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IELTS language: Comparing tablets - iPadmini v Nexus7 v Kindle Fire HD

Find IELTS language below that if you use, you will definitely improve your band score: a)Comparing & Contrasting - very useful for the IELTS writing section b)Technology vocabulary c)Informal language     It seems that everyone has or wants a tablet these days and the tablet wars are really heating up. Now there’s even more choice for all you tablet fans. You can choose from full-size tablets or mini versions. These are smaller and cheaper than normal tablets and may be the latest Christmas must-have gift. The current 7 inch tablet market contains 3 main products. Take a look at this infographic to see what they are and how they compare:   (Copyright for this image at ITPro here)  

The screen

The iPad mini has a 7.9 inch screen, compared to the Google and Amazon tablets which only have a 7 inch one. Although the iPad’s is bigger it actually has less pixels with 1024 by 768. Whereas, the 2 others both have 1280 by 800. That means the iPadmini has the lowest quality image.  

Price

The new smaller ipad is £110 more expensive than the Kindle and the Nexus. However, we all know how expensive all the Apple products are so that’s not much of a surprise and you do get what you pay for.  The iPadmini comes with iOS 6, the newest Apple OS but contains the older A5 chip. You should also remember that you aren’t just buying the device but the whole ecosystem. So, if you get an iPadmini you have to use iTunes and the App store. Get the Nexus and you need to access Google Play while the Kindle is for downloading from Amazon’s App store and Amazon.co.uk.  

Cameras

Both the iPadmini and the Kindle have front HD cameras. While the ipad also has a rear 5 MP one. In comparison, the Nexus only has 1.2MP front camera. Neither, the Nexus nor Kindle have rear cameras. Therefore, if you want to take photos and do Skype then the iPadmini is the tablet for you.  

Connectivity

All the mini tablets have WIFI and Bluetooth capability but only the iPadmini has 4G LTE. Another difference is that every tablet except the Kindle has GPS.  

Memory

Tablets generally have less storage capacity than laptops. The iPadmini has several different versions ranging from the basic 16GB to the 32 and the biggest with an impressive 64GB of storage. In contrast, the Kindle does not have a 64GB version. The Nexus has far less memory, starting at 8GB and only going up to 16GB.  

Conclusion

Each tablet is different so it depends on what you want it for but if you have a Mac or an iPhone then getting the iPadmini makes sense. If price is an issue or you just like Android then maybe the Nexus or Kindle is a better decision.  

Informal language

heating up 
getting more competitive
tablet fans 
people who like tablet computers a lot
Christmas must-have gift
the present that everyone wants for Christmas
you do get what you pay for
the price of a product is related to the quality

                                                                                      

Techie language and abbreviations

ecosystem 
the environment and how everything is related such as iPhones, iTunes and iTV
HD
High Definition
MP 
Mega Pixels = A million pixels
4G LTE 
4th Generation Long Term Evolution telephone network
GPS 
Global Positioning System
GB
Gigabytes = 1000 Megabytes

 

Comparing and contrasting language

 The text uses basic comparatives and superlatives but also a number of different structures. These are very useful for IELTS when comparing graphs or charts.   The iPad mini has a 7.9 inch screen, compared to the Google and Amazon tablets which only have a 7 inch one. Although the iPad’s is bigger it actually has less pixels with 1024 by 768 Whereas, the 2 others both have 1280 by 800. The iPadmini comes with iOS 6, the newest Apple OS but contains the older A5 chip. Both the iPadmini and the Kindle have front HD cameras While the ipad also has a rear 5 MP one. In comparison, the Nexus only has 1.2MP front camera. Neither, the Nexus nor Kindle have rear cameras. T All the mini tablets have WIFI and Bluetooth capability but only the ipadmini has 4G LTE. Another difference is that every tablet except the Kindle has GPS.     [poll id='55']      

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