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Tablet Buying Guide - Top Five Important Tablet Features

Updated on June 22, 2017
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I am a passionate technology fan that has been reviewing the latest Android tablets over the past couple of years, providing helpful advice.

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There once was a man who bought the wrong tablet.

Currently we are overloaded with technical information that sometimes confuses us more than help us. This overload of information has frustrated me tremendously in the past and I've therefore decided to put this hub together, to provide important technical information in simple terms. I hope that through this hub, I will make it easier for you to purchase your dream Android tablet. Please do the poll and quiz on this Hub.


Before you read further, what feature in your opinion are the most important hardware specification?

What feature do you rate as the most critical for tablet usage?

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Analysis of Poll Results - Ongoing commentary.

As the poll results are slowly filtering in, I am analyzing the results. It seems from the early results that CPU - processing power and thus tablet responsiveness are the most important feature, consumers look at when buying a tablet. The second most important feature is battery life. So most people want a tablet that you don't have to charge every so many hours. I can definitely relate to this. The third most important aspect is screen size. This does not necessarily mean that consumers want bigger screens, it means they are specific about the size required for the purpose of the tablet. I am very surprised that storage size did not rank higher as this is quite an important feature thee days with the ever increasing size of Apps on the Google Play Store. I am monitoring the results and will adjust the analysis as things change. Please vote if you haven't yet and share your thoughts in the comment section at the bottom of this Hub. Than you in advance.

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Tablets are these days used by all ages, even small kids.

Tablet casings have been strengthened to cater for small kids.
Tablet casings have been strengthened to cater for small kids. | Source
Screen Size - Does it really matter?
Screen Size - Does it really matter? | Source

Tablet Screen Size

There are currently various tablet sizes available, ranging between 7 inch and 12.2 inch. I prefer a 10.1 inch screen, as the bigger screen makes reading e-books a lot easier. If you are however a keen Android gamer, then I would advise that you rather go for a 7 inch tablet. The reason for this advice, is that I have found that a 7 inch tablet is just comfortable enough for your finger placings on the screen and the 7 inch devices are in most cases light enough to hold, for extended periods of time. 7 Inch tablets are the preferred tablets for younger children, due to the weight and size. Samsung has started to release 12.2 inch tablets, so it looks as if the future trend will be for bigger tablets. My first choice for e-book reading and general tablet use, is a 10.1 inch device. This size is almost the size of a normal magazine hence you can read e-magazines without having to resize the document. In summary, it is important to never forget the purpose of usage of your tablet, prior to making the purchase.


Screen Size: Choose between 7 inch and 10.1 inch.

Is a Giant Tablet Worth it?

See the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 - The latest release from Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 SM-T530NYKAXAR 10.1-Inch 16GB (Black)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 SM-T530NYKAXAR 10.1-Inch 16GB (Black)

Technical Specifications as per Amazon.

Screen Size: 10.1 inch inch Multi-touch Screen

Max Screen Resolution: 1280x800 Screen

Processor: 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor

Onboard Memory: 1.5 GB

Storage: 16 GB

This tablet has got very good specifications and adhere to most of the minimum requirements that I am mentioning on this hub. The important thing to keep in mind when buying a tablet is the responsiveness of the device. This tablet has good enough processing power and memory to provide a satisfactory user experience.

 
Android Operating System Message
Android Operating System Message | Source

Disk Space

You can never have enough space.

You need to look at disk space when purchasing a tablet. The ideal disk space is 16 GB and bigger. This will be enough space for a lot of games and applications. My preferred space is 32 GB. Tablets are starting to appear on the market with 64 GB space. These are however quite expensive, but worth the money if you can afford it.

Just an important side note when it comes to storage. You might have seen many adverts for tablets with extended storage. Majority of tablets provide extended storage, but it is important to note that the majority of Apps have to be installed on the internal storage of the device and not on the removable storage. This is important to keep in mind when decide on the size of the storage.


Disk Space: Go for a 16 or 32 GB hard drive. 64 GB if you have the money!

How To Manage Tablet Storage

Octa-Core Processor
Octa-Core Processor | Source

Processor

Fast, Faster, Fastest!

One of the most important requirements is to have a good processor (CPU). Nobody wants to be frustrated with a sluggish device, that is too slow to run certain applications. Currently Dual-core and Quad-core processors are the most popular. If your budget allows for it, buy a tablet with an Octa-core processor. The top Octa-core processor is the MediaTek MT8392 ARM Cortex-A7. It has 8 cores with a measured clock speed between 1.7 and 2.0 GHz. So in summary, you need to ensure the processing power of the device is sufficient for the purpose you are acquiring it for. If you don't focus on this, it will come back to bite you, when the device is too slow to perform basic required tasks.


Processor: Go for a Quad-Core or an Octa-Core!

Android Operating System Message
Android Operating System Message | Source

What should the ideal Battery Specifications be?

A flat battery is almost as bad as a wet tennis court!

The following aspects about batteries, need to be taken into account when buying a tablet:

The minimum specification, in my opinion, must be above 5000 mAh. If you are unsure, check the battery life quoted by the manufacturer. They will usually list a battery life for normal usage and usage while watching video files and game play. You can use the average of the two quoted values, as a rough indication of what to expect. Please keep in mind that most manufacturers do exaggerate when it comes to battery life, so read as many customer reviews as possible prior to purchasing a tablet.


Battery Specification: The better the battery, the longer you will be able to use it.

Wireless reach is a very important aspect when buying a tablet.
Wireless reach is a very important aspect when buying a tablet. | Source

Wi-Fi

If you can't get on to the web, you can just as well, read yesterday's newspaper!

The quality of the Wi-Fi hardware has improved a lot over the past couple of years. It is important to check that the device adheres to the 802.11 b, g, n wireless standards. The n-standard has got the furthest reach and it is therefore in my opinion, the most important feature for the scanning device to have. It is important to also read customer reviews with regards to this feature as a tablet that can't access the Internet is for all intensive purposes, of no use.


Wi-Fi: Ensure your selected device has got a good Wi-Fi reach.

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