Choosing a new tablet can be a challenge because there are so many options on the market. When they were first released, the iPad was your only real option. However, since then, most electronics companies have built their own tablets and now you have a massive range to choose from. That’s great, but it does mean that many people are left feeling a bit lost. Is there any difference between the different tablets or are they all the same? What kind of features should you be looking for when you buy a new tablet? How much should you spend?
Don’t worry if you haven’t got a clue where to start. This guide will take you through the main things you must consider when buying a new tablet.
Firstly, look at the operating system that the tablet uses. This is fairly simple because if you buy an iPad, it will run iOS and most other tablets will run Android. If you already use Apple products and you are familiar with the operating system, an iOS device may be the way to go. However, Android offers a bit more flexibility in terms of the apps you can use (although most major apps develop for both platforms). It often comes down to which operating system you prefer using and which you are most comfortable with. Most people will choose the same operating system that their smartphone uses.
Screen Size and Resolution
Next, look at the screen size. You should think about what you are going to use the tablet for when deciding what screen size you need. If you are planning to do a lot of gaming or watch lots of movies, you’ll want a big, high-resolution screen. On the other hand, if you only plan to use it for web browsing or listening to music, portability is a bigger priority than screen size, so a smaller tablet is best.
For movies and gaming, you should invest in a tablet with an OLED screen. You’ll get much richer colors and a very crisp image. This will cost you more, so there is no need to spend money on it if you don’t plan on watching movies or playing games on your tablet.
Next, look at the battery life. This is one of the most important things when buying Phones and Tablets because they are useless to you once the battery runs out. A lot of mobile devices these days have poor battery life and only last a day at most. If you are running demanding software on them, the battery runs down even faster. So, make sure that you check the average battery life and find something that will be reliable.
Finally, you need to look at the processor. If you want to run complex applications, like games or photo editing software, you’ll need a powerful processor that can handle it. Look for something that has at least 4GB of RAM and check the type of processor. The Apple A10 Fusion (or anything more powerful) is perfect for iPads. For other tablets, look out for the MediaTek G90 or the Qualcomm Snapdragon.
Once you have been through this checklist, you can easily determine if a tablet meets your needs or not.