What should you look for in a tablet?

Mobile computing has come a long way in recent years. For power users, ultrabooks offer unparalleled hardware and top-of-the-line PC components in a slim, compact design, but for casual users, sometimes this is a little too much. After all, you don’t need 8 GB of RAM and an Intel i7 CPU to perform lightweight tasks like browsing the Web and checking email. 34-761-004-Z01This is why tablets are an ideal solution, as they combine the functionality of a laptop with unrivaled portability. But what should you look for in a tablet?

Size matters
One of the most important considerations when choosing a new tablet is the size of the device. If you prefer a little more screen real estate, a 10-inch tablet is a good bet, and there are plenty of options to choose from. However, these tablets are often more expensive than their smaller counterparts, so if you’re shopping on a budget, you might want to think about investing in a smaller unit.

Smaller tablets can be just as versatile as larger ones, and for some tasks, such as reading e-books, they can actually be better than bigger devices. Tablets with 7-inch screens make excellent e-readers, and are much easier to carry around than tablets with larger screens.

Specifications
Before buying a new tablet, it’s important to think about what you’ll be using it for. If you’re looking to replace your desktop PC or laptop, you’ll need a more powerful tablet with a larger hard drive. Alternatively, if you’re just looking for something to watch movies on and surf the Web every now and then, a lower-end device will be sufficient.

34-231-152-02Internet connectivity, storage space and compatibility with third-party peripherals are all important considerations to think about when choosing a tablet. If you suspect you’ll want to use your tablet for more than just casual browsing, it may be worth investing in a device that can handle a more diverse array of tasks, but expect to pay a little more for this kind of tablet.

Hardware
Ever found yourself wishing you had a little more disk space on your smartphone? Then don’t make the mistake of choosing a tablet with limited hard drive storage. If you download large files frequently, you’ll want to purchase a tablet with a larger hard disk, as these components cannot be replaced in the same way you can with a desktop PC or laptop. Similarly, make sure you think about the resolution you’ll need, as well as how much memory the tablet has.

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2 Responses to What should you look for in a tablet?

  1. Hotmann September 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    As someone who has owned a wide variety of tablets, I have a few tips:

    -You probably aren’t going to be very productive on a tablet (as they are way less efficient than a computer (even tablets like the Asus Transformer), so I would think about how you would use it for entertainment.

    -If you want to use it for longer periods of time for reading or video watching, consider a lighter tablet and probably something around 7″ (reading on a 10″ is not fun as they get heavy quickly)

    -Buy the Nexus 7, it’s the only tablet I can recommend. It’s a great size, has good performance, and is cheap.

  2. John Brooks October 1, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Is there a difference between Google Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 by Asus?

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