The usage of tablets has fallen considerably in recent years due to huge smartphone usage in the world.
But there are still many good reasons to consider buying a tablet. Maybe you are looking for a device to occupy your free time or maybe you do not need a laptop but need something that is bigger than a smartphone. Whatever the reason, there is a tablet out there for you. Read on and we will help you find the right one for your needs.
Convertible or Stand-Alone
When it comes to tablets, you always have a choice. Either to go with a standard tablet or with a “convertible” tablet.
Stand-alone tablets take the form of oversized smartphones. They consist of one large touch screen, a handful of buttons on the case, a charging connector and little else. They are usually lightweight and thin making them super compact and portable.
Convertible devices try to combine the flexibility of the PC with the convenience of a tablet. These 2-in-1 devices either come with a detachable keyboard or they are really just a full-size laptop that features a touch screen.
Tablet screen sizes range from 6 inches on the low end, all the way up to 18.4 inches. You will find that most tablets fall into the 7- to 10-inch range. Notebook-tablet hybrids typically feature screen sizes around 11 to 13 inches, but they tend to be bulkier, so they are not ideal if size and weight are your main priorities.
At Home: For general home use, such as Web browsing, email, listening to music and so on, most of the tablet out there will fit the bill. You probably will not need to go with a super high-end tablet.
For Work: If you plan to use your tablet as a business machine or as a laptop replacement, you would want one with at least a 9-inch screen.
For Kids: With tablets for children, you will want to consider size, price, durability, and parental-control features. A 7-inch tablet will be more suitable for small hands, and given the risk of a broken tablet, you will want to stay on the lower end.
For Media Consumption: Any of the tablet ecosystems are good choices for watching movies or TV shows and listening to music, but if you a true media junkie, you would want something with a sharp display and superior sound quality.
Apps and Content
All three major tablet operating systems provide digital storefronts from which you can purchase and download apps, music, movies and other kinds of content.
Google Play is your official one-stop-shop for getting apps, music and other content on your Android tablet. But Android’s more open nature means it is not the only way to get apps and other content, and Android device manufacturers sometimes bundle their own digital store on their devices.
The Specs Matter
Tablet specs can be tricky to discern since not all manufacturers fully disclose their devices’ innards. Here’s a quick rundown on what you might see, and what it all means.
Processor: Android tablets pack processors from a variety of manufacturers. Samsung’s Exynos chips and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are the most common. Look for the Snapdragon 800 series and Exynos 8 processors for better performance. Nvidia’s Tegra processors are found on Nvidia tablets, and you’ll find some Android machines with Rockchip CPUs.
RAM: RAM is not quite as big a selling point on tablets because of how iOS and Android manage memory. However, the more you spend, the more RAM you will get, and on most tablets, you can expect anywhere between 1GB and 4GB of memory.
Storage & Expandability: Stand-alone tablets typically come with 8 or 16GB of storage on the low end, and up to 128GB on the high end. It is not unusual to find one with 256GB of storage or more. Some tablets include SD card readers that allow you to expand your device’s storage capacity. Unless you do not use your tablet much, you may find 8 or 16 GB to be a little too constraining for your needs, so you’ll probably want to pay a little more and get at least 32GB of storage space or look for one with an onboard SD card slot.
Many tablets will get you all-day battery life, but tablet battery life can still vary greatly. On average, most of the tablets will give you time 8-9 hours before their battery run dry. We recommend you look for a tablet that runs for no less than 7 hours on a single charge.