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Tablet Buying Demystified: 10 Tips

Tablet shoppers face an ever-growing number of options beyond the iPad. We break down 10 key considerations.
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Upcoming tablets likely will include a micro-USB 3.0 port to enable faster charging and to connect to newer peripherals such as speedy USB 3.0 drives. Today's situation is a little messy, however. Your average slate might have a microUSB, miniUSB or full-size USB port. It might support USB 2.0, not USB 3.0. The latest version of the world's most popular tablet, the iPad, has no USB port at all, only the proprietary Lightning connector. Apple does sell a Lightning to USB cable ($19), but the peripheral supports only USB 2.0, not USB 3.0.

If you need USB 3.0 connections today, a full-size USB 3.0 port is your best option. The Acer Iconia W7 and Microsoft Surface Pro are two examples of tablets with full-size USB 3.0 ports.

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6/3/2013 | 1:54:45 PM
re: Tablet Buying Demystified: 10 Tips
Putting the explanatory text off to the side does not improve this article. People are used to finding the text below the image and forcing them into a new mode when it doesn't improve the delivery of the information seems counter productive.
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