In response to our article about Malware attacking iPhones and iPads, we got this question: “How do I protect the Android tablet I recently purchased from you from this kind of problem? I did not find any answers in your download on Android devices which I also purchased.”
First, if you’re interested in security measures for your tablet and you already have our Android 101 Guide, check out the chapter entitled “Android Security.” Or you can also click here to check out this article: Anti-Virus For Android: A Look At Your Security Options.
But the malware talked about in this particular article wouldn’t be an issue for your Android tablet, since it affects only iPads and iPhones – devices running Apple’s iOS operating system.
Also yesterday, a friend’s mom called me and asked for some help doing something on her Kindle tablet. I tried giving her instructions, but they didn’t seem to work and she ended up bringing the device over to my house. Turns out she had a Samsung Galaxy Android tablet and not a Kindle – so the instructions would be completely different.
While all of these devices are tablets, they are very different things. Just as trucks, vans and cars are all vehicles, but a recall notice for a Chevy truck doesn’t affect a Ford sedan. The instructions for fixing an engine problem in an electric car is not the same for a diesel truck. So it’s important to know what you’re dealing with.
An iPad is a device that is only manufactured by Apple. It is most often sold through Apple, though they do have a few retail partners. iPads run the iOS operating system. (An operating system is the program that makes the tablet go.)
You can’t change the operating system on an iPad – except when Apple offers an upgrade to a newer version of iOS. iPads will always have an Apple logo on them. They are usually more expensive than other tablets, starting at $329 for an iPad mini and running all the way to $829 for the larger iPads.
Apps for these devices are purchased from the Apple App Store. If you want to learn more about an iPad, we do have an iPhone and iPad Guide available.
Android is the most popular tablet OS. Google is the company behind the operating system, but anyone can manufacture an Android tablet. While all iPads look and act pretty much the same, you can find quite a bit of difference in the way the homepage for tablets will look.
You cannot change the operating system for your tablet, other than to upgrade to a newer version of Android, if one is offered by our manufacturer.
Among popular Android tablet makers are Samsung, Nexus, Lenovo and Sony. But the most popular Android tablets are generic unbranded ones.
You might find a basic Android tablet for just a bit over $50 or you could pay up to $1000 for a high-end model, depending on the features.
Apps for Android Tablets are found in the Google Play Store. If you’d like to learn a little more about Android, you can check out our Android 101 Guide.
A Kindle Fire Tablet (not to be confused with a Kindle eReader) is an interesting beast. While it runs the Android operating system, it is heavily modified to turn it into a device for accessing your Amazon account. Kindles are available only through Amazon.
The Fire line is customized to make is super-easy to pull up eBooks purchased from Amazon. It works best if you purchase a$99-per-year Amazon Prime subscription and use it to view videos and movies and for listening to Amazon streaming music. Your Kindle Tablet will usually say Kindle or Amazon somewhere on the body of the tablet. A top-of-the line Fire tablet could run close to $400.
It plays games and runs other programs, but you are limited to the selection in the Amazon App store, which is much smaller than the millions of apps available to iPad and Android tablet users.
Still, they are quality tablets and, if you have a Prime subscription, a very handy device for enjoying your entertainment.
So, tablet owners, what kind of tablet do you have?