Tablets have become a major accessory since the iPad was released, but there are now many different tablets gracing the market. There are many different models, specs, operating systems and other factors to consider, and this can make it difficult to find the right tablet for your needs. If you are thinking about buying a tablet, then consider these major factors before you spend any money. This will help you choose only the best tablet that suits your life perfectly.
What do you need the tablet for? Tablets can be used for school, work or just having fun around the house. Before even thinking about features and apps, you should consider how you will be using the tablet. This will help you decide on what features are most important when buying the tablet, and you will know exactly what you need from the hardware.
For example, using the tablet at home doesn’t require the same amount of power you will need if the tablet is for work. A work tablet also needs a longer battery life and larger hard drive. Just think about what you really need the tablet for.
Apps and Operating System
Each tablet OS has different features, but the major difference between each OS is their respective app marketplace. For example, you can only access the Apple App Store if you get an iPad.
While the app marketplaces are constantly evolving, each one has certain strengths and weaknesses. Windows tablets are best for office work, making and editing documents and working seamlessly with the Microsoft Office programs. The iPad has a significant amount of games, and the largest app marketplace currently available. The Android app marketplace looks similar to the Apple one, but there are more indie apps there.
You should also think about the number of tablet models available for each OS. The Apple iOS is only found on the iPad. There are several Windows tablets, but the winner in terms of variety is Android. The Android OS runs on many different tablets, and this will give you the largest choice when it comes to picking through tablet models.
Battery life will be very important if you plan to take the tablet out of the house. If you are using the tablet at home, then battery life isn't much of an issue. This is because you can easily bring the tablet over to a computer to charge it up.
If you plan on using the tablet for school, then you should get at tablet that lasts at least five or six hours. You may need longer if you have a very long school day, but most students will be able to get away with this much.
Those who are using the tablet for work need the longest battery life. You should seek out a tablet that lasts about 10 hours. This will ensure that you can get through the common workday without the tablet dying on you. At the same time, if you don’t have the tablet on all the time at work, then you might be able to get away with less battery life.
WiFi or Cellular
Every major tablet is built with WiFi hardware, but there are fewer tablets with 3G or 4G Internet. WiFi is great if you will be around a hotspot all the time, and WiFi is the cheapest among the three. This is because WiFi tablets require less hardware, and you don’t need to buy a data plan to power the 3G or 4G Internet.
Cellular tablets are more expensive, but this allows you to use Internet wherever you go. Most schools and workplaces are built with WiFi Internet, so that you may not even need a cellular tablet. Those who travel around should consider cellular tablets to ensure that they can use the Internet at all times.
The data plan prices for 3G and 4G are roughly the same, but 4G tablets are much faster. On average, 4G Internet is 10 times faster than 3G. If you need speed, then go for 4G. If you need battery life, then 3G will be better because it doesn’t drain the battery as much.
Most tablets have screen sizes ranging from 7 to 10 inches. Larger tablets are typically better for watching media, but they are also heavier and harder to carry around than smaller tablets.
Consider how portable you need the tablet to be. If you want a tablet that you can easily stow away between classes, then a smaller one will be better. If you want a large one for movies that won’t be moved around too much, then a 10-inch tablet might be best for you.
You can choose between light and thin tablets, or thick and rugged ones. The lighter ones are easier to carry around, but they aren’t nearly as durable as rugged tablets. You should consider who will be using the tablet, and where you will be taking it.
If the tablet is only going to be used by responsible adults, then a light one should be fine. If children are going to use the tablets, then a rugged one will better withstand any punishment.
Hard Drive Size
How many files do you want to save on your tablet? If you plan on saving a lot of apps and movie files, then you may need a larger hard drive to store all that data. Tablets that will be used primarily for text documents and other smaller files can have smaller hard drives.
While it might seem like a good idea to get the largest hard drive possible, larger hard drives command much higher prices. Unless you don’t mind spending more, it is best to get a tablet that has just enough room for your needs.
Finding the best tablet for your needs is easy. You just need to think of a few factors, and you should be able to find the exact tablet you need. You should also set a budget before buying a tablet because some models can get very expensive.
Katelyn is a tech blogger for NetQin, keeping users updated on the latest and greatest advances in gadgets.