What to consider when buying a tablet

On your tablet are you hoping to watch movies?

Do you want a small tablet to go in your bag. Or a standard size tablet?

Are you going to type documents. Or just use it for emails, texting and entertainment?

Will you want to search the internet, shop online, visit YouTube and read articles?

Is photo editing and video editing important?

How do you intend to use the tablet? With a keyboard or just a touch screen?

There are differently sized tablets on the market with different capabilities. Look at what matters most to you and write it down. That way you will have an idea of what features you desire. What you need your tablet to do will entirely determine what model you buy.

Choose an operating system

Android and iOS (iPad) are the main systems, but the Windows tablet is growing in popularity. There are also good tablets offered by Amazon and other newer models based on modified versions of Android.


iOS runs the iPad. The iPad has more than 725,000 apps custom built for it and is currently the market leader. It is the tablet to beat in terms of quality and selection of apps and accessories. The user interface is easy and very understandable, but it doesn’t allow for much in the way of customization. Also the iPad and iOS apps are more expensive than Android. There’s also a lack of support for multiple users and parental controls.


Windows tablets come closest to offering a traditional computing experience, found on a PC or laptop. You’ll be able to run full versions of software like Microsoft Office on a Windows tablet, so it may be the best choice if you plan on using your tablet for work. There are also more than 200,000 apps in the Windows Store, designed to be touch-friendly. Windows offers support for multiple user accounts, and has parental controls.

As a touchscreen tablet experience, Windows is still weaker than Android or iOS. The app choice is also comparatively limited, pricey, and not as high quality.


Amazon’s tablets run a version of Android which means they don’t have the Play Store or any of Google’s apps and services on board out of the box. Instead, Amazon wants you to buy apps from its own Appstore, where you’ll find more than 300,000 apps to choose from. Amazon’s tablets are designed to be affordable entertainment devices, and if you’re a Prime customer they’re well worth considering. They have parental controls built-in, multi-user support, and they’re easy to use.

Features you want in your tablet

There are a wide variety of sizes for tablets, from 7 inches all the way up to 13 inches. The iPad is a 10-inch screen. 7 inches is too small just bigger than some smartphones and 10 inches can be a bit uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time. The choice is yours, so try a few and see which is the most comfortable and portable for your needs.


For entry-level tablets, you want at least 1280×800 pixels for a decent viewing experience. Tablets with 1080p (1920×1080 pixels) or higher resolution are much better. You might want to look for the pixels-per-inch to get an idea of how sharp the picture will be. For example, the iPad Air 2 has a 2048×1536 pixel resolution which translates to 264 ppi, whereas the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has a resolution of 2560×1600 which is 339 ppi. The higher the ppi the better your viewing experience


If you want to run the latest apps and games then go for a quad-core processor. Generally-speaking, the higher the GHz, the better. You’ll also want a decent amount of RAM, at least 2 GB.

Wi-Fi only: 

If you need to use your tablet outside of your home a lot, then you need a 3G or 4G LTE connection . However, opting for a Wi-Fi only model will save you a lot of money. You’ll just have to find a Wi-Fi hotspot when you’re outside of your house. For the best Wi-Fi experience, look for dual-band support and the latest 802.11ac standard.


If you’re buying an Android tablet, you want one with Android 5.0. Or if you’re buying an iPad, make sure it’s at least a fourth-generation model. If you opt for a Windows tablet then you may want to make sure that it can be upgraded to Windows 10. Unlike phones, tablets tend to get upgrades, so make sure your new tablet is, on the current operating system when you buy it.


What you need will depend on how you intend to use it, but generally, the more ports and ways to connect it has, the better. Make sure it supports the latest Bluetooth standard. Expandable storage via SD (or micro SD), USB or Micro USB is essential, and Micro HDMI is good as well. You may want NFC support, and wireless charging could be worth considering for convenience.


You’ll often find that Android and Windows tablets offer expandable storage. Adding more space with a micro SD card is cheap and easy. Apple and Amazon don’t support micro SD cards. If you’re downloading games and storing movies, 16 GB can fill up quickly. You can find some free cloud storage on each platform, but that won’t suit everyone.So go for more storage 32 GB


If a rear camera is important to you, you’ll want to get an iPad. make sure it has a front-facing camera you can use as a Webcam.

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There are a host of Windows tablets that allow you to dock your tablet into a keyboard, so you can type more easily. You’ll also find Bluetooth keyboards.

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