Wed 27 Feb, 2013 12:01 am
A tablet PC runs the full Windows operating system, whereas the iPad runs iOS, the operating system designed for iPhones. This difference has a major influence over the way each device operates. With the full Windows operating system you can load any software onto your tablet PC that you can load onto a normal computer, subject to the tablet's hardware limitations such as storage space and memory. IOS is a mobile operating system, so you cannot use it to run full Mac or Windows applications. Instead, it has its own software system, based in apps designed to run on the limited processing power of a mobile device. The iPad comes in a variety of set configurations that the user cannot upgrade. You can add specific accessories, such as an external keyboard, but it is designed for stand-alone use and Web-based interactions and only works with specific wireless printers. A tablet PC can accommodate any accessories and expansion that the Windows operating system and the manufacturer support, such as memory or storage upgrades, wired keyboards and mice and nearly any printer.