Most of the time, buying a tablet is a matter of preference. Some people simply go for any Apple device because they love the brand. Others gravitate towards the wonderful customization options of Android devices. And then there are also diehard Windows fans, especially those who can’t live without Microsoft Office applications.
This is why some guides tend to be a bit ambiguous when it comes to giving advice on how to buy a tablet.
But here are hard and fast rules to remember when you’re in search for a good tablet:
- Consider the battery life first. This the most important spec of them all, even though most reviews seem to focus more on how thin the tablet is or how attractive its design is. The great thing about battery life is that you can actually measure it, so it’s not a matter of opinion. And you definitely want a tablet with a long battery life because it can be very inconvenient if you have to recharge it twice a day.
Battery longevity depends on the usage, and for continuous web surfing the industry average is a little less than 9 hours. So make a list of tablets with the longest battery life and take your pick among them.
- For business and productivity, choose a large screen. You’ll need a full-size tablet if you want any kind of work done with some semblance of efficiency. What’s more, you also need an external keyboard. So get a tablet with an 8.9-inch screen at the very least. You may also want one that comes preloaded with Office applications.
- If you’re a dedicated gamer, choose between the iPad and the Nvidia Shield Tablet. All tablets can handle most games, but diehard gamers are a different breed altogether. The iPad is for those who want to take advantage of the App Store. It offers a wide range of excellent games you can choose from. Others can also go for the Nvidia Shield Tablet. It was designed with gaming in mind. It’s very powerful so gaming isn’t a problem at all. You can play just about any Android game, you can stream PC games, and you even have an option to get a controller that gives you a console-like experience.
- If you’re getting a tablet for kids, look for reliable parental controls. Some tablets, like those from Fuhu or the Amazon Fire Kids Edition, are expressly for very young users.
- It should have at least 2 GB of RAM. Anything less than that and your tablet won’t be as responsive to your performance demands. Loading, switching, and closing apps will become pretty sluggish.
- It should have at least 32GB of internal storage. This enables you to store a decent number of movies, games, songs, photos, and documents in your tablet’s hard disk. 32GB tablets are simply too limiting.
Hopefully, these tips will help you choose a tablet that’s perfect for your needs.