Parallelism when writing for Tablets

I was writing an install procedure for one of our software products (for tablets) and just thought I should share my thoughts on the style for referring to tablet names.
I compiled a list of tablets available in the market.
 
Company
Device
Software
Usual name
Amazon
Kindle
Android
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble
Nook Color eBook
Android
Nook
Samsung
Galaxy
Android
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Toshiba
Excite
Thrive
Android
Toshiba Excite
Toshiba Thrive
Dell
Streak
Android
Dell Streak
Lenovo
K1 Ideapad
Android
Lenovo Ideapad
Sony
Tablet S
Android
Sony Tablet S
Motorola
XOOM
Android
Motorola Xoom
HTC
Evo View
Android
HTC Sprint
Google
Nexus
Android
Google Nexus
Apple
iPad
Apple OS
Apple iPad
BlackBerry
Playbook
BlackBerry OS
BlackBerry Playbook
HP
TouchPad
HP Web OS
HP TouchPad
Samsung
Slate PC
Windows 7 Home Premium
Samsung Series 7 Slate PC
Acer
ICONIA
Windows 7 HomePremium32 bit
Acer ICONIA
HP
Slate
Windows 7 Professional
HP Slate
                                                                                                                                                                
The usual features users need are size, storage, Internet connectivity (WiFi), apps, etc. The tablets run on different processors and Operating System (OS). However, the OS seems to be the main category by which tablets are known.

The three most popular OS are: Apple OS, Android, and Windows.
The “devices” are known by different names. For example:
  • Apple’s tablet is iPad
  • Blackberry’s tablet is Playbook
  • Dell’s tablet is Streak
Devices that run on Android (as many companies offer these tablets) are commonly known as Android tablets. Of course end users might know and buy Motorola Xoom or Samsung Galaxy tab with Android, etc.
Similarly for tablets that run on Windows, the usual reference is to Windows tablets.
So when writing a procedure (probably installation and configuration procedures) for a product that works on a specific tablet, the heading would be:
– My Product Procedure for iPad (not Apple iOS 5 – the OS for apple tablets!)
– My Product Procedure for Android tablets
– My Product Procedure for Windows tablets
Note that we call iPad – the device – Apple iPad. This is the deviation in style! We skip Google in the Android name and Microsoft in the Windows reference.
Strictly…if we write a procedure titled, My Product Procedure for Apple iPad, referring to the device name, then we should have My Product Procedure for Samsung Galaxy tab or My Product Procedure for Acer ICONIA! But that would be going overboard and into too much detail. What we actually mean is: “My Product Procedure for Tablets that run a) Apple OS b) Windows OS c) Android OS, and so on.”
Therefore, I think it is best to keep it as My Product Procedure for Windows Tablets or My Product Procedure for Android Tablets. The plural form “tablets” is NEEDED to cover all tablets that run on Windows or Android. (I also read somewhere that tablets and tablet PCs mean the same.)
The only problem would be if at all a different company other than Apple suddenly offers their own tablets with Apple OS! Then we might need to change the heading for the My Product Procedure for iPad to “My Product Procedure for iPad tablets”! Or ask Apple to make their OS name popular 🙂

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