What Will You Use It for?

  • Create documents. You have documents to create and edit, ranging from that PowerPoint slide show to that logo for your new business. You don't want to waste even the five minutes it takes to ride the bus from your home to your office, so you need a tablet that is versatile enough to handle the work. Fortunately, Android is owned by Google, so you can access Google Drive from anywhere that has a Wi-Fi network and make some quick tweaks to your presentation. If you can't get to a Wi-Fi hotspot and aren't enabled for 3G or 4G, the Documents To Go app is good for creating and editing documents that are compatible with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Read books. You're a bookworm who finally get sick of hauling all those heavy books with you everywhere you go. Most tablets weigh less than most paperback books that are actually worth reading. You could read books on your iPad, any Android device with a mid- to large-sized screen, Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook. Naturally, Kindle and Nook gives you access to the widest range of ebook selections.

  • Entertainment. If you're intent on watching movies and playing games on your tablet, I recommend looking for a tablet with plenty of memory. If you feel like splurging, go for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G LTE Wireless Tablet with 64 GB of memory. However, if the price makes you hesitate, you might opt for cheaper, but still good, tablets like the heavily discounted 64-GB Blackberry Playbook 7” Tablet.

  • Test that app! So you're into programming apps. You probably have two or three tablets around to test them on. You basically have two choices: iPad or Android? It does make a difference in terms of who your audience is going to be. So choose wisely.

More Important Considerations

  • Memory: Most apps for gaming, work and everyday life take up, you guessed it, memory on your tablet's hard drive. That means choosing a tablet that can handle the storage and making sure it is compatible with SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards in case you run over. Studies show that the average size of apps is increasing. Popular ones like Spotify can reach almost 10 GB. That means your approach to tablet use should be twofold. You should choose a tablet that will give you some wiggle room in terms of memory capacity. You should also be aware of the sizes of apps you choose to install.

  • RAM: Also referred to as “primary memory,” the RAM temporarily holds the results of calculations, open files and unsaved data on your tablet. If your tablet starts running slow during an intense game or when you have more than one app open, that's a sign that the RAM is filling up. The amount of RAM in a tablet is never going to be equal to a good laptop or PC, but a good tablet should have between 1 and 2 GB of RAM.

  • Screen Size and Resolution: It's a balance between holding that tablet in one hand and making out the finest detail in that blockbuster movie you just downloaded. Simple as that.

  • Compatibility With Accessories: Don't get me wrong, accessories should work with your tablet and not the other way around. However, if you picked up a 4GB tablet because it was cheap, you're going to want it to be compatible with a memory card eventually. So check the availability of accessories before you plunk down hard cash for that tablet.