If you’re on the market for a decent tablet, you’ll find that you have a lot of options. You can make it easy on yourself by reading buying guides, but they may not always be helpful. Often they’re full of technical jargon, and when you read reviews you may actually end up reading a thinly-disguised advertisement instead.
But there’s one simple rule to buying a good tablet: Buy the most expensive model you can afford.
You always get what you pay for, and while getting a cheap tablet may seem like a smart decision, very few cheap tablets are actually good.
Here are some problems that you will likely encounter with cheap, low quality tablets:
- Poor screen quality. Cheap tablets are often smaller and their color capabilities are also very limited. So your movies, photos, and games won’t look very good when viewed on your tablet, and you also won’t have much space for all your apps.
In addition, the touchscreen is not very responsive. And it will be utterly annoying to have to swipe and tap several times before it’ll work right. It’s enough to cause more than one user to throw their tablets to the ground in frustration.
- Minimal storage. Cheap tablets may offer only as little as 8GB for data storage. When you factor in your OS, you may end up with just 6GB to work with. With games and movies needing at least 1GB these days, that doesn’t leave you with a lot of options. Forget about choosing having a library of games and movies to choose from. Instead, you’ll need to download a movie, watch it, and then transfer it to a USB memory stick. All that shuffling with all those USB sticks can get old after a short while.
- Slow processors. Many people use their tablets to take pictures and record videos. You’ll have to do with these pics and vids as is, because a cheap tablet may not be able to handle any editing at all. This is especially true for video editing, which will require so much time that it will become essentially pointless.
- Short battery life. A tablet is supposed to be a mobile device, right? But a cheap tablet may not be all that mobile, since the battery life is usually too short. You’re essentially tied down to places where you can recharge your batteries several times during the day.
A longer battery life will cost more, but the convenience will be worth it. You can leave home with a fully powered tablet in the morning, and when you arrive home your tablet still has power left. That means you won’t have to keep recharging it.
In the end, buying a cheap tablet is like buying cheap liquor. It’ll get you drunk if that’s your purpose, but it won’t give you a very good taste. And in the morning, the headache you’ll feel will have you swearing off drinking altogether.