Tablet computers have grown in popularity over the last couple of years. They are easy to use and carry around and offer enough functions for commuters, those who love to watch videos and people who simply want something to keep their children entertained.
When choosing a new tablet computer, there are a number of factors that you will need to consider to make sure it suits your needs.
Do You Have a Favorite Operating System?
IPads were the first type of tablet computer released but they are not the only ones available. There are many different operating systems to work with, whether you want to use the Jelly Bean system from Google, Windows 8 from Microsoft or Kindle’s operating system. If you have a favorite one, it is likely that you will want to stick with that for your tablet purchase so find out the type of tablets available that are operated by your favorite company.
If you do not have a favorite operating system, find out more about each one and how it could help you. There are a number of reviews online for the various operating systems and devices available. The functions you need would depend on the type of use you want the tablet for. Is this something that will be used for reading university and college notes? Do you want something that you can work from and link up to your work computer? Do you just want something for games?
What Budget Do You Have?
The prices of tablet computers vary depending on its features. The iPads are among the most expensive options but are among the highest quality. It is worth looking at the various price ranges and seeing what you will gain for your money. Have a realistic budget in mind – you will need one of at least $150 for tablet computers.
Think about the quality that you will gain for that money. How much memory storage does it offer and is there a way to add extra memory to your device – can you add USB sticks to transfer your files?
Cloud Storage Connected to the Device:
Is there cloud storage connected to the device. With the iPad you will be able to connect to the cloud storage that Apple provides. This is usually about 5GB of memory. Microsoft offers SkyDrive storage while Google has its own too. You will need to find out how you can connect to these through your device, how files are sent and retrieved and the amount extra that you need to pay for them. This will help to determine whether the cost of the device is worth it.
The Size of the Screen:
For tablet computers, the average size of the screen is at least 7-10 inches and there are pros and cons to these sizes. Smaller tablets are usually more affordable and easier to carry around. However, the picture may not be as clear on the screen. Larger tablets are considered better for those who enjoy watching videos on their device and for those reading books as they make it possible to fit more onto the page and zoom in much further.
Before buying a tablet, consider your budget and your need. This will help to go through everything that each tablet can offer and determine whether it will work for you. Consider whether you need any of the additional functions on the tablet – extra functions can draw you in but people tend to spend more money than they need to for something that they may but will unlikely use in the future.
This guest post was written by Chris, a technology expert. As well as working with technology, he enjoys researching various tablet devices and offers tips and steps for anyone considering buying one.