Tablet buying guide 2017

Buying a new tablet is an exciting time, but with so many options, it can be hard to which on is right for you. To help you choose the right tablet, we are going to have a look at some important aspects to consider.

What is the right screen size for me?

Nearly all tablet screens can be separated into three categories for selection. First, there is the small range (7 – 8 inch), made up of Mini Tablets, such as the Apple iPad Mini 4, the Huawei MeidaPad 3, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and the Dell Venue 8700.

Secondly, we have the standard size tablets (9 – 10 inches). In this category, you’ll find familiar tablets, such as the iPad Pro 9.7inch, Google pixel C, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.

Finally, we enter the large category, consisting of 12inch +. You’ll find the larger iPad Pro (12.9 inches), and the Microsoft Surface.

Most people buying a tablet tend to go for the normal or larger size, as their needs often involve browsing the net, checking emails, using Apps, watching videos etc. If you have more specific needs, such as regularly commuting to work with a small backpack or purse, then you might want to consider the smaller option, so that you can easily pull it out and start using your tablet, without taking too much space of your bag. 

Operating Systems:

When you're choosing a tablet, you need to determine which operating system you would prefer to use. There is three main OS in the market, and you may have already made your decision about this, as your smartphone will most likely have the same OS as your new tablet. There are many advantages of having an OS on multiple devices, such as the iPad and iPhone, as they can easily share data.

Apple iOS – Apple’s OS system is easy to learn and use, and has over 1 million apps available for use. If you own any Apple products, this is the best choice. Ideal for a casual person, who wants to use it for browsing the internet, email, videos etc.

Microsoft Windows 10 – the latest software for windows PCs that also runs on tablets. This OS is ideal for those who wish to do heavy computer tasks on a tablet, but might not be best for a casual person. Highly recommended for the business type.

Google Android – like Apple’s iOS as it’s easy to learn, but is not as polished as iOS. You’ll find many companies running Android, such as Samsung, Sony, and Lenovo. Unlike Apple’s iOS, you have a lot more choice with an Android tablet. Should you own an Android device, this might be right for you.

How are you going to use it?

Family and Kids

If you intend to share the tablet with family and kids, you may want to set up a family sharing account (such as on Apple), so that content can be easily shared, and so that they can’t accidently buy products not meant for them. You can also enable Parental Controls, found within all tablets. Some devices such as the Android can have separate profiles, making it easier to share one device.

Business and Productivity

For the business and productivity, it is generally better to stick with the larger range tablets, as the bigger screen will make it easier to perform tasks, write documents, and respond to those important emails. You might also want to consider getting an external keyboard, to make yourself more productive. A writing stylus might also be a good idea if you’re not quite ready to give up hand written notes.

Media Usage

Nearly all tablets offer a great range of media, such as Apple’s iTunes selection, Android’s Google Play, as well as Windows media player. You can also get unique apps to increase the media usage, such as Netflix and Spotify.

Is there anything else I should consider?

Almost all tablets have a built-in storage capacity that can’t be changed after being purchased, so you need to consider how much storage you need, as it affects how often you need to delete files and the final price of the tablet. You should also consider if the tablet should be Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and Cellular (Wi-Fi requires a wireless network, while a Wi-Fi and Cellular can be used more freely, such as those who commute).