How to Buy the Right Tablet
Leading technology companies have filled the market with tons of tablet options. Here are some key considerations when figuring out which model is right for you.
When shopping for a tablet, first ask yourself "What will I be using this for?" Are you planning on using a tablet for just surfing the web and checking your email? Will you be using it for work or school? Will your new tablet replace your old laptop?
Once you've determined how you plan to use your new tablet, you can figure out which features will work best for your needs.
The operating system is the single largest factor when shopping for a tablet. The main players, in order of market share, are Google's Android, Apple's iOS and Microsoft's Windows.
Android supports a large variety of hardware with numerous screen sizes and features. It's the most customisable operating system. On the other hand, iOS tablets have carefully planned screen sizes and limited features that have been rigorously tested.
If you work on a PC, a Windows tablet may be the best choice for extensive work involving document creation and manipulation. Plus, its keyboard/cover combination has yet to be beaten.
The respective app stores for each tablet operating system are also an important consideration. Google's Play Store currently contains the most number of apps, over 1.3M. The apps in the Play Store tend to be relatively cheap, with up to 80% being free.
In comparison, Apple's App Store offers over 1.2M apps and is by far the most well-maintained. This makes finding apps easier, and the apps themselves tend to be of higher quality, but a bit more expensive on average.
Microsoft's Windows Store is still in its infancy with the total number of apps around 170,000.
Tablets come in a range of sizes and weights. Smaller, lightweight tablets are optimal for commuters and students. Larger models with generous screens enhance work productivity, especially in lieu of a laptop. The best approach is to simply go to a local store and get your hands on a few different models. If you don't have that opportunity, be sure to check weights and measurements online.
Before making a purchase, check if there are similar models on the market that might be cheaper. In addition to the price of the device itself, you should also weigh the costs of accessories such as cases, styluses, and keyboards. 4G access also requires a monthly data plan, so that should be added into the other financial considerations too.
While these factors may not cover every angle of tablet shopping, they will certainly help you narrow your focus.
About the Author
Geoff is a highly experienced and skilled Technology Director at Surety IT. His knowledge is based on years of industry experience having created customised, stable, well performing systems both for multi-national companies in the UK and Australia and Surety IT customers.
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