December 1, 2015

2012 Tablets: Glossary


2012 Tablets: Glossary

Here are some terms you’ll hear thrown around in discussions of tablet computers.

Accelerometer: A motion-sensing device built into a tablet to determine how it is held so content correctly displays in either portrait or landscape mode.

Adobe Flash: A multimedia format used to display animation, movies, and video online, sometimes used for video tours. Not to be confused with “flash storage,” which refers to a type of memory.

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Digital Pen or Stylus: A pen-like tool used to control software functions or sign documents on a touch-sensitive screen.

Jelly Bean:The latest version of the Android operating system (4.1), which was released this June. Earlier versions include Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and Honeycomb (3.0). It’s important to know whether an Android tablet can be upgraded to the latest version of the OS.

Multitouch:A multitouch screen recognizes when two or more fingers are touching the screen, allowing the user to control functions, highlight text, enlarge images, close windows, etc.

Smart Cover:Originally referring to a specific accessory cover for the iPad that protects the device, folds up to create a tablet stand and turns the device off and on, this term is now used to describe protective covers for other tablets, as well.

Swype:An input method on touchscreens where the user slides from key to key on the software keyboard rather than tapping individual keys. Apps are available for iPad and Android.