Which Tablet is Right for You?

Which Tablet is Right for You?These days, we’re seeing more and more tablets coming out in the market. That’s clearly because there is demand for the product. Take the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini, for example, of which Apple sold a combined three million units within three days of launch. Then there’s the Google Nexus 7, of which Asus says it sells nearly a million units every month. As far as consumer technology is concerned, tablet PCs are the hot products right now.

Chances are you’re thinking about getting one yourself. If so, you’ll be assailed by quite a number of options, and the decision won’t be so easy. When my friends ask me which tablet they should get, I always tell them that it depends on their needs (the same can be said for any other piece of technology) and maybe any brand loyalty they may have. You might be tempted to get an iPad just because, but unless you’re a rabid Apple fanboy or fangirl, it would pay to explore your options first before swiping your card or handing over your cash.

Size

There are many considerations when picking out a gadget — people decide on purchases based on brand, quality, reviews, specs, and features, among other things. One of the things you’ll likely be paying attention to when choosing a tablet is the size; would you be getting a full-sized tablet with a 10-inch screen, or would a 7-inch tablet suit your needs better?

Tablets with smaller form factors are definitely more portable and don’t really sacrifice anything as far as specs go, but you might be someone who appreciates the larger screen real estate of the 10-inch models. We suggest you try to get some quality time with demo models first before deciding so you get a feel for which type suits you best.

Brand/OS

No matter how you try to downplay it, brand names do influence purchase decisions. It can be in the form of established brand loyalty for those who have been going with one brand of gadget for so long, or for those who have invested in a particular ecosystem. It also works the other way around; you’d tend to avoid getting an iPad or an iPad mini if you’re averse to anything from Apple, or you’d steer clear from Android devices if you’re a die-hard Apple fanboy. No one can really fault you if brand influences your decision — as long as you’re happy with the product you end up with, then that’s great.

Budget

You can’t really aim for the pricey, high-end models if your budget won’t allow for them, right? It’s a good thing then that your choices are not limited to the most expensive options out on the market. There are a ton of budget offerings now — heck, the Android-toting Nexus 7 has become an even better deal now that the 32 GB variant has been introduced. It’s up to you to look for the best deals that fit your budget; a little bit of research could go a long way toward making sure you get the tablet of your dreams.

Connectivity

Budget would also limit which connectivity options you get with your tablet. Wi-Fi-only tablets are definitely much cheaper compared to their cellular-equipped or LTE-capable compatriots, so if you’re on a limited budget and you’ve got a router at home or like to go to places with free Wi-Fi anyway, you can simply opt for the non-cellular variants to save some cash. Of course, this will still lead back to your needs, so if you need some VoIP service support or access to the Cloud while you’re traveling, you might want to go for the more expensive cellular models.

Of course, there are many other factors that will determine which tablet you eventually end up with. Make sure you take your time and consider everything carefully so that you end up with a product you will love — one that really helps you when it comes to your daily activities — whether it’s for personal use or for professional purposes. You might even decide you don’t need a tablet at all. Just make sure that you think things through.

Do you have a tablet? Are you in the market for a new one? Feel free to leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the rest of us!

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Leiden Johnson is a photographer by trade but loves all that geeky, tech stuff and the outdoors. If she's not working or going out, you can see her in front of her computer either writing about anything or playing MMORPGs, which helps her to be more creative in her photoshoots.