. These devices can be used on or offline. They may or may not offer a touchscreen.

A netbook is a smaller Windows device, that also comes with an attached keyboard that is designed for accessing the Internet.  A Chromebook is a device designed for accessing the Internet using the Google Chrome operating system. It functions using Apps from Google and needs to be online for optimum use. A Chromebook also has a built-in keyboard.

A tablet is a device that functions using a touch screen. You may have the option to attach a keyboard, but a keyboard generally won’t come with the tablet. The most popular operating systems for tablets are Android and iOS. A Nexus, Kindle Fire and Nook Color are all different kinds of Android tablets.

When you use an Android tablet, you find apps (applications or programs) for your tablet in the Google Play Store. Kindles and Nooks run a specialized version of Android and offer Apps, books, music and video in specialized stores from Amazon and Barnes & Noble respectively.  A tablet is designed to work with an Internet connection. In many ways, it’s a WiFi appliance. If you don’t have access to a steady Internet connection either with WiFi or a 3G or 4G data plan, a tablet is probably not the best choice for you.

An iPad is a table that runs Apples iOS operating system. You’ll find apps, books and music for your iPad in the iTunes store. An iPad Air is the latest, lightest and fastest version of the iPad. As with an Android tablet, you can also add a keyboard. iPads are on the expensive end of tablets.

While you can buy a lower end-Android for less than $100 and very nice tablets available in the $200 range,  the smallest version of an iPad, the iPad mini, will cost you almost $300.  An iPad air could run you more than $900 if you select the 128 GB model with 4G service option.

Windows also offers Windows RT tablets and tablets that run the full version of Windows 8. If you need to be able to run Windows programs, these tablets are a good compromise between a tablet and a laptop. You cannot run Windows programs on either Android, iOS or Chromebooks. You may be able to find an app that performs similar functions, but you can’t run Windows programs. You can find a 7″ tablet that supports the full version of Windows 8.1 starting around $300.  As with the other tablets, you can purchase an option physical keyboard if you feel you need it for typing.  A higher-end Windows 8.1 tablet could run you close to $1000.  Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets are two different things. RT uses apps from the Windows App Store, but it does not run the full version of Windows programs.

If you want the full version of Office, Photoshop or any other Windows program, you’ll need to make sure you have a tablet that operates on Windows 8.1.

Hope this clears up the differences.

~ Cynthia

Microsoft Called Me About Errors – Should I Be Concerned?

John from Oklahoma writes:
Had a person call who stated he was a Microsoft maintenance representative and it had been reported that my computer was showing a lot of error and warning activity which was causing it to run slow. I have a PH Pavilion computer with Windows 7 bought in April 2011. To prove this he had me type in “eventvr” in the search programs and file start box. This brought up event viewer and under administrative events a list of errors and warnings. He had me try and delete them(today over 9800). Of course, I couldn’t. He stated these errors and warnings were a problem and were causing my computer to run slow. He wanted to connect me with his technician who would walk me through getting rid of this problem. Being leery, I thanked him and told him I would call him back after I researched this problem, if I needed his help. He was not a happy camper. In reviewing the errors and warnings shown, messages, such as, Dhcp-client, print services, kernel-eventtracing, application virtualization, etc…, I noticed that a lot of this activity was taking place late a night or early morning when my computer was supposedly turned off. Last night for instance, over a hundred errors with the source stated as cdrom. I do run ccleaner and Norton each night, as the last thing I do, and have Norton turn off the computer after it is finished. My question, should I be concerned? If so, what can I do to fix the problem and how do I keep it from happening in the future?

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John, you should be leery. Microsoft does not call people at home about their individual computer issues, period. If someone calls you up out of the blue and says they are working for Microsoft and have called to fix an error, they are flat out lying.
Errors reported by Windows are compiled and used to create future bug fixes. They are no responded to on an individual basis.  You are certainly not alone in being targeted by this scam and it has been going on for years.
Anyone who pulls up event viewer is going to see a lot of activity.  Below is an example of mine and my computer is running just fine.  Most of these events are minor and just par for the course of PC operation.
These scams end with the crooks asking you to pay several hundred dollars to fix the “errors” on your computers. The event viewer is not slowing down your computer. Unless you’ve noticed an issue with your computer, it is probably just fine. And if there is an issue slowing it down, the guy on the phone doesn’t have any solution but to empty your wallet. Running Norton and CC cleaner are great measures to take care of your computer. So is hanging up on crooks like the guy who called.
Microsoft suggests you contact local law enforcement and also the FBI’s Internet Crime Center at this link.
It doesn’t sound like you gave these guys access to your computer, but if you did, change all of your account passwords ASAP.
~ Cynthia