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The First In-Car Media Center, And Tablets For Light Use

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Chris brought us back in IFA History with the first in-car media center

The first in-car media center was presented during the Internationale Funkausstellung in 1993 in Berlin. Blaupunkt presented a model, named “Berlin” of course, which combined a mobile music- and information system with a three by two inch video screen. The “Berlin” already had interfaces for a CD changer, telephone, television and video players, plus a complete navigation system.

Steen in Laurel, Mississippi listens on SuperTalk 99.3 FM and asked:

I’m interested in a tablet. What are some of the things I must have and really don’t need. I see them ranging in price from about $30 to several thousand dollars. Gonna be doing a little e-mail and surfing the web.


Any tablet will let you browse the web and check email, those are the most basic functions that everyone just takes for granted these days.

If that’s all you’re after, you can pretty much skip the tablets that cost several thousand dollars, you won’t need that kind of power, storage, or the extra features of, say, an iPad Pro.

Now, if you go too cheap you may find yourself trying to use a tablet that keeps freezing up or that doesn’t render web content correctly.

If you’re interested in having access to popular apps, you may want to stay away from very cheap tablets too, sometimes they either won’t have access to the Google Play store, or they do but they’re just not supported by the apps you want to use.

Typically, the $30 tablets are full of compromises, but they also cost $30. The Amazon Fire tablets are ok, but limited in what they can do and they run a customized version of Android that is nowhere near as good as real android, but they start at $50 and they have access to Amazon’s library of movies, TV shows, music, and books, so which is a plus.

Tablets start getting better at around $200-300 mark

Tablets start getting better at around $200-300 mark, and tend to improve as they price goes up, they also tend to have larger screens as the price goes up.

In your case, if you don’t care about screen size, we’d say that you can look for a cheap option, just don’t go for the ultra cheap option so you don’t run into too many performance issues.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention Chromebooks at this point. For web based email like Gmail and general web surfing, a Chromebook will work perfectly. It runs a regular desktop version of Chrome, unlike the mobile browser that a tablet would have, and that means websites are more likely to work with it.

Chromebooks cost around $200 for basic models, but that always includes a keyboard. A physical keyboard for your tablet is an extra cost option.

We don’t have anything against tablets, but when we hear things like “a little email and some web surfing,” we tend to question whether a tablet is the best device.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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