Choosing a tablet used to be simple, but the choice gets more and more complex as more great products hit the market. Between the iPad 2, the Galaxy Tab, the Slate 500, and all the other options that are out there right now, the choices seem nearly endless.
Today, Sierra Dawson from CreditDonkey helps us get ready to pick your first tablet. Don’t head to the electronics store before you ask yourself these four questions to narrow down your options.
1. What will I use this tablet for the most?
As with most electronics, different tablets are suited for different purposes. While they all pride themselves on being multi-operational so that you can do everything from typing a document to watching a movie on most tablets, they certainly specialize in certain areas. For instance, the Slate 500 from Hewlett-Packard is most suitable for business operations, while the Motorola Xoom and the BlackBerry Playbook are known for their 5 megapixel cameras.
You know why you’re buying a tablet, but you should articulate that to yourself. That way, you know which specs to look for. There’s no since in being swayed by lots of numbers that make one tablet look better than another if they aren’t the right numbers. Whether you need more memory, greater screen resolution, or a smaller tablet depends mainly on what you’re planning to do with yours.
2. Will I use apps on my tablet?
Operating systems and apps are what set most tablets apart from one another. If you just want basic functionality, you may not want to pay for an iPad that can connect you to the iTune App Store. However, if you already have a phone full of apps and know you’ll want them on your tablet, it’s a good idea to work with one that has this availability. Of course, it’s important to remember that the main draw of tablets is that they can access the Internet, and you can do many things that you would otherwise do through apps online right now.
3. How big do I want my tablet to be?
Because some of the older tablets don’t easily fit into standard purses and backpacks, companies coming out with newer options have started making their offerings smaller. If you want to watch movies on a larger screen, this may not necessarily be a good thing for you. However, some of the smaller tablets do have better screen resolution, so it just depends on what’s more important to you.
While weight and size shouldn’t be the only thing you consider, you can definitely narrow down your choices this way. How sturdy does your tablet need to be? Thicker tablets with slightly smaller screens are a little less prone to breaking, although all of these small electronics are somewhat fragile. Do you want to buy a separate case, or you do you want to be able to slide your tablet into your purse or backpack and go? These things will make a difference, so it’s important to think about size and weight when purchasing a tablet.
4. How much can I afford to spend?
Because tablets are very similar in functionality, you can get a great deal on a budget. Prices range from about $500 to about $800, so that’s a pretty big difference! It’s worthwhile to save up a little more money so you can buy a more expensive tablet that is perfect for you, but if you’re debating between some very similar options and get stuck on the price, just think about what your ideal budget would be, and make that your tie-breaker.