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4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Tablet

Updated on May 15, 2013

Buying the right tablet can be a confusing, challenging task especially if you do not know what to look for. With so many brands and models to choose from, it sure is difficult to pick the unit that will suit your needs, preferences, and budget. Fortunately, there are certain things that can help you make the right decision. So if you’re ready, here are the four essential considerations you need to keep in mind before buying a tablet.

1. Size

Tablet screens come in various sizes. Some units have 7-inch screens, while others have as much as 10.6-inch screens. If you’re the type of person who’s always on the go and prefers lightweight gadgets that you can easily place in your bag, then 7-inch tablets, such as the iPad mini (7.9 inch to be exact) or the Google Nexus 7, are perfect for you. They are very portable and are suitable for light video watching, ebook reading, and online surfing.

On the other hand, if you prefer a gadget that will not only provide you with entertainment but will also keep you productive, then tablets ranging from 8.9 to 11.6 inches are suitable for you. Their bigger screens make them perfect for creating and editing documents as well as giving you a more immersive video and gaming experience.

2. Internet Connectivity

Internet connection can be costly. That is why you need to decide whether you should go for a tablet that has Wi-Fi feature only or a slate that has 4G capacity as well. If you opt to go for the latter, then be prepared to pay more since 4G tablets cost more than their Wi-Fi-only counterparts. Aside from that, opting for a 4G enabled tablet also means that you will be paying your chosen service provider every month for the amount of data that you consume. The price you need to pay for this service varies from one provider to another.

If you’re constantly in a location where there is Wi-Fi connectivity, then it is best for you to purchase a Wi-Fi-only tablet. On the other hand, if you constantly travel or live in a place where there is no Wi-Fi connection, then investing in a tablet with a built-in 4G radio is worth it. Make sure you talk with your service provider first for you to fully understand the terms of the data plans they provide.


3. Operating System (OS)

Perhaps the most important consideration you need to keep in mind during your tablet shopping is the operating system or OS. Before, there were only two OS available in the market, iOS from Apple and Android. However, just recently, Microsoft entered the tablet arena with its introduction of its own OS, Windows 8 and Windows RT.

iOS tablets remain to be popular among many gadget lovers due to its extensive collection of apps and very simple interface. iPad users can choose from the astonishing 800,000 apps available for download. 275,000 of which are exclusive only to the iPad. Aside from that, the iPad 4 also now has the Retina Display feature, which makes everything look crisper and more lifelike.

On the other hand, Android tablets are also popular among many gadget junkies due to their flexibility, performance, and of course, cheap price. However, choosing the right Android device can be as confusing as choosing between an iOS iPad and an Android tablet. Why? It’s because the Android OS has many variations. There are those that retain Google’s original OS version, while there are those that have added their own touches or modifications.

Microsoft has two OS versions, Windows 8 and Windows RT. Both have the same set of features and functions. They only differ in that the Windows RT is only available on gadgets running on ARM-based processors. Aside from that, the said OS is only capable of supporting modern apps from the Windows Store. It is incapable of running traditional desktop applications. On the other hand, the Windows 8 version is capable of supporting both traditional and modern apps.

4. Price

Of course, this list will not be complete if we do not include the most important consideration you need to keep in mind—the price of the tablet. You can buy a decent Android slate for as low as $199 with a screen size of 7 inches. On the other hand, if you prefer bigger tablets, then be prepared to pay more. Also, the price of a tablet is dependent on its storage capacity. For instance, 32GB tablets cost more than their 16GB counterparts. Finally, the brand of a tablet will also dictate its price. Apple’s iPad and tablets running on Windows 8 or RT will cost more than Android tablets. On the other hand, the price of Android tablets is also dependent on their brands.

Now that you already know the things to look for in a tablet, it’s time for you to buy yourself one. Make sure you ponder upon the four elements listed above to help you get your money’s worth and avoid “buyer’s remorse”. Remember, tablets can be costly, so make sure you take your time in purchasing one.


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      cecil 3 years ago

      that the bets ever HAhahaHAHAHAhaha.....

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      Paul Corvan 4 years ago

      Thanks for the positive feedback and topic suggestion SidKemp.

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      This is a great start for help choosing a tablet. I hope you can write more about ease of use and reliability.

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      Paul Corvan 4 years ago

      You're welcome. And I'm glad that you find my hub helpful. I hope you'll be able to buy the tab that's right for you.

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Well, i appreciate your work. This hub is really useful to me as am planning to get a tab. Good tips, great work! Thank you.