Tablets Buying Guide

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Tablets are portable mobile computers that offer users plenty of features you’d find on laptops and desktop computers. From watching movies and TV shows to running business presentations, more and more people are seeing the benefits of owning a tablet.

However, with so many models to choose from, how can you ensure you’re picking the right tablet for your needs? Read on to find out the ins and outs of buying the right tablet for you.

Needs

There are plenty of things to consider when shopping for a tablet, but the most important is what you need the tablet for. Are you looking for a device to replace a laptop, or perhaps to play games while travelling? Do you need a large storage capacity or constant Internet access? Think about what you’ll primarily use the tablet for as this information will guide you to the right tablet.

Size

Once you’ve worked out what you’ll be using the tablet for, you’ll be able to decide the best size for your needs. Although tablet sizes start at 6 inches and go right up to 18 inches, most tablets fall somewhere in the 7- to 10-inch range. Small and light tablets are great for use on the go, whereas the larger tablets are more suitable for professional and business use.

Operating System

Deciding on the above two will definitely narrow down your search, but you still need to choose what operating system you want your tablet to run on. For instance, all of Apple’s iPad models run on the iOS operating system whereas Samsung tablets run on Android, and Microsoft tablets like the Surface Pro 4 run on Windows 10. You may have a preference towards one operating system over the others due to prior experience, so have a think about which system will support you best.

Apps and Content

Your choice of operating system will determine what apps and content you have access to. iOS features the Apple App Store, which includes the iTunes Store and the iBooks app. Google Play is used on Android, and offers users a bit more choice than the App Store. The Windows Store, used on Windows 10, offers users the greatest choice of apps and content available on a tablet.

For the latest tablets, shop in-store or online.

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