The 101 Tablet Buying Guide

With so many tablets on the market today, it can be very difficult knowing what exactly it is you should be looking for. Personally, I have researched many different styles, brands, etc and have learned a few things along the way. In this Tablet Buying Guide, I’m going to help you decide what it is you need and what you may be able to live without. In today’s society and especially with the holidays right around the corner, it’s never been more important to understand what it is you’re getting for your money.

First of all, let’s discuss some of the most popular tablets. They are the iPad, Android Tablets, Windows Tablets and Ebook Readers. While each have their pros and cons, some people swear by one kind, while others swarm to the others. At the end of the day, the decision is ultimately yours.

iPads are probably the most popular of the bunch, as they are the best selling, have the most content and are considered the most attracted tablets available today. If you are familiar with Apple, then this will probably be the choice you select. The set up is very similar to the iPhone and iPad Touch; using the same operating system, iOS. The iPad has the widest selection of apps and games as it’s been around the longest.

If you’re a fan of Google or the Android operating system than you may want to think about something such as the Samsung Galaxy or the Song Tablet S (just a few examples). The Galaxy has the Android interface and is very similar to the iPad 2. If you’re a fan of Google; this is a great option for you. The difference between that and the Song Tablet S is the fact that the Android system is a bit more unique to the product; while still giving you the familiarity that we have all grown to love. There is a lot of Playstation content on this tablet, which you’ll love if you are a gamer who owns a Playstation, or would like to.

While EReaders aren’t exactly like tablets, they have a lot of the same features. You have your Nook, Kindle, or Kindle Fire. The great thing about these are you have a wonderful reading experience, while also getting options to go online and experience additional features as well. The latest addition to this world is the Kindle Fire; which is similar to a tablet. If you are a fan of Amazon, you will enjoy the fact that your Amazon account is easily accessed and you can view everything that’s on your device as well as in your Cloud very quickly. Now, there are many other types of EReaders on the market, so it’s best to shop around because some are in color, while others are not. Some have touch screen, and some do not have internet.

Now that we’ve covered a few of the most popular tablets/EReaders, let’s discuss some of the basics. Before deciding on what will work for you, you should probably consider a few things. Firstly, how big do you want your screen to be? Are you going to be playing a lot of games, do you need something more portable that can fit in your pocket? Tablets range from about 8 inches to over 10 inches.

Next up, you may want to consider the price. Are you looking to go all out and purchase something that’s very similar to a laptop for around $500 or do you just want something that’s better than a phone with a bigger screen like the Kindle Fire for about $200?

Next up, you should think about internet. Do you need internet built into your tablet or are you okay with just having Wi-Fi? A few things to think about: where you’re going to use your tablet mostly, and if you want to have internet even when you are away for a wireless connection.

Many tablets come with cameras built in. While this may not be something you require, it’s something to think about. It’s an additional touch that can be nice so you don’t have to carry around your digital camera anymore. Some tablets can even replace your phone!

When purchasing a new device, it’s always important to look for inputs and outputs. Do you need a tablet that can hook up to your TV or do you just need something more basic? Also, how much do you want your tablet to weight? Think about how and when you’ll be using it. Lastly, always compare battery life. A simple Kindle 3 has a battery life of a few weeks, while the Toshiba Thrive only lasts for about 5 hours. Selecting a tablet is a lot like selecting a computer so take your time and enjoy it.

 

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