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Choosing the right tablet

With Christmas fast approaching, the latest, shiniest new tablets are likely to be on plenty of wishlists up and down the land. But whether you’re buying for yourself or someone close to you, how do you find the right one? Regardless of the season, buying a tablet represents a significant investment, so it’s important to ask the right questions. Here, we’re going to look at the main things you’ll want to consider when picking out your next piece of tech.

Price

Particularly at this time of year, it’s easy to get carried away when it comes to shopping. The first question always has to be “can I afford it?”, particularly with big ticket items like tablets. While the very cheapest models are likely to have shorter lifespans than high-end tablets, it’s important to balance this against the upfront cost.

Size

Consider the way in which the tablet will be used. Does it need to take up as little space as possible in a bulging handbag, or does it need to be easy to use for someone with bad eyesight? Big screens aren’t always better, but it does depend on individual needs. In addition to this, bigger screens tend to add to the cost, which may also be a limiting factor.

Battery life

When you’ve got an idea about what you want, make sure to check the battery life. The company’s estimates may not reflect what you can expect with standard use, so online reviews can be a useful source of information on this. Since one of a tablet’s main benefits is its portability, it’s good to know how long you can use it on the go.

Features

It’s best to work out what you intend to do with your tablet, so that you can avoid paying for features you won’t use. There’s little sense in opting for a 4G-enabled device if you live in an area where it isn’t available, or extremely high specifications when all you want to do is standard web browsing. This is another area where costs can be cut, providing you have a clear idea of your needs and wants.

Operating system

The main decision is whether to opt for an Android or iOS. This can seem like a confusing choice, but it largely depends on what technology you already own. If you have an Apple computer and/or an iPhone, an iOS tablet will be able connect and share data better than an Android system. The opposite is true for PC and Android phone owners. While it is possible to connect different operating systems, it can be tricky. If you want to be able to sync calendars, music and the like across your devices with ease, make sure you choose the right system.

The apps you want to use will also influence your choice of OS. While most popular apps are available across multiple operating systems, there are some that aren't. If you have your heart set on something, check what platforms it is available on, to avoid disappointment further down the line.


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