January 5, 2020

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While tablets may not be as popular as they were when they first hit the market, there is plenty reason to still invest into one if you are looking for a portable device for communication or entertainment.


Whether it be checking your Facebook account on the go, replying to your business emails or seeing an episode on your way to work – a tablet can do it all!


Basic Factors to Consider

If you are set to buy your first tablet here are some of the things that you need to consider when purchasing one.


Tablets by Usage

Let’s take a number of use cases to see what kind of tablets you should be looking for.

  • Home Use: If you are looking for something casual for entertainment and social media, you do not need to invest in a high-end tablet and anything with a good screen and 1080p playback capability should be more than enough.
  • Professional Use: If you need to use a lot of intensive apps and be productive, you should consider investing in good hardware that is able to keep up with your multitasking needs. Something like the Apple’s iPad Pro lineup or Surface Pro lineup should be more suited to your needs.
  • Portable Gaming: There are not only installable games out there, but you can also stream games from your computer using some services. You should consider investing into the best possible hardware out there with sufficient RAM. iOS and Android have a great selection of portable games while a Windows 10 device would require you to use a controller as most Windows games are not touch-optimized.
  • Kids’ Tablets: If you are looking for something for kids in your home, you should look for something inexpensive. Parental controls are available on both Android and iOS which you can take advantage of. You also need to invest in good accessories to keep your tablet from being damaged too easily. The more popular a device is, the more likely it is that you will get accessories for it so that’s something you need to keep in mind.
2-in-1 or Standalone Tablets 

There are a number of high-end two-in-one devices that not only offer a complete computing experience and come with a dock-keyboard, but also offer a more complete experience and offer more computing capabilities.


These two-in-one devices can be very expensive and are recommended to users who are looking for a portable laptop and tablet in one.


Do note that standalone tablets also offer keyboards officially and also from third party manufacturers. You can always choose to invest in a standard tablet and a keyboard separately to save on costs. Depending on how heavy your requirements are you can choose the right option for you.


For casual usage we strongly recommend sticking to standalone tablets as some of the modern tablets can match up to your average laptop quite well.


Tablet Size

There are three major size options out there. The first is the 7” to 8” segment which contains what we think of as slightly oversized phones. With phone displays going past the 6.5” mark these days, a 7” tablet is not much bigger.


This segment is slowly thinning out because of the increase in large smartphones and finding a powerful 7 or 8-inch tablet can be difficult.


The 10” segment is the most popular as it fits the bill of being portable and productive. While you can’t go around using them in one hand, they are portable enough for regular usage without much trouble. They are ideal for reading and causal content viewing.


The third size segment is the 11” to 13” range. These tablets usually pack in way better battery life and hardware and are heavily recommended for power users only. 


If size and weight are not high on your priority list and you want a portable entertainment system or a serviceable computer that comes with all of the apps you’d want for social media or business purposes, you can definitely check out some great professional tablets in the segment.


Operating System 
  • IOS - When it comes to tablets, Apple is currently king with its iOS 12 tablets. You have the standard sized 10” tablets as well as the 13” Pro tablets which pack in really powerful hardware. With iOS 12, you get access to split-screen true multitasking (available on Pro only currently). The App Store is packed with great apps and the UI is very easy to use. It is definitely a platform you cannot go wrong when at least when it comes to tablets.
  • ANDROID - Android tablets have thinned down in terms of the number of products available out there. Tablet makers are few and far between as the tablet craze has died down a little when comes to the Android side of things. However, the platform shines when it comes to affordable tablets and if you are looking for something that does not pinch your pocket and gets the job done for short trips you can check out some budget Android tablets but if you are looking for something more powerful, we recommend looking at other platforms.
  • WINDOWS - Windows 10 is a great platform when it comes to tablets. Microsoft’s Surface lineup has always been solid and it offers great hardware in a portable form factor which is something a lot of us want. Windows has primarily been in the desktop and laptop front of things but the tech giant made a number of improvements to the OS to make it more fine-tuned for portable use as well. While touchscreen friendly apps might be lacking, you get access to desktop grade hardware on the fly which is something a lot of users might be looking for.

Selecting the Right Operating System

Choosing the right OS for tablet usage is all about apps and content. All three major platforms offer their own digital stores while Windows and Android also offer the ability to install apps from third-party sources.


App Store and Android’s Google Play Store offer a ton of touch optimized apps to choose from. All popular streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime are available as well so you should check them out.


One platform that you may have heard of is Amazon’s Underground app store but it is available as a sideload on Android devices and comes natively installed on Fire tablets. Unfortunately, Fire tablets are not available officially here from Amazon and there is no official support here either.


However, Amazon’s app store and it offers a number of free apps legitimately which is something you should consider installing.


How to Choose the Right Tablet for YOU!

Specifications to Check Before Purchase

When it comes to hardware, if you are opting for iOS or Windows 10 you are limited by the number of hardware options there are which it makes it very easy to choose from. However, Android devices can be hard to choose from as there are a large number of vendors with different features and specs.


Here are some of the most important specs that you should be looking for.


Processors

When it comes to Android devices you will find the most variance as there are a number of manufacturers who produce processors for Google’s platform including Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Samsung and Intel.


For Windows devices you will mostly find Intel chips and Apple has its own A series processors. Simple spec sheets won’t tell you much as optimization and real-world performance matters a lot more when it comes to these devices unless you are looking at Windows 10 tablets only.


For Android and iOS it is recommended to check individual reviews to see how each device fares before making a decision.


RAM

If you are looking at Apple devices, it is recommended to get at least 2GB RAM while Android devices can have anything between 2GB to 4GB RAM depending on how intensive the screen and your usage is.


For Windows 10 portable devices you should try to get at least 8GB of RAM for a smooth experience.


Storage

Apple does not offer expandable storage and you will be limited to the stock storage you get. Android and Windows 10 offer expandable storage in most cases but it is recommended to have at least 32GB or 64GB of storage regardless of platform as it should cater to the average user’s needs.


Conclusion 

We hope we made it easier for you to pick the perfect tablet for yourself.


There are a number of options to choose from even though the craze to buy tablets has died down a little because users are less inclined to upgrade every year and the fact that phone screens have become large enough to make smaller tablets redundant.


Larger tablets (10” or above0 are still popular and you should definitely consider picking one up for entertainment, productivity or gaming on the go as they make great travel companions and allow you to work while also removing the bulk that a standard sized laptop comes with.


Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Lenovo and Asus are among the most famous tablets brands to consider when buying the gadget.


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