Tablets are great for any home, whether it’s checking out something on YouTube, keeping up to date with friends on Facebook or simply playing some of the amazing games available at the Ap Stores.
There are heaps of different tablets available from lots of manufacturers, and while all this choice is a good thing, it can also make selecting the right tablet seem impossible!
1 Think about how you will use it
If all you want to do on your tablet is browse the Web, check e-mail, or watch movies and other stuff, just about any model out there can probably do the job.
· Will it be used only by adults, or will you want to let your 3-year-old use it to learn her letters?
· Do you want to take your tablet with you when you go out? If so what size is your bag?
· Will it take the place of a laptop, or will you use it in addition to an existing laptop or desktop?
2 Compare Aps and Operating Systems
One of the first decisions to make is which operating system is right for you. The most common are Android, Windows and, the Apple iOS. While iOS is specific only to the iPad, Android and Windows operating systems can be found on tablets from several different manufacturers and are the tablets we sell at Chick Tech.
Andriod has many more aps available while if you need to get a lot of work done on your tablet, especially things with Microsoft Office documents and spreadsheets, a Windows tablet might be the way to go.
3 Compare Features
Wifi vs 3G - You have a choice between a standard Wi-Fi model, which needs access to a Wi-Fi network to connect to the Internet, and a 3G model, which connects via 3G when Wi-Fi is not available.
Storage – There are a range of storage options 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. Will you be storing photos, videos, movies, music and games? Many tablets have expandalbe storage (where you can buy and insert storage cards) – it’s a good thing to check out to future proof.
Cameras – Do you need front and rear camera? AND how good do you need the photos / videos to be? (The higher the megapixels the better quality image.) Normally the rear camera is the “main” camera for taking photos and video, while the front facing is for video programmes like Skype.
Accessories – tablets have really cool accessories like stands, wall mounts, remote controls, speakers and full external keyboards that can turn your tablet into a media centre or a more productive work station.
Size and Appearance
Size – 7 or 10 inch are the two top options. Do you want the largest screen possible, or do you want a tablet that easily slips into your handbag? Do you need something that's as thin and light as can be?
Weights vary from slightly less than half a kg to more than 1kg.
Colour – The 2 usual options are black and white. The cool thing is these can often be jazzed up with an amazing range of protective covers available.
Good $300 - $600
Better $600 - $800
Best $800 +
Generally you pay for what you get. Sometimes you find yourself debating between a pricier model than you really, really want and a more affordable model that feels like a compromise.
If you've set a budget for your tablet and your favourite model falls within that range, you're in great shape.
Also, don't forget that for 3G and 4G access, you usually need to pay for a monthly wireless data plan, which in some cases requires a long-term contract.