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What You're Looking for in a New Tablet

By Edited Sep 23, 2016 0 0

The Best Tablet Available

Before you start tablet shopping, you might want to read this. The tablet market is one of the fastest growing niches in electronics, and specs are changing fast. If you've never bought a tablet before, you might not know exactly what it is that you're looking for. A tablet is not going to replace your smart phone, or your laptop, though it does have some advantages of its own. It's also going to cost you a fair amount of money. So before you make that commitment to buy, here are a few things that you should be looking at...

The Operating System...

Just like a laptop, home computer, or even a smart phone, a tablet requires an operating system to run. There are three main systems that tablets use, which we'll discuss in more detail in a moment. But the important thing is that you find a system that you're comfortable with. Whilst each operating system does have its own pros and cons, a lot of the decision comes down to personal preference. And if you don't already have a preference, it might be a good idea to get down to a high street electronics store and play around with some of the demo models until you have a preference.

Apple Tablets...

The Apple tablet, or iPad, is the most popular tablet model on the market. It runs Apple's iOS, so for mac and iPhone users it will be a familiar interface. iPads are easy to use and extremely intuitive. This makes them a great choice for those new to the tablet market, but also a good buy for children or older people who may be less technically savvy. They tend to be pretty high featured and powerful as well. But there are a couple of down sides to owning an iPad. Firstly, they're pricey, there's no budget version of an iPad, unfortunately. Secondly, iPads (and Apple products in general) don't support Flash player, and for some people that's a deal breaker.

Windows Tablets...

Starting with the Surface, Windows has also ventured into the tablet market. This is the same Windows 8 software that home computers use, so again, it's a familiar interface. Windows tablets tend to be directed more towards the business market than the general user market. They have great compatibility with office and home software, and are perfect for things like designing presentations. They are, however, expensive. But they're also high featured and some of the best quality and fastest tablets on the market.

Android Tablets...

Android tablets run the same operating system as Android smart phones do, though it's been customised slightly to be used on a tablet. Android is fast, it's easy to use, and it has great app compatibility, with plenty of games and productivity apps that you can download. One of the biggest advantages of Android tablets is that there's just such a wide range of choice. Many manufacturers choose to make Android devices, so there's something in everyone's budget range. You can get a decent Android model for around a hundred pounds, so this is the clear choice for people shopping on a budget. Maybe the only disadvantage to Android models is that all that choice means that you don't always know exactly what you're getting, and there's no guarantee of quality. One of the biggest factors in choosing an Android tablet is the manufacturer. You're going to want to look for a quality brand name, such as Acer or Samsung, rather than a generic tablet, since this will guarantee you better quality.

The Screen Size...

Generally tablets have screens anywhere from seven to around ten inches. You're going to have to decide what's right for you. A small screen makes a tablet far more portable, it's easy to slide a seven inch tablet into your bag. However, a larger screen is obviously going to give you a better viewing experience, and will make using the touch screen device far easier. This is really a trade off, and you should at least make sure that you hold the tablet in your hands to get a feel for the size and what's comfortable for you.

The Memory Size...

The next big decision has to do with the internal memory of the tablet that you want. You basically have a choice of anywhere from 8 GB to 128 GB of memory, and which one you choose depends on how much data you think you're going to want to store. But you need to consider a couple of extra factors. Is there a Micro SD card slot? If there is, then you'll be able to increase the size of your device's memory using a cheap memory card, so you won't need so much internal memory. Also, what kind of connection ports does the device have? If there's a USB port, then moving data over to a hard drive is going to be easy. Unfortunately, many cheaper model tablets don't have these features, so you'll want to invest in more internal memory. Also, remember that you can always store data using cloud storage like Drop Box or Google Play. This will allow you to keep your device mostly empty, since you can just access what you need when you need it using the tablet's internet connection.

WiFi or Cellular Data...

Finally, consider whether you want a WiFi only model, or a 3G capable model. Connecting to WiFi is fast, and cheap, or free, and WiFi models are usually cheaper as well. But constantly having to find a WiFi hot spot through which to connect isn't particularly convenient. 3G is a little slower, but at least you'll have access to the network everywhere where you have a mobile phone signal. But this will mean that you'll need an operator SIM card, and a payment plan. You'll need either a mobile data contract or a pay as you go plan, meaning that you'll have ongoing costs associated with your tablet, which is something to consider seriously.

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