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Best Chart Tablets 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated December 1, 2018
Best Chart Tablets of 2018
Welcome to my website! If you plan to buy chart tablets and looking for some recommendations, you have come to the right place. Come with me. There’s a product for every kind of user on the list of affordable options below. Here we have compiled a detailed list of some of the best chart tablets of the 2018.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this chart tablets win the first place?
I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
Why did this chart tablets come in second place?
I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price.
Why did this chart tablets take third place?
It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials.
Chart Tablets Buyer’s Guide
Tablet Buying Guide: What to look for when buying a tablet
There’s a lot more to tablets than just the iPad. If you’re looking to replace a PC with something simpler and more portable, or just want a grab-and-go device for email and movies, we’ve got answers to all your tablet questions.
But if you just want a fast and easy answer, these are a few of our current top choices.
Apple iPad Pro
Apple’s iconic iPad is the most popular tablet, and for good reason: it has stellar performance, the largest app store and a fantastic ecosystem that supports access to an incredible number of tools, games and music and video apps. The processor inside of the iPad Pro 9.7, our top choice, is one of the fastest mobile chips available. It’s the best iPad model to get, though it also comes in a larger 12-inch model. If you want to save some cash, the older iPad Air is still a worthy choice, too.
Google Pixel C
If you prefer Android, the Google Pixel C is for you. It’s a speedy 8.9-incher with top-notch graphics performance. Google’s growing ecosystem is confidently catching up to Apple’s, though it still lacks in tablet-optimized apps. It also has a solid magnetic keyboard accessory (sold separately) that connects so strongly, you can even hold it upside down and it won’t detach.
Microsoft unsurprisingly makes the best Windows tablet.
While iOS tends to get first dibs on the latest apps, Android has definitely made strides of late with its media ecosystem. Movies, TV shows, magazines and games, in particular, have seen vast improvements in both quantity and quality of selections. Also, it’s a more customizable OS than any other.
A Windows tablet can do anything a Windows laptop can do.
Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft’s latest operating system works great on traditional laptops and desktops, but also on tablets and hybrids. The latest Windows OS combines the best parts of old and new Windows features into a cohesive package, and its functionality focuses largely around taking advantage of a touchscreen. Unfortunately, the app store is severely lacking in variety and number of apps available in comparison to both iOS and Android, but because it’s Windows, you can get software from just about anywhere.
Not all stylus are created equal — or offered for free.
No 256GB option
For most people, the best tablet you can buy right now is the new iPad (2017). it has a crisp 9.7-inch display, punchy Apower and a lower price tag than the tablet it replaces – the iPad Air 2
The new iPad (2017) doesn’t reinvent the tablet, in fact it doesn’t differ much at all from its predecessor. The only real upgrade is the chipset, with Apple’s Aheart giving the new iPad more power – however it’s the price which is the real winner.
There’s no 16GB model, with the iPad kicking things off at a more reasonable 32GB, and considering that’s cheaper than the entry-level iPad Air it offers serious value for money.
Not as much RAM as larger iPad Pro
The best full-featured tablet is the iPad Pro 9.- the smaller screened version of the iPad Pro 12.that wants to replace your laptop.
While there are plenty of brilliant Android tablets around at the moment, the newest iPad offers a lot of the power of the larger iPad Pro, along with the Smart Keyboard and Pencil support, but brings it in a much more bag-and-palm friendly size. Oh, and those four speakers are just brilliant too! iPad Pro 9.7
No 3D touch
The best 7-inch tablet at the moment is definitely the iPad mini If you like the look of Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Pro, but find them too big, too expensive or both, then you’re in luck. With no official confirmation of an iPad mini yet, the diminutive iPad mini gives you the best of Apple’s tablet world in a form factor that’s not only beautiful, but highly portable. iPad mini 4
The iPad Pro won’t be for everyone due to the size and cost, but for those it does appeal to (and can afford it), you’re unlikely to find a better tablet for your needs. Whether its graphics, multi-tasking or providing a pseudo-Mac experience when you’re away from the office the iPad Pro is capable of so much.
Even the Apple Pencil – hilarious name aside – is an impressive tool for a particular niche. Not everyone will dig it. But for serious pros who need more than the iPad Pro 9.7, this is the best tablet to replace a laptop. iPad Pro
Android still lacks great games
Strangely, it doesn’t come with a charger either. That’s okay. You probably have plenty of microUSB cables and wall adapters. What’s important is that this can play Android games and stream both Steam games and Nvidia Grid games. It’s a small tablet, but a mighty big value.
No longer in production
Until the iPad Pro 9.7, this was the best tablet in the world. Even though it has been replaced by Apple, it’s still a brilliant tablet that has further raised the bar for the rest of the competition in terms of build quality, features and performance.
Good news: it’s now cheaper thanks to the release of the newer iPad Pro and the new iPad, which ditches the “Air” moniker. iPad Air 2
So-so battery life
There are plenty of reasons to invest in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S- especially if you’re looking to buy one of the best Android tablets at an affordable price. This was the best tablet that Samsung had ever produced before the Samsung Galaxy Tab Slaunched.
Not an incredible value
Tablets don’t have to be big and cumbersome, and the rather clumsily named Sony Xperia ZTablet Compact is testament to just that. It’s not Sony’s best tablet – that goes to the Zfurther up the page, but it’s super-slim profile, waterproof chassis, bright display and solid line up of specs means it’ll comfortably slip in your bag and won’t baulk at the first sign of rain. However, it’s a little older now, so be warned that it won’t be getting all the Android updates you might hope for.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S was unveiled at the very start of 201and boasts a great screen, solid build and Windows It’s an odd device, but one that works better than we expected it to. The keyboard dock isn’t great, with a cramped mouse and keys which aren’t the easiest to type on – but over all Samsung’s made a solid Windows slate.
Only one USB port
Huawei’s first Windows device is a well-designed 2-in-that rivals the Microsoft Surface Pro and iPad Pro in places. It’s a promising, yet pricey, first 2-in-from the Chinese company, managing to feel fresh despite arriving late to the party.
For an illustrator dream setup
Cintiq 2QHD Touch as a main display or the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13″ for lap use.
What to avoid The small regular Intuos has too little active area for precision work on higher resolution LCD screens above 1600px of horizontal resolution. It may be adequate for small laptop displays up to 13″, general use or handwriting recognition, but a medium size Intuos Art is a better investment.
The current iPad line-up
Apple currently sells four iPad models altogether, and each of those offers three or four colour options, one to three storage capacities, and the option to get Wi-Fi and cellular or just stick with Wi-Fi. That’s a lot of configurations: clearly we’ve got work to do. iPad Pro 12.(cellular, 256GB): £98iPad Pro 12.(cellular, 512GB): £1,169
You’ve got one mini-size, 7.9-inch iPad, the iPad mini 4; two slightly different mid-size models, the 9.7-inch iPad and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro; and then there’s the super-sized 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is the biggest and costliest option.
Budget and requirements
Your choice of the individual models will depend on how much money you’re willing to spend, how portable and powerful you need your iPad to be, how long you need to be able to use your iPad (and for it to support the latest software), and in what areas (if any) you are willing to compromise.
Let’s get started. First of all we’ll decide if you should buy a standard-size, a mini or an extra-large iPad, and then we’ll narrow down your choice from there.
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Traditionally, the biggest mark in favour of buying from the iPad mini range was the low price. However, since the new iPad was announced that is no longer the case. The only model of iPad mini available is the iPad mini 4, and it’s only sold by Apple in 128GB versions. The Wi-Fi only model costs £419, while the cellular version will set you back £54- the same price as the cheapest 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
The new iPad starts from £339, £80 cheaper than the Wi-Fi-only mini 4.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at at a punishing £769, but note that Apple has doubled the storage allocation for the iPad Pro models – so that money gets you a very decent 64GB. The top-end models come with 512GB, and for the 12.9-inch model that’ll set you back a dizzying £1,03and £1,16for the Wi-Fi and cellular versions. We’re getting into MacBook price territory (for comparison, the 13-inch MacBook Air starts at £949) and these models are clearly not for casual or budget-conscious buyers.
As we mentioned in the portability section, the larger iPad Pro is more something to consider as an alternative to a laptop. For these reasons it calls for more pre-purchase research, trying a sample out in an Apple Store and so on.
Hopefully by now it’s become clear whether a mini, mid-size or large iPad is right for you, which means you can proceed to…
We really like the iPad in gold, as we mentioned earlier – it’s quite bronze-like in its warmth – and the pink, while a bit of an opinion divider, is nowhere near as bold as that sounds. But grey or silver are the more conservative options.
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Which Graphics Drawing Tablet to Buy in 201(Non-Display types)
Submitted by Teoh Yi Chie on December 4, 201- 11:53am
Recently, while checking out the graphics drawing tablets available in the market, I was surprised to see a lot more options. Wacom continues to be the prominent brand in the market but many other brands of graphics tablets have appeared in the recent years.
This graphic drawing tablet comparison will cover the pros and cons.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER
Several factors to consider when getting a drawing tablet include pressure sensitivity, size, drivers, features and of course the price.
Having a stylus with good pressure sensitivity is a must. Tablets nowadays go up to 204levels of pressure sensitivity. The Wacom Intuos that I’m still using has 102levels and is quite adequate. So definitely get at least 102levels or above.
Another feature good to have is the tilt sensitivity. This feature depends on the support of graphics software. This appeals more to those who use brushes that can make use of the tilt sensitivity, e.g. airbrush. So far, it seems only the high-end graphic tablets from Wacom has this feature.
Most drawing tablets are designed for widescreen monitors nowadays. Common sizes are by and by inches where the ratio is around 1.67:(a widescreen 16:monitor has a ratio of 1.78). Just be careful not to get the wrong proportion so that you can maximise the use of the whole of the drawing area.
Other features to consider but non are deal breakers (at least to me) are things like having an eraser on the back of the pen, customisable shortcut buttons, touch function and wireless capability. I’ve always preferred using the keyboard with the pen so the lack of eraser and shortcut buttons don’t bother me.
To determine what size to get, you should take into account the size of your monitor. by inch is a good size to get, and if you have more budget the by inch. Personally I would go for a by inch because I use a 27-inch monitor at home. The higher the tablet to screen ratio, the bigger the tablet, and the more expensive it will be. Drawing on the tablet is intuitive but will need some time getting used to, and some training of your muscle memory. With a larger surface area, you have more room to manoeuvre for adding details. Don’t forget to take into account how much free space your table has also.
The last important factor is the driver support. The drivers must be able to support the OS you’re using, Windows or Mac. Also check if your drawing software is supported. Most tablets work well with Photoshop. But for lesser known software like GIMP or PaintTool Sai certain functions, such as shortcut buttons or pressure sensitivity may not work.
Important note on drivers: Windows users are recommended to install the drivers before plugging in the tablet. Otherwise, Windows will install their own drivers, and the pressure sensitivity will not work, and sometimes the Windows driver will be difficult to uninstall. This applies to tablets for all brands.
Alright, let’s look at the drawing tablets that are available out there now.
Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch
The Pen and Touch are the entry level tablets from Wacom. They replace the earlier Wacom Bamboo tablets, namely the Bamboo Splash, Bamboo Capture and Bambook Create. The new models are cheaper than the old Bamboo.
Note that the base model simply called Pen (Small) has no eraser on the pen and multi-touch.
Here are the pros and cons of the Intuos Pen and Touch + Decent build quality + Drawing surface has a slight texture that evokes the feeling of traditional medium, e.g. the paper. + 102levels of pressure sensitivity works well and good enough for beginners + Buttons on the tablet and pen can be programmed to keys, mouse clicks and other functions + Tablet is responsive even on a cheap laptop + Multi-touch conveniently detects fingers for zoom and scroll + Hand can rest easily on surface without registering unwanted touches – Some users report shaky lines – Price is higher than competiton
Here are the pros and cons for the Intuos Pro: + Nice sleek looking design + Good build quality overall, but problems exist with the USB port + Drawing surface has a slight texture that evokes the feeling of traditional medium, e.g. the paper. + 204levels of pressure sensitivity + Buttons on the tablet and pen can be programmed to keys, mouse clicks and other functions + Tablet is responsive even on a cheap laptop + Multi-touch conveniently detects fingers for zoom, scroll and other functions + Good drivers and features for Windows and Mac – Cord is short – Pen nib can wear out fast but you can turn the sensitivity up to detect less pressure on your part – Pen works without pressure sensitivity and tilt with GIMP – Wifi and wireless last around hours – Wireless functionality is inconsistent at working 100% – Some users complain that tablet and driver don’t work when computer wakes from sleep – Price is much more expensive than competition
The Intuos Pro has wireless capability. The power source is built in to be charged with the USB cable. However, the USB port build quality is filmsy so the constant plugging in and out risks damaging it. Many customers are unhappy about the fragile USB port, and the inconsistency at which the wireless works.
Wacom’s pen stand is always nice. There are assorted replacement nibs included, the standard black, stroke and hard felt. With the slight texture on the drawing surface, the pen nib can wear out fast when the pressure is great, and several customers recommend setting a sensitive pressure setting so that you can use less pressure while drawing.
The medium size drawing area of 8.by 5.inch is a good size to get. The large can be too big.
For the high price, relatively speaking, that Wacom are selling their tablets, the design flaw of the USB and inconsistent wireless functionality is quite disappointing. However, if you’re the type who don’t constantly plug out or transport your tablet, or don’t use the wireless, then those problems are not going to affect you too much.
Huion is a company located in China that makes graphics drawing tablets. They have quite a lot of model numbers and it can get confusing fast. In general, their model numbers are named after the size of their tablets, e.g. model 6would be for a by inches and 580 would be for by inches.
Price range for their tablets is insanely attractive, like several times cheaper, like OMG-I-can’t-believe-that-tablets-can-be-so-cheap affordable. After you look at the price from other companies, you’ll realise that it is Wacom who prices their products high, sometimes too high.
Huion 680s 8xinch
Key specifications: 204levels of pressure sensitivity, 4000 LPI resolution, 220RPS reading speed. + Very responsive, no lag when drawing + Works with WinXP/Vista/7/8/Mac OS – Pen runs on AAA battery with reportedly months battery life – Pen has a on-off switch but is flimsy, customers usually just unscrew the back to save battery life – Pen does not have tilt sensitivity – Pen has no eraser – Pen stand allows the pen to lay horizontally but not stand vertically – Driver installation is gets mixed reviews from customers, but slightly more towards the favorable side. – Support from Huion is inconsistent, sometimes good, sometimes bad.
The 680s is a barebones tablet with no shortcut buttons.
Huion H580 8xinch
Key specifications: 204levels of pressure sensitivity, 4000 LPI resolution, 200RPS reading speed.
The specifications for the 580 and H580 are pretty similar. The difference is H580 comes with Express Keys and 1other keys that you can customise yourself. There’s also another model called 58L which has Express Keys, a wireless version W5and one with a rechargeable pen K5Additional features cost more.
Reviews are pretty mixed. General build quality and the pen is similar to other tablets by Huion. Meaning the drawing surface will have a slight texture like paper, and the wireless pen is still powered by an AAA battery. replacement pen nibs are included inside the pen stand.
Complaints are mainly of the build quality with several customers reporting faulty units after a period of time, and the hassle of getting it fixed with Huion support. However, there are many customers also are satisfied with their units.
Huion H6Pro 10×6.2inch
Key specifications: 204levels of pressure sensitivity, 5080 LPI resolution, 233RPS reading speed.
The H6Pro is the newer model of the H6with a cleaner and edgier look. Specifications has improved slightly with 5080 LPI resolution and 23RPS reading speed. This unit is more expensive than the H6of course.
This tablet with rounded corners also has a resolution of 4000LPI, 200 RPS reading speed and 204levels of sensitivity. This model came out in 2013.
I found out that equivalent Huion model is a P608N and the driver on the disc you should use is H6And Turcom’s website has only a TS-550instead of the TS-660Confusing. What’s interesting is you can get the equivalent drivers from Huion’s website as well.
Ugee M1000L 10xinch
Key specifications: 204levels of pressure sensitivity, 4000 LPI resolution, 200RPS reading speed.
Some difference between the M1000L and M70include the slightly lower, but still high, resolution of 4000 LPI. In addition to the physical Express Keys, there are also 1customisable buttons on the drawing surface that can only be accessed with the pen.
Key specifications: 204levels of pressure sensitivity, 5080 LPI resolution, 220RPS reading speed, full specifications.
The Ugee Gis a simple sleek looking tablet with a very smooth drawing surface. There’s support for left and right handed users.
The wireless pen uses AAA battery with a 5000hr battery life. There’s a battery life indicator light. Hidden inside the pen stand are replaceable pen nibs. The pen stand can hold the pen vertically.
It’s really quite a bare bones tablet with no shortcut buttons. Despite the simplicity, it actually cost slightly more than the Huion H6which is larger and has more features, and hence more value for money.
VT Realm 10×6.2inch
Keys specifications: 4000 LPI resolution, 200 RPS reading speed, 204levels of sensitivity. Full specifications.
The VT Realm is a 10×6.2inch graphics tablet with a good build quality. The drawing surface is for widescreens monitors and smooth to draw on. There’s a column of shortcut keys on right side of the tablet that are pre-programmed to certain functions but you can customise them yourself too. Cable is fairly long.
Pen is glossy which is prone to stickiness and fingerprints. It’s powered by one AAA battery. Pressure sensitivity works well. There’s a pen stand that allows the pen to stand vertically. The related downside is the inclusion of just replaceable nibs.
If you’re in a hurry, here are the most important things to consider before you buy a television. We explain each of these points in greater detail in the text below:
Don’t buy a TV with less than 4K resolution (i.e., avoid 1080p sets) if you want a future-proof set.
LED and LCD Sets
Most LCD sets use LEDs on the edge of the screen. The better of these models support active dimming, but it takes some digital sorcery to do this by merely manipulating lights along the edge.
Full-array LED sets have light-emitting diodes directly behind the screen, in a grid of “zones” that can be lit up or darkened individually. Such an arrangement makes the backlight more precise and allows a more-detailed picture regarding contrast. Full-array backlighting was once reserved for top-tier models, but with more Ultra HD sets appearing at lower prices, this feature is becoming more common on modestly priced sets.
Another LCD technology, called quantum dots, is becoming more common, spurred on by the requirements of HDR to produce a wider array of colors and more brightness. An LCD that uses quantum dots basically has another layer, or added “rail,” of different size nanocrystal dots that light up when the LED backlight hits them. The result is a wider color spectrum and increased brightness.
Be aware that some brands offer confusing labels. Samsung’s newest sets are dubbed “QLED.” These are quantum-dot LCD TVs — not to be mistaken for OLED.
Wide array of prices, sizes and features; Some affordable Ultra HD 4K models; Bright screens visible even in a sunny room; Image quality steadily improving with full-array backlighting and quantum-dot technology.
OLED TVs go one better than full-array LED-LCDs with a few dozen lighting zones. In place of a backlight, OLEDs use a layer of organic LEDs, controlled at the pixel level, to achieve absolute black and stunning levels of contrast. (Footage of fireworks against a black sky is a favorite demonstration of OLED technology.)
LG isn’t the only company actively pursuing OLED technology in large screen sizes, with new OLED models arriving from Panasonic, Philips and Sony
Best TV picture, bar none; Colors truly pop, deeper blacks and better contrast and shadow detail than LCD TVs achieve; Retains image quality when viewed from the side.
Stratospheric prices; lower peak brightness than some LCD sets, uncertainty about how screens will fare over time, including whether they will retain “ghost” images (also known as burn-in) from displaying a static picture for too long.
The two most important features
While it’s still possible to purchase a wired router, the type that require you to physically plug in your devices with an Ethernet cable, Wi-Fi (wireless) models are the most flexible tools for connecting devices in today’s increasingly wireless world.
Here’s some quick info on the top two features that matter most when it comes to wireless routers: wireless range and wireless speed.
Wireless speeds have come a long way since Wi-Fi routers first hit the market. Wireless AC routers are 3x faster than Wireless N and Wireless N routers are 14x faster than Wireless G. Moral of the story? If you use real-time applications, like gaming or streaming video, Wireless AC will offer a superior experience to N or G.
Wireless Signals & Beamforming Technology
In typical wireless routers, Wi-Fi signals broadcast using multiple antennas and Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology. MIMO allows for higher data transfer rate due to the transmission of multiple data symbols by simultaneously using multiple antennas. The Wi-Fi signals are broadcast in a donut shape pattern from the router to blanket the area with Wi-Fi coverage. In more advanced routers, beamforming technology is added, which provides additional performance and coverage to devices. Rather than emit Wi-Fi waves in a donut shape, routers with beamforming technology find and track devices on your network and aim Wi-Fi signals directly at them, providing a much stronger signal especially beneficial for mobile devices.
You only want the best of the best, whether it’s 4K media streaming, or lag free online gaming all on multiple devices you’re looking for top 11AC speeds, and the latest wireless technologies like Smart Connect, AC Smart Beam, Tri-Band Wi-Fi and MU-MIMO Technology D-Link recommends the AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router (DIR-895L/R).
Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.1specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, buildings materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range. D-Link is a registered trademark of D-Link Corporation or its subsidiaries. All other third-party marks mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Hybrid & Comfort bikes
Great for paved trails and street riding, lightweight hybrid bikes with slightly more narrow tires and multiple speeds provide an efficient ride that’s perfect for the fitness-conscious rider. Comfort bikes are designed with soft saddles, suspension forks, and an upright riding geometry that keeps riders as comfortable as possible on their journey.
With narrow tires and a lightweight frame, road bikes are ideal for the rider who’s most concerned with fitness and performance on the road.
After learning the feel and balance of riding with a balance bike, your child might be ready for a “big kid” pedal bike. With our without training wheels, these bikes help transition your child from pushing with their feet to riding with both feet off the ground. These bikes are typically suited for kids aged to 1years old.
Choosing the right size of bicycle
When buying a bicycle, ensuring you get the right size will not only improve your comfort, but it will decrease the chances of an accident. Keep in mind, however, that sizing a bike for an adult requires different measurements than those needed for a child.
Bikes with 26″, 29″, and 700cc wheels may fit ths rider.
Sizing a child’s bicycle
Kids’ bicycles are sized to take growth into consideration and therefore use a different size scale than adult bikes. Because kids change and grow so quickly, bikes are designed to accommodate this seemingly overnight change. The rims of the bike tires serve as a good measurement for size. Always buy a bike that fits your child at the time of purchase rather than one they can ‘grow into.’ If a bike is too big, it won’t provide a safe ride.
If you’ve ever tried reading a longform article or typing out an email on your phone, you know it’s a massive pain. Even a crisp display and responsive keyboard can’t make up for a sheer lack of screensize.
Most tablets come in one of three ballpark screen sizes: inches, inches, or inches.
is likely going to be way too small to do any serious reading, research, or writing. It’ll be super easy to carry around, but you’ll sacrifice way too much in usability.
inches might work for you, but the best tablets for writers and novelists are going to be closer to the or inch screen size ballpark.
Apps and software
If you’re like most folks and just want to use your tablet for games and YouTube, pretty much anything will do. But if you want to get some real writing done on your tablet, make sure you spend some time figuring out which apps you’ll need, and get a tablet that’ll be compatible with them.
And there are a whole host of great writing apps of all kinds for both Apple, Android, and Windows.
Just be careful about going with a brand that doesn’t run one of those big three operating systems. It may be a good deal price wise, but you may find yourself stuck with a tablet that has no useful writing software.
The good news here is that tablets generally have a longer battery life than their laptop counterparts during heavy use, but still, not all are created equal.
For long reading and writing sessions, a heft battery life in your tablet is a must. Tablets also, unlike laptops, aren’t really all that functional while plugged in and charging (handling a plugged in tablet is a bit awkward). So charging while you work in a coffee shop might not work depending on the plug alignment.
Today’s tablets average somewhere around hours of battery life, with the best of them going for up to 1on a single charge. If working on the go is important to you, set hours or so as the minimum battery life for whatever tablet you choose to buy.
Remote controls and mobile devices
Remote controls and portable readouts are available in some form on almost every plotter system. These are typically simple, powerful devices – fully waterproof and ruggedized – such as the Raymarine S100 remote pilot control. Now, manufacturers have designed apps so that tablets and mobile devices can provide full-featured route-planning and second-screen services. New plotters have WiFi connectivity built in – older devices need WiFi units that are sold separately.
But even more powerful is the ability to interact with online services offering live weather data, navigation warnings and other water users in real time from the plotter screen (or its mobile device extension). Owning a Furuno TZtouchfor example, now links you in with the online community surrounding the ActiveCaptain website providing anything from fuel prices locally to marina availability and urgent marine navigation updates. Garmin’s Quatix watch features a plethora of sailing-specific navigation features, but it is also capable of remotely controlling a Garmin autopilot – an interesting safety consideration in the event of a man overboard, if cruising single-handed. And Navico’s GoFree system, which serves B&G, Simrad and Lowrance devices, has been spun off into a company all of its own. For the latest in network-enabled boating instrumentation, see: Digital Yacht launches iKommunicate gateway box.
Garmin Quatix GPS watch can be used as a remote control for your autopilot.
Which plotter is best for coastal sail cruising and racing?
Almost all of the current ranges of plotters from B&G, Garmin, Simrad and Raymarine offer sailing specific software features including laylines, tacking angles, heading and course-over-ground lines and true wind data fields. B&G’s powerful SailSteer and Sailing Time screens on the Zeusand cheaper Vulcan range take all of the guesswork out of VMG and upwind ETA calculations. And Garmin offers racing technology in its high-end 7400 series and top-of-the-range 8000 series, with more generic features throughout the rest of its range.
But these manufacturers also offer instrument-sized screens that can be customised to show raw data as well as offering advanced calculations and processing power. In the case of Raymarine, the i40, i50, i60 and i70 ranges of multifunction instruments and its range of wireless instruments (formerly known as Tacktick) offer great sailing-specific info – especially for racers. Garmin offers the GMI 20 display, Simrad offers the IS40 and B&G offers its Triton range.
BG Triton instrument range – an able extension of the multifunction display.
The other really useful added extra is the forward-looking sonar that is available from B&G and Simrad, and Panoptix from Garmin. Although this would be of benefit to any boater, yachts typically have a much deeper draught than a powerboat of the same size and move more slowly, enabling them to take evasive action based on the instrument’s readout.
When specifying your sonar weaponry, check carefully that you’ve budgeted for the transducers. The 3D systems, such as Garmin’s Panoptix and Navico’s StructureScan 3D require a bewildering array of supporting kit, some parts of which cost over £1,000. Installation may also be a challenge if retrofitting. Some transducers need precise positioning angles on the boat’s deadrise to operate efficiently. Transom and in-hull options are also available.
All the major players provide sounder modules to go with their top-of-the-range screens. These screens and modules are very pricey, but bear in mind that as sonar technology continues to improve, the next generation modules will only work with today’s newest systems.
Lower down the scale, the market divides between dedicated fishfinder-plotters and “fishfinder versions” of plotters that include processing software built in. The Furuno GP1870F, for example, is a dedicated fishing version of the GP1870. Raymarine’s A Series and C Series are also available with dual-channel sonar processing built in.
Dedicated plotter-fishfinders include Garmin’s EchoMap range, Lowrance Hook and Elite Ti and Raymarine’s Dragonfly range. Check carefully to ensure the built-in software meets your fishing needs, because apart from occasional software updates, there may be little leeway to expand the screen’s capabilities as technology progresses. Also, these units vary in terms of the amount of NMEA connectivity and other “standard” chartplotter facilities they can accommodate.
Beware dedicated fishfinders that have no chartplotting capability at all. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with simple GPS-enabled fishfinders, or the Humminbird Onix series and Helix series, which offer plotters as optional extras, but don’t assume the plotter is built in. It’s easy to get carried away with all the sonar capabilities of the Garmin Striker, say, and forget the navigation side altogether.
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A standard microwave which can also work like a convection oven but with quicker cooking times. It can heat, roast, brown and crisp food allowing you to use it the same way you would your standard oven. Yes, that does also mean you can cook a roast dinner in it (if you get a big enough size).
The power of a microwave is measured in watts. The more watts a microwave has, the faster it can cook.
Sussing out if the processor in an Android tablet is good is a little trickier than simply counting the numbers, but it’s still a pretty good place to start. Today’s Android tablets are likely to use either dual-, quad- or octa-core processors, and these cores operate at anything up to and beyond 2GHz. Processors are spilt into cores in order to multitask better, so a general rule of thumb is that the more cores a processor has the more tasks it can handle at once. However this isn’t a completely reliable indicator of performance, as different processors run at different clockspeeds and are designed with very different architectures. In truth, the only way to test a tablet’s performance is to benchmark it, and that’s why we run the same selection of browser, CPU and graphics benchmarks on every tablet we test. Click through to the individual reviews and you can see how the different Android tablets compare when they’re put to the test.
Best Android tablets of 2015: connectivity and features
Connectivity and features are also important things to think about. Budget models will typically make do with the bare minimum, often only providing single-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and poor-quality cameras. Up your budget and you’ll find tablets that are equipped with good quality front and rear cameras, super-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 4G networking, NFC and infra-red emitters for controlling TVs and set-top boxes. Some premium tablets such as Samsung’s Note family also include pressure-sensitive pens for sketching and writing.
Thankfully, though, most tablets make it easy to play movies, videos or music through your TV – some use SlimPort or MHL connectivity to send videos to your TV through third-party cables which connect to a tablet’s microUSB port, while others use wireless streaming technology such as MiraCast to beam video to compatible TVs and set-top boxes. It’s worth checking which features your favoured tablet has before making the plunge, though – if you have a smart TV with MiraCast support, for example, it makes sense to buy a tablet which supports the same standard!
Most older forms of electronic logging devices, known as electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) or automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs), have been the dedicated-unit type. Two examples that have been available for years are Omnitracs’ MCP series and PeopleNet’s current products used by many drivers employed by or leased to larger carriers.
Many of these units provide ELD functionality in a single device package tied directly to the ECM by a cable and plug.
Like mobile phones, such units use connections to the cellular network and GPS functionality to deliver on the ELD rule’s requirements for recording location, mileage and engine hours. Data storage occurs using a combination of the internet cloud, back-office servers and the device itself.
A notable exception among devices available for years now exists in the base model of the Continental VDO RoadLog, which is limited to hours of service recording and inspection-report functionality. With no connection to the cellular network with the device, fleets and owner-operators manage data storage via a USB-connected drive to transfer records to a laptop or other computer.
Other dedicated devices may pair two pieces of hardware, bridging the gap between the traditional single-unit EOBR and the two-piece BYOD systems readily available today. In most cases, those devices are in evidence on the quick-comparison chart when a BYOD and a dedicated version exist from one manufacturer. While the J.J. Keller Encompass and Rand McNally DC200 systems both are BYOD-capable, they also are offered with company-branded Android tablets that come preloaded with software: the Compliance Tablet from Keller and the TND from Rand McNally.
Any fleet or owner-operator willing to make the investment in dedicated tablets can turn a BYOD system into a dedicated one. For years, Bill Frerichs of St. Louis-based Frerichs Freight Lines has run the BigRoad logging app on Android tablets dedicated to his trucks. Though Frerichs at press time still was evaluating his options for mandate compliance, moving all of his trucks’ tablets to ELD functionality could be as simple as signing on with BigRoad’s program for leasing engine-connection hardware to pair to the tablets.
Jack Schwalbach, who manages the private fleet of Reinders, a Wisconsin-based turf and irrigation products company, did just that with Geotab. “We have dedicated tablets,” Schwalbach says. “The tablets are used just for logging – the data plan, we have locked down. Everybody’s got their smartphone on their own, so they use that” for anything else.
Continental VDO RoadLog
VDO RoadLog has a built-in thermal printer that provides an instant hard copy that resembles a traditional paper logbook grid for an inspection officer to review. A paper printout eliminates technical issues involving transferring log data that otherwise might lead to drivers handing over their personal cell phones to an officer or having the officer climb into the cab to review an electronic logging device screen. VDO RoadLog ELDs work with VDO RoadLog Office, an online fleet management tool for automated compliance reporting designed for fast, secure data transfers and automatic online record backup. The product also helps automate IRP and IFTA reporting, as well as pre-and post-trip inspections.
VDO RoadLog is designed for easy installation and use and is available without monthly fees or contracts. Optional features include Driver/Vehicle Track & Trace, Load & Trip Management, VDO RoadLog Office Advanced and VDO RoadLog Office Premium.
The FMCSA-registered Coretex Drive electronic logging device is a purpose-built tablet-based in-cab system that links drivers to vehicles and vehicles to dispatchers. Working in harmony with Coretex 360, Drive gives drivers the information they need to do their jobs efficiently and safely. Built around a modular app framework, Coretex Drive also offers single-pane-of-glass access to turn-by-turn trucking navigation, messaging, jobs, DVIRs, checklists, fatigue information, real-time driver feedback, IFTA data collection, vehicle service management, tracking, replay and a choice of custom applications.
Geotab Drive is a FMCSA-compliant device for monitoring hours of service, DVIRs and driver identification. The app syncs data between the Geotab Go plug-in device and a tablet to provide automatic duty status changes, violation alerts and end-to-end inspection workflow, all in one user-friendly platform. Geotab Drive is compatible with the company’s Go and Go devices, IOX-USB and Android or iOS. In addition to electronic logging, Go’s capabilities include IFTA data collection, engine diagnostics, driver scorecards, safety/risk management functions and data integration for management; more custom additions are available from the Geotab Marketplace.
GPS INSIGHT ELD-2000
GPS Insight’s ELD-2000 system bundles a GPS tracking, alerting and reporting device hardwired to a ruggedized Android tablet designed with an intuitive user interface. The electronic logging device also offers messaging for drivers and dispatch to reduce the number of phone calls and streamline communications with individual drivers or the entire fleet, as well as navigation to allow management to dispatch audible and visual directions using designated truck-specific routes for each job to drivers.
Pedigree Technologies Cab-Mate One
Pedigree Technologies recently launched Cab-Mate One as the most affordable and easiest electronic logging plug-and-play device to install (five minutes). The Cab-Mate One is the third addition to the company’s FMCSA-certified ELD Chrome offering, built on the award-winning, intuitive and reliable OneView platform.
Not only are packages based on a customer’s specific needs and budget, the offerings also are developed using customer feedback and real-life applications. This means Android-ready ELD Chrome offers FMCSA compliance with options for expandability into a full suite of comprehensive business management tools, from basic ELD to trailer, equipment and asset tracking and tire pressure, tank level and temperature monitoring. ELD Chrome was designed to enable consistent real-time visibility and actionable information with reliable connectivity and a fleet manager-approved interface.
Pegasus TransTech Transflo ELD T7
Pegasus TransTech’s Transflo ELD Tis a BYOD device – smartphone or tablet – that is easy to use and available for both Android and iOS. At less than inches, the device is durable and compact. Plug in and activate in minutes without a mechanic or special tools.
Electronic Logging from Quartix
Vehicle tracking specialists Quartix’s Electronic Logging product puts its current and future customers into compliance with FMCSA’s mandate. It can be installed on its own or partnered with the company’s comprehensive vehicle tracking services. Available on the Google Play Store and compatible with Android tablet devices, Quartix’s Electronic Logging uses simple menu screens and input fields that allow drivers to log and change their duty status with minimal effort. “Having been in the vehicle telematics industry for over 1years providing fleet owners with management reports extending from real-time GPS tracking to IFTA filing figures, we are delighted to be able to further support our growing long-haul trucking customer base with our FMCSA-compliant solution,” says Ed Ralph, Quartix chief operating officer.
UTech GPSTab ELD Edition
GPSTab ELD Edition provides a powerful suite of tools to help you manage your fleet and comply with FMCSA regulations (AOBRD option coming soon). Evaluate the product risk-free with the company’s 30-day money-back guarantee with no contract and an “If Repealed” buy-back program and free software option for 2017.
It features live GPS tracking, location sharing, document scanning, driver scorecards, IFTA accounting, messaging, flexible reporting, detention hours tracking and telematics. The ability to share live shipment locations with customers reduces unnecessary tracking-related correspondence, enabling dispatchers to manage more accounts and focus on customer service. Tracking intervals from five seconds to one hour supply fleet owners with accurate, relevant information for better fleet management. Monitor location, speed, miles traveled, route selection and other driver activities to improve overall fleet safety and operations.
Alerts help drivers prevent violations, and proof of detention time and document scanning help drivers get paid faster.
Zonar Connect is a dedicated electronic logging device-compliant tablet that also offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for dispatch, management and operational functions, as well as a camera, navigation, Android compatibility and over-the-air updates. Zonar Connect is connected even when outside of the cab, allowing the driver to submit completed documents and electronic DVIRs to dispatch without returning to the truck. The tablet recharges in its in-cab cradle and integrates with the company’s Ground Traffic Control to help provide fleets with better visibility of assets on the road.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Chart Tablets wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Chart Tablets
- №1 — School Smart 24 x 32 – 1 inch Line Chart Tablet – 25 Sheets – White
- №2 — School Smart Skip-A-Line Chart Tablet – 1 1/2 Inch Ruled – 24 x 16 inches – 25 Sheet Pad
- №3 — PAC74710 – Chart Tablets w/Manuscript Cover