How Latte Tablets Work

Latte Tablet Specifications

Latte sells two tablets on its Web site: the ICE Smart, which it originally launched in August 2011, and the iMuz, which launched in March 2012. The ICE Smart's screen measures 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) diagonally and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a version of Android designed for smartphones. That makes sense: As a 5-inch (12.7-centimeter) MID, the ICE is slightly closer to a phone form factor than a tablet form factor.

Inside, the ICE Smart is running on an 800MHz processor, 256MB of RAM and 8GB of internal flash storage. A 2200mAh battery provides power, and the small tablet offers a pretty standard selection of ports: headphone jack, micro SD, USB and HDMI. The device supports micro SD cards up to 32GB for expanded storage. Like many other budget touch devices, the ICE uses a resistive touchscreen that supports two simultaneous touch points. Most smartphones and tablets use capacitive touchscreens, which support more accurate multitouch. Multitouch allows for gestures that involve more than two fingers.

The ICE Smart's touchscreen is an 800 by 480 pixel display, a common resolution for smartphones with screens measuring about 4 inches (10.2 centimeters). In 2012, many devices have begun to move to larger screens. The Samsung Galaxy S III, which has a 4.8-inch (12.2-centimeter) screen, offers an HD resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels, or 720p.

Because it's a newer device, the Latte iMuz, unsurprisingly, offers newer technology. Inside, it's running a faster 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and the same 8GB of storage. Other differences include a larger 3200mAh battery, better graphics processing unit, a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, support for 802.11n WiFi and the larger 7-inch (17.8-centimeter) screen. Like the ICE, the iMuz offers headphone, micro SD, USB and HDMI ports. Both devices contain accelerometers, which are used to detect motion for games and rotating the device's screen. Both devices actually weigh the same at 0.7 pounds (318 grams).

While the larger Latte tablet does use a capacitive touch screen, it still runs at the same resolution of 800 by 480 pixels. Google's Nexus 7 tablet, launched in July 2012 -- just a few months after the iMuz -- runs at a much higher 1280 by 800 pixels. Of course, the usefulness of a tablet isn't just driven by its components. Next we'll dig into the features of each device.