If you need a tablet you’re in luck: 2016 is a superb time to buy one. We have access to all types of tablets for users of all levels. Technology has progressed far enough to make tablets practical for use at school, work and of course for fun.
No matter what you need a tablet for; you can definitely find one that suits your needs by following this article. We’ll discuss how to narrow down tablets, give you an overview of tablet operating systems and give you some features to be on the lookout for.
Figure out your needs
The first step to buying a solid tablet will be deciding what you’ll be using it for. You don’t want to make the mistake of the purchase of a tablet with too many or not enough features. The tablet you buy should be able to accomplish the tasks you need it to and be suited to your level of technology skill.
Make a list of the things you want to use your tablet for. If you want it for school, you’ll probably include things like writing/reading documents, opening PDF’s and other school related tasks.
If you’re using it for entertainment, you’ll need to pick a tablet with a powerful processor and big screen. Try and narrow done what you want in a tablet as much as possible.
Decide on an operating system
The operating system will set the tone for how your tablet works. The three top tablet operating systems are Andriod, Windows and IOS (iPad). Each of these operating systems offers a variety of features, designs and user experience.
Android tablets run in union with Google based services such as Google Calendar, Google Drive, Chrome browser and more. Android users download their apps from the Google play store.
Android tablets are good if you’re interested in having a highly customizable device. Andriod users typically like to tinker with their devices and make personal customizations.
Windows as always been the go-to operating system for computers and their tablet software has recently started to grow in popularity. If you enjoy Windows 8 or 10, you’ll find pretty much the same experience on a 2016 windows tablet. Windows users get their apps from the Windows Store, with a selection of over 200,000 apps.
This operating system would be ideal for someone with limited technical knowledge and needs. If you want a table that can simply browse the web, take photos and read documents, then this is a good operating system choice. You probably won’t want a Windows tablet if you plan to do heavy gaming or customization to your laptop.
iOS is Apple’s operating system that’s exclusive to the iPad. iPad users download their apps from the App Store app and has a wide selection of custom apps specifically for iOS. iOS boasts simplicity and ease of use. If you’re not interested in customizing your tablet software or options, this will be a right choice for you.
iOS is simple enough for anyone to use while still providing a smooth and enjoyable experience. The simplicity of iOS can also be its double-edged sword as a lot of people feel there is a lack of options for security and multiple users.
Features to consider
The screen size of a tablet is one of its most defining factors. Usually, tablet sizes vary between 10 and 15 inches. In the early days of tablets, smaller 7-inch screens were more popular, but 10 inches seems to be the standard now.
Again you’ll need to consider you needs to help decide what screen size you want to get. If you’re going to be using the tablet for watching movies, then you’ll probably want a bigger screen. If you’re going to be using it at school, you’ll want a moderately sized screen that’s easy to see and easy to transport.
Want high performance?
If you want your tablet to be able to handle fancy games and new apps, you’ll need a quad-core processor. The value you’ll be looking for is GHz, the higher this value, the more powerful your tablet is likely to be. Another factor to look for is the amount of ram a tablet has. You’ll need at least 2GB of ram if you intend on running effective programs.
When it comes down to it, your best choice is to take both the specs and reviews of a tablet into your consideration. After you find a tablet that aligns with the specs above, see how other people found the tablet to perform in real life. Nothing will beat the opinion of someone who has used the product; specs don’t always tell the full story.
Buy with the future in mind
Keep in mind that buying a new tablet is the only way to update the hardware. Because of this make sure you choose a tablet while keeping the future in mind. If you have an Android tablet, you can extend its life through various software upgrades and custom modifications, but other tablets aren’t as flexible. Technology evolves very quickly, so try and think of buying a tablet as an investment for the future.
In 2016 if you buy a Windows tablet you need to make sure it’s capable of handling Windows 10. For Apple, you should buy at least a fourth generation model if you want your tablet to be a long-term investment.
Starting with a list of your needs will help make choosing a tablet a lot easier. You’ll be able to identify quickly factors like storage, webcam or processor power that you need. Planning what you want also helps you stay within your budget and not get confused by complex terms. Keep this article in mind when choosing a tablet!