10 commandments of tablets

Around the turn of the millennium, somewhere in a darkened room at Microsoft Towers, the concept of a new handled computer was sketched out and presented to Bill Gates. And thus, the tablet computer became a reality.

The Motorola Xoom is utterly divine…

The idea of creating a powerful tablet and handing it to the masses seemed revolutionary – more Star Trek magic than real world gadget. But Microsoft was actually beaten to the punch by a couple of thousand years – by God.

According to the Bible, God chose a tablet to set out his 10 commandments before giving it to Moses to be delivered to the people of Israel. And while this tablet may not have been equipped with WiFi, a 10.1” touchscreen and Bluetooth, it certainly did the job.

Now there’s a new generation of tablets, and with them a fresh set of commandments…

I am the Motorola Xoom, your tablet hero
The new Motorola Xoom is expected to be the daddy of tablets when it’s released in the first week of April. With processing power to burn and running the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system, the Motorola Xoom could be the leading light which all tablets look to follow.

Thou shalt have no end of apps to use
YouTube, an eBook reader and a music player are among the apps which make the CMS Disgo Tablet 6000 worthy of praise. But if that’s not enough to keep you going, you can download more from the Android Apps Store to use on this tablet’s compact 7” display.

Thou shalt not struggle to fit thy tablet in your pocket
And with the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, you won’t. This Archos tablet can only be described as a pocket rocket, with an ARM Cortex microprocessor beavering away behind its 4.8” full colour touchscreen.

Thou shalt not take the name of my predecessor in vain
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 may be generating plenty of interest ahead of its launch, but don’t let anyone hear you say a bad word about the original tablet. While the new version will boast a 10.1” screen and Android’s Honeycomb platform, the current 7” tablet still commands respect.

Remember the Streak to keep it handy
Dell Streak 7 is just the right size to quickly check the latest train times or how your beloved football team is getting on, but only if you remember to take it with you! Stick to this commandment and you won’t be left rueing a missed photo opportunity, but can instead snap away with its 5 megapixel camera.

Honour thy smartphone by buying a RIM tablet
If you’re particularly keen on your RIM smartphone then you’re going to love the new BlackBerry PlayBook. You can wirelessly sync calendars, task lists and address books using the BlackBerry operating system, so it’s the perfect partner for your preferred smartphone.

Thou shalt not break the bank to enjoy top performance
Who said that powerful tablets had to come with a heavy price tag? The Advent Vega weighs about 750 grams, so feels as light in your hands as it is on the pocket. It has a 10.1” touchscreen display to watch HD videos on, while its Nvidia T20 Tegra 2 processor really gives the Advent Vega some oomph.

Thou shall not run up lengthy phone bills
We all like to keep in touch with friends who move away, but hate committing the cardinal sin of spending too long on the phone. So you can keep to your vow of using only video calls over the web with the webcam on the Advent Amico Tablet.

Thou shalt not need to adjust to a new operating system
Finding your way round the Asus Eee Slate EP121 is easy for Windows 7 PC users, because this tablet runs the same operating system. The superb 12.1” screen is built with Corning Gorilla glass, so it can stand up to anything from scratches to a plague of locusts.

Thou shalt not covet my sister tablet
Choosing between the Acer Iconia A500 and the W500 is difficult, but once you’ve selected one, try not to be tempted by its delicious sister tablet. You may go for the A500’s Honeycomb operating system, which runs beautifully thanks to its dual core processor. But will the sleek Windows 7 system on the W500 prove to be, like the forbidden fruit, too tempting?

Will you be able to abide by the 10 commandments of tablets? Perhaps you have some of your own… Comment below.