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How the FileMate Identity Tablet Works

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FileMate Identity Tablet Specs

Cracking the case and peeking under the hood, we can see that the FileMate Identity Tablet packs a 1-gigahertz processor from industry giant ARM, along with 512 megabytes (MB) of RAM and an 8-gigabyte (GB) flash memory, which you can boost to 32 GB by popping a memory card into the Secure Digital (SD) slot. Flash memory -- a favorite storage medium for digital camera cards, memory sticks and thumb drives -- has no moving parts, making it ideal for miniaturization.

Identity's power train stacks up a bit light compared to other, mid-2012, 7-inch (18-centimeter) tablets, such as the Nexus 7, which packs a more efficient quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8-16 GB of storage, or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, which sports a dual-core chipset.

At 7.53 x 5.14 x 0.57 inches (191.2 x 130.5 x 14.6 millimeters) -- roughly the size of a Nook Color -- the Identity feels solid and handles easily. Different sources list different weights: Amazon indicates a 2.0-pound (0.91-kilogram) shipping weight, whereas Wal-Mart puts the weight at 3.2 pounds (1.45 kilograms). Either figure, if accurate, would place Identity on the hefty end of 2012 standards: The Nexus 7, for example, weighs just shy of 12 ounces (340 grams), and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 experiences Earth's gravitational hug to the tune of 12.2 ounces (346 grams).

The device uses a capacitive touch screen, which means that you must use your finger (or a South Korean sausage) to interact with it. Unlike resistive systems, which detect touch through pressure, capacitive screens sense interruptions in an electric field and therefore require something conductive to touch them. Identity's multitouch screen means you can pinch and zoom to your heart's content.

Connecting wirelessly should pose little problem. The Identity supports WiFi IEEE 8.2.11 in b, g and n flavors, and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) for faster data transfer between devices. One reviewer reported a steady connection with very good range [source: McAffee]. The tablet does not support 3G or 4G, though, which could leave you feeling stranded in the slow lane.

The engine is important, but it means little without good fit, finish and form factor -- to say nothing of those all-important ports.


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