In a matter of a few years, tablets have become the major trend in portable multimedia devices. They can be used for performing all kinds of tasks and for having fun on the go. Such a gadget is certainly a great investment. You simply need to select the right model for you.
The operating system is the primary factor to consider when choosing a tablet because there are three major rivaling technologies that are trying to dominate the market. The outcome of the battle is not clear yet, so you will need to trust your guts and your wits as well.
Android – Without a doubt this is the leading tablet OS at present. It has been developed by Google and is used on devices from major brands like Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony. It works well, it’s functional and it gives you access to all Google services and to hundreds of thousands of apps in Google’s Play Store.
iOS – This is the operating system used by iPad devices. According to experts, the iPad and its OS are still leaders in the market when it comes to innovation and performance. Still, you may not find this option very useful if you do not have other Apple devices. Another thing to note is that you will get access to over 200,000 apps in the app store.
Windows – This is the newest player in the market for portable devices. You can expect the Windows tablets to have good hardware and software performance. However, they are not as advanced as their counterparts in terms of functionality. There is also a much more limited selection of apps available for tablets running the Windows operating system.
The 7-inch and 10-inch tablets are the main options that you have available even though there are varying sizes in this range. There are also 13-inch models available. Generally, size is a matter of personal choice. If you want to watch a lot of movies and enjoy many games on the device you will be better off with a larger screen. If it’s portability you’re looking for, you should go for a smaller size.
It’s best if you opt for a tablet with at least a dual-core processor to ensure optimal performance and speed at all times. If you plan to use the device extensively for work and/or for game play, you may be better off with a quad-core processor. The investment will be worth it.
All tablets are Wi-Fi enabled. The question is whether you want mobile connectivity. It is recommended if you want to be able to use the device all the time. The most innovative devices have 4G connectivity, which offers faster speed, but is also more expensive and drains the battery more quickly. Unless you want top speed, you should consider a model with 3G connectivity.
Main Features and Capabilities
The top notch screen option is the Super AMOLED display. Still, an LCD one will do just fine. It is best if you go for a device with resolution of at least 1280 by 880 pixels. Of course, full HD of 1080p will be better.
If you will be using your tablet for taking pictures, look for a device with a camera of at least 5MP.
Finally, consider the tablet’s battery life. A good tablet will have a battery life of at least 8 hours but if you’re