When apple first launched its iPad tablet a couple of years ago, a lot of critics had predicted the device would turn out to be a failure. The world's first "tablet" looked like a rather confused hybrid between computers and smart phones. It seemed like a device that was too simple to run a software and incapable of making phone calls. The question was who would ever buy something like that?
It turns out that a lot of people would. Lately, tablets are one of the most common personal electronic devices around, with the sales of tablets expected to overtake sales of laptops by 2016. Joining Apple in the business, manufacturers like Kindle, Microsoft and Google have all introduced their own tablets in order to get their own cut of the market. This competition is pretty good for consumers, because it means a wider choice of products spread across a wider range of prices. However, it also means that anyone who is intent on buying a tablet needs to do some research first in order to find the right device to meet their needs. Here are some very basic rules you should adhere to so as to ensure that you get the proper device for you.
Know How You Are Going to Use The Device
Credit: Amazon.comBefore you commence shopping for a tablet, you need to ask yourself the question "how am I planning on making use of this device?" Since every device has its own peculiar set of strengths and weaknesses, you should carry out your research in advance to ensure that the tablet you're acquiring is capable of meeting its intended purpose. For instance, if you intend to simply use a lot of apps, you can go with an iPad, but if you need a device with laptop-like functionality you might want to check out a Windows Surface tablet instead. On the other hand, if you want one of those machines that are good but not quite the best at everything, put one of the newest Galaxy tablets by Samsung into consideration.
Availability of Enough Storage Space
Credit: Amazon.comStorage space on the tablet market comes at a steep premium, but quite unfortunately it is not something you can afford to overlook. Most of the base-model tablets come with 15 or 16 gigabytes of storage. This is just about enough space to hold a small library of music, apps and photos but it will get full more quickly than you know and once you have gone past 50% capacity your device may start slowing down. Considering the increasing data requirements of "HD" tablet apps, it's a good idea for you to invest in something like 30 gigabytes of memory, as this will give you the best bargain for your money as regards longevity and functionality. Much larger memory options of 64 and 128 gigabytes are also available on some tablets, but expect you are planning on uploading your whole movie and music collections to your device they are not really worth that much.
Data Plans Are Not Very Important
A lot of tablets, like the iPad and Galaxy, come with optional data plans that will allow you to have access to 3g or 4g services anywhere for a monthly fee. While these may sound tempting, most times they are often a waste of money. You can get Wi-Fi just about everywhere these days, and even if you are not in an area without it, you can simply just tether your tablet to a smart phone and get access to the internet that way. While it is true that some phone carriers do charge you monthly fees for tethering a device to phone, most times these fees are much smaller than what you would have paid for an independent data plan for your tablet.
You Will Always Get What You Pay For
This is the simple rule of capitalism that a lot of consumers tend to forget. When it comes to purchasing a tablet, remember that cheaper prices relate with reduced functionality or watered-down components. This is not to say that you should expend a fortune on acquiring a top-of-the-line device, but that you should keep it in mind that a good-mid-level tablet will probably last much longer and probably make you much happier than the cheaper basic model.
Selecting the perfect tablet for your needs is not very difficult. Just remember take into account these four basic rules when you go out shopping. To get the most of your investment, do a research of the models that best matches your desired purpose, invest prudently in storage space and avoid the unnecessary add-ons like data plans. If you can do all of these, then you can be sure to get a tablet that you be will satisfied with.